The 2016 Cadillac Escalade has a reputation for a well-appointed, upscale interior. There isn’t one trim level that will disappoint the fashionista who expects the best material quality, design, and craftmanship. Choosing the right trim package is a matter of focus and personality.

Base Model

When you read about the base model, it’s hard to imagine there’s anything left for the other trim levels. Performance features include a 420-horsepower V-8 and magnetic ride control. Interior trim comes in black leather or shale with cocoa accents. The Cadillac Cue system has embedded navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Other standards include:

  • power liftgate
  • 16-speaker Bose Surround Sound
  • wireless charger
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • 12-way front power chairs with heating/cooling
  • power-heat center chairs
  • power-adjusting steering column
  • power-heat steering wheel


For more exterior color choices, many shoppers will opt for the Luxury edition. The Luxury also adds special exterior trim and handsome 22-inch, seven-spoke painted wheels with chrome inserts. For easier entry, it adds power release fold-and-tumble second-row seats. For those who expect to switch between passengers and cargo often, that power release can come in quite handy. Interior trim choices include Kona brown leather upholstery.

Safety and Security

The Luxury Collection also attracts those who are concerned about safety and security. A Driver Awareness Package starts with a lane departure alert and a forward collision warning. The exclusive Safety Alert Seat adds vibrations to make these warnings more potent. A blind zone alert and intelligent headlamps help you see better by day and night. A new four-color head-up display lets the driver keep an eye on critical information without taking eyes off the road. A Theft Deterrent Package adds:

  • door lock shields
  • interior movement sensor
  • glass breakage sensor
  • vehicle angle sensor
  • self-powered horn


The Premium edition is a favorite with families. Kids will like the entertainment features. The Premium’s rear nine-inch screen is a Blu-Ray compatible system with remote control and headphones. Parents will appreciate the Driver Assist safety features. This includes adaptive cruise control for more stress-free driving and LED cornering lamps to match the curve trajectory. The automated front and rear safety features can react to dangers that the driver is slow to realize.


Adding more exterior trim choices, the top-of-the-line Escalade Platinum is the SUV to beat. The instrument panel, doors, armrests and console are wrapped in fine leather. The upholstery choices include Tuscan Brown or Jet black semi-aniline leather. Sueded inserts further dress up the seats. Overhead, there’s a sueded microfiber headliner. Even the pillar trim has suede’s soft touch. The power seats move 18 ways, offering to massage your stress away.

Escalade shoppers can choose between the four trim levels on the regular and the ESV edition. Every style offers plenty of luxury and amenities to please the American consumer.