2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2020 Chevrolet Equinox

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln Nautilus are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

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 Equinox 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 Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and around view monitors.

The Lincoln Nautilus weighs 479 to 1255 pounds more than the Chevrolet Equinox. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

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 Equinox’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 Equinox. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Equinox ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

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

Reliability

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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’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 80 more horsepower (250 vs. 170) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 203) than the Equinox’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Nautilus’ 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 260) than the Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Nautilus’ optional 2.7 turbo V6 produces 83 more horsepower (335 vs. 252) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 260) than the Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Nautilus has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Nautilus has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox AWD’s standard fuel tank (18 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Nautilus

Equinox 1.5T

Equinox 2.0T

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

11.3 inches

11.3 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Nautilus has larger standard tires than the Equinox (245/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Nautilus’ optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (265/40R21 vs. 235/50R19).

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 Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Nautilus’ optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nautilus has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox. The Nautilus’ optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Equinox Premier.

Suspension and Handling

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The Nautilus has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Nautilus flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Nautilus’ wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Equinox (112.2 inches vs. 107.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Nautilus is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has 5.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (108.3 vs. 103.2).

The Nautilus has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 3.9 inches more rear hip room and 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 29.9 cubic feet). The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (68.8 vs. 63.9 cubic feet).

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

Nautilus

Equinox

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/75”

34.9”/67.4”

Min Width

45”

40.7”

Height

31”

31”

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Nautilus. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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

Servicing Ease

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The Nautilus uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Equinox uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

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 Equinox.

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 Equinox’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 Equinox can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Nautilus’ optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Equinox’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 Equinox 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 has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning costs extra on the Equinox and isn’t available on the Equinox L/LS.

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 Equinox 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 Equinox isn't recommended.

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