2019 GMC Yukon XL vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator L

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the GMC Yukon XL 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 L doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Yukon XL and Navigator L have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Yukon XL 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 L’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 XL are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Navigator L doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Yukon XL 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 L doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Yukon XL and the Navigator L 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 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 XL is safer than the Lincoln Navigator L:


Yukon XL

Navigator L


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

25 G’s

27 G’s

Hip Force

399 lbs.

434 lbs.

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


The Yukon XL’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Navigator L’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 XL’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Yukon XL has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator L (31 vs. 28.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Yukon XL stops much shorter than the Navigator L:


Yukon XL

Navigator L


70 to 0 MPH

181 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Yukon XL 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 L doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Yukon XL 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 L, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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

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


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

Passenger Space

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

The Yukon XL has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more third row headroom than the Navigator L.

Cargo Capacity

The Yukon XL’s cargo area provides more volume than the Navigator L.


Yukon XL

Navigator L

Behind Third Seat

39.3 cubic feet

34.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

73.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

121.7 cubic feet

120.2 cubic feet


Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln Navigator L is limited to 7900 pounds. The Yukon XL offers up to a 8300 lbs. towing capacity.


The Yukon XL’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 L does not have an oil pressure gauge.


The GMC Yukon/Yukon XL outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by almost five to one during 2018.

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