2018 Lincoln Navigator Might Just Be The Escalade’s Worst Nightmare

When it comes to full-size luxury SUVs, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator seems to have what it takes to separate itself from the pack.

This isn’t a very crowded segment. If you care about the posh badge, you’re basically looking at the likes of Mercedes, Cadillac, Lexus, Infiniti and, of course, Lincoln.

Luckily for the Blue Oval’s premium brand, the 2018 Navigator is more than just a fancy Ford Expedition. Sure, there are a few buttons carried over from its sibling, but overall, the Lincoln is more elegant and has a striking cabin, as Kelley Blue Book’s review points out.

And they don’t refer to just how everything looks inside, but also about how everything feels, from the seats to the trim and even the floor mats. On top of that, the cabin is extremely practical, with enough room for all passengers, as adults fit comfortably in the 3rd row, and plenty of storage spaces. Still, if that’s not enough, perhaps you might want to consider the long-wheelbase Navigator L.

On the road, this massive SUV is propelled by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing 450 HP and 510 lb-ft (691 Nm) of torque. In a straight line, this unit gets the job done, while the new 10-speed automatic transmission suits it nicely.

Overall, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a spacious, luxurious and high-tech family hauler and it can stand against any of its rivals, which should probably worry some of them.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Seems like the better vehicle though I’m not interested in the segment.


    Not a big Lincoln fan but I’d take this over the Escalade.

    • PK

      i concur.

    • Bash

      Hand down.

  • dumblikeyou2

    If I had Oprah dough, I’d get one to be chauffeured around in the city just to switch it up from my other rides. It’s trick.

  • TheBelltower

    The front of this thing is properly imposing, though the double row of led’s look like something off of the Griswold Wallywagon. The rear is a complete amateurish half-assed effort. The interior is impressive, but won’t coax anyone out of their Range Rovers.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The rear is a miss, big time. Too fat and needs nip tuck. They could have gone J Lo versus Kardashian on this one. The Expedition has a much nicer rear IMO.

  • Looks much more refined than the Escalade…

  • Althea Later

    The grille is nice even if it reminds me that I need to shave. But the tail-lamps and side panels show that Ford didn’t want to spend too much money to make the Navigator that much different than the Expedition. These Navigator tail-lamps would have looked better if they were squared off at the corners, rather than the common triangle shape.

  • Harry_Wild

    The “Black Label” package is a real step up for Navigator! It starts at $96K and I feel it gives Range Rover Autography’s interior competition for $100K less!

  • Bash

    Love every bit of it. And that dash is so beautiful. Lincoln did an excellent job with it.

  • Dennis Scipio

    It looks fancy, yet somewhat retro looking too.

  • FactChecker90803

    It is a nice looking vehicle, with many features that put it at the head of the class, but why compare it to the current Gen Escalade, I would waite till mid 2019 when the 2020 Escalade is introduced, then there can be a comparisence of similer features.

    And from what has been leaked so far about the 2020 Escapade..OHH BOY, its likely to set the standard for Full Size Luxury SUVs, lets look at the so far leaked info.

    Composite Mixed Metals Body inspired by the Escala concept, 4 Corner Coil and Air Independent Suspension, 10 speed auto, 3.0 Liter I6 Diesel, 3.0 Liter TT V6, 3.6 Liter TT V6, 4.0 Liter version of the LT7, no word if it will also get the 4.2 & 5.5 Liter LT7 or the improved Direct and Port injected 5.3 and 6.2 Liter LT2 V8’s

    • me2

      Why compare the 2020 Escalade to the 2018 Navigator? Just wait until the 2023 Navigator!

      You compare what’s on the market now. If you can go to the lot now and buy it, it’s fair game.

    • brn

      When the 2020 Escalade comes out, they’ll compare it to an older Navigator. It’s a constant game of leap frog.

