- Full-size SUV, seats seven or eight passengers
- Can tow up to 9,000 pounds when properly equipped
- Closely related to the Ford Expedition
The 2014 Lincoln Navigator full-size luxury SUV is there to guide you, both on the roads and off the beaten path.
Lincoln’s lineup finds its roots in Ford cars, and the Navigator is no exception, sharing a wheelbase and an engine with Ford’s Expedition SUV. For those looking for extra cargo room and capability, a long wheelbase version of the Navigator, the Navigator L, is also offered (covered separately on this website).
The Navigator still sports a familiar look that has not changed much over the years. Straight, vertical side body panels flank a large chrome grille up front, highlighted by a large Lincoln logo placed directly in the center where it can’t be missed. Due to its height, standard power running boards that flip out when the door is opened for easier entry and egress are a welcome feature. A capless fuel system, power liftgate, 18-inch wheels (20-inch chrome rims optional), and rain-sensing windshield wipers also come standard.
Under the hood, the Navigator is powered by a 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 that makes 365 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is optional for those looking for more traction. When properly equipped with the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow package, the Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds with rear-wheel drive, or 8,700 pounds with four-wheel drive. Fuel economy ratings are predictably low for such a large vehicle: 14/20 mpg city/highway with RWD, 13/18 mpg city/highway with 4WD.
Inside, the Navigator offers two seating configurations: second-row captain’s chairs or a second-row bench seat. The captain’s chairs are standard and provide seating for seven passengers, while opting for the bench expands capacity to eight. The third row is powered and folds at the touch of a button. The Navigator’s cabin is awash in luxury touches, including wood trim pieces located throughout and the analog clock found atop the center console. There is also plenty of standard technology, such as Lincoln’s Sync system which can respond to voice commands, driver’s seat memory, a THX certified sound system, HD Radio, navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB/iPod port. Both the first and second rows of seats are heated, with the front seats also ventilated.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, electronic stability system, side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats, and front side-impact airbags. Also included are front and rear parking sensors as well as a backup camera which help maneuver the large Navigator in tight spaces.