Two of the biggest names in the large luxury SUV segment for the US market are the 2022 Lincoln Navigator and the 2022 Cadillac Escalade. MSRPs for both vehicles range between $76,000 and $111,000, with some features costing extra. Because the prices are so similar, it’s up to the features to set the SUVs apart. There are of course several reasons for choosing one or the other.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking for reasons to choose the Lincoln Navigator over the Escalade, we’ve listed three of them in the article below.
The basic features and specifications of the 2022 Lincoln Navigator and the 2022 Cadillac Escalade
Starting with the Lincoln Navigator, it has a 3.5L V6 engine as a standard option rated at 440 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, according to US News. This engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Whether you get the rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive variant also depends on your needs and budget.
By comparison, the Cadillac Escalade has a 6.2L V8 in all trims, with horsepower and torque peaking at 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. Like the Navigator, you get a 10-speed automatic with a choice between all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive variants. Also, as large luxury SUVs, both vehicles have three rows of seats.
So why choose the Navigator?
The Navigator’s infotainment system is well thought out
Design-wise, the Cadillac Escalade’s infotainment system looks a little more impressive than the Navigator’s. After all, it comes with a 16.9-inch screen that is part of a much larger 38-inch screen with additional elements such as the control panel and cluster display. On the other hand, Lincoln’s infotainment system consists of a 13.2-inch screen in the center of the dash.
While mobile app connectivity for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is standard, Consumer Reports notes that they’re not adapted to the Escalade’s screen. This makes them look visually inconsistent. Plus, frames tend to appear at odd angles thanks to the curved screen. Finally, given that all three screens work together on the 38-inch screen, it can be complicated to use.
You get better predicted reliability with the Navigator
Consumer reports also provide a predicted reliability rating for vehicles based on their history and the manufacturer’s track record. In the case of the Navigator, the reviewer ranked the reliability of the Lincoln SUV at the top of the large luxury SUV segment alongside the BMW X7.
By comparison, the Cadillac Escalade was closer to the bottom of the pack. That said, it had a better predicted reliability score than the Mercedes Benz GLS, Land Rover Range Rover and the Buick Enclave. One reason for the Escalade’s dismal rating was that the 2021 model year version of the SUV was recalled seven times. The problem areas cited by Consumer Reports include the fuel system, steering and driveshaft.
The Lincoln Navigator posted better predicted user satisfaction
User satisfaction is also likely to be higher with the Navigator SUV than its counterpart. In fact, according to Consumer Reports, most users should be satisfied with the driving experience, which consists of acceleration and handling. In addition, the vehicle is comfortable, with styling being something most buyers like.
The main reason for dissatisfaction among previous buyers is the price-quality ratio. Nevertheless, most owners surveyed by the independent reviewer admitted they would have no qualms buying the vehicle a second time.
With the Cadillac Escalade, no data shows whether the driving experience, styling, comfort and value for money were up to the standards of previous buyers. However, more than half of owners seem to have an overall positive view of the vehicle. The Escalade may not have the worst predicted satisfaction rating, but it still plays second fiddle to the Navigator.
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