2020 Toyota Sequoia vs. 2019 Lincoln Navigator L

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Sequoia and the Navigator L 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, rear cross-path warning and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sequoia 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 L.

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

Reliability

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 Sequoia’s reliability 20 points higher than the Navigator L.

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

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

Tires and Wheels

The Sequoia 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 L, it requires you to depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Sequoia offers an optional automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Navigator L doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Sequoia is .3 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the Navigator L.

For better maneuverability, the Sequoia’s turning circle is 5.2 feet tighter than the Navigator L’s (38.1 feet vs. 43.3 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Sequoia has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Navigator L (10 vs. 9.6 inches), allowing the Sequoia to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Sequoia is 1 foot, 4.8 inches shorter than the Navigator L, making the Sequoia easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space

The Sequoia has .6 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear shoulder room and 1.4 inches more third row shoulder room than the Navigator L.

Towing

The Sequoia’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the Navigator L’s (7100 vs. 6600 pounds).

Ergonomics

The Sequoia’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 L does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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

When the Sequoia Platinum 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 L’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Sequoia, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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