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2023 Lincoln Navigator vs the Cadillac Escalade on Everyman Driver

SUVs don’t really come much bigger, more comfortable, or more capable than the 2023 Lincoln Navigator. Covered in chrome and packing well over 400 horsepower, the big Navi is Lincoln’s largest, most powerful, and most expensive model. It’s also one of our favorite full-size luxury SUVs. Two sizes are available, the standard Navigator and the super-sized Navigator L, which offers more cargo space behind its third-row seat.

The Lincoln can seat up to eight passengers, and its cabin is wonderfully indulgent, with high-quality materials and hedonistic features such as massaging seats. A smooth and refined twin-turbo V6 produces 440 horsepower, which is good and plenty. The Navigator is quick for its size, and two-wheel-drive models can tow an impressive 8,700 pounds, but the Cadillac Escalade and Jeep Grand Wagoneer do offer more power. The Lincoln also handles surprisingly well despite its size. Light steering and a well-tuned four-wheel independent suspension make it easy to drive.

This year the Lincoln Navigator gets a few small updates. For Reserve and Black Label models, an electronic limited-slip differential is now included in the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package. A new color, Diamond Red Tri-Coat, is available, and Lincoln now offers Manhattan Green on Black Label models with the Chalet and Invitation interior themes.

Ever since its debut more than 20 years ago, the Cadillac Escalade has established itself as the one to choose if you like your SUVs brash, bold, and dripping with luxury. The current model reflects that formula, capturing attention with its chiseled, angular exterior and a deluxe cabin packed with technology. This Cadillac also delivers big rewards in practical areas. For example, it has one of the roomiest third rows in its class, and it tows more than rivals such as the BMW X7. And it has more cargo space than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Escalade comes with a standard V8; it’s potent, but the trade-off is poor fuel economy. A more efficient turbodiesel power plant is an option. Overall, if you’re looking for a luxury SUV that’s spacious, stylish, and muscular enough to tow heavy loads, the Escalade will likely satisfy.

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