Although the 2016 Lincoln Navigator has gone through a facelift, the 2017 model is expected to undergo a huge change. Influenced by the Ford F-150, the new Navigator will offer a small V6 engine, while maintaining similar power due to its advanced lightweight.
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2017 Lincoln Navigator Overview
What's New for 2017
The 2017 Lincoln Navigator is expected to have an aluminum-made platform, which sheds off roughly 700 pounds. The 2017 features an upgraded interior, with a large touch-screen, 30-way power adjustable seats, and much more, and it's powered by the same V6 EcoBoost engine as the 2016 model. As for the visual, expect quite the make-over, from a grille similar to the Bentley Betayga, to a clamshell body inspired by the Range Rover.
Choosing Your Lincoln Navigator
The 2017 Lincoln Navigator will keep its 2016 EcoBoost 3.5L V6 engine; however, in this model, expect this twin-turbocharged engine to produce 400 horsepower in opposed to the 380 horsepower the 2016 model provided. With the option to change the driving mode, you can expect approximately 18 MPG combined city/highway driving.
Buyers should expect a slight improvement in acceleration due to the decrease in weight.
The 2017 Lincoln Navigator comes in two impressive packages
The select package is considered the basic package; however, it is by no means basic. Starting at $63,195, the Select package offers the SYNC 3 interface, which is greatly improved from the original SYNC system. This package also features power lift gate, power running boards, and power folding third-row seats. This model comes equipped with a THX ll stereo system, which features 14 different speakers around the interior. This Select comes equipped with a rearview camera, adjustable pedals, and a three-zone climate control.
This package starts at $71,260; it features an even more luxurious interior, including video monitors on the back of the front headrests. The Reserve package comes equipped with everything the Select package has, plus a few interior color options, two-tone exterior color options, and other advance features, such as speed sensitive volume control. The Reserve package offers towing-safety features, such as trailer sway control system, as well as regular driving safety features, such as, parking sensors for the front and the rear, blind spot sensors, hill hold control, and most importantly, side-curtain airbags for the whole side of the vehicle.
The 2017 Lincoln Navigator is a slight upgrade from the 2016, and with the amount of advanced technology that goes into it, it takes a slight edge over its competitors. The 700 pound lighter structure and smaller engine allows the Navigator to make more sense than the models prior to the 2016.
With such a small difference in price, many argue that it makes more sense to spend less than $10,000 to upgrade to the Reserve package and get all the luxury features you can get.
2017 Lincoln Navigator Review
Aging and due for replacement, the Lincoln Navigator remains an extreme approach to automotive size, comfort, and sheer presence. But underneath the bling lies a rugged SUV with impressive pulling power and competent road manners despite its age.
Pricing and Equipment
The Navigator starts out in Select trim for $64,710 with rear-drive, or $68,285 with optional four-wheel drive (prices include $1,195 destination charge). Standard features include:
- Leather seats, heated and ventilated in front
- Second-row captain's chairs (a bench is a no-cost alternative)
- Power-retractable running boards
- Blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, parking sensors
- 20-inch bright-finish aluminum wheels
- A touchscreen navigation system with 14-speaker audio and HD radio
Priced from $72,775, the Reserve carries an adaptive suspension, 22-inch wheels, and an upgraded leather interior. Four-wheel drive remains optional at $3,000.
The extended-wheelbase Navigator L, which offers significantly more cargo space, comes in the same trim levels. The L Select starts at $67,100, and the L Reserve at $75,165.
A sunroof ($995) and a rear entertainment system ($1,995) are among the few individual options for the Navigator.
All models use a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The regular Navigator with rear- or four-wheel drive earns an EPA-estimated 17 miles per gallon in combined city and highway driving. The Navigator L delivers 17 mpg combined with rear-drive, or 16 mpg with four-wheel drive.
- The twin-turbo V6 provides eye-opening acceleration in a vehicle of this size and weight. The Navigator hustles from zero to 60 mph in as little as 6 seconds.
- The rear-drive Navigator is rated to tow up to 9,000 pounds, or 8,600 with four-wheel drive. No luxury SUV can pull more.
- Ride quality is excellent thanks to the Navigator's four-wheel independent suspension. The Reserve's adaptive dampers, meanwhile, smooth things out even more, resulting in a plush cruising experience.
- There's no getting around the fact that the Navigator is a giant vehicle. Negotiating urban traffic requires steady nerves, and we discovered that parallel parking is often out of the question.
- As much as we like the Navigator's potent V6, it doesn't offer any efficiency advantage over V8-powered competitors.
- With up to 128.2 cubic feet of cargo space, the Navigator L can hold more than any other SUV on Earth and even some minivans. The regular Navigator offer 103.3 cubic feet, which is still well above average for this segment.
- The second-row captain's chairs feel like thrones. They're wide, supportive, and soft to the touch. The third row folds flat at the touch of a button.
- The relatively low load floor makes handling cargo less of a chore.
- The third row claims to offer seating for three, but we found it's too narrow for that many adults to fit comfortably.
- The tall dash with its stacked controls looks dated and truckish compared to the layouts in other luxury SUVs.
- The Navigator is a very old vehicle, and the material quality reflects that. Cabins on newer offerings from Cadillac, Land Rover, and Mercedes-Benz are far plusher than this Lincoln (although their prices generally reflect that).
The Most Pleasant Surprise
The Lincoln Navigator handles well for its size. The independent suspension and electric steering system work together to assure the Navigator stays precisely on track.
The Least Pleasant Surprise
The option list doesn't include a single active safety feature like adaptive cruise control or lane keeping assist. That's yet another sign of the Navigator's advanced age.
The Bottom Line
The Lincoln Navigator truly excels in capability and comfort, if not technology.
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