2019 Lincoln Navigator L vs. 2019 Chevrolet Suburban

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Navigator L has a standard 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Suburban only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

The Navigator L’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Suburban doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Navigator L and the Suburban 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 and lane departure warning systems.

Warranty

The Navigator L comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Suburban’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Navigator L 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Suburban. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Suburban ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Navigator L’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Suburban’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Navigator L has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the Suburban.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 3 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The Navigator L’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 95 more horsepower (450 vs. 355) and 127 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 383) than the Suburban’s standard 5.3 V8. The Navigator L’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (450 vs. 420) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 460) than the Suburban’s optional 6.2 V8.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Navigator

Suburban

 

2WD

Turbo V6/Auto

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/22 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

 

 

n/a

14 city/23 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

4WD

Turbo V6/Auto

16 city/21 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

5.3 V8/Auto

 

 

n/a

14 city/20 hwy

6.2 V8/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Navigator L’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Suburban doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Navigator L has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Suburban doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Navigator L’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Suburban:

 

Navigator L

Suburban

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Navigator L has standard 22-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Suburban LS/LT.

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Lincoln Navigator L has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Chevrolet Suburban has a solid rear axle, with a non-independent rear suspension.

The Navigator L has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Navigator L flat and controlled during cornering. The Suburban’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Navigator L’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Suburban doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Navigator L’s wheelbase is 1.6 inches longer than on the Suburban (131.6 inches vs. 130 inches).

The Navigator L’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.9% to 50.1%) than the Suburban’s (52% to 48%). This gives the Navigator L more stable handling and braking.

For greater off-road capability the Navigator L has a 1.7 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Suburban (9.6 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the Navigator L to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Navigator L uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Suburban doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Navigator L has 1.1 inches more front hip room, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room, 1.6 inches more third row legroom, 2.1 inches more third row hip room and 1.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Suburban.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Navigator L’s middle and third row seats recline. The Suburban’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

The Navigator L has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Suburban doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Towing

The Navigator L’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Suburban’s (6600 vs. 6000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 11% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 10th.

Ergonomics

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Suburban LT/Premier, the Navigator L offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, foot pedal distance, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Navigator L’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Suburban’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

If the windows are left open on the Navigator L the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Suburban can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Navigator L’s exterior PIN entry system. The Suburban doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Navigator L has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Suburban doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Navigator L has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel costs extra on the Suburban.

The Navigator L’s optional Enhanced Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Suburban doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Navigator as the 2018 North American Truck of the Year. The Suburban has never been chosen.

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