2011 GMC
Yukon Denali
vs. 2011 Lincoln
Navigator

2011 Lincoln Navigator

9.8

starting from

$58,625

Reasons to buy the Lincoln Navigator

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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
9.8"
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Has auxiliary audio input
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Better suspension
Independent
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
2011 GMC Yukon Denali

9.3

Runner-up

GMC Yukon Denali

starting from

$54,600
"The multipurpose screen also offers an uncluttered layout for the audio system."
edmunds.com | talking about the Yukon's stereo
"With many luxury and high-tech features, the Yukon remains user-friendly."
edmunds.com | talking about the Yukon's controls

Reasons to buy the GMC Yukon Denali

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Quite powerful
403 HP @ 5,700 RPM
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Sporty performance
14.0 lb/hp
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Average cargo space
108.9 ft3
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Spacious front seats
62.9 ft3
Entertainment System 10.0 vs 7.0
2011 Lincoln Navigator Winner: Navigator
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  • Have your pick of music from around the world with the Navigator 's satellite radio
  • The Navigator 's subwoofer accurately reproduces deep bass notes in music
  • The Navigator 's auxiliary audio input jack lets you connect your MP3 player to the car's stereo
Performance 8.6 vs 10.0
2011 GMC Yukon Denali Winner: Yukon Denali
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  • The Yukon Denali's power-to-weight ratio is around 30% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.0 lb/hp vs 18.8 lb/hp
  • 30% more powerful, 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM vs 310 HP @ 5,100 RPM
  • Almost the same, 39.0 ft vs 40.8 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 8.8
2011 Lincoln Navigator Winner: Navigator
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Practicality 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with navigation systems
  • Both have power outlets
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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  • Both come standard with leather interiors
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Road Tests - vs -
Missing information
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Crash Test Ratings - vs 10.0
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  • Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
Overall 9.8 vs 9.3

Entertainment System

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Navigator
2011 Lincoln Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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Number of speakers 14 vs 10 The Navigator has an extraordinary amount of speakers, and the Yukon Denali is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Yes Both have speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the Navigator 's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs No The Navigator can connect your personal music device to the stereo system
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Has subwoofer Yes vs No The Navigator has a subwoofer to accurately produce deep bass frequencies in music
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entertainment system Standard vs Optional Both cars offer an entertainment system for passengers, but it'll cost extra to get it on the Yukon Denali

Performance

Lincoln
Navigator
2011 Lincoln Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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Horsepower 310 HP @ 5,100 RPM vs 403 HP @ 5,700 RPM The Yukon Denali is fairly powerful, but the Navigator is not far behind
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission Both offer an automatic transmission, standard for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers paddle shifters
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.8 lb/hp vs 14.0 lb/hp The Yukon Denali is a sporty car, but the Navigator is sluggish
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Drivetrain type two-wheel drive vs two-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.8 ft vs 39.0 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Cost

Lincoln
Navigator
2011 Lincoln Navigator
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Yukon Denali
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MSRP $58,625 vs $54,600 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 14 mpg vs 14 mpg Both get OK mileage in the city
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basic warranty miles 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile The Navigator 's basic warranty covers lots of miles and the Yukon Denali is OK, too
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basic warranty years 4 year vs 3 year The Navigator 's basic warranty is long lasting and the Yukon Denali is OK, too

Safety Features

Lincoln
Navigator
2011 Lincoln Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs OnStar

Practicality

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Navigator
2011 Lincoln Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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Passengers 8 vs 7 Average number of seats
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Cargo space 103.3 ft3 vs 108.9 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 59.5 ft3 vs 62.9 ft3 The Yukon Denali has roomy front seats and the Navigator is OK
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Base payload capacity 1620 lb vs 1620 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Standard vs Standard Both come standard with navigation systems
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Cupholders 8 vs 6 OK number of cupholders
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Luxury Features

Lincoln
Navigator
2011 Lincoln Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Road Tests

Lincoln
Navigator
2011 Lincoln Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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0-60 mph 8.8 seconds vs Unknown
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Braking distance at 60mph 149 ft vs Unknown
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 85 mph vs Unknown
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs Unknown
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Lincoln
Navigator
2011 Lincoln Navigator
2011 GMC Yukon Denali GMC
Yukon Denali
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Rollover resistance 3 stars vs 3 stars Poor protection, 21% to 30% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs 5 stars
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs 5 stars

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 GMC Yukon Denali 2011 Land-Rover LR4 Yukon Denali vs LR4
2011 GMC Yukon SLT 2012 GMC Acadia SLE Yukon SLT vs Acadia SLE
2011 Lincoln Navigator 2011 Ford Expedition King Ranch Navigator vs Expedition King Ranch

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