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.

Performance Pros

Lincoln Navigator
  • 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.

Performance Cons

  • 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.

Interior Pros

  • 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.

Interior Cons

Lincoln Navigator
  • 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.