The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV that can seat up to eight occupants. Based on the Ford Expedition, which itself is based on the Ford F-150, the Navigator directly competes with the Cadillac Escalade.
All Navigators are powered by a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. That brawn is channeled through a 10-speed automatic transmission that can send power to the rear wheels, or all four of them on models equipped with all-wheel drive.
With rear-wheel drive, the EPA estimates the Navigator to achieve 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg highway. The longer-wheelbase Navigator L is rated at 16/22 city/highway mpg, while the all-wheel-drive Navigator comes in at 16/21 city/highway mpg.
Thanks to its massive footprint, the Navigator's cargo space is equally gargantuan, with up to 103.3 cubic feet in the standard-wheelbase Navigator, and as much as 120.2 cubic feet in the Navigator L.
Standard tech features include Ford's Sync 3 infotainment on a 10-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus satellite radio, embedded navigation and 4G LTE Wi-Fi. Standard driver-assistance features include blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, plus front and rear parking sensors.
The Lincoln Navigator arguably started the whole fullsize luxury SUV craze when it debuted more than two decades ago. But while it may have lagged behind the competition in recent years -- especially against its key crosstown rival, the Cadillac Escalade -- the new Navigator aims to once again regain its place as the flagship of the fullsize class.
Lincoln first showed the big, bold Navigator in concept form at the 2016 New York Auto Show, and the production version looks pretty much the same -- just without those crazy doors. The grille is massive, but still looks sleek, and I love the 22-inch wheels of this test car. Approach the Navigator at night and it performs what's known as the "Lincoln Embrace," where the LED running lights and puddle lights perform a little light show.
Make no mistake, the Navigator is massive. Even despite a 200-pound weight reduction in this new generation, this thing tips the scales at nearly 6,000 pounds. The standard-wheelbase model is over 17 feet long; opt for the long-wheelbase version, and you've got 18.5 feet of SUV to move around. A city runabout, this definitely is not.
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