According to reviewers, the 2009 Lincoln Navigator can be summed up as a brazen fashion statement of rolling bling. The ’09 Navigator recalls the grille work of the classic Continentals from the early 1960s, prompting some affection for the Navigator among TheCarConnection.com’s editors, though others view it as "overkill in chrome."
Edmunds reports that the 2009 Lincoln Navigator has the "most amount of chrome available on the nose of any current production vehicle." However, in this era of cost-cutting, Cars.com points out that chrome "is very expensive these days and is rarely used on new cars and trucks," revealing that the Lincoln Navigator 2009 "grille is actually painted plastic, and when you get up close you can tell it isn't substantial." However, they also say "it sure looks real from far away, though, and will look that way to the people and drivers you pass on the street." In any event, they point out that the "2009 Lincoln Navigator is about as big, bold and flashy as they come." The reviewer at MotherProof quips "other than it being just a smidge pretentious, I like the way it looks...it is distinctive, stylish, and decidedly Lincoln...discreet, however, it is not." More typical is the assessment from Cars.com, which remarks the Lincoln Navigator "might as well be called the Blingmobile, thanks to its giant, diamond-cut chrome grille."
About the Lincoln Navigator's cabin, the test driver at Cars.com loves "the retro gauges," which bring to mind his grandfather's "Cadillacs of the 1970s and early '80s," and says they're "easy to read and extremely distinctive, the gauges make an elegant statement." According to Kelley Blue Book, the design influence goes back even further: "The instrument bezels, 'inspired by popular rectangular fashion eyewear,' have a '50s retro look."