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2008 Lincoln Navigator Review

This review was written when the 2008 Lincoln Navigator was new.

The Navigator delivers a large presence, acceptable styling, competitive safety features, and a spacious cabin.  However, it still can't match the performance and styling of others in its class.

The Lincoln Navigator was substantially freshened for the 2008 model year. The Navigator earns praise for its styling and space, but ultimately gets bad reviews due to its lackluster performance. Though many test drivers ironically see the Navigator as difficult to navigate due to its large size, the Detroit News asserts: "Lincoln didn't really intend the Navigator L to be a beast of burden. Rather, it's aimed at big suburban families with loads of money and no desire to be seen in a minivan."

The Navigator is available in a base trim and a long-wheelbase L trim, and comes in either two- or four-wheel drive.

  • "When you have a load to carry or tow, with the possibility of driving on a soft, sandy beach for some surf fishing, nothing quite cuts it like a Navigator or others of its ilk." -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • "[I]f you want versatility, usable cargo space (which is the reason most people buy an SUV in the first place) and supreme comfort, then put on your sunglasses and meet the Lincoln Navigator..." -- The Family Car
  • "Some will find Navigator bland. Those who regularly transport lots of passengers and stuff, and those who tow heavy loads, should find it worthy." -- New Car Test Drive
Review Last Updated: 3/12/09

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