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Ford Explorer vs. Lincoln Navigator

When comparing the Ford Explorer to the Lincoln Navigator, the Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars. The Lincoln Navigator has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Ford Explorer versus the Lincoln Navigator, the Lincoln Navigator is a better car than the Ford Explorer.

Ford Explorer versus Lincoln Navigator Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Ford Explorer ranges from $34,452 to $54,990 while a used Lincoln Navigator from the same model year range is priced between $70,999 to $95,114. For a new model, the Ford Explorer's price is between $36,442 and $59,358, with the Lincoln Navigator priced between $84,636 and $105,358.

Ford Explorer versus Lincoln Navigator Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Explorer is 8.5 out of 10 while the Lincoln Navigator's quality rating is 8.8 out of 10. This results in the Ford Explorer being ranked 5 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Lincoln Navigator being ranked 2 out of 18 Best Luxury Large SUVs.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Explorer’s base engine makes 300 horsepower, and the Lincoln Navigator base engine makes 440 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Lincoln Navigator has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and trunk space. The Ford Explorer, a crossover/midsize SUV, has the advantage in the area of rear head room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Lincoln Navigator has the advantage of offering higher towing capacity, ground clearance, and payload capacity than the Ford Explorer.

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2023 Ford Explorer

2023 Lincoln Navigator

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,442 - $59,358

Used Asking Price:

$34,452 - $54,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$84,636 - $105,358

Used Asking Price:

$70,999 - $95,114

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

55.6%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.8 / 10

Reliability:

9.8 / 10

Retained Value:

6.6 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 25
5 / 31
5 / 25
6 / 61
6 / 25
7 / 61
7 / 61
7 / 31
7 / 25
9 / 31
13 / 31
43 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 18
2 / 18
3 / 25

Summary Review

The Ford Explorer is one of the defining vehicles of its segment. This three-row SUV is big, tough, and versatile. Ford redesigned its Explorer for 2020, switching it back to a rear-wheel-drive-based vehicle with a more rugged foundation.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Passenger Space
  • Advanced 4X4 all-wheel-drive system available
  • Class-leading engines on many trims, including a hybrid

  • Older models lack some basic advanced safety systems common for their model years
  • No 8-passenger seating option for 2021

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

XLT, Base, Police Interceptor Utility, Platinum, ST, Limited, King Ranch, ST-Line, Timberline

Trim Levels

Black Label, Standard, Reserve

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

6 years / 70000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

440 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

510 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.078 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

6200 lbs

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Standard

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Standard

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Standard

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Cargo Space:

18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

170.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

65.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

40 inches

Rear Leg Room:

42.3 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

65.1 inches

Cargo Space:

20.9 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

103.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

193.3 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4345 lbs

Width:

89.3 inches

Height:

69.9 inches

Length:

198.8 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

5633 lbs

Width:

93.8 inches

Height:

76.4 inches

Length:

210 inches

Wheelbase:

122.5 inches

Ground Clearance:

9.7 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

255/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

20.0 x 8.5 inches

Wheel Type:

polished aluminum with painted accents

Tire Size:

P275/55R20