2022 Lincoln Navigator vs 2021 Volvo XC90

2021 Volvo XC90
2021 Volvo XC90
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2022 Lincoln Navigator
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According to CarGurus experts, the overall rating for the 2021 Volvo XC90 is 7.7 out of 10, while the 2022 Lincoln Navigator scores 8.2 out of 10. Based on these ratings, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator is the recommended choice, offering superior performance, comfort, and technology.

Overview

MSRP

$49,000

MSRP

$77,635

Average price

$39,881

Average price

$66,639

Listings

1349

Listings

273
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.7 out of 10

Expert reviews

8.2 out of 10
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Premium interior materials
  • Great safety ratings
Cons
  • Cramped third row
  • Sluggish performance
  • No USB-C ports
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • Audi-style grille
  • Interior chrome is too much
  • Voice recognition needs fine-tuning

2021 Volvo XC90 Reviews Summary

Volvo may be known for sensible station wagons, but the XC90 SUV is the Swedish automaker’s de facto flagship. The current generation debuted design features, technology, and powertrains that have since found their way into most other Volvo models. Several years into the current-generation model’s lifecycle, the XC90 is no longer a trendsetter, but remains Volvo’s contender in the competitive midsize luxury SUV segment, with the automaker’s typical emphasis on safety features.

The current-generation XC90 launched for the 2016 model year, so most competitors—including the Audi Q7, Acura MDX, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class—have been updated or redesigned since then. The Cadillac XT6 and Lincoln Aviator didn’t even exist when this generation of XC90 launched.

A redesigned version is expected to arrive soon, so changes to the 2021 XC90 are minimal. All 2021 Volvo models are now limited to 112 mph for safety reasons and get Care Key, which lets owners limit the top speed before loaning the car out to a friend or family member. The XC90 also gets a handful of newly standard tech features, and some small cosmetic changes.

Volvo offers the XC90 in three trim levels—Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription—with three powertrain options: T5 and T6 gasoline engines, and the T8 plug-in hybrid. Our test car was a range-topping T8 Recharge Inscription, combining the top Inscription trim level with the plug-in hybrid powertrain, which has the highest output of the three.

2022 Lincoln Navigator Reviews Summary

Sometimes, only a full-size SUV will do. Among the handful of large luxury models available, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator stands apart with its classically elegant design, robust towing capacity, and soothing comfort in all three rows of seats.

For the 2022 Navigator, Lincoln makes numerous changes to update the SUV’s styling, comfort, technology, safety, and driving dynamics. To experience the changes first-hand, we headed to Scottsdale, Arizona following a cold snap of winter weather. In short, the facelift has revived the aging Navigator, keeping it competitive against newer rivals.

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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

2.0L 250 hp I4

Engine

3.5L 440 hp V6

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

4X2

Seating Capacity

7

Seating Capacity

8

Horsepower

250 hp @ 5500 rpm

Horsepower

440 hp @ 5500 rpm

MPG City

21

MPG City

17

MPG Highway

30

MPG Highway

23
2021 Volvo XC90
2021 Volvo XC90
$49,000MSRP
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2022 Lincoln Navigator
$77,635MSRP
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According to CarGurus experts, the overall rating for the 2021 Volvo XC90 is 7.7 out of 10, while the 2022 Lincoln Navigator scores 8.2 out of 10. Based on these ratings, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator is the recommended choice, offering superior performance, comfort, and technology.

Overview
MSRP
$49,000
$77,635
Average price
$39,881
$66,639
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.7
4.6
Expert reviews

7.7 out of 10

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8.2 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Premium interior materials
  • Great safety ratings
Cons
  • Cramped third row
  • Sluggish performance
  • No USB-C ports
Pros
  • Powerful engine
  • Comfortable
  • Impressive technology
Cons
  • Audi-style grille
  • Interior chrome is too much
  • Voice recognition needs fine-tuning
Summary

Volvo may be known for sensible station wagons, but the XC90 SUV is the Swedish automaker’s de facto flagship. The current generation debuted design features, technology, and powertrains that have since found their way into most other Volvo models. Several years into the current-generation model’s lifecycle, the XC90 is no longer a trendsetter, but remains Volvo’s contender in the competitive midsize luxury SUV segment, with the automaker’s typical emphasis on safety features.

