Kemna Cadillac Compares 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT VS 2008 Lincoln Mark Near Sioux City, IA

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2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT

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2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT

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2008 Lincoln Mark

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear (child comfort guides) seat shoulder belts of the Cadillac Escalade EXT are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lincoln Mark LT doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Escalade EXT has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats, which act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Mark LT doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head and are only available for the front seats.

Full time Four-Wheel Drive is standard on the Escalade EXT. Full-time Four-Wheel Drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Mark LT. Four-Wheel Drive of any type costs extra on the Mark LT.

The Escalade EXT has standard StabiliTrak, which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. StabiliTrak then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. The Mark LT doesn’t offer skid prevention.

The Escalade EXT has standard OnStar®, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions, remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Mark LT doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Escalade EXT and the Mark LT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes and traction control.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Cadillac Escalade EXT is safer than the Mark LT:

Escalade EXT

Mark LT



5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

30 g’s

38 g’s



5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index



Chest forces

37 g’s

40 g’s

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

Warranty Comparison

Cadillac’s powertrain warranty covers the Escalade EXT 30,000 miles longer than Lincoln covers the Mark LT. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Mark LT ends after only 70,000 miles.

The Escalade EXT’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Mark LT’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Engine Comparison

The Escalade EXT’s 6.2 V8 produces 103 more horsepower (403 vs. 300) and 52 lbs.-ft. more torque (417 vs. 365) than the Mark LT’s 5.4 SOHC V8.

As tested in Motor Trend the Cadillac Escalade EXT is faster than the Lincoln Mark LT:

Escalade EXT

Mark LT

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

9.9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

79.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Escalade EXT has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Mark LT 5.5 foot bed’s standard fuel tank (31 vs. 30 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Escalade EXT stops shorter than the Mark LT:

Escalade EXT

Mark LT

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Escalade EXT’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mark LT (285/45R22 vs. 275/65R18).

The Escalade EXT’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio), which provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mark LT’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Escalade EXT offers optional 22-inch wheels. The Mark LT’s largest wheels are only 20 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Escalade EXT has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Escalade EXT flat and controlled during cornering. The Mark LT’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The front and rear suspension of the Escalade EXT uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Mark LT, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Escalade EXT has a standard driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads. The Mark LT’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Escalade EXT has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Mark LT doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Escalade EXT is 1.2 inches wider in the front than on the Mark LT.

The Escalade EXT handles at .74 G’s, while the Mark LT 4x4 pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Escalade EXT’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Mark LT 5.5 foot bed’s (43 feet vs. 45.1 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Escalade EXT has 1 inch more front headroom, .2 inches more front hip room and .1 inches more rear legroom than the Mark LT.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Escalade EXT longbed has a larger cargo box than the Mark LT longbed (101 vs. 65.5 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Escalade EXT. The Mark LT doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Escalade EXT’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Mark LT doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Escalade EXT’s front power windows open with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Mark LT’s front passenger window doesn’t open automatically.

The Escalade EXT’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Mark LT’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

Heated windshield washer fluid is standard on the Escalade EXT to defrost the washer nozzles and quickly clear ice and frost from the windshield without scraping. The Mark LT doesn’t offer heated windshield washer fluid.

While driving with high-beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Escalade EXT detect other vehicles that could be blinded and automatically switch to low-beams. The Mark LT doesn’t offer automatic dimming high-beams.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Escalade EXT has standard extendable sun visors. The Mark LT doesn’t offer extendable visors.

When the Escalade EXT is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Mark LT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Escalade EXT’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Mark LT doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The Escalade EXT’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Mark LT doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Escalade EXT has standard rear a/c vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Mark LT doesn’t offer rear vents.

With optional voice command, the Escalade EXT offers the driver hands free control of the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Mark LT doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Escalade EXT owner. The Car Book rates the Escalade EXT with a number 8 insurance rate while the Mark LT is rated higher at a number 10 rate.

The Escalade EXT will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that the Escalade EXT will retain 48.83% of its original price after five years, while the Mark LT only retains 35.34% to 37.76%.

The Escalade EXT is less expensive to operate than the Mark LT because of its higher resale value and lower insurance rate. It also costs $155 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Escalade EXT than the Mark LT, including $31 less for an alternator and $51 less for a timing belt/chain.

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