    • Matt

      I don’t think Cadillacs perception problem has much to do with their engines or chassis, rather the main issues are it still isn’t up to par with the Germans in luxury/interior. Both in design & quality, and when Cadillac is asking Mercedes prices, people expect same or better quality. Volvo did this and they’re doing great now. same story it seems with Lincoln for their two new flagships.

      I’m a big fan of the ls/lt engines as well, GMs higher end suspension and chassis. I also really liked the design of the escala concept.

      Now that the navigator is out/ being well received, Cadillac has a large incentive to make their new escalade without cheapening out and making it truly luxurious which I believe they can do.


  • Mark S

    Neither are my thing, but give me an Escalade with the Lincoln interior.


    Escalade still rules.
    It’s better looking…more horsepower..far more curb appeal.
    Lincoln had a chance to be innovative here…and deliver a pure electric sled. Or at least a hybrid.
    This puppy looks to be trying too hard.

    • LWOAP

      Better looking is debatable.

    • John Marcus Cook

      Nahh. The Escalade is totally outclassed here. The Caddy is closer to a Suburban than this Lincoln is to an Expedition.

  • EyalN

    i think it is a little more than a full size suv, it’s more like double full size suv. try to drive it in a european city and park in the street

    • John Marcus Cook

      Why? They’re for the U.S. market. Nobody will have to worry about getting cought on a European street in one.

  • Honda NSX-R

    I think this SUV is doing what the Lincoln Continental did a few decades ago

  • nastinupe

    The Escalade is just a better looking vehicle.. on the outside, IMHO.

    • Navy P. Morroccan ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Not in my opinion. The Lincoln Navigator looks so much better. The Escalade looks dated compared to this King of the Road.

  • Blanka Li

    Hey honey! Come see what will be selling for 90% less than it’s original price in 10 years . . .

  • BlackPegasus

    These will be used for Black Car Livery services just like the Continental.

    • lagunas3ca


  • BlackPegasus

    They should’ve made this a Halo car for the brand by just throwing out all the rules. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3608d62d925b8a9ad45d1e668194e843d4f6ad409a05358c2157d159901bdaef.jpg

    • brn

      Depends on who their target audience is.

  • lagunas3ca

    Truck of the Year at the 2018 NAIAS. First American-built luxury SUV in this segment to win in this category. And as mentioned in this article, it isn’t a very crowded segment. Sorry, Cadillac.

  • cargeniuass

    I hadn’t really paid attention to the new navigator til I saw an ad for it yesterday. It looks really nice and unique compared to the explorer/expedition that its based on. Much nicer than the escalade that looks like a dolled up suburban.

  • kDawg

    Wow, the interior is awesome. Wish ugly didn’t come standard on this SUV. Front looks so so, but the back looks hideous.

  • TrevP

    I would love for this to be my next car

  • Chad Gordon

    that Bentley-esqe grille looks better on this than on the Bentley. I can’t stand the wheels though, but those are easily replaced.

    • brn

      Hopefully, you can get it with different wheels, so you don’t need to replace them. They are hideous.

  • SteersUright

    With those terrible looks, it’ll only challenge anything based on its ride and interior. That said, why did this expensive SUV need to come out with such generic and borderline ugly styling? I cant find a single component of the exterior design that is truly beautiful. Not the oddly out of proportion grille, not the generic headlights, not the any-SUV soap bar side profile, not the cheap chrome on the mirrors, not a thing. On the inside, whole other story. And if it rides very well, perhaps the interior and ride will compensate. Still, a shame it isn’t properly handsome as a modern Lincoln that can reach over $80k ought to be.

    • John Marcus Cook

      Have you seen the Cadillac Hearse err…. Escalade?

  • john1168

    This is a really nice looking SUV with a really sweet interior! I gotta say, nice job Lincoln! The rear of it does look a little unfinished though. Turbo V6, 10 speed auto and an independent rear suspension in addition to a nice looking exterior and a really sweet interior….. Hey Caddy, time to step up your game!

    • john1168

      It’s also time for the Escalade to lose the solid axle rear end…

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