2020 Lincoln Nautilus vs. 2020 Dodge Durango

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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 Durango 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.

The Nautilus Reserve/Black Label offers an optional 360-Degree Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Nautilus and the Durango 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 and available all-wheel drive.

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

Nautilus

Durango

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Lincoln Nautilus is safer than the Durango:

Nautilus

Durango

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

69

119

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

2 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

26 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

.8/.6 kN

5.3/2.5 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

6%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.4/.37

1.53/.59

Tibia forces R/L

1.4/.8 kN

1.9/1.4 kN

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

The Nautilus’ 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Durango runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Nautilus have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

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 19 points higher than the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Nautilus third among midsize premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Durango 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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 8th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 19th in reliability. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 28th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Lincoln vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Lincoln 1 place higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine

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The Nautilus has more powerful engines than the Durango:

Torque

Nautilus 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

280 lbs.-ft.

Nautilus 2.7 turbo V6

380 lbs.-ft.

Durango 3.6 DOHC V6

260 lbs.-ft.

Durango Dual Exhaust 3.6 DOHC V6

260 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Nautilus

Durango

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

21 city/26 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

n/a

14 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

4WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./8-spd. Auto

20 city/25 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

2.7 turbo V6/8-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

Regardless of its engine, the Nautilus’ engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Dodge only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Durango V6.

The Nautilus has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Durango doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Nautilus

Durango

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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The Nautilus’ optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Durango’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Nautilus offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Durango’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

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

For better maneuverability, the Nautilus’ turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Durango’s (39.3 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The Lincoln Nautilus may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 900 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The Nautilus is 11.2 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Nautilus easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Nautilus uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Durango doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Nautilus has 2.5 inches more front legroom, .4 inches more front shoulder room, 1 inch more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Durango.

The front step up height for the Nautilus is 3 inches lower than the Durango (17.5” vs. 20.5”). The Nautilus’ rear step up height is 2.6 inches lower than the Durango’s (18” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity

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The Nautilus has a much larger cargo volume than the Durango with its rear seat up (37.2 vs. 17.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Nautilus easier. The Nautilus’ cargo hatch lift-over height is 30 inches, while the Durango’s liftover is 32.2 inches.

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Nautilus’ rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Durango doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Nautilus Reserve/Black Label’s liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Durango doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Lincoln service is better than Dodge. J.D. Power ranks Lincoln 7th in service department satisfaction (above the industry average). With a 61% lower rating, Dodge is ranked 27th.

Ergonomics

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The Nautilus’ power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Durango’s parking brake has to released manually.

The Nautilus’ front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Durango’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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 Durango doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 Durango 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.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Lincoln Nautilus Reserve/Black Label has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Durango doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

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 Durango 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 Dodge Durango isn't recommended.

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