2016 Cadillac Escalade Review and Fall Foliage Drive
With fall foliage in the northeastern United States at peak color, it was time to take in the display and one of the best seats in the house for this task are in the front of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade.
Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Escalade is flashy and glamorous, as well as rather large. It’s the car’s massive size that makes for a better viewing platform for the stunning views we encountered.
The fourth generation Escalade is an imposing beast, 1.5” wider, 1.4” longer, and about 100 pounds heavier than the outgoing model. To some, it might embody everything Thorsten Veblen wrote about conspicuous consumption, but the powerful V-8, competent handling, business-class evoking seats, and the addition of Apple CarPlay make an unequivocal statement.
Under the hood, the recently updated 6.2-liter V8, mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox, power the Escalade.
Cadillac’s designers gave much thought to interior and exterior lighting. The Escalade’s crisp new lines leverage the vertically stacked LED lighting in front to the soaring rear taillights elegantly. Inside, reading lights can be used without distracting the driver and provide soft but sufficient illumination for passengers.
The interior is among the best from any American carmaker. The fit and finish are excellent, leather and suede are nicely integrated next to wood trim, creating a plush ambiance. The front seats are supportive and the rear seats conjure up the feeling of a business jet cabin.