Quantity is of course GM’s focus than the quality of each vehicle and for the most part, the resulting 2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum is underperforming against the competition in all regards. The Cadillac Escalade has been a pop culture icon since 2002 appearing in rap videos, movies, video games, and a prerequisite vehicle for executives, basketball stars, actors, songwriters, and other high profile people. Because of GM’s mass production lines, Cadillacs sometimes share components with lesser GM products resulting in a rather mixed-feeling interior. This inability to produce a specially made vehicle worthy of its hefty price tag is a big turn off for people without the extra money looking for a bang for your buck SUV and is forced to look elsewhere.
The 2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum Screams Everything in Excess
On the outside of the 2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum, it features a boxy and angular exterior, huge grille and rectangular headlights that extend to the sides of the hood. The overall size of the SUV alone is enough to make its presence known. The same design language from other current Cadillacs continue to the rear of the SUV with tall tail lights extending to the D-pillar of the SUV. Under the hood is a fuel-hungry pushrod 6.2 Liter V8 putting out 420hp at 5600rpm and a torque deliver of 460lb-ft at 4100rpm. The transmission is an 8 speed automatic with manual shift mode.
On the inside of the 2016 Escalade Platinum, most of the interior is pure luxury with all the luxurious material thrown in to justify the price. Everything inside is premium until you notice the finer details such as a poorly designed door that makes the plastic that surround the leather make it feel cheap despite the exquisite leather on the center. Other fine details if you’re used to driving vehicles from GM is that most of the switchgear is borrowed from lesser vehicles and if you notice it you’ll get turned off by it as it’s a step back when compared to the luxury vehicles from European manufacturers.
Driving the 2016 Cadillac Escalade Platinum is meant purely for cruising. It handles horribly when taken to the track. It boasts towing capability of up to 3100 pounds in 4×4 trim and a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds despite the 5885 pound weight. Compared to the European offerings, the ride quality of the Escalade is miles behind the competition.
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