2020 Lincoln Navigator vs. 2020 Maserati Levante

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the front and middle seat shoulder belts of the Lincoln Navigator 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 Maserati Levante has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

The middle row seatbelts optional on the Navigator Reserve/Black Label inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Levante doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Navigator’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Levante doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

The Navigator has standard 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Levante doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Navigator and the Levante have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and around view monitors.

The Lincoln Navigator weighs 901 to 1205 pounds more than the Maserati Levante. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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Lincoln’s powertrain warranty covers the Navigator 2 years and 20,000 miles longer than Maserati covers the Levante. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Levante ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Navigator’s corrosion warranty is 1 year and unlimited miles longer than the Levante’s (5/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

There are almost 7 times as many Lincoln dealers as there are Maserati dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Navigator’s warranty.

Reliability

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The Navigator has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Levante doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

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 Navigator’s reliability 17 points higher than the Levante.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Navigator second among large premium suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Levante isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

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The Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 105 more horsepower (450 vs. 345) and 141 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 369) than the Levante’s standard 3.0 turbo V6. The Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6 produces 26 more horsepower (450 vs. 424) and 82 lbs.-ft. more torque (510 vs. 428) than the Levante S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Navigator 4WD gets better city fuel mileage than the Levante with its standard engine (16 city/21 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Lincoln Navigator uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Levante requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Navigator has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Levante (23.2 vs. 21.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

The Navigator 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 Levante doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

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A ten-speed automatic is standard on the Lincoln Navigator, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Levante.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Navigator’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Levante:

Navigator

Levante

Front Rotors

13.8 inches

13.6 inches

Rear Rotors

13.2 inches

13 inches

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Navigator has larger standard tires than the Levante (275/55R20 vs. 265/50R19). The Navigator Reserve/Black Label’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Levante (285/45R22 vs. 265/50R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Navigator Standard has standard 20-inch wheels. Smaller 19-inch wheels are standard on the Levante.

The Lincoln Navigator’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Maserati Levante only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Navigator’s wheelbase is 4.2 inches longer than on the Levante (122.5 inches vs. 118.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Navigator is 3.4 inches wider in the front and .8 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Levante.

Chassis

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

Passenger Space

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The Navigator offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Levante can only carry 5.

The Navigator has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 9.4 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 6.5 inches more rear legroom and 9.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Levante.

Cargo Capacity

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The Navigator’s cargo area provides more volume than the Levante.

Navigator

Levante

Third Seat Folded

57.5 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

19.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

103.3 cubic feet

57.3 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Navigator easier. The Navigator’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Levante’s liftover is 31.7 inches.

The Navigator’s cargo area is larger than the Levante’s in every dimension:

Navigator

Levante

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

24”/48”/86”

n.a./40.5”/74.5”

Max Width

51”

46.7”

Min Width

51”

39.5”

Height

37”

n/a

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Navigator’s second and third row seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Levante doesn’t offer automatic folding second row seats.

The Navigator’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Levante’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Towing

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The Navigator’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Levante’s (6200 vs. 5952 pounds). Maximum trailer towing in the Maserati Levante is only 5952 pounds. The Navigator offers up to a 8700 lbs. towing capacity.

While the Levante GTS can only tow 3306, any Navigator can tow a minimum of 6200 pounds.

The Navigator 4WD with optional equipment can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Navigator can be unhitched and driven around locally. The Levante can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Ergonomics

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Unlike the driver-only memory system in the Levante, the Navigator offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position, foot pedal distance, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Navigator (except Standard) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Levante doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left open on the Navigator 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 Levante can only operate 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 Navigator’s exterior PIN entry system. The Levante doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Navigator’s exterior PIN entry system. The Levante doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Navigator (except Standard) offers optional massaging front seats in order to maximize comfort and eliminate fatigue on long trips. Massaging seats aren’t available in the Levante.

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

The Navigator has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Levante doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Navigator’s Enhanced Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Levante doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Model Availability

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The Navigator is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Levante doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Navigator first among large premium suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Levante isn’t in the top three.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Navigator as the 2018 North American Truck of the Year. The Levante has never been chosen.

The Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L outsold the Maserati Levante by over five to one during 2019.

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