2014 Lincoln Navigator L

The Navigator L is the long-wheelbase variant of Lincoln's full-size Navigator luxury SUV. Essentially a more luxurious version of the Ford Expedition EL, with which it shares all major mechanical components, the Navigator L features old-school body-on-frame construction and space for up to eight adult passengers and all their cargo.

Building on the already generously sized Navigator, the Navigator L boasts an additional 14.8 inches of length that translate to a cavernous 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. Total storage capacity is a massive 168.3 cubic feet. Although occupant space doesn't increase compared with the standard model, passengers still enjoy minivan levels of stretch-out space, even in the third row, which Lincoln says can accommodate adults up to 6'2" in stature. Buyers have the choice of seven-passenger capacity with second row buckets seats or eight-passenger capability with a second row bench seat.

The cabin features a retro theme, with square gauges and a dual-cowl dash that recalls Lincoln cars of the 1970s. Materials are generally high quality, with leather upholstery and genuine wood trim providing a luxurious feel.

In most situations, 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque would be considered ample power. However, burdened by over three tons of mass, the Navigator L's 5.4-liter V8 can struggle to move the big SUV at times. A six-speed automatic transmission helps make the most of the power. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while four-wheel-drive is a option (though the Navigator L is too big for serious off-roading situations).

The Navigator L is so large that the federal government does not test its fuel efficiency; the standard Navigator, which weighs about 300 pounds less, returns 14/20 mpg with rear-wheel-drive or 13/18 mpg with power going to all four wheels. The Navigator L's size pays off with an impressive 8700 pound towing capacity, however.

Standard and Optional Features
The Navigator L comes standard with a bevy of luxury features included heated and cooled leather seats with memory functionality, a voice-activated navigation system with real-time traffic and weather updates, dual zone automatic climate control, a power folding third row bench seat, a power rear liftgate, power running boards, sonar-based front and rear parking assist systems, a rear parking camera, 18-inch alloy wheels and a 14 speaker, 600 watt THX-certified sound system.

The optional Monochrome Limited Edition Package features a unique chrome grille, a body-color lower grille, hood accents and bodyside cladding, olive ash wood trim, premium "canyon" leather seating, numerous badges inside and out and the Lincoln logo stitched onto the headrests of all seven seats.

Other options include a sunroof and 20-inch alloy wheels.

The Navigator L's passive safety features consist of a traction control system and AdvanceTrac stability control with Roll Stability Control; in the event of a collision, the vehicle is equipped with dual front and side airbags as well as side curtain airbags which reach from the 1st to the 3rd row.

Key Competitors
The only luxury SUV capable of matching the Navigator L's prodigious size is the Cadillac Escalade ESV. Smaller rivals include the Infiniti QX56, Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL-Class.