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.
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New for 2012
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. Back to top
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