The Real Winner: Escalade vs. Navigator Side-by-Side Review

August 19th, 2019 by

Want to invest your money into the best luxury SUV of 2019? Here’s everything you need to know about Escalade vs Navigator and which you should buy.

If you’re in the market for a large, luxury SUV with three rows of seats, you have only a handful of choices. You likely narrowed it to the two biggest competitors: the Cadillac Escalade or the Lincoln Navigator.

The hardest part is to choose between them. Both are big, bold and beautiful. Luckily, we’re here to help.

Escalade vs. Navigator

In many ways, these vehicles are pretty similar. Let’s delve into the details so you can see how they compare.


It’s no secret that both the Escalade and the Navigator SUVs are large – even massive. To give you a better idea, here are their lengths:

  • Escalade: 203.9 inches, or about 17 feet
  • Navigator: 210 inches, or 17.5 feet

A compact SUV like the Honda CR-V is only 180.6 inches or about 15 feet long. So with the base model 2019 Cadillac Escalade, you have at least 2.5 more feet in length than most other cars.

That’s sure to turn heads, especiallyif you opt for the Escalade ESV. The ESV is nearly identical to the original, only larger – an impressive 18.6 feet long.

But what about passenger capacity and cargo space?

Both the Escalade and the Navigator have three rows of seats to hold up to eight passengers.

The Navigator has more cargo space than the base Escalade (103.4 cubic feet vs. 94.2 cubic feet), but not more than the Escalade ESV (120.9 cubic feet).

Fuel Economy

If you want an extremely fuel-efficient car, then a full-size SUV may not be for you. These large cars are notorious for a low number of miles per gallon.

But you have to consider the trade-off. A Prius can’t offer you the same storage space or towing capabilities of a large SUV.

The Escalade gets 14 mpg in the city, while the Navigator gets 16. Both get 23 mpg on the highway. That leaves the Escalade with a combined mpg of 17 and the Navigator a combined mpg of 19.

For a Cadillac SUV with a few more miles to the gallon, check out the Cadillac XT5.

The Escalade offers a slightly bigger fuel tank with 26 gallons, while the Navigator holds 23.2 gallons.

Under the Hood

The 2019 Cadillac Escalade has a 6.2-liter V8 engine that allows for 420 horsepower. The 2019 Lincoln Navigator has a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that allows for 450 horsepower.

The Escalade produces 460 lbs. of torque, while the Navigator produces 500 to let it accelerate a little bit more quickly.

Both vehicles are equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions. Both are capable of towing more than 8,000 pounds.


If you’re interested in vehicles this big, you probably drive a lot of people around. You want to assure they’re safe in your vehicle.

The Cadillac Escalade comes standard with Magnetic Ride Control. This system has sensors that read the road up 1,000 times per second to let the suspension automatically adjust to road conditions.

The Escalade also features Stabilitrak, which selectively applies braking pressure to help keep you on the intended path.

The Lincoln Navigator also has a form of adaptive suspension. Its system is controlled by selectable Lincoln Drive modes.

These modes include slippery, deep conditions and slow climb so you can select the appropriate.

Another important feature is Lane Keep Assist, available with both the Escalade and the Navigator. This protects you from unintended lane drifting.

The 2019 Navigator was awarded a 5-star safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2019 Escalade has not yet been rated, but its 2018 model got 4/5 stars, and we are expecting a 5-star safety rating this year.

Bells & Whistles

Both vehicles have plenty of options to make your drive convenient and entertaining.

The Escalade, for example, includes Automatic Parking Assist. All you do is choose the correct gear and brake when necessary while the Escalade takes care of the steering.

And, of course, the Escalade wouldn’t be complete without an infotainment system. The center console screen provides all your technology-related needs from weather apps to traffic updates.

But Cadillac didn’t stop there. The Escalade gives you many high-tech features that go beyond remote start capabilities. Inside the Escalade, you will find easily-accessible wireless charging locations, a head-up display that projects onto the dashboard and a rearview mirror that becomes a screen to stream rear-facing video.

The Navigator comes with many similar features, including driver-assist technologies and an infotainment system.

And the Winner Is …

The Escalade vs. Navigator debate is a hard one to settle. Both are powerful, roomy and safe.

If you get your hands on either, the winner is you.

But you can never go wrong with a Cadillac. This classic brand delivers reliable vehicles. The Cadillac Escalade will meet all your family’s needs – and keep you looking stylish.

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