2020 Dodge Durango vs. 2020 Lincoln Nautilus

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Safety

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The Durango has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Nautilus doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Durango and the Nautilus have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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There are over 3 times as many Dodge dealers as there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Durango’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 Durango’s reliability 13 points higher than the Nautilus.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Dodge vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Dodge 7 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine

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The Durango has more powerful engines than the Nautilus:

Horsepower

Torque

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

293 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6

295 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango 5.7 V8

360 HP

390 lbs.-ft.

Nautilus 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder

250 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Nautilus 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Durango V8 is faster than the Lincoln Nautilus turbo 4-cylinder:

Durango

Nautilus

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

88.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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An engine control system that can shut down some of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Durango V8’s fuel efficiency. The Nautilus doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Dodge Durango uses regular unleaded gasoline (mid-grade octane recommended with the 5.7 V8 engine for maximum performance). The Nautilus requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Durango has 6.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Nautilus (24.6 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Durango V8’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Nautilus:

Durango V8

Nautilus

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

The Durango V8’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 Nautilus are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Durango has larger tires than the Nautilus (265/60R18 vs. 245/60R18).

The Durango offers an optional full size spare tire so a flat doesn’t interrupt your trip. A full size spare isn’t available on the Nautilus; it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Durango’s wheelbase is 7.6 inches longer than on the Nautilus (119.8 inches vs. 112.2 inches).

Passenger Space

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The Durango offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Nautilus can only carry 5.

The Durango has 33.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Nautilus (141.4 vs. 108.3).

The Durango has .6 inches more front hip room and .6 inches more rear headroom than the Nautilus.

Cargo Capacity

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The Durango’s cargo area provides more volume than the Nautilus.

Durango

Nautilus

Third Seat Folded

43.3 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

37.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

85.1 cubic feet

68.8 cubic feet

The Durango’s cargo area is larger than the Nautilus’ in almost every dimension:

Durango

Nautilus

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

20”/50”/83”

n.a./41.5”/75”

Max Width

49”

45”

Min Width

42.5”

45”

Height

36”

31”

Towing

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The Durango’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Nautilus’ (6200 vs. 2000 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Lincoln Nautilus is only 3500 pounds. The Durango offers up to a 7400 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Durango is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Nautilus. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Durango’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 Nautilus does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The power windows standard on both the Durango and the Nautilus have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Durango is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Nautilus prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

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

The Durango’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Nautilus’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Durango has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Nautilus only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

When the Durango with available tilt-down mirrors 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 Nautilus’ mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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The Durango will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Durango will retain 46.91% to 51.92% of its original price after five years, while the Nautilus only retains 38.53% to 39.02%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Nautilus because typical repairs cost much less on the Durango than the Nautilus, including $192 less for a water pump, $169 less for a muffler, $61 less for a timing belt/chain and $310 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Dodge Durango will be $9749 to $10473 less than for the Lincoln Nautilus.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Durango second among midsize SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Nautilus isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Dodge Durango outsold the Lincoln MKX/Nautilus by over two to one during 2019.

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