2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. Lincoln Navigator

2021 Cadillac Escalade vs. Lincoln Navigator - Germain Cadillac of Easton

When it comes to full-size luxury SUVs, the two models credited with pioneering the mainstream appeal of this segment are unquestionably the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator. Upon their introduction in the late 1990s, luxury shoppers flocked to these SUVs for their commanding presence on the road, robust performance capabilities, and unparalleled interior comfort. These two familiar foes have continued to evolve over the years and are now more luxurious and tech-savvy than ever before, making your buying decision much more difficult. Not to worry! Cadillac of Easton has prepared this in-depth model comparison that helps you see the advantages of choosing the Cadillac Escalade over the Lincoln Navigator.

Cadillac Escalade vs Lincoln Navigator

Cadillac Escalade
Lincoln Navigator
2021 Cadillac Escalade Luxury 4X4 VS 2021 Lincoln Navigator Standard 4X4
$79,195 MSRP $78,855
6.2L V8 ✓ Engine 3.5L V6
Duramax 3.0L Turbo Diesel ✓ Available Engine None
Regular Unleaded ✓ Fuel Type Premium Unleaded
42.3 / 44.5 inches ✓ Front Headroom / Legroom 41.8 / 43.9 inches
Exclusive AKG Studio Reference – 36 Speaker ✓ Available Audio System Revel Ultima Audio System – 20 Speaker
Available ✓ Soft-Close Doors Not Available
Industry-First Curved OLED with over 38 inches of total diagonal display area ✓ Display Screen 10-inch LCD
Available ✓ Night Vision System Not Available
Available Segment-First Cadillac Super Cruise ✓ Semi-Autonomous Driving Capabilities Not Available
22 inches ✓ Wheel Size 20 inches
1 Year / 12,000 Miles ✓ Complimentary Scheduled Maintenance Not Included

For fairness, we’ll begin this competitive comparison with equivalent entry-level trims of both the Cadillac Escalade and Lincoln Navigator equipped with 4×4 systems. In terms of price, the two share virtually identical MSRPs. Unfortunately for Lincoln, that’s where the similarities end.

Compared to the smaller 3.5L turbocharged V6 found on the Navigator, the Escalade comes standard with a muscular 6.2L V8 that’s been continuously refined for over a decade. You’ll enjoy the flexibility of filling up with either regular or premium fuel while Lincoln requires only premium. It’s instantaneous response and low-end torque is rivaled only by the optional Duramax 3.0L Turbo Diesel, also offered on the Escalade. Lincoln shoppers are limited to just one engine option.

Cadillac Escalade OLED Display
Since interior comfort and space are essential components of any full-size luxury SUV, why should you settle for less? The Cadillac Escalade boasts a massive 109.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity along with an impressive 42.3 of headroom and 44.5 inches of legroom in the front row of seating. If you consider yourself something of an audiophile, the clear choice is the Escalade with its exclusive AKG Studio Reference 36-speaker audio system featuring impeccable sound clarity and depth.
Cadillac Escalade Interior
Other reasons to choose the Escalade over the Navigator include its extensive list of segment-exclusive features. Optional soft-close doors eliminate the need for door slamming and instead provide gentile assistance when entering and exiting the Escalade. While Lincoln forces you to settle for a tiny 10-inch display screen inside the Navigator, Cadillac owners will enjoy the revolutionary curved OLED display with over 38 inches of total diagonal display area inside the Escalade.

Cutting-edge driver-assist technologies available on the Escalade include the segment-first Cadillac Super Cruise semi-autonomous cruise control feature and Night Vision that helps you see in the dark. Both features are not offered on the Lincoln Navigator. Finally, the Escalade comes standard with bold 22-inch alloy wheels and Cadillac also covers your first scheduled maintenance visit free-of-charge.

Cadillac Escalade Exterior

Winner – Cadillac Escalade

No matter which way you look at it, the Cadillac Escalade proves to be the superior choice compared to the Lincoln Navigator. Lincoln simply cannot compete with the industry-leading innovation, premium feature content, revolutionary technology, and eye-catching style found across the entire Cadillac Escalade range. Our team at Cadillac of Easton cordially invites you to come experience all that the bold Cadillac Escalade has to offer.