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While performance isn't a strong point for the 2011 Lincoln Navigator, it handles much better than it accelerates.
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PERFORMANCE | 6 out of 10

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You won't hear it described as lithe and limber, but it also doesn't feel like a Mack truck as long as you are moving forward.
Edmunds' Inside Line

A V8 that is easily overpowered by most of its competition.

decent--but not so talkative--steering helps provide good directional stability
Automobile Magazine

Accurate, slop-free steering feel
Consumer Guide

While 300 horses may sound like a full stable, the Navigator L's hefty curb weight keeps it from feeling sprightly.

In Navigator and longer-wheelbase Navigator L models, a 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 engine drives either two or four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Hauling is second nature to the Navigator—the maximum tow rating is 9,100 pounds.

The size and 6,200-pound curb weight of the vehicle tax the 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. The Navigator handles solidly and stably, but you'll never forget you're in such a big, heavy vehicle. Body roll is what you'd expect from a big, heavy SUV—and expect heavy nosedive and lots of body motion during quick stops, or any change in direction for that matter—but the four-wheel independent suspension helps provide a smooth ride.


While performance isn't a strong point for the 2011 Lincoln Navigator, it handles much better than it accelerates.

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