The Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon and Lincoln Navigator are a set of vehicles that had gotten long in the tooth, while the rest of the auto industry was passing them by. Not so this time, as all of these models have been updated for 2015, though in varying degrees. But which one would you drive?
The most recent news comes from Lincoln. The Navigator has been around in effectively the same form since 2007. That is a long freaking time, and despite tweaks here and there, the vehicle was overdue for an overhaul. But that is not what it got– as the 2015 Navigator is only a refresh, built on similar mechanicals. Given what the Navigator looked like before, this was definitely needed.
The new-look Navigator wears the current Lincoln styling well. Heck, anything was a good replacement for the misguided styling of the 2014 model. But while the looks have arrived, the V8 has departed. In an effort to meet tightening EPA regulations, the venerable 5.4-liter V8 option has been swapped out for Ford’s 365-horsepower EcoBoost V6 as the only available engine.
That V6 may have enough power to move the Navigator, but it has nothing on the tried-and-true 6.2-liter V8 found in the Chevy Tahoe (above). That unit makes 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. in torque, and is fitted into a vehicle that was truly redesigned from the ground-up.
The new Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade may carry the same rugged formula as the vehicles they replace, but are actually entirely new. Weight has been shaved, new technology has been fitted under the hood, and– most importantly to drivers– the interior is entirely new. Meanwhile Lincoln buyers will get a few new features crammed into the dated, straight-line interior of the Navigator.
Then again, if you are in the market for a full-size, truck-based SUV, then you might appreciate the adherence to the past found in the Navigator. Then there is the price. We’ve been comparing Navigator to Tahoe because– even though the Navi’ is targeted at the Escalade– the price will likely be closer to that of the Tahoe. No pricing has been announced for any of these vehicles, but fully redesigned models are always a few grand more than the vehicles they replace, while modest updates typically carry modest price hikes. You could argue that if you are in the market for an American luxury SUV, the Navigator is a better deal than the Escalade, but if you stack up what you would actually be getting, the Tahoe is a closer rival to the Navigator.
So which one would you choose?
- Lincoln Navigator
- Chevy Tahoe