2019 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Tahoe are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lincoln Navigator doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Tahoe and Navigator have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Tahoe has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Navigator’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Tahoe are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Navigator doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Tahoe has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Navigator doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Tahoe and the Navigator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

Tahoe

Navigator

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

285

326

Neck Injury Risk

34%

35%

Leg Forces (l/r)

97/333 lbs.

271/178 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Tahoe is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

Tahoe

Navigator

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

23

23

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

108 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

26 G’s

27 G’s

Hip Force

208 lbs.

434 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

The Tahoe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Navigator’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe third among large SUVs in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Navigator isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 7th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3 V8 is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

Tahoe

Navigator

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Tahoe’s fuel efficiency. The Navigator doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Tahoe has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator (26 vs. 23.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Tahoe stops much shorter than the Navigator:

 

Tahoe

Navigator

 

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Tahoe has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Navigator doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Tahoe has a standard full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Navigator, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Tahoe offers an optional automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Tahoe’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Navigator doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Navigator.

The Tahoe LT handles at .77 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tahoe LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Navigator Black Label 4x4 (27.9 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Tahoe’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Navigator’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

The Chevrolet Tahoe may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Tahoe is 6 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Tahoe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Navigator can only carry up to 8.

The Tahoe has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more third row headroom than the Navigator.

Towing

The Tahoe’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator’s (6400 vs. 6200 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln Navigator is only 8300 pounds. The Tahoe offers up to a 8600 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Tahoe’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Navigator does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Tahoe owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tahoe will cost $1261 to $3065 less than the Navigator over a five-year period.

The Tahoe will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tahoe will retain 55.17% to 55.7% of its original price after five years, while the Navigator only retains 44.48% to 45.34%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tahoe is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because typical repairs cost much less on the Tahoe than the Navigator, including $85 less for front struts and $742 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Tahoe will be $24659 to $29537 less than for the Lincoln Navigator.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Navigator isn’t in the top three.

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by almost six to one during 2018.

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