The current-generation XC90 launched for the 2016 model year, so most competitors—including the Audi Q7, Acura MDX, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class—have been updated or redesigned since then. The Cadillac XT6 and Lincoln Aviator didn’t even exist when this generation of XC90 launched.

A redesigned version is expected to arrive soon, so changes to the 2021 XC90 are minimal. All 2021 Volvo models are now limited to 112 mph for safety reasons and get Care Key, which lets owners limit the top speed before loaning the car out to a friend or family member. The XC90 also gets a handful of newly standard tech features, and some small cosmetic changes.

Volvo offers the XC90 in three trim levels—Momentum, R-Design, and Inscription—with three powertrain options: T5 and T6 gasoline engines, and the T8 plug-in hybrid. Our test car was a range-topping T8 Recharge Inscription, combining the top Inscription trim level with the plug-in hybrid powertrain, which has the highest output of the three.

Sometimes, only a full-size SUV will do. Among the handful of large luxury models available, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator stands apart with its classically elegant design, robust towing capacity, and soothing comfort in all three rows of seats.

For the 2022 Navigator, Lincoln makes numerous changes to update the SUV’s styling, comfort, technology, safety, and driving dynamics. To experience the changes first-hand, we headed to Scottsdale, Arizona following a cold snap of winter weather. In short, the facelift has revived the aging Navigator, keeping it competitive against newer rivals.

