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PERFORMANCE | 6 out of 10
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.
A V8 that is easily overpowered by most of its competition.
decent--but not so talkative--steering helps provide good directional stability
Accurate, slop-free steering feel
While 300 horses may sound like a full stable, the Navigator L's hefty curb weight keeps it from feeling sprightly.
The drivetrain in the 2014 Lincoln Navigator puts it at a disadvantage compared to so many other luxury SUVs, but the vehicles surprisingly crisp handling keeps it from being a complete disappointment. It's powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 that produces 310 horsepower–much less than its competitors–so the Navigator isn't quick. However, its six-speed automatic is smooth and decisive, and both rear- and four-wheel-drive are available on most Navigator models.
Provided you're okay with merely adequate power, the Navigator does handle better than many other models this big and heavy. Expect heavy nosedive and lots of body motion during quick stops, for sure, but the four-wheel independent suspension helps provide a smooth ride, and this is one truck that steers and maneuvers with some degree of precision on a curvy road.
The Navigator remains a reasonably match for weekend towing needs--at a rating of 9,100 pounds max--but consider that with a curb weight of around 6,200 pounds, it's a strained relationship.
Handling is above par, but the Navigator's V-8 can't keep the pace with the newest full-size SUVs.