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 Interior

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.