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2006 Lincoln Navigator

$2,345 — $12,897 USED
Sport Utility
7-8 Seats
15 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Interior space
  • Ride comfort
  • Frontal crash-test ratings
  • Electroluminescent gauges
  • Seat comfort

The Bad

  • Massive size
  • Fuel economy
  • Difficult entry and exit
  • May feel insecure at highway speeds
  • Trucklike demeanor

What to Know

about the 2006 Lincoln Navigator
  • 300-hp V-8
  • Available power-folding third-row seat
  • Available power-extendable running boards
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • RWD or 4WD

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Lincoln redesigned its full-size sport utility vehicle for 2003, moving the Navigator away from its pickup-truck origins. Chassis modifications promised to lessen the trucklike ride that the previous model had exhibited. Lincoln claimed several industry firsts as options, including a power-folding third-row seat and power-extendable running boards, which ease entry and exit.

Although the Navigator is essentially a dressed-up Ford Expedition, the 2005 model gained a six-speed-automatic transmission — versus the Expedition's four-speed automatic — that promised improved smoothness when shifting. A new 5.4-liter V-8 with three valves per cylinder delivered the same 300 horsepower as before, but torque output increased. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control became standard on all Navigators.

Rear- and four-wheel-drive Navigators are offered in Luxury and Ultimate trim levels. Current models feature a four-wheel-independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Lincoln dropped its Aviator after 2005, making the Navigator the company's sole SUV.

An Elite Package, available on the Ultimate trim level, includes 18-inch chrome wheels, a navigation system, THX-Certified audio, high-intensity-discharge headlights, a rear-seat entertainment system, power running boards and a heavy-duty trailer-towing package.


Exterior
For 2005, Lincoln's signature grille got a new chrome finish on the upper portion, a fresh front fascia and revised bodyside clad...
Vehicle Overview
Lincoln redesigned its full-size sport utility vehicle for 2003, moving the Navigator away from its pickup-truck origins. Chassis modifications promised to lessen the trucklike ride that the previous model had exhibited. Lincoln claimed several industry firsts as options, including a power-folding third-row seat and power-extendable running boards, which ease entry and exit.

Although the Navigator is essentially a dressed-up Ford Expedition, the 2005 model gained a six-speed-automatic transmission — versus the Expedition's four-speed automatic — that promised improved smoothness when shifting. A new 5.4-liter V-8 with three valves per cylinder delivered the same 300 horsepower as before, but torque output increased. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control became standard on all Navigators.

Rear- and four-wheel-drive Navigators are offered in Luxury and Ultimate trim levels. Current models feature a four-wheel-independent suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Lincoln dropped its Aviator after 2005, making the Navigator the company's sole SUV.

An Elite Package, available on the Ultimate trim level, includes 18-inch chrome wheels, a navigation system, THX-Certified audio, high-intensity-discharge headlights, a rear-seat entertainment system, power running boards and a heavy-duty trailer-towing package.


Exterior
For 2005, Lincoln's signature grille got a new chrome finish on the upper portion, a fresh front fascia and revised bodyside cladding. High-intensity-discharge headlights are optional. Aluminum wheels hold 18-inch tires, but chrome wheels are available. The Navigator lowers itself by an inch when the ignition is turned off.

Lincoln's four-wheel-independent air suspension offers four-corner load leveling. A powered liftgate and a moonroof are installed on the Ultimate model. The available powered running boards extend outward 4 inches when a door is opened and retract when it closes.


Interior
Depending on the second-row seating configuration, the Navigator carries either seven or eight people and includes a standard 60/40-split third-row seat. Lincoln offers either a 40/20/40-split bench seat or twin buckets for the second row. A power-operated third-row seat that folds into the floor is standard in the Ultimate model, which also features heated and cooled front seats.

Burl walnut and leather trim grace the Navigator's interior. Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating surfaces in the first and second rows, a six-CD changer and power-adjustable pedals. A navigation system with Soundmark THX-Certified audio and a DVD backseat entertainment system are available.


Under the Hood
Lincoln's latest 5.4-liter V-8 develops 300 hp and 365 pounds-feet of torque; it teams with a ZF six-speed-automatic transmission. Rear-wheel-drive models can tow as much as 8,600 pounds when properly equipped.

Safety
AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control is standard. A Safety Canopy side curtain-type airbag system enhances protection in side impacts and rollovers for occupants in the first and second rows. All-disc antilock brakes, rear parking assist and a tire-pressure-monitoring system are standard.

Driving Impressions
Lincoln's SUV is stylish inside and appealing in many ways, but it doesn't feel quite as secure and surefooted at highway speeds or on twisty two-lane roads as it should.

Despite the Navigator's six-speed automatic, acceleration seems weaker compared with Expeditions that use the four-speed automatic. On the plus side, the ride is pleasantly satisfying overall, and the suspension responds quickly to bumps without overreacting. Braking is linear and effective.


Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
20 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

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(5.0)

I love this car like no other

by Gerald22 from Racine on October 14, 2018

It's a good vehicle I love driving it power everything premium. Nice and Slick exterior leather seats heated cooled seats sunroof very sporty nice vehicle overall Read full review

(5.0)

Sweet ride

by BMW guy from Wichita on August 23, 2018

Only draw back was I put 24? rims on it and the airbags stopped working I spent a lot of money on trying to fix the bags which wasn?t worth it in long run. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2006 Lincoln Navigator currently has 3 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2006 Lincoln Navigator Luxury

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Navigator received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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