• Trade In Your Lincoln Navigator for a Sweet $5,000 Escalade Discount [News]

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    The completely redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator has arrived on the ultra-modern luxury SUV scene and is aimed at reversing the Escalade’s dominance in the market.

    The new-generation Navigator has a suite of new features and a new drivetrain to square off against the marketing tour de force that is the Escalade. GM, determined to maintain its steadfast lead in the market, is firing back at Lincoln with a sweet deal for buyers thinking about trading in their older Lincoln for the new Navigator.

    According to a memo sent to dealers obtained by Bloomberg, GM is offering a $5,000 discount this month to customers trading in a 1999 or newer Lincoln model. This discount applies to either a purchase or lease of a 2018 Cadillac Escalade. Starting MSRP for the 2018 Navigator is $73,250 compared to the 2018 Escalade MSRP of $75,290. So, if you do own a Lincoln and are looking to trade up, the deal actually makes the Escalade a shade nearly $3,000 cheaper (excluding destination charges).

    This incentive offers Cadillac a chance to take a bite out of sales that would have otherwise gone to Lincoln. What do you think of the incentive, and how do you think it will work out for GM and Lincolns’ luxury SUV sales? Let us know in the comments below!


    2018 Navigator vs 2018 Escalade
    2018 Lincoln Navigator (L) 2018 Cadillac Escalade (ESV)
    MSRP $73,250 $75,290
    MSRP (extended wheelbase) $81,945 $78,290
    Engine 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 6.2L V8
    Power (hp) 450 420
    Torque (lb-ft) 510 lb-ft 460 lb-ft
    Transmission 10-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
    EPA Combined w/4WD 18 mpg 17 mpg
    Max Towing Capacity


    8,700 lbs 8,300 lbs


    8,400 lbs 8,100 lbs
    Curb Weight 4WD 5,855 lbs 5,840 lbs
    Curb Weight 4WD (extended) 6,056 lbs 6,088 lbs
    Wheelbase 122.5 in. 116.0 in.
    Wheelbase (extended) 131.6 in. 130.0 in.
    Ground Clearance 9.6 in. 8.0 in.
    Approach Angle 22.2 degrees 15.7 degrees
    Departure Angle (extended) 21.9 degrees (20.7) 23.1 degrees (19.5)
    Passengers 7 or 8 7
    Max cargo volume 103.3 cu. ft. 94.2 cu. ft.
    Cargo capacity – 3rd row folded 57.5 cu. ft. 51.6 cu. ft.
    Cargo capacity – 3rd row folded (extended) 73.3 cu. ft. 76.7 cu. ft.
    Cargo capacity – behind 3rd row 20.9 cu. ft. 15.2 cu. ft.
    3rd Row

    Legroom (extended)

    36.1 in. (36.1) 24.8 in. (34.5)

    Headroom (extended)

    37.3 in. (37.4) 38.1 in. (38.5)

    Shoulder room (extended)

    64.2 in. (64.3) 62.6 in. (62.6)

    Derek Mau
    Derek Mau
    Before becoming an automotive journalist, Derek was diving into engine bays and wiring car audio systems for competitions since high school. Granted, there were a few extra bits and pieces after reassembling everything but nothing ever fell apart on the road. Today Derek applies his enthusiasm and gearhead knowledge into the latest cars, unraveling today's complex automotive technology, and learning the rich history behind classic cars.

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    15 thoughts on “Trade In Your Lincoln Navigator for a Sweet $5,000 Escalade Discount [News]

      1. Reliable ford huh guess those electrical issues and notorious navigator and expedition airbag suspension issues never happened huh

    1. My biggest concern with Ford is the long term reliability of their twin-turbo engines. From my understanding the extreme temperatures and complexity of forced induction results in blown turbos and gaskets well before 100K miles. Any engineers that can chime in?

