2020 Toyota Land Cruiser vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator

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Safety

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The Land Cruiser’s pre-crash front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Navigator doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The Land Cruiser has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Navigator doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All-Wheel Drive is standard on the Land Cruiser. But it costs extra on the Navigator.

Both the Land Cruiser 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, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Land Cruiser for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Lincoln only pays for the first scheduled maintenance visit on the Navigator.

There are over 45 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Land Cruiser’s warranty.

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 Land Cruiser’s reliability 20 points higher than the Navigator.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 39 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Lincoln is ranked 20th.

Fuel Economy and Range

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To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota Land Cruiser uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Navigator requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Land Cruiser 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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For better stopping power the Land Cruiser’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Navigator:

Land Cruiser

Navigator

Front Rotors

14 inches

13.8 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

13.2 inches

The Land Cruiser stops much shorter than the Navigator:

Land Cruiser

Navigator

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

132 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

158 feet

162 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Land Cruiser has larger tires than the Navigator (285/60R18 vs. 275/55R20).

The Land Cruiser has a standard 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 Land Cruiser has active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Navigator doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The Land Cruiser handles at .75 G’s, while the Navigator Black Label 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Land Cruiser executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Navigator Black Label 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Land Cruiser’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the Navigator’s (38.7 feet vs. 41 feet).

Chassis

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The Land Cruiser is 1 foot, 3.1 inches shorter than the Navigator, making the Land Cruiser easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Towing

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The Land Cruiser’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator’s (8100 vs. 6200 pounds).

Ergonomics

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The Land Cruiser’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 Land Cruiser 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.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Land Cruiser has standard headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Navigator doesn’t offer headlight washers.

When the Land Cruiser 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.

The Land Cruiser has a standard heated steering wheel to take the chill out of steering on extremely cold winter days before the vehicle heater warms up. A heated steering wheel is only available on the Navigator Select/Reserve/Black Label.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Land Cruiser has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. Only the Navigator Select/Reserve/Black Label offers wireless charging.

Economic Advantages

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The Land Cruiser will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Land Cruiser will retain 50.43% of its original price after five years, while the Navigator only retains 40.74% to 41.56%.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Land Cruiser, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Lincoln Navigator isn't recommended.

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