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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
2.0L 250 hp I4
3.5L 440 hp V6
Drive Train
FWD
4X2
Seating Capacity
7
8
Horsepower
250 hp @ 5500 rpm
440 hp @ 5500 rpm
MPG City
21
17
MPG Highway
30
23
Look and feel
2021 Volvo XC90
9/10
2022 Lincoln Navigator
8/10
The 2021 Volvo XC90 marked a significant shift in Volvo's design philosophy. Known for its conservative styling, Volvo managed to infuse the XC90 with more character while retaining its recognizable features. The XC90 maintained its boxy profile and blunt front end with a rectangular grille, but the softer lines, increased chrome, and distinctive LED headlights with "Thor’s Hammer" daytime running lights added a modern touch. The Inscription trim, with its extra chrome and optional 21-inch alloy wheels, was the flashiest, while the R-Design and Momentum trims offered sportier and more understated looks, respectively. The XC90's interior embraced "Swedish minimalism," featuring thoughtfully arranged, high-quality materials, including matte-finish wood trim and optional wool upholstery. The Orrefors crystal shifter added a touch of luxury, albeit slightly out of place in the otherwise restrained cabin. In contrast, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator underwent subtle styling changes, including new headlights, taillights, and wheel designs, with a 20-inch design becoming standard. The front end received a restyle, featuring an Audi-esque grille with Lincoln star and chrome detailing, which some felt lacked the previous model's elegance. Despite this, the Navigator's interior continued to impress with quality materials and a mid-century modern design. The new Constellation instrumentation and infotainment display theme added a unique touch, resembling a twilight sky. The updated Sync 4 infotainment system with a 13.2-inch touchscreen, digital instrumentation, and widescreen HUD kept the Navigator competitive in the luxury SUV market. The Black Label trim, with its Central Park theme and luxurious features, showcased the Navigator's commitment to comfort and style.
Performance
2021 Volvo XC90
7/10
2022 Lincoln Navigator
8/10
The 2021 Volvo XC90 offered three powertrains, all centered around a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The base T5 featured a turbocharged engine producing 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The T6 added a supercharger, increasing output to 316 hp and 295 lb-ft. The T8 Twin Engine plug-in hybrid, also known as Recharge, combined the T6 engine with electric assist, delivering a total of 400 hp and 472 lb-ft. The T5 came standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive was optional on the T5 and standard on the T6 and T8. Despite the impressive power figures, the small engine struggled to provide the flexibility of larger engines in competitor SUVs. The XC90's drive modes—Pure, Hybrid, and Power—offered varying levels of efficiency and performance, but Pure mode was limited to low speeds. The XC90 excelled in ride quality, thanks to an optional air-suspension system, and maintained a quiet cabin. With a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds (4,000 pounds for the FWD T5), the XC90 was capable but not class-leading. The 2022 Lincoln Navigator retained its twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, producing 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Available in rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, the Navigator boasted a towing capacity between 8,100 and 8,700 pounds, depending on configuration. The adaptive-damping suspension, updated with Road Preview technology, provided a smooth ride by preparing for road imperfections in advance. The new electronic brake booster improved brake pedal feel and response. During testing, the Navigator handled various driving conditions, including snow and mud, with ease, thanks to its 9.7 inches of ground clearance and appropriate driving modes. The Navigator's fuel economy was rated at 18 mpg combined, and it achieved 18.6 mpg during testing.
Form and function
2021 Volvo XC90
6/10
2022 Lincoln Navigator
10/10
The 2021 Volvo XC90 offered six-seat or seven-seat configurations, with second-row captain’s chairs or a bench seat. Headroom and legroom were average for the segment, with the third row being tight for adults. The seats in the second and third rows lacked support. The optional power moonroof and upright roof profile gave the interior a spacious feel. The Inscription trim featured 10-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats with backrest massage, but a power-adjustable steering wheel was not available. Storage space was limited, with a shallow center console storage bin. Cargo space was 11.2 cubic feet with all seats in place, 34.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded, and 64.1 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded, placing it near the bottom of the segment. A hands-free power tailgate was available. The 2022 Lincoln Navigator continued to offer exceptionally comfortable 30-way power-adjustable front seats with heating, ventilation, and massage functions. The second-row captain’s chairs, now with massaging, heating, and ventilation, provided a luxurious experience. The third-row seat remained roomy and supportive, benefiting from the independent rear suspension design. Storage space was generous, with 19.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row (34.3 cubic feet for Navigator L), 57.5 cubic feet with the third row folded (73.3 cubic feet for Navigator L), and a maximum of 103.3 cubic feet with the second row collapsed (120.2 cubic feet for Navigator L).
Technology
2021 Volvo XC90
8/10
2022 Lincoln Navigator
8/10
The 2021 Volvo XC90 featured the Sensus infotainment system with a 9-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth, and a built-in WiFi hotspot. Standard USB ports included two front USB-A and two rear USB-C ports. A 19-speaker Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system and head-up display were available. The portrait-oriented touchscreen was user-friendly, but the amount of text and typeface made reading some menus difficult while driving. The wireless charging pad was too small for most phones, and the lack of front USB-C ports was a drawback. The 2022 Lincoln Navigator introduced the Sync 4 infotainment system with a 13.2-inch touchscreen display, offering a modern and user-friendly interface. The system supported Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and physical controls for volume, stereo tuning, and climate functions were retained. The voice recognition system was improved but not perfect. The upgraded Lincoln Play rear-seat entertainment system, now with Amazon Fire TV, provided access to popular streaming services. The new 28-speaker Revel 3D audio system delivered exceptional sound quality.
Safety
2021 Volvo XC90
9/10
2022 Lincoln Navigator
8/10
The 2021 Volvo XC90 received the highest “Top Safety Pick+” rating from the IIHS for non-hybrid models, with top scores in all crash tests and front-crash prevention tech. The NHTSA awarded the XC90 a five-star overall safety rating. Standard safety features included lane-keep assist, driver-attention monitor, traffic-sign recognition, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, and Volvo’s Pilot Assist driver aid. The 2022 Lincoln Navigator introduced new driver assistance systems, including Intersection Assist, Road Edge Detection, Active Park Assist 2.0, and ActiveGlide. A surround-view camera system became standard. ActiveGlide, Lincoln’s semi-autonomous driving technology, performed well on approved highways but required driver attention. The system represented a step toward fully autonomous driving but was not infallible.
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