2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

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Safety

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The Nautilus has standard Post Impact Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Blazer doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Nautilus and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, 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 and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Nautilus comes with a full 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Blazer’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Nautilus 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the Blazer. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Blazer ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Nautilus’ corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

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 Nautilus’ reliability 20 points higher than the Blazer.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Blazer isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 3 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Nautilus has more powerful engines than the Blazer:

Horsepower

Torque

Nautilus 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Nautilus 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

193 HP

188 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

230 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 3.6 DOHC V6

308 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Nautilus gets better fuel mileage than the Blazer:

Nautilus

Blazer

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/26 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

20 city/25 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Nautilus’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Blazer:

Nautilus

Blazer

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.64 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Nautilus has larger standard tires than the Blazer (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The Nautilus’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Blazer’s standard 65 series tires. The Nautilus’ optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Nautilus has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Nautilus offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and .4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Blazer.

The front step up height for the Nautilus is 1 inches lower than the Blazer (17.5” vs. 18.5”). The Nautilus’ rear step up height is 1.4 inches lower than the Blazer’s (18” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Blazer with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 30.5 cubic feet). The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Blazer with its rear seat folded (68.8 vs. 64.2 cubic feet).

Towing

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The Nautilus’ standard towing capacity is much higher than the Blazer’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Chevrolet. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 20% lower rating, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Ergonomics

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The Nautilus’ standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Blazer, and is not available on all models.

The Nautilus’ front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Blazer’s passenger windows don’t close automatically.

If the windows are left open on the Nautilus the driver can close them all at the outside door handle or from a distance using the remote. On a hot day the driver can also lower the windows the same way. The driver of the Blazer can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Nautilus’ exterior PIN entry system. The Blazer doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Nautilus’ optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers avoid possible obstacles, the Nautilus (except Standard) offers optional cornering lights to illuminate around corners when the turn signals are activated. The Blazer doesn’t offer cornering lights. The Nautilus (except Standard) also offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle.

The Nautilus (except Standard)’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Blazer doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Lincoln Nautilus, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Chevrolet Blazer isn't recommended.

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