2019 Dodge Durango vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Navigator doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Durango uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Navigator uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Durango 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, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear 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 Dodge Durango is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:







5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

85 lbs.

155 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

150 lbs.

180 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars





Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

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


There are almost 3 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.


As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Durango V8 is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Durango gets better fuel mileage than the Navigator:








3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy



3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy




3.5 turbo V6

16 city/23 hwy



3.5 turbo V6

16 city/21 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Navigator doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Durango uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Navigator requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Durango has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator (24.6 vs. 23.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Durango stops much shorter than the Navigator:





60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Durango offers an optional 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 Durango offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Navigator doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Durango R/T 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Durango R/T 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Navigator Black Label 4x4 (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).


The Dodge Durango may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 1000 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Durango is 8.8 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Durango easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Durango’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Navigator uses body-on-frame design instead.


The Durango’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.

The Durango has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Navigator doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Durango owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Durango will cost $340 to $2075 less than the Navigator over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because it costs $207 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Durango than the Navigator, including $505 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Durango will be $34177 to $35512 less than for the Lincoln Navigator.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Durango second among midsize 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 Dodge Durango outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by almost four to one during 2018.

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