2020 Buick Enclave vs. 2020 Lincoln Navigator

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Safety

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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 Enclave are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Navigator doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Enclave has a standard front seat center airbag, which deploys between the driver and front passenger, protecting them from injuries caused by striking each other in serious side impacts. The Navigator doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Enclave uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Navigator uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Enclave and the Navigator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Buick Enclave is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

Enclave

Navigator

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

15.6%

32%

Neck Stress

198 lbs.

361 lbs.

Neck Compression

77 lbs.

147 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Buick Enclave is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

Enclave

Navigator

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

34 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

554 lbs.

569 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Enclave the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 204 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Navigator has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

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The Enclave’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Navigator’s (6 vs. 5 years).

There are over 2 times as many Buick dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Enclave’s warranty.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Buick vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Buick fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Enclave

2WD

3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

18 city/26 hwy

4WD

3.6 DOHC 6 cyl.

17 city/25 hwy

Navigator

2WD

3.5 Turbo 6 cyl.

16 city/22 hwy

4WD

3.5 Turbo 6 cyl.

16 city/21 hwy

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

Brakes and Stopping

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The Enclave stops much shorter than the Navigator:

Enclave

Navigator

60 to 0 MPH

130 feet

144 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

141 feet

162 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Enclave 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 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Enclave Avenir handles at .75 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4WD pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Enclave’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Navigator’s (39 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The Buick Enclave may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1150 to 1350 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Enclave is 5.7 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Enclave easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Enclave’s center of gravity significantly without reducing ground clearance. This contributes to better on the road handling and better off-road performance and stability. In addition, unibody construction makes the chassis stiffer, improving handling and reducing squeaks and rattles. The Navigator uses body-on-frame design instead.

Passenger Space

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The front step up height for the Enclave is 3 inches lower than the Navigator (18” vs. 21”). The Enclave’s rear step up height is 4.3 inches lower than the Navigator’s (18.7” vs. 23”).

Cargo Capacity

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

Enclave

Navigator

Behind Third Seat

23.6 cubic feet

19.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

58 cubic feet

57.5 cubic feet

Ergonomics

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The Enclave’s power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Navigator’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

When the Enclave Premium/Avenir is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Navigator’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Enclave owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Enclave will cost $1760 to $3030 less than the Navigator over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Enclave is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because typical repairs cost less on the Enclave than the Navigator, including $134 less for front struts and $144 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Buick Enclave, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln Navigator isn't recommended.

The Buick Enclave outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by almost three to one during 2019.

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