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2017 Lincoln Navigator vs. 2017 Cadillac Escalade

When it comes to the kind of full-size SUVs some were saying were going to disappear when gas prices were sky-high and rising a few years ago, there are few more legendary names than the 2017 Lincoln Navigator and the 2017 Cadillac Escalade. When we're talking these levels of capability and luxury it's going to be hard to decide between the two, so here's a head-to-head comparison to help decide which is the better option to go for.

Styling

The Lincoln Navigator was probably the first of what is now sometimes referred to as Blingy Utility Vehicles, and although the basic shape remains largely unchanged there have been a number updates to its interior and front end especially.

There's certainly nothing cutesy or too pretty about either of these two, which is exactly as it should be with a pair of full-size luxury SUVs. The Escalade is instantly recognizable as a Caddy, although it's perhaps not as futuristic as some of the luxury manufacturer's other models. It's big, imposing and full of presence, which is likely to be exactly what buyers in this segment are looking for.

The overall look of the Lincoln Navigator probably isn't as striking as that of the Escalade at the moment after its recent redesign, so this is probably a slight win for the Cadillac.

Comfort and quality

The problem for the Caddy in this vital area for any luxury marque is the 2017 Lincoln Navigator quite simply sees it and raises it in just about every aspect. The Lincoln Navigator has to be able to lay claim to having one of the biggest interiors in the entire auto world, even before stepping up to the long-wheelbase L model. As well as a ton of space, the comfort and quality of the seats and everything else is absolutely top notch.

There's a load of space for passengers and cargo inside the Escalade, but that's only the starting point for the comfort on offer. Even the base model gets quality leather upholstery, and there's plenty of real wood, suede accents, and nicely padded seats. There's also a great deal of sound deadening and Bose active noise cancellation to make the whole in-cabin experience properly upscale. The Caddy is good, but the 2017 Lincoln Navigator definitely has the edge here.

Value for money

When you’re shopping in this area of the market, modest price differences are unlikely to sway your purchasing decision one way or the other. However, when the difference is as big as it is here between these two, it's got to have an effect on some buyers. The 2017 Lincoln Navigator range has a starting MSRP of $63,515 for the 4x2 select trim, while the range tops out with the 4x4 Reserve at $74,580.

The entry level Escalade costs almost as much as the most expensive Lincoln Navigator with a starting MSRP for the 4x2 base model of $73,395. At the other end of the scale, the 4x4 Platinum trim will set you back an eye-watering $95,195. If it was a whole lot better than the Lincoln Navigator that would be fine, but the Escalade isn't, and it's certainly not able to justify an extra $21k.

Conclusion

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade is a fine example of a full-size luxury SUV, and it lives up to that billing and then some. But even if the Escalade was as good in every way as the 2017 Lincoln Navigator, it would still be hard to justify such a massive difference in pricing. For so much more money you’d expect the Caddy to be more comfortable and better equipped than the Lincoln Navigator, but it isn't. If you are fortunate to be deciding which of the two leviathans of the road to go and buy, save yourself a whole load of cash by going for the 2017 Lincoln Navigator.