Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Cadillac ESCALADE VS 2016 Lincoln Navigator Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Cadillac ESCALADE

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2016 Lincoln Navigator

Safety Comparison

The Escalade’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Navigator doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

Both the Escalade and Navigator have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Escalade has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Navigator’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Escalade has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Navigator doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

The Escalade offers optional Front Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Navigator doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade offers optional Rear Automatic Braking which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Navigator doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Escalade’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Navigator doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The Escalade has a standard Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Navigator only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Escalade and the Navigator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Escalade’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Navigator’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Cadillac pays for scheduled maintenance on the Escalade for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Lincoln pays for maintenance for the Navigator (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Cadillac vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 4 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 40 more horsepower (420 vs. 380) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac Escalade is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:



Zero to 60 MPH

5.9 sec

6.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.4 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

96.8 MPH

90.1 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Escalade 4x4 gets better highway fuel mileage than the Navigator 4x4 (15 city/21 hwy vs. 15 city/20 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade’s fuel efficiency. The Navigator doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Navigator.

The Escalade 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Navigator 4x4 (27.4 seconds @ .68 average G’s vs. 28.1 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Cadillac Escalade may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Escalade is 3.5 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Escalade easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Escalade uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Navigator doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Escalade uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Navigator doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escalade has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear hip room, .7 inches more rear shoulder room, .5 inches more third row headroom and 10.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Navigator.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Escalade’s optional second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Navigator doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Escalade’s cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Navigator doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escalade’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Navigator does not have a temperature gauge.

The Escalade offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Navigator doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Escalade’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Navigator’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

On a hot day the Escalade’s driver can lower all the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Navigator can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Escalade has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Navigator doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escalade detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Navigator doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

When the Escalade is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Navigator’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Escalade’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Navigator doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Escalade offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Navigator doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Escalade will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Escalade will retain a greater percentage of its original price after three and five years than the Navigator.



Five Year



Three Year



Recommendations Comparison

Intellichoice recognized the Cadillac Escalade as a “Best Value of the Year” for the 2015 model year.

Motor Trend performed a comparison test in its July 2015 issue and they ranked the Cadillac Escalade 4x4 first. They ranked the Lincoln Navigator 4x4 fifth.

 The Escalade is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Navigator is not ranked.

The Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by 81% during the 2015 model year.

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