Built by the Ford Motor Company for its Lincoln division, the Navigator is an SUV with luxury written all over it. Lincoln began in 1917 by Henry M. Leland, but following some serious financial difficulty, it was bought out by Ford in 1922.
The Navigator has the same basic platform as the Ford Expedition: it was first introduced in 1998. It is the largest luxury vehicle produced by Ford/Lincoln, and in 2007 the Navigator L was introduced with a longer wheel base.
The Navigator quickly became popular on the celebrity scene. That said, it always had to compete with other models: competitors such as Cadillac soon followed with their own luxury SUV to cash in on the Navigator’s popularity. Aside from being the largest automobile offered by Lincoln, it was also the first to come equipped with four-wheel drive.
The SUV received a redesign in 2003, giving it completely revised exterior and added features–including a new chassis, an independent rear suspension, and rack and pinion steering. The Navigator still has the largest cargo capacity and can seat up to eight passengers.
In 2007 the SUV received yet another redesign that was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show in February 2006. It was given a lower and rounder profile, making it more aerodynamic.
The Lincoln Navigator has a base MSRP of over $56,000.00. The cost goes up for models with additional features. The price goes down slightly for used vehicles.
From 2007 to 2014 there has been only one engine option, the 5.4L Triton SOHC V8 (single overhead camshaft), but it’s rumored that the 2015 will see an EcoBoost 3.5L V6.
The Navigator comes with either a 6-speed ZF 6HP26 automatic transmission or a 6-speed 6R80 automatic transmission.
Size and Space Options
The Navigator is the largest SUV made by Lincoln, with seating capacity for up to eight passengers. It has a maximum cargo capacity of 103.3 cubic feet. The Navigator L has a capacity of up to 128.2 cubic feet when all rear seats are folded.
Control Panel and Display
The dashboard has the standard gas gauge, tachometer, and speedometer, as well as push button start, THX II audio system, and a message center display.
Available options include ten-way power controlled seats with heating and cooling, leather seats, second row heated seats, dual zone automatic temperature control, memory settings for driver seat, and power adjustable gas and brake pedals.
The Lincoln Navigator is available all over North America. It is a luxury brand, so it is not an inexpensive car for the average family. Though if luxury is what you’re after, then the Navigator is a family-friendly vehicle.
The Navigator comes with remote keyless entry, anti-theft alarm, interior theft sensor, and perimeter alarm.
Lincoln offers advanced stability and traction control, a safety canopy with curtain airbags, front and side airbags, tire pressure monitoring, anchor tethers for children, and trailer sway control.
There is voice activated navigation control, leather seats, coat hooks in each of the back rows, soft-trim door panels, surround sound speaker system, and power fold rear bench seats.
The Navigator comes with a chrome grille, exhaust, and roof rack, solar glass windshield, power liftgate, rear and forward sensing systems, blind spot monitoring, and two tow hooks.
The car comes with cup holders, floor mats, cargo organizers, two bike hitch rack, roof-mounted cargo box, and side window deflectors.
Lincoln and Ford have a long reputation for quality and reliability, and the Navigator is no exception.
The Lincoln Navigator is a high-profile luxury SUV, made by Lincoln.
For a luxury vehicle, the car has a lot of value for the money, but it’s not for the average family, who would do better with an Expedition.
The Navigator packs quite a punch as far as luxury vehicles go. If the price point is something you can swing, then this is a family-friendly vehicle that cares for your safety and security.