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2016 Lincoln Navigator

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2016 Select 4dr 4x2
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Price:   -  From $63,195
2016 Select 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $66,770
2016 Reserve 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $71,260
2016 Reserve 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $74,260

Overview

The 2016 model Lincoln Navigator presents to the public an offering of prestige and elegance. Compared to similar-sized competitors, the Lincoln Navigator shows a healthier price point without missing any of the luxury or amenities.

What's New for 2016

While the jump from the 2014 Navigator to the 2015 design presented some major upgrades, the 2016 model year (the last of the "Third Generation" line) isn’t a far departure from the previous year’s model. Aside from some slight body modification and paint choice, the 2016 is a carryover from the last year.

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Choosing Your 2016 Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator has become the top choice of celebrities and mainstream consumers alike. Although its body style is reminiscent of past SUV design, the Navigator nonetheless offers major quality, luxury and performance.

Last year, Lincoln switched from a V8 to a vastly improved 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. The turbocharged engine improves acceleration and fuel economy, and its EPA-estimated 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway put it ahead of many of competitors. Don't let the size of the engine fool you, this vehicle still puts out an impressive 380 horsepower with 460 pound-feet of torque for towing capacity of up to 9000 pounds.

Regardless of the updates to the Navigator some might say it is an old guard choice when compared to more modern contemporaries, but one look at the entire package and you will see that this couldn’t be further from the truth. Even with the base Select package, the Navigator presents top-of-the-line luxury.

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The Select package ($63,090 MSRP) offers luxury features including a power lift gate, power running boards, temperature-controlled front seats, power-folding third-row seats, a THX II audio system with fourteen speakers subwoofer and surround, SYNC 3, satellite radio, HID headlights, genuine wood trim and an instrument panel wrapped in leather.

The Reserve package ($71,150 MSRP) adds a rich two-tone exterior, 22-inch alloy wheels, and upgraded interior materials and colors. Standard safety features include trailer sway control, tire pressure monitoring, front and rear parking sensors with a rear camera, blind spot detection with cross traffic alert, LED brake lights, hill hold and descent control, side-impact airbags for front-seat occupants, and side curtain airbags inclusive of all three rows of seats.

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator offers luxury, class and efficiency that make it a good value for its price point versus its competitors. Its functionality, class and amenities in the Select and Reserve offerings make this a good buy for the savvy consumer.

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While the Select package offers an excellent value for the consumer, the step up to the Reserve package is worth the investment. It keeps the upgrade price under $10,000, which is well worth the value to someone in the market to purchase a high-end luxury SUV.

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If you find seating for eight passengers, best-in-class cargo volume and up to nine thousand pounds of towing capacity appealing, Lincoln’s turbocharged 2016 Navigator just might be the perfect vehicle for you.

Pricing and Equipment

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator is powered by 3.5-liter turbocharged Ecoboost V6 connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and four-wheel drive is optional.

The Navigator is available in a 119-inch wheelbase and a 131-inch extended wheelbase model, known as the Navigator L.

  • The base model Navigator Select starts at $63,195
  • The four-wheel drive Select starts at $66,770
  • The top-trim Reserve starts at $71,260
  • Pricing for the four-wheel drive Reserve model begins at $74,260

Performance Pros

Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator is powered by a ferocious 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged Ecoboost V6 making 380-horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It utilizes a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters for manual gear selection.

  • Rear-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is available as an option on all trim levels.
  • Fuel economy ranges from 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for the base rear-wheel drive model to 15 mpg city and 20 mpg highway for the all-wheel drive version. The gigantic 28 gallon fuel tank assures plenty of range.
  • The Navigator uses all 460 pound-feet of torque to zip the massive full-size SUV from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, a number that is quite impressive considering its downsized turbo engine and the 6.000-plus pound curb weight.
  • Towing is equally impressive. When properly equipped, the 2016 Navigator can pull up to 9,000 pounds.
  • Handling is good for a body-on-frame behemoth. The electric power-assisted steering and suspension help guide and tame the massive full-sizer around town and on the highway. Optional with rear-wheel drive and standard with four-wheel drive, a continuous damping system monitors driving conditions up to 500 times per second and makes adjustments accordingly.

Performance Cons

  • While the Ecoboost V6 engine is fantastic, it only gains a couple miles per gallon in fuel economy over the outgoing V8. That is certainly an improvement, but not as dramatic as one would imagine.
  • The six-speed automatic seems dated in an age of eight- and nine-speed gearboxes.

Interior Pros

Lincoln Navigator

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator’s cabin is incredibly spacious and versatile. With three rows of comfortable seating, the Navigator provides room for up to eight passengers.

  • The Navigator favors a quiet interior setting over hearing the roar of the competent turbocharged engine. The environment reflects the luxurious nature of the upscale full-size SUV.
  • The Reserve trim ups the luxury quotient by wrapping all three rows of seats in premium leather—as well as armrests, the center console lid and gear shift knob. A hand-wrapped leather instrument panel sets off the dashboard and premium wood trim, similar to the kind found in high-end yachts, is found throughout the interior.
  • Myriad tech features include the MyLincoln touch infotainment system.

Interior Cons

The interior is starting to look and feel a bit dated, even after a recent refresh.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

While I have been unimpressed in the past, Lincoln’s latest infotainment system is surprisingly powerful and once you get over the initial learning curve, quite intuitive and easy to use.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Unlike the majority of Ford’s Ecoboost engine solutions, the Navigator’s recommend fuel is costly premium unleaded. The hi-test upcharge only adds the disappointing fuel economy numbers of the V6.

The Bottom Line

Lincoln Navigator

Essentially starting the full-size luxury SUV segment, the Lincoln Navigator continues to offer excellent value in a well-equipped people-and-stuff mover. Although the giant may be overkill for many situations, those who regularly need room for seven or eight passengers and want a vehicle that can tow up to 9,000 pounds while racing to 60 miles per hour as quickly as many sports sedans will want to take a closer look.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 380 HP / 460 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 22 / 19 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7 / 8
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 380 HP / 460 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 22 / 19 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
28.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$107
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
103.3 Cu.ft. / 104.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
160 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
207.4 "
Exterior Width
78.8 "
Exterior Height
78.1 "
Front Headroom
39.5 "
Rear Headroom
39.7 "
Front Legroom
43.0 "
Rear Legroom
39.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
63.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
63.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,830 Lbs.
Wheel Base
119 "
Turning Radius
20.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Painted Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
7 / 8
Seat Trim
Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
Full Bucket / 40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Thx Ii Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
14 Performance
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Securilock
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
24 Months / 24,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
Unlimited Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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