2020 Chevrolet Tahoe vs. 2020 Lincoln Aviator

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Tahoe are height-adjustable, and the middle and rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Lincoln Aviator doesn’t offer comfort guides on its middle or rear seat belts.

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 Aviator 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 Aviator doesn’t offer front seat center airbags.

Both the Tahoe and the Aviator 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, 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 Tahoe’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Aviator’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.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tahoe first among large SUVs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Aviator isn’t in the top three 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.


The Tahoe’s optional 6.2 V8 produces 20 more horsepower (420 vs. 400) and 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (460 vs. 415) than the Aviator’s standard 3.0 turbo V6.

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 Aviator doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Tahoe has 8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Aviator Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Tahoe has 5.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Aviator’s standard fuel tank (26 vs. 20.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

The Tahoe’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Aviator are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Tahoe has larger standard tires than the Aviator (265/65R18 vs. 255/55R19). The Tahoe’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Aviator (285/45R22 vs. 255/55R19).

The Tahoe’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Aviator Reserve/Grand Touring/Black Label’s 50 series tires.

The Chevrolet Tahoe’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Lincoln Aviator only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

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

Suspension and Handling

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Tahoe is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Aviator.

Passenger Space

The Tahoe offers optional seating for 9 passengers; the Aviator can only carry 7.

The Tahoe has 1.3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear hip room, 3.8 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.2 inches more third row headroom, 8.4 inches more third row hip room and 8.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Aviator.

Cargo Capacity

The Tahoe’s cargo area provides more volume than the Aviator.



Third Seat Folded

51.7 cubic feet

41.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

94.7 cubic feet

77.7 cubic feet

The Tahoe’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Aviator’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.


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 Aviator does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Aviator’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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