      1. The Navigator is a Ford Expedition.

        And independent testers say about that…

        “the Expedition’s new-school thinking doesn’t pay the dividends we anticipated. Despite its aluminum body, the big Ford is still 100 pounds heavier than a comparably equipped 2018 GMC Yukon Denali”

        “the truck is virtually no quicker than the 6.2-liter V-8–powered GMC—and the Ford’s promise of improved fuel efficiency may be illusory. The Expedition’s 19-mpg combined EPA figure is 2 mpg better than the Yukon’s, but its 22-mpg highway number is the same. And in our real-world 75-mph highway fuel-economy test, the Denali matched the Platinum’s 20-mpg showing.”

        “If the Expedition is good at being a bus, it also handles a little too much like one. We didn’t think it was possible, but the Expedition actually drives bigger than it is, while the Yukon and the Tahoe manage to drive considerably smaller. Yes, we know that attacking corners is not exactly a priority for buyers of big SUVs. But even in normal traffic the Expedition’s ponderous handling and disconnected feel demand more of your attention, and ease of driving counts in this segment.”

        “Although the Expedition is roomy, comfortable, and well equipped, being inside of our Platinum test truck didn’t feel like a cohesive, upscale experience—which it should have, considering that our fully loaded test truck stickered for an eye-watering $81,765. (The base rear-drive XLT model starts at $52,890; the Platinum starts at $73,905.) The Platinum’s soft leather seats and handsome door panels are made of premium materials, but their effect is compromised by cheap-looking plastics elsewhere—the clunky trim around the large HVAC dash vents is particularly egregious—and a center stack that seems like it’s out of a vehicle costing half as much.”

        “The Expedition may be brand new, but the SUV that shows how new school is done actually has been around since 2013: the Mercedes-Benz GLS-class (formerly known as the GL). Almost as roomy as the Expedition, the V-6–powered GLS450 4Matic matches or exceeds the Ford in almost every area. Its unitized construction makes it about 500 pounds lighter, it drives two size classes smaller, and it’s deliciously luxurious inside. All that and a big three-pointed star in the grille—for $6500 less than a four-wheel-drive Expedition Platinum with no options.”

        Ah, Ford.

      2. There are now millions of ecoboost motors on the roads since 2011. Many are reaching 200k or more miles now, and very few have had any sort of engine problems. They are proving themselves to be as reliable as anything else on the market.
        Buy based on what you like, not on Internet fear mongers

        1. Agreed ford mechanics when tests were taken 98% said they would take the 5.0 over the ecocrap motor as well as the turbo set up is purely about passing emissions when actual independent tests were done they didn’t improve over past generations 5.4 triton or the lower model 4.6 this isn’t about performance it’s about pleasing the cafe standards but ford is smart enough to know that they can market this as performance and sell sell sell because us American see turbo and think Supra and GTR but if their own technicians don’t want them theirs a reason. Simple YouTube ford mechanics thoughts they say stay away from the ecocrap.

      3. Dude. The Ecoboost has been around for a decade now. Ford has sold millions upon millions of Ecoboost engines. That doesn’t mean the turbos won’t break. Everything will eventually fail. As long as you do your regular maintenance, you shouldn’t have any major failures if aren’t towing all the time. Folks who tow, know that transmissions are the first to go. Doesn’t matter if it’s Ford, GM, Dodge… I had the Ecoboost. Loved it … power was amazing, always on demand,… except for 1 thing. It sounded like a Camry. So I bought a 5.0. I wish I could have the power of the Ecoboost with the sound of a 5.0. 🙁

      1. The falcon-wing doors on the Model X were a nightmare to engineer according to Elon Musk. Add in the reliability issues that Tesla has been dealing with ever since the Model X came out and I say “no, thank-you!”

    2. Ford might, finally, have a good contender, but the new GM big boys are right around the corner. I don’t see GM sitting still.

      Also, many buyers in this segment want a V8, not a boosted V6, no matter how good it might be.

    3. No Gm thinks things threw because they know their buyers like a good v8 not a turbo v6 that not even their technicians want to own oh and by the way gm out sells ford with the box on wheels also Yukon Denali and escalade out sell Lincoln Navigator ten to one so your point is void.

      1. No, I am on point. If they weren’t scared, they wouldn’t have to throw money at their outdated piece of shit just to compete. If you can’t see that, you’re as thick as your poor grammar indicates, and you need to take an economics class.

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