2020 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Tahoe and Navigator have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Tahoe 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’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 Tahoe 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 Tahoe 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.

Both the Tahoe 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, 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 Tahoe is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

Tahoe

Navigator

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

23

23

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

108 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

26 G’s

27 G’s

Hip Force

208 lbs.

434 lbs.

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

Warranty

The Tahoe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Navigator’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 Tahoe’s warranty.

Reliability

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Tahoe’s reliability 12 points higher than the Navigator.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Navigator was rated second in its category.

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.

Engine

As tested in Motor Trend the Chevrolet Tahoe 5.3 V8 is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:

Tahoe

Navigator

Zero to 60 MPH

6.7 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

91.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

The Tahoe has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator (26 vs. 23.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Tahoe stops much shorter than the Navigator:

Tahoe

Navigator

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

140 feet

162 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Tahoe 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.

The Tahoe 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 Tahoe offers an optional automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Tahoe’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The Navigator doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 1.1 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Navigator.

The Tahoe LT handles at .77 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Tahoe LT executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Navigator Black Label 4x4 (27.9 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

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

Chassis

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

The Tahoe is 6 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Tahoe easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Navigator can only carry up to 8.

The Tahoe has 1 inch more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and .8 inches more third row headroom than the Navigator.

Towing

The Tahoe’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator’s (6400 vs. 6200 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln Navigator is only 8300 pounds. The Tahoe offers up to a 8600 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Tahoe’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.

The Tahoe’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 Tahoe 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’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tahoe is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because typical repairs cost much less on the Tahoe than the Navigator, including $85 less for front struts and $750 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Chevrolet Tahoe outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by almost six to one during 2018.

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