2007 Lincoln Navigator

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$45,850

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2007 Lincoln Navigator

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Standard stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Standard side curtain-type airbags for all three rows

The bad:

  • Overly ornate gauges, interior trim pieces
  • Poor gas mileage likely

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Redesigned for 2007
  • Distinctive chrome grille
  • New long-wheelbase version
  • 300-hp, 5.4-liter V-8

2007 Lincoln Navigator review: Our expert's take

By David Thomas

The verdict:

Versus the competiton:

Lincoln didn’t redesign the new Navigator from the ground up, like Cadillac did with its latest Escalade, but it sure did a number inside and out to make it look completely different. The Navigator’s appearance could be its major selling point, because in most other ways it doesn’t stand out. The question is: How many buyers will like the looks enough to buy it, and will they like it enough to pick it over the all-new Escalade?

The Bling Factor
The dumbest question an automotive journalist could pose in regard to the new Lincoln Navigator would be, “What do you notice first when looking at it?” Duh! It might as well be called the Blingmobile, as my wife and I nicknamed it, thanks to its giant, diamond-cut chrome grille. Wait a second, is that chrome? Nope; chrome is very expensive these days and is rarely used on new cars and trucks. The grille is actually painted plastic, and when you get up close you can tell it isn’t substantial. It sure looks real from far away, though, and will look that way to the people and drivers you pass on the street.

Personally, I liked the old blade-like grille on the previous Navigator and thought it could have been enlarged and chromed for the 2007 version, much like the Lincoln Mark LT’s. That’s enough virtual ink devoted to the grille, I think, and at least the headlights are well-integrated into the otherwise busy design. Take a walk around the rest of the Navigator and you’ll wonder why it’s so busy up front when from every other angle the design is incredibly subtle. My black test vehicle was the perfect color, and I couldn’t really fathom anyone going for anything else — though I saw one in purple recently, and certainly that would not go unnoticed.

Interior
Inside the cabin, big, plush seats welcome the driver and passengers. There’s a giant center armrest with storage between the driver and the front passenger seat, as well as one splitting the second-row seats. Up front, the center console sports four cupholders for the incredibly thirsty traveler, but it didn’t fit much other stuff. Besides the cavernous center console, there were no smaller cubbies for things like breath mints, change, a cell phone, etc., and that actually left me feeling a bit cramped, even though there’s no shortage of head, leg or hip room.

The huge dashboard didn’t leave a great impression on anyone during our week with the Navigator. There’s something odd in the texture of Lincoln’s new interior plastic. It’s hard to put my finger on what it is, but it doesn’t seem nice enough to be in a pseudo-luxury vehicle — though it isn’t what I would call cheap, either. My wife immediately voiced her preference for the Cadillac Escalade’s passenger seat. We spent considerable time in both SUVs, and her immediate distaste for the Navigator isn’t shocking if you compare the two interiors side by side.

There were some highlights on the inside. For one, I loved the retro gauges. They reminded me of my grandfather’s Cadillacs of the 1970s and early ’80s. Easy to read and extremely distinctive, the gauges make an elegant statement.

The third row was about as cramped as any third row in a large SUV these days, but the power fold option was nifty to watch. You’ll probably end up hitting that switch an extra time or two, because it’s just that cool.

By far, the best feature was the ability to enter the Navigator with ease via automatic power-extending running boards that remain hidden until a door is opened. This received high marks from my petite mother-in-law during the holiday season, and even I appreciated the resulting shorter step into the driver’s seat. They’re offered as a $1,095 option on their own, as well as part of a larger option package. I would say it’s probably the most useful option I’ve found in any large SUV, and Lincoln was generous to offer it as a stand-alone option.

Performance
A big SUV is all about imposing looks and a muscular engine. The Navigator has the looks part down, but the 300-horsepower V-8 engine seems woefully lacking in the power department, especially at takeoff. There was zero excitement about pressing the gas pedal, and leaving a stoplight never elicited joy of any kind.

Steering, on the other hand, was surprisingly accurate and relatively light for an SUV. When driving a large vehicle it’s often hard to tell how wheel input will translate to the road, but not in the Navigator.

Unfortunately, the brakes didn’t offer the same great feedback and were unreliable in bad weather; I made sure to give myself extra room in highway and city driving. Even the best of brakes would have a tough time slowing down so much weight, and Lincoln should consider upgrading these stoppers, even though they’re already of the four-wheel-disc antilock variety.

The ride was pleasant on most surfaces, but nothing spectacular; wind noise was also pronounced, as you would expect. The comfortable seats and soft suspension were both welcome on long rides.

Mileage is rated at 13/18 mpg (city/highway), and the trip computer stated I was averaging 14 mpg with a lot of highway miles. After a full tank fill up, the mileage was just under 13 mpg. That might sound horrible, but considering the class and how often I was trying to test the V-8’s throttle response, it’s probably a positive for the Navigator.

Safety
There’s a standard brake-based stability control system with rollover mitigation, and a tire pressure monitoring system, both of which are must-haves for large SUVs. Tire pressure is always important to keep an eye on, and even more so with SUVs. There are three rows of side curtain airbags, along with seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and front passenger.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Navigator a five-out-of-five-star frontal crash-test rating and a four-out-of-five-star rollover rating for the four-wheel-drive model. The Navigator has not been crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, which has a more stringent testing process than NHTSA.

Will You Navigate?
There’s nothing inherently wrong with the new Lincoln Navigator that would make me say someone shouldn’t buy one. If the looks grab you, then it makes perfect sense. If you’re remotely on the fence about picking the Escalade, the near-$10,000 difference in price between the $45,755 Navigator and the $54,500 Escalade could be the difference, though many drivers would be just as happy with a Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer Edition for $35,575 as with a luxury SUV.

If price and value were the only requirements, the Navigator and Escalade wouldn’t even exist. Some buyers want to make a statement with their SUV, and in that way the Navigator certainly rises above the luxury competition without sapping the kids’ college fund. If the wallet isn’t a factor, the Escalade still wins the all-American Blingmobile prize.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.2
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.3

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Already have 2014 Lincoln Navigator just love it

This SUV meets all my needs, it roomy, comfortable and i love the 3rd row seats, leather is great i. I have always wanted a red vehicle now I have it. P

5.0

Its working fine.its 2008 not 2007

Its fine.i had 3 Lincoln's and this ones excellent. I live in the Rockies. In mt.its got the power .to go anywere.i need it for.

5.0

Luxury and Comfort

This vehicle met my needs it can hold up to 8 people grown-ups can sit on the third-row just like the second-row comfortably. I have a tow package, third-row windows open. Lots of headroom and legroom for a comfortable road trip, and oh I forgot the seats are very cushion hot and cold settings. My SUV has retractable steps when no other SUV had them and it has lots of power and luxury for less cost. My dream is to get a new Lincoln Navigator with the Lit up cross in the chromed-out grill after this review I hope Lincoln will give me a new Lincoln Navigator it would be an honor. You don't know what you are missing until you get a Lincoln Navigator they ride like you are floating. The new ones are way more advanced than my 2007 Lincoln Navigator but I still love my Navigator and it's still running strong with over 230k miles I cannot afford a new one but I need one so I can visit my son, his wife and my grandson in Oklahoma I live in South Carolina that is a long ride. Take a test ride in a Navigator you won't be dissapointed and neither will your wallet.

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Warranty

New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
72 months/70,000 miles
Roadside assistance
72 months/70,000 miles

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