Lincoln Navigator

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The Navigator ups the ante over its Ford Expedition sibling, with more luxury and showmanship. The cabin is quiet, elegant-looking, and full of high-tech features.
There is a bit of a rocking feeling at low speeds, but the ride improves and is more comfortable on the highway. Handling, however, is cumbersome, even for a large SUV. The twin-turbo V6 is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is quick and effortless, and towing capacity is 8,300 pounds. The front cabin is roomy, but the standard seats are uncomfortable, and the push-button gear selector is fussy to use. Rear passengers are pampered with heated seats, a variety of connectivity features, and a hospitable third-row seat. For 2020, the SUV gets standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and blind spot warning.
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2018-2019
2018 Redesign Year
Redesigned for 2018, the Navigator ups the ante over its Ford Expedition sibling, with more luxury and showmanship. The cabin is quiet, elegant-looking, and full of high-tech features.
There is a bit of rocking feeling at low speeds, but the ride improves and is more comfortable on the highway. Handling, however, is cumbersome, even for a large SUV. The twin-turbo V6 generates 411 hp on regular fuel, and is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This combination easily moves the Navigator down the road and is capable of towing 8,300 pounds. The front cabin is roomy, but the standard seats are uncomfortable, and the push-button gear selector is fussy to use. Rear passengers are pampered with heated seats, a variety of connectivity features, and a hospitable third-row seat. Rear-wheel drive is standard, with four-wheel drive optional.
$53,325 - $82,025
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$50,300 - $74,425
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2015-2017
2015 Redesign Year
A freshening in the 2015 Navigator brought a turbocharged six-cylinder in place of the V8. However, fuel economy increased by only two mpg.
Unfortunately, the update didn't include advanced crash-avoidance systems such as forward-collision warning. In this upscale class, such equipment should be readily available, if not a standard feature. The top-shelf Reserve adds 22-inch wheels, Lincoln Drive Control adjustable suspension, and upgraded interior leather and wood. The Navigator's cabin is spacious with room for eight and a third row that's usable even for adults. A long-wheelbase version adds even more room.
$33,750 - $40,850
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$27,475 - $34,925
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$23,150 - $25,325
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2007-2014
2007 Redesign Year
In 2007, the Navigator was freshened, receiving a six-speed automatic transmission. The power-operated third-row seat folds flat into the floor, and the Navigator L is 15 inches longer, bringing significantly more cargo room.
Sill, the Navigator never lets you forget you're driving a truck-based SUV with balky handling, a hard-working engine, and long braking distances. A rear-view camera is standard.
$17,450 - $19,875
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$14,025 - $17,350
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$12,700 - $14,875
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$11,225 - $12,875
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$9,550 - $11,175
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$8,150 - $9,775
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$7,050 - $8,675
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$5,900 - $7,525
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2003-2006
2003 Redesign Year
The first full-size American luxury SUV, the Navigator offers leather and wood interior trim, seating for eight, and a selectable 4WD system that can be left permanently engaged. The cabin is quiet and both rows of rear seats are comfortable and spacious for three adults - unusual with any SUV.
The 2003 redesign improved ride and handling.
$5,100 - $6,175
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$3,850 - $5,100
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$3,300 - $4,800
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$3,075 - $4,300
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1998-2002
The Navigator is similar to the Ford Expedition. The big Lincoln came swathed in luxury items, such as leather and wood interior trim.
It also had second-row seating that featured two individual seats with a large console between them. The Navigator's selectable four-wheel-drive system can be left permanently engaged. It handled soundly in our tests but drank a lot of fuel. Climbing in and out takes agility, and parking and maneuvering around town can be a challenge.
$2,975 - $3,975
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$2,900 - $3,825
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$2,900 - $3,775
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