If you are looking for a premium SUV, one that grabs attention on every street and creates a sense of wonder and excitement for drivers and passengers, you have probably considered two of the most well-known and influential vehicles on the market: the Lincoln Navigator and the Cadillac Escalade.
For 2015, both SUVs are stepping up their profile, adding more performance, more technology, and more refinement. Both the Navigator and the Escalade are all-new for the 2015 model year, creating an inevitable showdown between the two juggernauts.
So which redesigned premium SUV will come out on top? While both are impressive, it becomes clear that the 2015 Lincoln Navigator simply can’t match the Escalade in three key categories.
2015 Lincoln Navigator vs 2015 Cadillac Escalade
The first category is all about numbers. Quite simply, the Escalade will have more horsepower and more torque than the 2015 Lincoln Navigator. The 2015 Lincoln Navigator will hold the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, which is capable of reaching 370 horsepower. This number is impressive, especially considering the fact that the same engine gets 365 hp in the Ford F-150. However, both the 2015 Lincoln Navigator and Ford F-150 fall short of the Escalade’s 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque.
Let’s be honest, if you’re spending the money to drive either one of these vehicles, you deserve an exterior presence that is eye-catching and impressive. While exterior appearance is a matter of taste, most of the country truly admires the Cadillac Escalade style. The 2015 Lincoln Navigator, seems to continue the Lincoln trend for less-than-stellar styles that were seen on previous models. The split-wing grille that has become Lincoln’s signature front in modified for the Navigator, but still remains the topic of discussion. For example, Brandon Turkus of Autoblog.com writes that “the new design strikes us as…heavy-handed and uninspired.” You would be hard-pressed to find someone who says the Escalade exterior is “uninspired”. For comparison sake, Edmunds.com says the 2015 Cadillac Escalade has a “distinct visual presence”.
If any of these categories is close, it would be the interior. Unfortunately for Lincoln, however, Cadillac still takes the gold for interior excellence. Also lauded by Edmunds.com, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is admired for its “new level of interior luxury”. The Escalade interior features Cadillac’s CUE multimedia system and an 8-inch touchscreen interface. The 2015 Lincoln Navigator comes with MyLincoln touch, which is very similar to the much-criticized MyFord Touch, known for clunky and inconvenient controls. Autoblog.com also stated that the materials surrounding the touchscreen include a “cheap, hard, off-black plastic.”
As you can see, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator may seem impressive, but it doesn’t live up to high standard set by the Cadillac Escalade. With a more powerful engine, a more stylish exterior, and a more advanced cabin, the 2015 Cadillac Escalade is the premium SUV of choice.
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