in 2009 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $23,066 - $27,913
Original MSRP: $53,120 - $59,020
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2009 Lincoln Navigator Performance

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Reviewers say the 2009 Lincoln Navigator is a competent, but not standout, performer. The engine is disappointing to most, but the Navigator gets praise for its smooth ride.

  • "The Navigator is rock-solid yet surprisingly agile and comfortable on the road, even on rough surfaces. Performance is more than adequate." --  Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

Every Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 300-hp 5.4-liter 3-valve V-8 engine which makes 365 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,750 rpm. Reviewers say the engine isn't up to the task of moving the large SUV. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

  • "About the only thing glaringly wrong with the Navigator is its overburdened 5.4-liter V8, which feels anemic relative to the Escalade's brawny 6.2-liter motor." -- Edmunds
  • "This Lincoln is not as muscular as rival Cadillac Escalade. It is still up to the task in any situation, abetted by an adept 6-speed automatic transmission." -- Consumer Guide
  • "This 5.4-liter feels pretty weak and never sounds particularly graceful. With a better engine and brake upgrade, the Navigator would be much more convincing." -- Automobile Magazine

Handling and Braking

On balance, most reviewers feel that the Navigator delivers acceptable ride and handling for such a large vehicle.

  • "Stopping, turning, and accelerating are not much fun in this tank, but once you're up to speed it's a smooth cruiser." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "It rolls down the road in isolated splendor." -- Car and Driver
  • "Accurate, slop-free steering feel and a relatively taut suspension combine for confident cornering for a large truck. There's relatively little body lean in turns. A test of the similar extended-length Expedition shows longer versions of these SUVs give up little maneuverability to regular-length models except in tight spaces. Braking is strong, but fast stops induce lots of nosedive." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The ride is relatively smooth, but the vehicle is not easy to control at speed, in part because the steering doesn't provide crisp or immediate feedback from the road surface and requires constant corrections." -- The Detroit News

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