2019 Cadillac Escalade ESV vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator L

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Escalade ESV Premium Luxury/Platinum’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Navigator L doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Cadillac Escalade ESV are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lincoln Navigator L doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Escalade ESV and Navigator L have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Escalade ESV has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Navigator L’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Escalade ESV are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Navigator L doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Escalade ESV has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Navigator L doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Escalade ESV Premium Luxury/Platinum has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Navigator L doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Escalade ESV and the Navigator L have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, around view monitors, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac Escalade ESV is safer than the Lincoln Navigator L:

 

Escalade ESV

Navigator L

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

22%

32%

Neck Stress

248 lbs.

361 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

147 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Cadillac Escalade ESV is safer than the Lincoln Navigator L:

 

Escalade ESV

Navigator L

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

25 G’s

27 G’s

Hip Force

399 lbs.

434 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Escalade ESV’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Navigator L’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade ESV’s fuel efficiency. The Navigator L doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Escalade ESV has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator L (31 vs. 28.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

The Escalade ESV has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Navigator L doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Escalade ESV has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Navigator L, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Escalade ESV has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Navigator L doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade ESV is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Navigator L.

Passenger Space

The Escalade ESV has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more third row headroom than the Navigator L.

Cargo Capacity

The Escalade ESV’s cargo area provides more volume than the Navigator L.

 

Escalade ESV

Navigator L

Behind Third Seat

39.3 cubic feet

34.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

73.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.9 cubic feet

120.2 cubic feet

Towing

The Escalade ESV’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator L’s (7900 vs. 6600 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Cadillac service is better than Lincoln. J.D. Power ranks Cadillac third in service department satisfaction. With a 11% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

Ergonomics

The Escalade ESV’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Navigator L does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Escalade ESV has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Navigator L doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Recommendations

The Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by over two to one during 2018.

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