The Navigator, which is a full size, Sport Utility Vehicle, weighing almost 3 tons, won’t be purchased by those concerned about fuel economy. It was one of the first truck based SUV’s on the market and received a major redesign a few years ago. There is only one trim level, albeit one very well equipped trim level. This monster of a vehicle can comfortably transport 7 people and all of their cargo. It’s also capable of towing almost 9000 lbs. If it’s not big enough for you, Lincoln offers the navigator L, the long wheelbase version, which adds 15 inches to the already not insubstantial overall length of the vehicle.
The power for all this vehicle comes from a 5.4 liter V-8 that generates 310 Hp and 365 Ft.-LBS. of torque. This power is sent through a 6 speed automatic transmission and can be routed through either a two, or four wheel drive system. While the power supplied by this motor is ample, and it is able to manage a 15miles per gallon combine economy, it shows itself as somewhat underpowered when fully loaded.
Engines: 5.4L V-8
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
Range: Navigator, Navigator L
The third-generation Navigator enters its fourth year as a carry-over model from 2009, the only change being the addition of Trailer Sway Control as a standard feature.
The Navigator has not yet been updated to show-off Lincoln’s new signature grille and features slightly less chrome than new Lincoln models. The Lincoln SUV comes with 18-inch aluminum wheels standard, with 20-inch chrome wheels offered as an option.
The Navigator has a spacious interior with plenty of space for passengers in all three rows along with a maximum of 128.2 cubic-feet of cargo space in L models. Design is out of sync with the rest of the Lincoln lineup, however.
The 2010 Navigator’s aging 5-4-liter V-8 makes a relatively-modest 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque while drinking a considerable amount of gas. The engine is mated to a relatively modern six-speed automatic. The Navigator’s ladder-frame chassis allows the big SUV to tow up to 9,000 pounds and lends it off-road capability.
Six airbags, including full-length side curtain airbags are standard, along with trailer sway control, stability control, and a rear-view camera.
14 mpg city/20 mpg highway
- Truck-like towing capacity
- Plentiful interior room
- Hefty curb weight
- Truck-like ride
- Poor fuel economy
Needs engine, interior upgrades
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