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The Escalade’s optional pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Aviator doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.
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 are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Aviator doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.
The Escalade 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 Aviator doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.
An active infrared night vision system optional on the Escalade Premium/Platinum/Sport helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Aviator doesn’t offer a night vision system.
Both the Escalade and the Aviator 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, crash mitigating brakes, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
The Escalade’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Aviator’s (6 vs. 5 years).
There are over 10 percent more Cadillac dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Escalade’s warranty.
The Escalade’s 6.2 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (420 vs. 400) and 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 415) than the Aviator’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.
The Escalade’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 415) than the Aviator’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.
An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Escalade V8’s fuel efficiency. The Aviator doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.
The Escalade has 6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Aviator Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (24 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Escalade has 3.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Aviator’s standard fuel tank (24 vs. 20.2 gallons).
For better traction, the Escalade has larger tires than the Aviator (275/50R22 vs. 255/55R19).
The Escalade’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Aviator’s standard 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade has standard 22-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Aviator.
The Cadillac Escalade’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lincoln Aviator only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Escalade 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 Aviator doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.
The Escalade has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Aviator; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Escalade’s wheelbase is 1.8 inches longer than on the Aviator (120.9 inches vs. 119.1 inches).
For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Aviator.
The Escalade offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Aviator can only carry 7.
The Escalade has 23.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Aviator (168.4 vs. 144.7).
The Escalade has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, 3.2 inches more front hip room, 4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear legroom, 2.9 inches more rear hip room, 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.3 inches more third row headroom, 5.7 inches more third row legroom, 8.5 inches more third row hip room and 8.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Aviator.
The Escalade’s cargo area provides more volume than the Aviator.
Behind Third Seat
25.5 cubic feet
18.3 cubic feet
Third Seat Folded
72.9 cubic feet
41.8 cubic feet
Second Seat Folded
121 cubic feet
77.7 cubic feet
The Escalade 4WD with optional equipment can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Escalade can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Aviator can’t be towed flat on the ground.
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 15% lower rating, Lincoln is ranked 7th.
Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Aviator, the Escalade has standard driver and passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position and outside mirror angle and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.
The Escalade has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Aviator.
To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Cadillac Escalade has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Wireless charging costs extra on the Aviator and isn’t available on the Aviator Base.
The Cadillac Escalade/Escalade ESV outsold the Lincoln Aviator by over four to one during 2019.
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