The 2016 Escalade starts with the base Standard trim priced at $72,970. It comes equipped with a reconfigurable gauge cluster, tri-zone automatic climate control, a 16-speaker Bose surround sound system with active noise cancellation, HD Radio, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, navigation, Bluetooth, five USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, heated second-row seats, a heated steering wheel, a 360-degree camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a hands-free power liftgate.
Despite its gigantic size, the Escalade is fairly easy to drive. Thanks to the adaptive suspension, it stays stable and composed around corners, not leaning noticeably like you might expect from a large SUV. Still, the Escalade's steering is fairly heavy, so it may take more effort to turn the wheel than you expect. A 360-degree camera comes standard, giving you a clear view in all directions around the Escalade as you drive through small spaces.
The 2016 Escalade hasn't been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is typical for a luxury large SUV. It does come with some features to help prevent accidents, though.
All models feature a 360-degree camera system that uses various cameras to give you an image on the infotainment screen of the Escalade's surroundings when driving through tight areas. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard, and they sound an alarm as you approach objects in front of or behind the vehicle as you enter and exit parking spaces.