2019 Nissan Armada vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator L

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Armada are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Lincoln Navigator L doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle seat belts.

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 Armada 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 Armada 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 L doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Armada (except SV) offers optional Backup Collision Intervention that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Navigator L doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

Both the Armada 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, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Armada is safer than the Lincoln Navigator L:

 

Armada

Navigator L

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

81 G’s

108 G’s

Hip Force

144 lbs.

180 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

31

61

Spine Acceleration

21 G’s

27 G’s

Hip Force

151 lbs.

434 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

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.

Warranty

There are over 27 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Armada’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 6 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Navigator L requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping

The Armada stops shorter than the Navigator L:

 

Armada

Navigator L

 

70 to 0 MPH

182 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Armada 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 Armada 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 rear suspension of the Armada uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Navigator L, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.

The Armada has a standard 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 maneuverability, the Armada’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Navigator L’s (41.3 feet vs. 43.3 feet).

Chassis

The Nissan Armada may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator L.

The Armada is 1 foot, 1 inches shorter than the Navigator L, making the Armada easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Armada has 1.4 inches more front headroom and 2.1 inches more rear headroom than the Navigator L.

Towing

The Armada’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator L’s (8500 vs. 6600 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Armada’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 Armada 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 L doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages

The Armada will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Armada will retain 44.62% to 46.35% of its original price after five years, while the Navigator L only retains 41.87% to 43.14%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Armada will be $25398 to $25480 less than for the Lincoln Navigator L.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Armada, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Armada outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by 83% during 2018.

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