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Lincoln Navigator Offers Ventilated Rear Seats, Cadillac Escalade Doesn’t

For years, the Lincoln Navigator has continued place second by sales volume compared to its main rival – the Cadillac Escalade. Since launching at the turn of the 21st century, both SUVs have established a reputation for luxury, comfort and style through a variety of features. Now, however, Lincoln’s flagship model – which was just refreshed for the 2022 model year – has a new feature that its primary rival doesn’t – ventilated rear seats.

As it stands now, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator features standard heated and ventilated seats in the first and second rows, on all trim levels, including Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. Contrastingly, the Cadillac Escalade lacks the ventilation feature for second row seats. Not only that, but the Navigator also offers a massage feature for both the first and second row seats, while the Escalade only offers a similar function for the first row.

While this may seem trivial to some, the use of ventilated seats can be a major benefit for those living in hotter, and more humid climates, as it helps maintain passenger comfort by keeping sweat and dampness at bay. That’s something that should be par course for a luxury flagship vehicle that often transacts at the $100K mark.

As a reminder, the refreshed 2022 Navigator is powered by the twin-turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6 gasoline engine, which is rated at 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. The boosted six is mated to the automaker’s 10-speed automatic transmission. Under the body panels, the Navi rides on the Ford T3 platform and production takes place at the Ford Kentucky Truck plant.

As Ford Authority covered previously, Navigator sales trailed those of its chief rival, the Cadillac Escalade, during the 2021 calendar year. The Escalade, which was overhauled (redesigned and re-engineered) for the 2021 model year, outperformed the segment with 40,505 deliveries for a 54 percent segment share, up 13 percentage points over 2020. In contrast, the Navi accounted for 15,631 sales which was good for 21 percent market share, down four percentage points.

Sales Numbers - Full-Size Luxury SUVs - 2021 - USA

CADILLAC ESCALADE +65.01% 40,505 24,547 54% 41%
LINCOLN NAVIGATOR +2.48% 15,631 15,252 21% 25%
INFINITI QX80 -22.03% 12,572 16,125 17% 27%
LEXUS LX -21.03% 3,563 4,512 5% 7%
JEEP GRAND WAGONEER * 2,675 0 4% 0%
TOTAL +24.01% 74,946 60,436

Judging by those figures, it’s clear that the marketplace has taken a liking to the new Escalade. Luckily, Lincoln isn’t standing still, and the 2022 model year refresh has added new features and upgrades beyond the aforementioned vented seats. The 2022 Navigator also added several cutting edge technologies, including a larger infotainment screen and an overhauled rear-seat entertainment system dubbed Lincoln Play. In addition, Lincoln’s flagship model continues to impress as one of the most satisfying luxury SUVs to own, as per Consumer Reports.

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  1. Gary

    Any feedback, stories on driving Navi as a family cruiser for cross country travel?! Any insights on adding air suspension?

  2. George S

    My Dad’s 57 Chevy sure needed rear ventilated seats under the all vinyl seat covers protecting the cloth interior. With all the windows open, my two sisters and I survived.

  3. Natasha

    I think a few more changes will help it be more competitive. The first would be to take the windshield wiper on the back and tuck it under the rear roof spoiler. The infotainment system should be reconfigured to make it look more integrated with the dash. If this is a luxury vehicle it should look as such. Keep the classiness of it but make it standout from how the Ford Expedition looks.

  4. Bill Byrne

    why?? they cant get the chips to build anything


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