2020 Dodge Durango vs. 2020 Lincoln Navigator

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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 Navigator doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Durango 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 Durango 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, 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.

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

Durango

Navigator

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

24%

35%

Neck Stress

85 lbs.

155 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 flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Dodge Durango is safer than the Lincoln Navigator:

Durango

Navigator

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

150 lbs.

180 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

25

61

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

129

134

Spine Acceleration

39 G’s

47 G’s

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

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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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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As tested in Motor Trend the Dodge Durango V8 is faster than the Lincoln Navigator:

Durango

Navigator

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.4 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11 sec

11.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.9 sec

15.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92.9 MPH

91.7 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 Navigator 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 Navigator requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Durango has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Navigator (24.6 vs. 23.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Durango stops much shorter than the Navigator:

Durango

Navigator

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

150 feet

162 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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 Navigator; 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 Navigator doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

The Durango R/T 4x4 handles at .80 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4WD pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Durango R/T 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Navigator Black Label 4WD (27.4 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Dodge Durango may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 1000 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.

The Durango is 8.8 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Durango easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction lowers the Durango’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 Durango is .5 inches lower than the Navigator (20.5” vs. 21”). The Durango’s rear step up height is 2.4 inches lower than the Navigator’s (20.6” vs. 23”).

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 Navigator does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

The Durango has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Navigator doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Durango owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Durango will cost $710 to $2395 less than the Navigator over a five-year period.

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 Navigator only retains 40.74% to 41.56%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Durango is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because it costs $209 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Durango than the Navigator, including $616 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 $8369 to $41487 less than for the Lincoln Navigator.

Recommendations

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The Dodge Durango outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by almost four to one during 2019.

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