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The Lincoln Navigator is Lincoln’s first all-wheel-drive vehicle. No, it’s the automaker’s first SUV. Oh, no. It’s the largest vehicle Lincoln can offer you today. The Navigator has so many advantageous and holds so many records that I’m at a loss which one to start the review with.
This luxury SUV has been produced since 1998. Based on the Ford Expedition in terms of technical equipment, the Navigator hasn’t lost its individuality. It still offers the cabin finished with superb materials, topnotch exterior and interior design, state-of-the-art features, and, most important, absolute safety. The Lincoln Navigator of 2015 earned five of five stars for both frontal- and side-impact protection in government crash tests.
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator: Exterior & Interior
The 2016 Navigator’s exterior remains the same. It’s boxy and looks pretty aggressive. A split grille at the front, Lincoln’s invention, is larger now while an air intake looks smaller. The Navigator’s updated body is made of aluminium. Such a solution reduced the SUV’s weight by about 700 lb.
The Navigator is huge. A standard-wheelbase (SWB) model is 207.4 inches in length. Can you imagine the size of the Navigator L, a model with a longer wheelbase (LWB)? Its length is 222.3 inches! Its size can cause some difficulties with manoeuvring and parking. Inexperienced drivers should train before getting behind its wheel.
At the same time, the SUV’s size lets make 7 (the second row’s captain chairs counted) or 8 (when the second row is a bench seat) passengers comfortable there, accommodating them on three rows of seats with plenty of head- and legroom even for tall adults. Note that it’s incredibly roomy at the back, on the third-row seats, even in the SWB model as long as this part is somewhat lowered due to independent rear suspension. To have a possibility to straighten your back, shoulders, and legs is important for more enjoyable and healthier ride, especially long-distant. Motorized running boards make climbing at the back easier.
Powertrain & Mileage
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator is propelled by a 3.5 L twin-turbocharged V6 engine that generates 380 hp at 5,250 rpm and 460 lb/ft of torque at 2,750 rpm. It’s teamed up with a 6-speed automatic gearbox. There are rear- and all-wheel-drive Navigators. The Navigator surpasses other vehicles in the class in terms of towing capacity – 9,000 lb.
The EPA rating is the following:
1. SWB 4x2: 16 mpg city, 22 mpg highway;
2. LWB 4x2: 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway;
3. SWB 4x4: 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway;
4. LWB 4x4: 15 mpg city, 19 mpg highway.
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator whether it’s short or long wheelbase can be equipped with the Select or Reserve packages. The Select, basic package, offers 20-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic wipers, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. The road is illuminated by bi-xenon headlights and fog lamps. It’s cosy on the second- and third-row seats there not just because they are made of high-quality materials and are amazingly comfortable but also because there’s a rear privacy glass. Getting in and out of the vehicle is easy with motorized running boards and keyless entry (and ignition) as well as loading stuff in the boot – a power liftgate function is also offered. A driver at the wheel of the 2016 Navigator will take a delight in driving the SUV with a ventilated and heated seat (a passenger beside them also has such a privilege) with lumbar support, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and power-adjustable pedals. A rear-view camera and parking sensors front and back make parking easier and safer. The infotainment system is represented by the Sync 3 system that includes a 14-speaker sound system, 8-inch display, Bluetooth, satellite and HD radio, and a navigation system.
The Reserve package, apart from the equipment aforementioned, provides adaptive suspension dampers and 22-inch alloy wheels. Also, more cabin elements are covered with genuine leather. You can select a storage compartment in the second row, heated seats of the second row, or a sunroof. Besides, rear-seat passengers can enjoy 7-inch screens on headrests.
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator, regardless of a trim level, makes your journey safe with the help of frontal, side, and curtain airbags, height-adjustable seatbelts with pre-tensioners at the front, rear child safety door locks, and a panic alarm. The SUV also offers, tire pressure control, ABS with traction control, daytime running lights, and high intensity low/high beam directionally adaptive headlights, and a blind spot sensor.
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