2019 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Toyota Sequoia 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 doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Sequoia and the Navigator 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 and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sequoia 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.

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

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Sequoia is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:

 

Sequoia

Navigator

Zero to 30 MPH

2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

11.4 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.2 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.7 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Sequoia has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator (26.4 vs. 23.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Sequoia stops much shorter than the Navigator:

 

Sequoia

Navigator

 

60 to 0 MPH

122 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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

Suspension and Handling

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Navigator.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Sequoia TRD Sport 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Navigator Black Label 4x4 (27.3 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 2.9 feet tighter than the Navigator’s (38.1 feet vs. 41 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Navigator (10 vs. 9.6 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Sequoia is 4.9 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Sequoia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has .6 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear shoulder room and 1.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the Navigator.

Cargo Capacity

The Sequoia’s cargo area provides more volume than the Navigator.

 

Sequoia

Navigator

Third Seat Folded

66.6 cubic feet

57.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

120.1 cubic feet

103.3 cubic feet

Towing

The Sequoia’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator’s (7100 vs. 6200 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Sequoia’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 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

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

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Sequoia owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Sequoia will cost $1685 to $2620 less than the Navigator over a five-year period.

The Sequoia will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Sequoia will retain 49.44% to 53.71% of its original price after five years, while the Navigator only retains 44.48% to 45.34%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Sequoia is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because it costs $306 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Sequoia than the Navigator, including $147 less for a muffler and $981 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Sequoia will be $19892 to $21705 less than for the Lincoln Navigator.

Recommendations

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

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