2017 Navigator New Car Test Drive
The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV. Except for new infotainment features, little has changed for the 2017 model year. As before, the Navigator comes two ways: standard-size, or the extended-length Navigator L.
Introduced nearly two decades ago, the Navigator was last modified for 2015, adopting a narrower grille and LED accent lighting, but the basic shape hasn't changed appreciably. Carefully proportioned, it's still a handsome traditional SUV.
In addition to providing plenty of interior space in a lavishly fitted cabin, the Navigator ranks among the better-driving large SUVs. Seats are arguably more comfortable than those found in an Escalade.
Unlike Navigators of old, powered by V8s, the current model benefits from a fabulous twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V6 with direct injection. Also installed in some F-150 pickups, the V6 unfurls 380 horsepower and a whopping 460 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Rear-drive is standard, with four-wheel drive an option for each version.
Measuring 207.4 inches long overall, the standard Navigator offers 103.3 cubic feet of interior space, with up to 54.4 cubic feet for cargo behind the second row. A Navigator L stretches to 222.3 inches, adding 24.9 cubic feet of cargo space, with 128.2 cubic feet of cabin volume.
Both trim levels are well-equipped. Navigator options include a moonroof, rear-seat DVD entertainment, a second-row bench for eight-passenger capacity, and dark-finished 20-inch or polished aluminum 22-inch wheels.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the Navigator a five-star overall crash-test rating, as well as five stars in most individual tests. Rollover resistance of a rear-drive Navigator is rated at three stars (four-star with four-wheel drive), but that's a calculated figure rather than a test result.
Trailer-sway control aims to minimize the pendulum-like rolling that can occur when towing a vehicle. Standard safety equipment also includes a rearview camera, front parking sensors, and blind-spot monitoring. Lincoln does not offer such safety features as lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control, but large mirrors and bountiful glass area enhance visibility.
Two trim levels are offered for both standard Navigator and extended-length Navigator L, each with rear-drive or four-wheel drive. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)
Navigator Select ($63,515) and Navigator L Select ($65,905) come with rear-wheel drive, leather-trimmed seats, heated/ventilated low-back front seats, heated second-row bucket seats, a rearview camera, power-folding third-row bench, power-adjustable pedals, remote start, power liftgate, and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels. Blind-spot monitoring, navigation, and THX II surround-sound audio are standard. Select 4WD ($67,090) and L Select 4WD ($69,480) are fitted with four-wheel drive.
Navigator Reserve ($71,580) and Navigator L Reserve ($73,970) add such features as premium leather, a hand-wrapped leather dashboard covering, Ziricote wood interior trim, an adaptive suspension, and 22-inch wheels. Reserve 4WD ($74,580) and L Reserve 4WD ($76,970) get four-wheel drive.