2015 Lincoln Navigator vs 2015 Cadillac Escalade
One of the most mediocre presentations at the Chicago Auto Show was for the unveiling of the “new” 2015 Lincoln Navigator. Lincoln had been building up the hype for their SUV, but only about thirty people were there to watch the curtain get pulled off. That’s because Lincoln once again decided to “refresh” rather than redesign the Navigator.
The SUV has been following roughly the same design since 2007, and if Lincoln plans to have a rapper namedrop the Navigator ever again, they really have to stop dicking around.
Just listen to rap songs from the past couple of years. When is the last time you heard anyone relevant even mention a Navigator? It’s probably been since 2003 when R. Kelly spoke of poppin’ Cristal in a stretch Navigator in the always classy “Ignition (Remix).” The new 2015 Navigator is supposed to be Lincoln’s answer to the Cadillac Escalade, but a closer look at both of the vehicles shows that the Navigator is more of a backup singer than a star.
2015 Navigator vs 2015 Escalade
2015 Lincoln Navigator
2015 Cadillac Escalade
|Engine||3.5-liter V6||6.2-liter V8|
|Maximum Cargo Capacity||103.3 cu.ft.||94.2 cu.ft.|
For the “refresh” the exterior of the Navigator has received a number of upgrades that include a larger split-wing grille (which I still hate passionately), upgrades to just about every light on the damn thing and a lower air intake. It comes standard with 20’s. 20’s? You shittin’ me?! 20’s?! It’s no wonder why no one has been rapping about this thing.
The 2015 Escalade comes standard with 22’s—now we’re talking. The SUV also just received a complete redesign for the 2014 model year, so it’s still fresher than a motherfucker. The front end is much more attractive than the Navigator, and even though it’s using last year’s lights, they still look a hell of a lot more badass than the new lights that have been slapped on the 2015 Navigator.
Both the Navigator and the Escalade come with drive modes, but only one of the models actually has modes that make sense. The Escalade comes with the choice of Tour or Sport mode—sounds logical. The Navigator on the other hand, offers a Normal, Sport and Comfort mode. Comfort mode? Wouldn’t that be Normal mode? Or is Normal mode just extremely uncomfortable? It’s one of the many things about the Navigator that just don’t make sense to me.
Lincoln did do one thing right for the 2015 model. They finally got rid of the gas-chugging 5.4-liter V8 that has been plaguing the nose of the SUV for the last couple of years. It has been replaced with a more efficient 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 that gets 50 horsepower less than the Escalade’s 6.2-liter V8, but as it cuts out two cylinders completely, it will likely pull in higher fuel economy ratings.
The Escalade’s engine is equipped with variable valve timing and active fuel management that allows it to run on a limited number of cylinders. Past Escalades have utilized the same technology so we would expect the 2015 model to return figures in the ballpark of 14 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway. As the Navigator is taking on a brand new engine, we’re not quite sure what to expect, but as the V8 was able to achieve 20 mpg on the highway, we would have to assume that the V6 will top that—then again, who really knows with Lincoln.
Despite the addition of the new, seemingly more efficient engine, I still have to give this one to the Escalade. Not only does it still get name-dropped by relevant rappers, but Cadillac has proved that they actually give a shit. The fact that Lincoln has went seven years without a redesign is just mind blowing. It would make more sense if the Navigator has found continued success over the past seven years, but it hasn’t. Lincoln needs to get their shit straight if they ever want to be a serious competitor with the Escalade.
Plus, 20’s?! You shittin’ me?!
Winner of the CarDebate: 2015 Cadillac Escalade
The Navigator is a one-hit wonder that has been remixed over and over for the past seven years, and unless Lincoln produces a brand new track, they’re never going to find themselves on the list of top hits ever again.