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TheCarConnection.com's editors took the wheel of the Lincoln Navigator to bring you their expert take on the big SUV, and supplement that with the highlights of the Web's best reviews to bring you a comprehensive picture.
- Sophisticated American styling
- Roomy, comfortable third row
- Quick-shifting six-speed automatic
- Ride and handling
- Intrusive engine noise
- Sluggish overall performance
- Poor outward visibility
With over a decade on the roads and through several updates, the Lincoln Navigator is still as large and stately as ever, though some reviewers find the overall appearance a bit on the "bling" side of attractive. More upscale than the Ford Expedition, the Navigator is quiet and comfortable inside. Design and function of all the interior's core elements are good, and Lincoln's unique gauges are a fun touch.
Power for both 2010 Lincoln Navigator models comes from a 300-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 engine that drives either two or four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Hauling is second nature to the Navigator, with a maximum tow rating of 9,100 pounds.
Handling is solid and stable, though it's a large SUV, not a sports car. The size and 6,200-pound curb weight of the vehicle also tax the 5.4-liter V-8 engine at times compared to other vehicles in the class. Shifting is slick and easy, though, turning low revs at highway speeds to reduce engine noise. Body roll is what you'd expect from a big, heavy SUV, but four-wheel independent suspension helps provide a smooth ride.
Seating is comfortable throughout, even in the oft-compromised third row. Power fold capability means the third row can be quickly and easily stowed when not in use, and as one of TheCarConnection's editors note, the power fold feature can be used to scoot faraway cargo toward the rear, as it moves the cargo aft when unfolding the seats.