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Once the king of full-size luxury SUVs, the Lincoln Navigator has largely stood still as competitors became more advanced in recent years. It's no longer the most opulent or brash choice, but it's a commodious vehicle that's a good choice for people hauling things or passengers.
The bigger question buyers need to ponder, though, is whether they need the truck-based abilities of the Navigator -- or if they'd be better off with a more comfortable and efficient crossover.
Entering its eighth model year in its current version, the Navigator gets no meaningful changes for 2014.
The Navigator's exterior hasn't changed much since its 2007 redesign. It may be huge, but it isn't as imposing as a Cadillac Escalade or Range Rover, nor is it as tasteful as a Mercedes-Benz GL450 or Audi Q7. Worse, it looks very similar to the Ford Expedition with which it shares many components.
It's in the Navigator's interior that age becomes a bigger problem. Materials are far from opulent, and a Navigator makes do with a relatively small screen and few advanced features like lane departure warning, around-view monitors or trick off-road controls. At least what's there is relatively easy to use -- and features like SYNC voice recognition, navigation, HD radio and power-deploying running boards are all standard equipment. Another advantage: The third-row is usable for adults and folds flat with power-assist.
Under the Hood
The only engine is a 5.4-liter V8 with 310 horsepower -- it's outdated, underpowered and not that economical at 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. The six-speed transmission is, likewise, outclassed by eight-speed gearboxes from many competitors.
Rear-wheel drive is standard, while a four-wheel drive system is an option. Towing capability is up to 9,000 pounds.
The truck-based underpinnings of the Navigator hurt its maneuverability, and it isn't more spacious than unibody competitors. In addition to a bouncy ride and vague steering, it doesn't handle with much confidence and is ultimately more of a chore to drive than any luxury vehicle should be.
The Navigator comes in one well-equipped trim level with just a few options. It's already loaded, though, with features such as leather upholstery, heated first- and second-row seats, cooled front seats, a navigation system with 14-speaker HD radio, Bluetooth, USB interface, and SYNC voice recognition.
Other standard features include power seats with front seat memory, power-deploying running boards, power folding third-row seat and a backup camera. Options are few, but include four-wheel drive, a heavy-duty towing package, a rear DVD entertainment system, 20-inch chrome wheels and a power sunroof.
You can't, however, get features such as an around-view monitor, lane departure warning, head up display, or pedestrian detection as you can on competing luxury SUVs.
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|Build & Price|
2013 Lincoln Navigator$46,885 | 15,378 mi
2012 Lincoln Navigator$40,261 | 22,690 mi
2011 Lincoln Navigator$39,980 | 50,676 mi
2010 Lincoln Navigator L$37,990 | 47,841 mi
2008 Lincoln Navigator$20,818 | 99,362 mi
2008 Lincoln Navigator$22,977 | 94,101 mi
2007 Lincoln Navigator$18,996 | 106,169 mi
2006 Lincoln Navigator$12,995 | 127,238 mi
2005 Lincoln Navigator$12,999 | 116,068 mi
2004 Lincoln Navigator$9,995 | 119,538 mi
2004 Lincoln Navigator$10,975 | 107,104 mi
2004 Lincoln Navigator$11,990 | 117,309 mi
2003 Lincoln Navigator$9,991 | 100,085 mi
2003 Lincoln Navigator$11,400 | 107,231 mi
2001 Lincoln Navigator$6,495 | 178,696 mi
More powerful and more stylish, but third-row seat is unusable and a new model is due soon
Powerful with a nicely appointed interior, though not as spacious as some rivals
Talented off-road with a brawny powertrain, but can feel snug inside and is very expensive
Eye-watering price tag and lacks third-row, but extremely refined and capable with impeccable image