2020 Chevrolet Suburban vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator L

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Suburban and Navigator L have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Suburban has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Navigator L’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

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 Suburban 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 Suburban 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 L doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Suburban 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors 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, results indicate that the Chevrolet Suburban is safer than the Lincoln Navigator L:


Navigator L

Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

25 G’s

27 G’s

Hip Force

399 lbs.

434 lbs.

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


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

There are almost 4 times as many Chevrolet dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Suburban’s warranty.


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 32 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Suburban’s fuel efficiency. The Navigator L doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Suburban has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator L (31 vs. 28.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

The Suburban 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 Suburban 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 Suburban offers an optional 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 handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Suburban is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Navigator L.


The Chevrolet Suburban may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 350 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator L.

Passenger Space

The Suburban offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Navigator L can only carry 8.

The Suburban has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more rear headroom and 1.1 inches more third row headroom than the Navigator L.

Cargo Capacity

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


Navigator L

Behind Third Seat

39.3 cubic feet

34.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

76.7 cubic feet

73.3 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

121.1 cubic feet

120.2 cubic feet


Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln Navigator L is limited to 7900 pounds. The Suburban offers up to an 8300 lbs. towing capacity.


The Suburban’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 Suburban’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 L’s cruise control switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

When the Suburban LT/Premier 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 L’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Suburban owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Suburban will cost $2515 to $3160 less than the Navigator L over a five-year period.

The Suburban will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Suburban will retain 52.55% to 53.03% 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 Chevrolet Suburban will be $29831 to $30751 less than for the Lincoln Navigator L.


Consumer Reports® recommends the Chevrolet Suburban, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Chevrolet Suburban outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by over three to one during 2018.

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