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3/4 Front Glamour 2013 Lincoln Navigator

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MPG 14 City / 19 Highway
  • High passenger capacity
  • Lots of cargo room
  • Many standard safety features
  • Luxurious options list
  • Interior styling may be too flashy for some
  • Poor fuel economy
, Automotive Editor -
The Lincoln Navigator was one of the first luxury SUVs and remains one of the most prominent. It's a big, bold machine that has vast amounts of interior space for carrying cargo or passengers or both. It's also a vehicle that packs in many luxurious features to make people feel like they're traveling in a posh sedan that just happens to be able to tackle muddy roads, seat 7 in comfort and tow a large boat or trailer.


The Navigator comes in one trim level with many options. The only engine is a 5.4-liter V8 with 310 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Navigators come standard with rear-wheel drive, but full-time four-wheel drive is an option. With rear-wheel drive, a Navigator can tow up to 9,200 lbs.

Standard features include rain-sensing wipers, power liftgate, 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, backup camera, cooled and powered front seats, heated first and second row seats, Bluetooth, navigation system and SYNC voice recognition system for audio functions for the 14-speaker HD radio with iPod controls. Options include a Monochromatic Package that replaces some of the chrome exterior trim with body-colored trim, power sunroof, 20-inch chrome wheels and tow package.

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The Cadillac Escalade is the chief competitor to the Navigator and has a much stronger V8 engine and comes with a nicer interior, but costs more and the third-row seats do not fold flat. The Lexus LX570 also has more power and a beautifully finished interior, but also lacks a flat-folding third-row and doesn't have as much interior room. The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is more agile and offers an efficient BlueTec diesel option, but doesn't have as much space or towing capacity and generally costs more. The Land Rover LR4 has a more powerful V8 and standard four-wheel drive, but doesn't have as much space inside or as much towing capacity.

While competitors offer more power and luxury features, the Navigator excels at offering a combination of passenger space and ruggedness that makes it popular with people who need different capabilities. Even the most basic Navigator comes well-equipped and offers advanced features like SYNC and satellite navigation that even some competitors that cost more money list as optional extras. If you're looking at a large luxury SUV, the Navigator is still worth a look.

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2013 Lincoln Navigator
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2013 Lincoln Navigator Base

Recommended for: Shoppers looking for a well-equipped, capable luxury SUV

The Navigator comes in one, generously equipped trim level. That includes the 5.4-liter V8 and six-speed automatic, with standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive. Features include 18-inch alloy wheels, power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, backup camera, rain-sensing wipers, power running boards, automatic HID headlamps, fog lights, cooled front seats with 10-way power adjustments, heated first and second-row seats, touchscreen navigation system with HD radio and Sirius TravelLink, THX audio system, SiriusXM radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, memory settings for the driver's seat and mirrors, trip computer and a power-folding third row seat. A power sunroof, second-row bench seat to bring capacity up to 8 and a heavy-duty tow package are available. The optional Monochrome Limited Edition Package includes a power sunroof and special body-colored exterior trim.

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