The 2008 Lincoln Navigator hits the most important marks for a full-size sport-utility vehicle. It's relatively smooth, quiet and huge both inside and out. It comes equipped with lots of safety features and nearly all the luxury bells and whistles. The Navigator's tow rating is among the highest in the class, and it runs on regular gasoline where nearly all others require premium. The base price is lower than most of its competitors, before dealer incentives, but its sister vehicle, the Ford Expedition, can be equipped with almost as much luxury at a considerably lower price. Some will find Navigator bland. Those who regularly transport lots of passengers and stuff, and those who tow heavy loads, should find it worthy.
NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent J.P. Vettraino reported from Detroit, with Kirk Bell in Chicago, and Mitch McCullough in Los Angeles.
Model Line Overview
Lincoln Navigator 4x2 ($47,755); Navigator 4x4 ($50,655); Navigator L 4x2 ($50,755); Navigator L 4x4 ($53,655)
300-hp 5.4-liter V8
Safety equipment (standard):
front airbags, front occupant side-impact airbags, full-cabin head-protection curtain airbags with rollover deployment, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with Rollover Stability Control, antilock brakes (ABS), tire pressure monitor, rear obstacle detection
Safety equipment (optional):
rear backup camera
4 years/50,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Lincoln Navigator L 4x4 ($53,655)
leather seating, Anigre wood trim, three-zone automatic climate control with rear auxiliary fan, 600-watt AM/FM audio with 14 speakers, six-CD changer and auxiliary input jack, 10-way power front seats with position memory, heated/cooled front seats, wood-and-leather steering wheel with power-tilt and climate/audio controls, power-adjustable pedals, power windows with one-touch operation, power locks with remote entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, universal garage-door opener, three-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat fan and controls, keyless entry keypad, remote keyless entry, power-deploying running boards, power-folding side mirrors, power-folding third-row seat, power liftgate, roof rack, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, fog lamps
Options as tested (MSRP):
Elite Package ($4,460) includes voice-activated DVD-based navigation system, rear-seat DVD entertainment package with eight-inch screen, power sunroof, new rearview camera; 20-inch chromed wheels ($1,495); heavy-duty trailer-tow package ($595); White Chocolate tri-coat paint ($495); chrome hood accent ($75); rubber floor mats ($55)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
5.4-liter single overhead cam 24-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
300 @ 5000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
365 @ 3750
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
128.2 cu. ft.
independent double wishbone with coil springs over shocks and stabilizer bar
independent multi-link with coil springs over shocks and stabilizer bar
vented disc/vented disc with four-channel ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 07, 2007.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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