2019 GMC Yukon vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the GMC Yukon 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 Yukon and Navigator have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Yukon 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 Yukon 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 Yukon 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 Yukon 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 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 GMC Yukon is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

Yukon

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 GMC Yukon is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

Yukon

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

There are over 2 times as many GMC dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Yukon’s warranty.

Reliability

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Yukon 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 Yukon stops shorter than the Navigator:

 

Yukon

Navigator

 

60 to 0 MPH

125 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

The Yukon 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 Yukon 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 Yukon offers an optional automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Yukon’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 Yukon is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Navigator.

The Yukon SLT 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Yukon SLT 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Navigator Black Label 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

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

Chassis

The GMC Yukon may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 300 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Yukon is 6.1 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Yukon easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

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

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

Towing

The Yukon’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator’s (6300 vs. 6200 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln Navigator is only 8300 pounds. The Yukon offers up to a 8500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Yukon’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 Yukon owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Yukon will cost $2100 to $2910 less than the Navigator over a five-year period.

The Yukon will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Yukon will retain 52.03% to 54.5% of its original price after five years, while the Navigator only retains 44.48% to 45.34%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the GMC Yukon will be $23320 to $24991 less than for the Lincoln Navigator.

Recommendations

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Yukon second 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 GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by almost five to one during 2018.

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