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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