The Navigator is LINCOLN's full-size luxury SUV that can seat up to eight people in three rows. Related to the Ford Expedition, the SUV is also available in long-wheelbase Navigator L form. Competitors include the Cadillac Escalade and Infiniti QX56.
The Navigator is now offered with Sync AppLink, which allows voice control of certain smartphone applications. Also new are spotter mirrors to give the driver a better view of their blind spot.
The Navigator's most prominent design feature is its grille. It has an egg-crate appearance with a large horizontal bar running through the LINCOLN logo. Flanking the grille are standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights. Exterior features include:
- Standard capless fuel system
- Standard rain-sensing wipers
- Standard power liftgate
- Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels; 20-inch chrome rims optional
- Optional moonroof
- New integrated spotter mirrors
The leather-upholstered heated-and-cooled front seats include power adjustments, and there are adjustable pedals to add to driver comfort. Wood accents are found throughout the cabin. Second-row captain's chairs are standard, but a split-bench seat can be substituted at no extra charge. There's a standard power-folding third-row seat.
The Navigator also comes standard with Ford's Sync voice-operated entertainment and information system and MyKey, which gives buyers the ability to set maximum speed and volume limits based on the key that's in use — handy for parents sharing the Navigator with a teen driver. Power-lowering running boards are standard, too. Interior features include:
- Seats seven or eight
- Standard Sync voice-activated multimedia system
- Standard backup camera
- Standard heated second-row bucket seats
- Standard satellite radio with 14-speaker stereo
- Optional backseat entertainment system with 8-inch screen
Under the Hood
The Navigator has standard V-8 power and is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:
- 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 that makes 365 pounds-feet of torque
- Six-speed automatic transmission
- Runs on regular gas
- 9,000-pound (RWD) or 8,700-pound (4WD) towing capacity when properly equipped
The standard electronic stability system includes trailer-sway control, which can detect if a trailer is out of control and apply the brakes or reduce engine power. Standard safety features include:
- Antilock brakes
- Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control and trailer-sway control
- Side-impact airbags for the front seats
- Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
- Front and rear parking sensors
Though similar in appearance to the regular Navigator, the long-wheelbase Navigator L is about 15 inches longer and provides 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats in place — nearly 25 cubic feet more than the regular Navigator.
Like the Navigator, the Navigator L is powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 that drives a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, but the Navigator L's towing capacity of 8,700 pounds for the rear-wheel-drive model and 8,500 pounds for four-wheel-drive versions are both slightly lower than what the regular Navigator achieves.