The 2021 Lincoln Navigator is regarded by many as being the emperor of SUVs. Its dual turbo engine, spacious and luxurious interior and performance are all top notch. But what happens when it goes up against the Volvo XC90, a vehicle which has received acclaim for its impeccable safety record, gorgeous appearance, elegant interior and formidable handling?

Design & Style

The Volvo XC90 has a confident and composed design. The cabin is spacious and extremely comforting, so much so that you won't want to leave. The surfaces are covered in authentic metallic trim, fine leather that feels wonderful on the skin and open pore wood. The seats provide outstanding support for the back and hips and it can comfortably seat 7 passengers, with 41.8 cubic feet available for cargo space. The Lincoln Navigator dazzles on the inside and out. The roof has extended straight lines with drips of chrome along the front in just the right amounts, and the grille is prominent with LEDs that complement it perfectly. The cockpit is absolutely stunning. The high definition screens combined with the wood, chrome and leather surfaces are masterfully executed. Buyers with the deepest pockets upgrade to the Black Label to experience the best interior the Navigator has to offer.

Technology & Safety

The Lincoln Navigator has received a perfect five star NHTSA rating, which is the result of its many safety countermeasures, such as cruise control which is adaptive, camera with surround view, heads up display, emergency automatic brakes and parking assistance. Perks within the cabin are extensive, including ten inch touchscreens, a sound system with twenty speakers, and the option of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The Volvo XC90 also received a perfect five star rating from the NHTSA. It has the entire safety tech found in the Navigator, including blind area monitoring, parking sensors, and the ability to automatically detect road signs and mitigate rear impacts. Luxuries within its cabin include 4 zone climate control, power tail gate, perforated leather, heated/cooled seats, and premium audio from Bowers & Wilkins.


The Volvo XC90 T8 can generate up to 400 horsepower, which enables it to accelerate from zero to sixty in under six seconds. The Lincoln Navigator is outfitted with a traditional V6 turbocharged engine, and can generate 450 horsepower with 510 pounds of torque.

The Bottom Line

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? That is almost what happens here., as both these SUVs are so well designed that choosing between them can be difficult. However, the biggest weakness of the Lincoln Navigator is its thirsty engine, and the XC90 also has an edge in safety and luxury features, so the Volvo wins.

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