2023 Lincoln Navigator Review Video: New SHOCKING Details Reveal…
The Lincoln Navigator is one of highly rated large luxury SUVs, a traditional body-on-frame full-size model that serves as the brand’s flagship model. Highlights include a powerful turbocharged V6 engine, a high towing capacity, a roomy cabin for both people and cargo, and plenty of standard and optional technology features that are effective and easy to use.
Inside the 2023 Lincoln Navigator’s gargantuan, boxy package is a tranquil cabin with a living room’s worth of space. That’s what the Navigator is all about—super-sized luxury motoring. It shares its platform with the Ford Expedition, but it has been thoroughly Lincolnized with its own distinctive interior, more premium materials, and comfort-oriented features such as optional 30-way power-adjustable seats with massage. Both Short-wheelbase and long-wheelbase L models are available, both sizes are powered by the same 440-hp twin-turbocharged V6. The turbo-six boasts V8-like power and punches-up the Navigator’s maximum towing capacity to a stout 8700 pounds. The one thing the Navigator doesn’t have that rivals such as the BMW X7 an Cadillac Escalade do is an entertaining chassis; it’s a pure cruiser rather than a back-road bomber. But if comfort and quiet are what you seek the Navigator has super-sized amounts of both.
The Navigator remains fresh enough to fend off challenges from its longtime rival, the Cadillac Escalade, as well as the recently redesigned Jeep Grand Wagoneer, which now matches the Lincoln and Cadillac with a new extended-length body style. Other rivals include the BMW X7, Infiniti QX80, Lexus LX 600 and Mercedes-Benz GLS.
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The 2023 Navigator has only one engine-and-transmission combination, but with 440 horsepower, one is all it needs. We found the Navigator to be responsive and genuinely speedy, and the 10-speed automatic shuffles through gears adeptly enough to avoid perturbing dozing passengers. The Navigator makes it to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. However, straight-line performance is where the Navi’s performance potential begins and ends. Steering feel is numb and its sheer bulk and soft suspension prevent it from being a vehicle that encourages enthusiastic driving. The Navigator’s ride is pleasant enough for a large luxury SUV, but rivals such as the X7 and the Mercedes-Benz GLS-class offer a more refined and sporting on-road demeanor. When wearing optional 22-inch wheels, the Navigator is sometimes jittery, and sharp impacts are followed by bouncing rebounds—the worst of both worlds. Large vehicles tend to nose-dive or squirm around when you jam on the brakes suddenly, and the Navigator is no exception. That said, braking performance is perfectly adequate for the class. The Navigator also feels composed around town and even on tight roads.
The Navigator’s interior is lavishly spacious and genuinely luxurious. Materials such as open-pore wood trim and massaging front seats are only available in the upper trim levels, but even entry-level Navigators have much to offer. The large doors, well-placed grab handles and retractable step rails make getting in and out a breeze, while the second row’s ability to tilt and slide allows excellent access to the third row. The Navigator offers optional 30-way-adjustable massaging front seats, a keystone feature for Lincoln’s flagship SUV. Adjustable pedals and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel extend the range of driver comfort.
A lot of controls require some time to become familiar with, but ultimately they’re easy to use. Visibility is decent for a vehicle this size, but there are still blind spots, mainly at the front due to chunky windshield pillars. Cameras help you maneuver in tight spaces, with the 360-degree camera system particularly helpful.
The Navigator comes standard with an eye-catching 13.2-inch touchscreen and has USB ports in every row. The infotainment system’s graphics are slick and easy to read—important for Lincoln’s presbyopic clientele—and the huge screen is like a glittering jewel atop the Navigator’s prow. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and the system is capable of over-the-air software updates thanks to an onboard 5G Wi-Fi hotspot. A 14-speaker Revel stereo system is standard but a 28-speaker Revel Ultima 3D stereo is part of the optional Luxury package.
If it’s space you want, it’s what you’ll get, even without the extended-wheelbase Navigator L model. There’s 19 cubic feet behind the third row, 57.5 cubes behind the second row, and 103 cubes with the rear seats folded. All the rear seats fold flat electronically.
Unlike its V8 competition, the Navigator employs a downsized, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission in the quest for better fuel economy. Despite its smaller engine, it’s far from fuel efficient and earned ratings of 17 mpg city and 23 mpg highway in rear-wheel drive guise.
The list of safety features is the real star here, as the Navigator includes automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. Considering the Navigator’s outward vision to the rear isn’t all that great, buyers should add the available surround-view camera, automatic parking assist, and head-up display.
This is the second year Lincoln has offered Activeglide, its hands-free driving system, on the Navigator. The system uses adaptive cruise control combined with maps of 130,000 miles of specific highways to maintain lane positioning and safe following distance. This enables the driver to go hands-free for a certain stretch of time.
Its estimated price starts around at $80,000.
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