Luxury SUV drivers do not always have luxury budgets. Some of the leading car manufacturers are constantly looking at ways to make this sector more accessible, and with the Navigator, Lincoln (the luxury division of Ford) has created a compelling customer product. Launched in 1997, the Navigator has been in production for some time now and has become a firm favorite for many buyers. The third generation of the Navigator has been around since 2007 and for the 2014 production model there are some small changes to entice new buyers.
The 2014 Lincoln Navigator certainly looks the part and maintains a dominant presence on the road. The Lincoln-inspired chrome grille will certainly turn heads, setting this car apart from the crowd. The body shape is a truck-based SUV, which adds to the hulking size and styling and gives the car an increasingly rare old-school appeal. The model is available in two different lengths—the Navigator and the Navigator L. The latter is 14.9 inches longer than the former, and boasts 24.5 cubic feet of additional cargo space. That's pretty impressive. The standard model already has 103.3 cubic feet of space behind the first row, which means you should be able to carry, well, just about anything you’d need.
Both models feature a monstrous 5.4-liter V8 engine. This is capable of 310 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque, which is pretty astonishing for a vehicle of this size. Acceleration aside, this means that the Navigator is also incredibly capable. That powertrain is capable of towing up to 9000 pounds (when properly equipped), which means that this SUV is truly versatile on or off the road. The six-speed automatic transmission helps the driving experience too. Shift changes are smooth, clean and decisive. Rear or wheel-drive is an available option on both models.
Inside, the Navigator combines practicality with luxury. Perhaps most notably, the spacious third-row rear seats mean that this vehicle can capably carry adults in all three rows, and the power fold capability means that your passengers can easily scoot in and out too. The noise insulation here is excellent, meaning that your passengers will be comfortable and kept in peace and there are plenty of options to improve the interior specification further, including remote start and a rear-seat dual head restraint DVD system.
The safety specification is excellent too. Top-of-the-range features include AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control. You may hope that a catastrophic accident never takes place, but you can at least be assured that the Navigator will protect you if it does.
Starting from $55,950,* the 2014 Lincoln remains well-priced for the specification and capability. The size of the vehicle makes this a great choice for adventurous families that perhaps don't have the biggest budget, but need a capable and large car.
*Base MSRP and base plus package price exclude destination/delivery charge, taxes, title and registration. Optional equipment not included.