2018 Cadillac Escalade vs. 2018 Lincoln Navigator

Both the 2018 Cadillac Escalade and the 2018 Lincoln Navigator boast impressive features, but the Escalade stands ahead with improved performance and more luxurious cabin accents.


The standard engine across all trim levels of the 2018 Cadillac Escalade is a powerful 6.2-liter V-8, producing 460 pound-feet of torque and 420 horsepower. This engine works with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Escalade comes standard with rear-wheel drive, although four-wheel drive is available as an option.

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator comes with a turbocharged 3.5-liter V-8 that pumps out 500 pound-feet of torque and 450 horsepower. It works with a 10-speed automatic transmission as well. Rear-wheel drive is standard on all trim levels except the Black Label, which comes with four-wheel drive. Both full-size SUVs can tow up to 8,300 pounds, which is substantial compared to the towing capacities of other luxury SUV models.


Climb into the base trim level of the Escalade to find features like tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a Bose audio system, five USB ports, a wireless charging pad, a power-adjustable and heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and remote start. As you move through the higher trims, features include a rear entertainment system, power-retracting side steps, premium leather upholstery, massaging front seats, and a cooled center console in the front seat.
The Navigator comes equipped with a power-adjustable and hands-free lift gate, leather upholstery in the first and second rows, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and six USB ports in the cabin. Optional features include a wireless charging pad, a heated steering wheel, ventilated seats, and a 20-speaker stereo system.


Standard safety features on both models include anti-lock brakes, air bags throughout the three rows, and stability and traction control. Blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert come standard with the Navigator. With the Escalade, those features are available on the base model in a package or standard on the upper trim levels, along with lane departure warning and intervention, forward collision warning with mitigation, and automatic high beams. The Escalade also has front and rear parking sensors and an automatic parking assist system as standard.


Both models have similar starting prices, although you get a bit more for your money with the 2018 Escalade. The base MSRP for the Escalade comes in at $74,695, while the 2018 Navigator’s MSRP is $72,555.


The Escalade and the Navigator have the same EPA estimates for highway fuel efficiency, with the ratings coming in at 23 mpg. In the city, the EPA estimate for the Cadillac comes in at 14 mpg while the Navigator gets an estimated 16 mpg.


Cadillac offers three levels of warranties, making it easier to find the best option for each buyer. Options include 24-month/unlimited-mileage, limited lifetime, and 12-month/unlimited-mileage warranties. Lincoln offers a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Take the 2018 Cadillac Escalade for a test drive at Hennessy Cadillac to see how it beats the Lincoln Navigator in many key areas.

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