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Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Navigator. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sequoia.
When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Navigator 4x4’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Sequoia doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.
The Navigator Select/Reserve/Black Label has a standard 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Sequoia 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 has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.
Both the Navigator and the Sequoia 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems and driver alert monitors.
The Navigator comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Sequoia’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.
Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Navigator 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Sequoia. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Sequoia ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Navigator has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.
The Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 69 more horsepower (450 vs. 381) and 109 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 401) than the Sequoia’s 5.7 DOHC V8.
On the EPA test cycle the Navigator gets better fuel mileage than the Sequoia:
16 city/23 hwy
13 city/17 hwy
16 city/21 hwy
13 city/17 hwy
In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Navigator’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 Sequoia doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
The Navigator 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 Sequoia doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Lincoln Navigator, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Sequoia.
For better traction, the Navigator Select/Reserve/Black Label’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sequoia (285/45R22 vs. 275/65R18).
The Navigator Base’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sequoia SR5’s standard 65 series tires. The Navigator Select/Reserve/Black Label’s tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Sequoia TRD Sport/Limited/Platinum’s 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Navigator Base has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Sequoia SR5. The Navigator Select/Reserve/Black Label’s 22-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels on the Sequoia TRD Sport/Limited/Platinum.
The Lincoln Navigator’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Toyota Sequoia only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Navigator’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 Sequoia doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
The front grille of the Navigator uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Sequoia doesn’t offer active grille shutters.
The Navigator uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sequoia doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Navigator has 7 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 5.1 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room, 2.8 inches more third row headroom, .8 inches more third row legroom and 1 inch more third row hip room than the Sequoia.
The Navigator’s cargo area provides more volume than the Sequoia.
Behind Third Seat
19.3 cubic feet
18.9 cubic feet
The Navigator has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sequoia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Navigator’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sequoia doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Navigator’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
Maximum trailer towing in the Toyota Sequoia is limited to 7400 pounds. The Navigator offers up to a 8300 lbs. towing capacity.
J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Toyota. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 33% lower rating, Toyota is ranked 17th.
The engine computer on the Navigator automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Sequoia’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.
Unlike the driver-only memory system optional at extra cost in the Sequoia (except SR5/TRD Pro), the Navigator 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 (except Base) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a heads-up display.
The power windows standard on both the Navigator and the Sequoia have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Navigator is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sequoia prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.
The Navigator’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 Sequoia’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 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 Sequoia can’t use the remote to operate the windows.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Navigator’s exterior PIN entry system. The Sequoia doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.
Intelligent Access standard on the Navigator allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t offer an advanced key system.
The Navigator’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Sequoia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Navigator has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Sequoia doesn’t offer cornering lights.
The Navigator’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Sequoia’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.
On extremely cold winter days, the Navigator Select/Reserve/Black Label’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
The Navigator (except Base)’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 Sequoia doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Navigator is less expensive to operate than the Sequoia because typical repairs cost much less on the Navigator than the Sequoia, including $172 less for a water pump, $23 less for front brake pads, $720 less for a starter, $73 less for fuel injection, $291 less for a fuel pump, $89 less for front struts and $408 less for a timing belt/chain.
A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Navigator as the 2018 North American Truck of the Year. The Sequoia has never been chosen.
The Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L outsold the Toyota Sequoia by 46% during the 2018 model year.
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