2010 Navigator New Car Test Drive
The Lincoln Navigator is roomy and luxurious. It's capable of towing up to 9,000 pounds yet it's relatively soft and smooth on the roughest of pavement. It's big and roomy, with a full-size third-row seat, seating for up to eight passengers and acres of cargo space.
Smooth and quiet, the Navigator benefits from a fully independent rear suspension and technology aimed at reducing noise and vibration. However, it is essentially a truck, with a ladder-type box frame and separate body, so it is not as responsive as unit-body crossover SUVs such as the Lincoln MKX. (However, crossovers don't offer the towing capability of the Navigator.)
For 2010, Trailer Sway Control is standard, and the new MyKey system allows parents to program top speed and other functions, even maximum radio volume, handy when loaning the keys to younger members of the family. Rain-sensing wipers, EasyFuel capless refueling and other features add convenience. Ford's SYNC provides voice control of digital media players and Bluetooth-enabled devices.
Its independent rear suspension helps the Navigator ride as smoothly as any vehicle this size. The V8 engine and six-speed transmission work smoothly.
The Navigator offers real space for eight passengers, the towing and load potential of a truck along with the comfort and convenience of an expensive sedan.
The Lincoln Navigator comes in the standard size or a long-wheelbase version called the Navigator L. Any model can seat seven or eight, depending on the seating configuration ordered. The Navigator L is 15 inches longer than the standard version. Passenger accommodations are essentially the same, but the Navigator L provides an additional 25 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third seat.
All models are equipped with a 310-hp 5.4-liter V8 and six-speed automatic transmission. Navigator is available with either rear-wheel drive (2WD) or electronically engaged four-wheel drive (4WD) that can be driven on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. A Class IV trailer hitch is standard.
The 2010 Lincoln Navigator 4x2 ($54,400) and Navigator 4x4 ($57,300) come with leather upholstery and a choice of Dark Ebony or lighter Anigre wood trim. Two second-row captain's chairs and a third-row bench seat are standard for seven-passenger seating, though a three-place second-row split bench seat is available at no charge for eight-passenger seating. Rear seats are heated, while the front seats are both heated and cooled. A power-folding third-row seat and power liftgate come standard. Other standard features include a high-watt stereo with six-CD changer, 14 speakers and auxiliary input jack; three-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat fan and controls; leather-and-wood steering wheel with audio and climate controls; 10-way adjustable front seats; power-adjustable pedals; keyless entry keypad; remote keyless entry; front seat position memory; power-deploying running boards; roof rack; high-intensity discharge headlights; power-folding mirror with memory; fog lamps; and 255/70R18 tires on alloy wheels.
Navigator L 4x2 ($56,565) and Navigator L 4x4 ($59,465) are similarly equipped.
The Elite Package ($4,280) features a DVD-based navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment package with eight-inch screen, and power sunroof; the voice-activated navigation system includes Sirius Travel Link, with real time traffic, weather, and ski-resort conditions. The rear-seat DVD entertainment setup ($1,295) can be ordered separately. Stand-alone options include a remote starter ($345), 20-inch chromed wheels ($1,495). The Trailer Tow package ($595) includes rear load-leveling air suspension, heavy-duty hitch integrated with rear bumper, 2-inch receiver, heavy-duty radiator and transmission cooler, brake module wiring, four-pin and seven-pin connectors. The Monochrome Appearance Package ($420) includes body-colored trim and chrome accents, while the Monochrome Limited Edition Package ($620) adds Ebony wood trim and special leather colors inside.
Safety features include dual-stage front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, curtain-style head-protection airbags for all outboard seats with rollover sensor. All Navigators are equipped with Lincoln's AdvanceTrac electronic stability program with Roll Stability Control, which uses a gyroscopic roll-rate sensor to enhance rollover resistance. Four-channel antilock brakes (ABS), rearview camera, and a tire-pressure monitor are standard.