Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 Lincoln Navigator VS 2015 Cadillac Escalade Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2014 Lincoln Navigator

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2015 Cadillac Escalade

Safety Comparison

Both the Navigator and the Escalade have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Reliability Comparison

The Lincoln Navigator’s engine uses a cast iron block for durability, while the Escalade’s engine uses an aluminum block. Aluminum engine blocks are much more prone to warp and crack at high temperatures than cast iron.

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Navigator has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engine in the Escalade.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln third in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln Navigator uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Escalade requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Navigator has 2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Escalade (28 vs. 26 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Navigator’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Escalade:



Front Rotors

13.5 inches

13 inches

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Lincoln Navigator has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An 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 rear suspension of the Navigator uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Escalade, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Navigator’s wheelbase is 3 inches longer than on the Escalade (119 inches vs. 116 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Navigator has 1 inch more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom, 12.9 inches more third row legroom and .8 inches more third row hip room than the Escalade.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Navigator’s cargo area provides more volume than the Escalade.



Behind Third Seat

18.1 cubic feet

15.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

54.4 cubic feet

51.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

103.3 cubic feet

94.2 cubic feet

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.

Ergonomics Comparison

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Navigator’s exterior keypad. The Escalade doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Navigator, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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