Lincoln Navigator Review
The 2014 Lincoln Navigator ranks 9 out of 9 Luxury Large SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lincoln Navigator, as well as reliability and safety data.
Despite its spacious interior and comfortable ride, most test drivers say that the 2014 Lincoln Navigator is outclassed by rivals that are more refined.
The Navigator comes with a V8 engine that most auto writers say delivers sluggish acceleration, especially during passing maneuvers or while towing. The engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that test drivers report is responsive and shifts smoothly. The Navigator achieves up to an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to the fuel economy estimates of most other SUVs in the class. Reviewers note that the Navigator has a comfortable ride, but doesn't handle as well as many of its more modern rivals, adding that it can be tricky to maneuver in tight spaces. Reviewers mention that the brakes are plenty strong, but note that heavy braking induces a fair amount of nose dive.
Test drivers say that the 2014 Lincoln Navigator's interior is built with a fair amount of low-quality materials and has an outdated design. Still, most appreciate that the Navigator's large cabin makes for spacious seating in all three rows and more cargo room than what many rivals offer. Test drivers appreciate that the standard SYNC voice command system allows the driver to control the stereo system without taking his or her eyes off the road, but some complain that the touch screen for the standard navigation system is small and hard to see in bright sunlight. In addition to SYNC and navigation, standard features include a 14-speaker THX stereo system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a backup camera, front and rear parking sensors and dual-zone automatic climate control, while a rear-seat entertainment system is optional.
- "There's no denying that the full-size 2014 Lincoln Navigator SUV offers some desirable attributes. There simply aren't that many luxury vehicles out there that can seat eight passengers in comfort, swallow a small mountain of cargo or tow a 9,000-pound trailer, and do it all with style. However, we suspect very few luxury SUV shoppers truly need this rare combination of abilities. And those who do will likely be better served by one of the Lincoln's newer, more up-to-date rivals." -- Edmunds
- "Lincoln created the full-size luxury SUV segment, and the 2014 Navigator does a fine job carrying on the tradition. The 8-passenger Lincoln Navigator for 2014 has many rivals, chiefly the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and the Lexus LX. But it still has a leg up on all of them with a higher tow rating, more interior room and power-operated 3rd-row seats that, unlike the Cadillac and Lexus, fold flush into the floor." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "In the realm of 'old school' full-size luxury SUVs, the Lincoln Navigator is overshadowed by the more glamorous Cadillac Escalade, which has more power and more-upscale interior appointments. The Lincoln holds an edge over the 'Slade in some important measures, however. It costs less when comparably equipped, has arguably better steering and handling, friendlier cargo management, and vastly superior 3rd-row-seat comfort. Navigator's real rival is the Ford Expedition upon which it's based. Except for nameplate status and some luxury trimmings, Expedition delivers everything this Lincoln does, all at a lower price." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Other SUVs to Consider
Reviewers praise the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class for its opulent interior, balanced handling and comfortable ride quality. With its standard diesel engine, the GL-Class achieves good fuel economy estimates for the class, and test drivers are pleased with this engine's ample power and torque for day-to-day driving.
Test drivers say the Infiniti QX80 has a strong V8 engine, and they appreciate that it has nimble handling and is easy to maneuver for a vehicle its size. Reviewers are also impressed with its interior materials and build quality, and the QX80 is available with driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, which is unavailable on the Navigator.
Details: 2014 Lincoln Navigator
The 2014 Lincoln Navigator can seat up to eight, has standard rear-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive. There are two body styles, including the regular Navigator and the long-wheelbase Navigator L. Both models come with a 5.4-liter V8 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Rather than trim levels, features are added in different equipment groups. The Navigator hasn't received any major updates since 2007, so as a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2007 to 2014.
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