The Lincoln Navigator isn't the luxury SUV trendsetter it once was -- many competitors are more refined and can carry more passengers. But the extended Navigator L might be just the ticket if you need to haul a lot of people and cargo at the same time.
Entering its eighth model year in its current version, the Navigator gets no major 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.
Inside, the Navigator's age becomes a bigger problem. In a world of large infotainment screens, the Navigator makes do with a relatively small screen and few advanced features like lane departure warning, around-view monitors or advanced off-road controls. At least what's there is relatively easy to use -- features like the SYNC voice recognition system, navigation, HD radio and power-deploying running boards are all standard equipment.
Materials aren't as opulent as they could be. But 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 mated to a six-speed automatic. The engine is outdated, underpowered and not that economical at 14 mpg city and 20 mpg highway. More expensive luxury competitors offer eight-speed automatics, too. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while a four-wheel drive system is optional. Towing capability is up to 9,000 pounds on rear-wheel drive models.
The longer Navigator L is useful for extra cargo space and the towing ability will come in handy for some buyers. But the truck-based underpinnings offer a bouncy ride and ponderous handling that's jarring in a luxury vehicle. On top of that, the added length makes it even less maneuverable than the standard Navigator.
The Navigator L comes in just one one well-equipped trim level with a short list of options. Standard features on the Navigator L include 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, a 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.
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