2019 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator L

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Land Cruiser’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Navigator L doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Land Cruiser 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.

The Land Cruiser has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Navigator L doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Land Cruiser. But it costs extra on the Navigator L.

Both the Land Cruiser 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, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Land Cruiser for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Navigator L.

There are over 45 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’s warranty.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Land Cruiser 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

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

 

Land Cruiser

Navigator L

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13.2 inches

The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the Navigator L:

 

Land Cruiser

Navigator L

 

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Land Cruiser 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 Land Cruiser has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Navigator L doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Navigator L’s (38.7 feet vs. 43.3 feet).

Chassis

The Land Cruiser is 2 feet, 3 inches shorter than the Navigator L, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Land Cruiser has 1 inch more rear headroom and 5.2 inches more third row hip room than the Navigator L.

Towing

The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator L’s (8100 vs. 6600 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Land Cruiser’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 Land Cruiser 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Land Cruiser has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Navigator L doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the Land Cruiser has standard dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Navigator L doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

Economic Advantages

The Land Cruiser will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Land Cruiser will retain 53.28% 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 Toyota Land Cruiser will be $6167 to $18565 less than for the Lincoln Navigator L.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Land Cruiser, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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