The Armada has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Navigator doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
The Armada (except SV) offers optional Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Navigator doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.
Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Armada (except SV) offers optional Backup Collision Intervention which use rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Navigator doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.
The Armada Platinum’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Navigator doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Armada SL/Platinum has a standard Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Navigator only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.
Both the Armada and the Navigator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive and blind spot warning systems.
The Armada’s 5.6 DOHC V8 produces 10 more horsepower (390 vs. 380) than the Navigator’s 3.5 turbo V6.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Armada uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Navigator requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The rear suspension of the Armada uses air springs for a smoother, controlled ride than the Navigator, which uses coil springs. Air springs maintain proper ride height and ride more smoothly.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Armada’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Navigator (121.1 inches vs. 119 inches).
For greater off-road capability the Armada has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Navigator (9.2 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Armada to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.
The Nissan Armada may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 100 to 250 pounds less than the Lincoln Navigator.
The Armada has 1.4 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom and 8.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Navigator.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Armada. The Navigator doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
On extremely cold Winter days, the Armada Platinum’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Navigator doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Armada offers an optional Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Navigator doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Armada is less expensive to operate than the Navigator because it costs $45 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Armada than the Navigator, including $1 less for an alternator, $12 less for front brake pads and $49 less for a fuel pump.
The Nissan Armada outsold the Lincoln Navigator/Navigator L by 6% during 2015.