The Lincoln Navigator is a full size luxury SUV that was first introduced in 1998, essentially as a more luxurious Ford Expedition. Now in its third generation, the Navigator still shares most essential components, including its chassis and powertrain, with the Expedition.
The Navigator's strong point is a luxurious interior with ample space for passengers in all three rows in part due to an independent rear suspension which frees up third row legroom and also pays dividends for handling. Cargo space is a healthy 18.6 cubic feet, increasing to 55 cubic feet with the third row seats folded.
One area where the big truck lags behind the competition is its powertrain. The Navigator's 5.4-liter 3V V8 has been updated to 310 horsepower, but is still roughly 100 less than what many rivals offer. The transmission has been upgraded to a six-speed automatic to make the most of the power and 365 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel-drive is standard, while four-wheel-drive is available as an option. Fuel economy is rated at 14/20 mpg with RWD and 13/18 with 4WD.
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's passive safety features consist of a traction control system in addition to AdvanceTrac stability control with Roll Stability Control; in the event of a collision, the vehicle features dual front and side airbags as well as side curtain airbags which reach from the 1st to the 3rd row.
The aging Navigator competes against more modern rivals like the elegant Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, the stylish Audi Q7 and the bling-tastic Cadillac Escalade.