2018 Lincoln Navigator vs 2018 Cadillac Escalade


Lincoln Navigator vs Cadillac Escalade in Jacksonville FL

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The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is the First American Vehicle Ever to Top J.D. Power APEAL Study

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator, the sleek full-size luxury SUV that dealers can barely keep on their lots, has now officially been ranked by customers as the most appealing vehicle in the entire industry, marking the first time an American vehicle has ever dominated the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study.

In fact, based on customer scores that lauded everything from Navigator's technology to seat comfort, its score is the highest in this generation of the study (2013-2018) besting other luxury brand vehicle nameplates.

That being said, let's take a look at how it stacks up against the also very popular Cadillac Escalade.

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator Versus the Cadillac Escalade

As two of the top luxury SUV's on the road, the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade are always competing with one another for the top spot within the luxury SUV class.

Make no mistake, both vehicles are loaded with advanced technology and meticulous craftsmanship for the 2018 model year.

However, when carefully analyzed and compared with one another, it becomes obvious that one luxury SUV stands apart as a superior choice for luxury SUVs from St Augustine to Amelia Island: The 2018 Lincoln Navigator.

Let's take a closer look at some of the important aspects between the two SUVs.

Power and Performance
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator offers you both efficiency and unbridled power with its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that exerts an impressive 450 horsepower and a massive 510 pound-feet. It is clear that the Lincoln Navigator offers exceptional performance capabilities to amend its plush interior and bold design.

On the other hand, the 2018 Cadillac Escalade opts for power using a much larger 6.2-liter V8 engine, giving you in 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet.

When you compare the performance specs found within the Lincoln Navigator, the Cadillac Escalade's performance falls short of comparing to the noticeably greater horsepower, and significantly superior torque-which is why the Navigator is rated with a Best-in-Class 8,700-pound towing capacity (almost 500 pounds more than the Escalade, when properly equipped).

In addition to the raw power and towing capabilities, the Lincoln Navigator features multiple driver-selectable drive modes to further optimize performance based on changing road conditions, including:

  • Normal
  • Excite
  • Slippery
  • Conserve
  • Deep Conditions
  • Slow Climb

Interior and Technology
Even though the Cadillac Escalade often gets hailed as the pinnacle of luxury SUVs, the Lincoln Navigator has quietly usurped the Escalade's reputation by paying close attention to detail and luxurious integration of advanced technology and premium materials.

The Cadillac Escalade features "leather appointments", while the Lincoln Navigator takes it to another level by offering premium heated leather seating, hand-wrapped leather assist handles adorned with European stitching, and a Wollsdorf leather-trimmed and heated steering wheel.

The popular Lincoln Play offers rear passenger entertainment, in addition to the Best-in-Class second-row shoulder, hip and leg room. The Escalade offers customers the Cadillac User Experience infotainment system, its clunky interface and simplistic integration cannot compete with the state of the art, sleek and modern Lincoln Navigator's ten-inch LCD screen and accompanying advanced SYNC® 3 system.

We could go on and on about the Lincoln Navigator's wide scope of interior features and technological advancements clearly showing how the Lincoln Navigator confidently surpasses the outdated reputation of the Cadillac Escalade. We want you to visit North Florida Lincoln in Jacksonville and see it for yourself.

Here are few other areas to consider.

Fuel Economy and Range
On the EPA test cycle the Navigator gets better fuel mileage than the Escalade:   The 2WD Navigator gets 16 city and 23 highway compared to 14 and 23 for the Escalade. The 4WD Navigator gets 16 city and 21 highway compared to 14 and 21 on the Escalade.       Furthermore, in heavy traffic and at stoplights the Navigator's engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution.   The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (This Start/Stop technology isn't accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Escalade doesn't offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Suspension and Handling
If you want superior ride and handling, the Lincoln Navigator has fully independent front and rear suspensions. This independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Cadillac Escalade has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.   The Navigator's drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Escalade doesn't offer drift compensation steering.   For greater off-road capability the Navigator has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Escalade (9.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the Navigator to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space and Cargo Capacity
The Navigator has 51.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Escalade (172 vs. 120.8).   The Navigator also provides 1 inch more front hip room, .3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room, .7 inches more rear shoulder room, 11.3 inches more third row legroom, 2.1 inches more third row hip room and 1.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Escalade.   For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Navigator's middle and third row seats recline. The Escalade's third row seats don't recline.   The Navigator's cargo area provides more volume than the Escalade.   The Navigator has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Escalade doesn't offer seats that fold into the floor.

Check Out North Florida Lincoln's 2018 Navigator Inventory in Jacksonville!

The best way to compare the 2018 Navigator to the competition is to come test drive one yourself at North Florida Lincoln in Jacksonville. The professional staff at North Florida Lincoln strives to assist you throughout your purchasing process answering questions, helping find the right vehicle, to financing and after the purchase. Discover why luxury SUV shoppers come from all over the Jacksonville metro area to buy their Navigator from North Florida Lincoln. Feel free to call us anytime at (877) 798-1552 or use our chat box on our website.