Poll: Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

Luxury SUVs are popular vehicles for discriminating customers that want extreme capability and all the comforts of home. Two of the most recognizable in the business are built by Cadillac and Lincoln.

Yes, the Escalade and Navigator are archetypes in this somewhat limited segment. They’ve both been around for close to two decades and have attracted all kinds of customers over the years. But which one is better? Let us know by voting in this poll!

As for specs, the Escalade features a 6.2-liter small-block V8. It puts out a stout 420 horses along with 460 lb-ft of peak torque. Maximizing its flexibility is a ratio-rich eight-speed automatic transmission.

This Caddy also has a richly appointed cabin, with real metal, wood and leather. The dashboard and doors are wrapped in cut-and-sewn hides for an opulent appearance.

Moving on to the Navigator, its powertrain strategy is totally different. In lieu of a big V8 it’s hauled around by a turbocharged EcoBoost V6. What it lacks in cylinder count and deep-throated rumble it more than makes up for with efficient performance. This 3.5-liter unit delivers 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of low-RPM twist (torque peaks at just 2,750 RPM).

Regrettably for Lincoln, its SUV offering gives up a couple gears to its rival, featuring just a six-speed automatic transmission. But somewhat making up for this deficiency is an independent rear suspension, which provides better ride and handling compared to the iron log supporting the Escalade’s haunches.

As for pricing, the Cadillac starts around $73,000. The Lincoln is a bit more affordable, kicking off at about 64 grand.

So, which of these large and lovely utility vehicles do you prefer? Please, vote in our latest poll so we can find out! It won’t hurt, we promise. If you still need more information about these vehicles you can compare them directly right here.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on May 06, 2016

    Escalade all day, any day.

  • Timothyhood Timothyhood on May 10, 2016

    Personally, I'd wait and get the new Navigator. The current Caddy looks better than the old Navigator, but the new Navigator makes the current Caddy look just as dated as it made the Navigator look.