in 2011 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $33,998 - $37,798
Original MSRP: $57,630 - $62,695
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2011 Lincoln Navigator Performance

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Reviewers say the 2011 Lincoln Navigator is a competent, but not standout, performer. The engine is disappointing to most, but the Navigator gets praise for its smooth ride.

  • "Navigator's sheer size and weight tame most surface imperfections. It's stable on wavy pavement, too." -- Consumer Guide

Acceleration and Power

Every Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 310 horsepower 5.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 365 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,600 rpm. Reviewers say the engine isn't up to the task of moving the large SUV, especially when compared to the thrust provided by the Cadillac Escalade. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard; most reviewers call it competent.

  • "Acceleration seems satisfactory until you compare it to the significantly gutsier Escalade. The 5.4-liter V8 engine's relative power deficit is especially noticeable on Navigator L models when loaded down with people and/or cargo or while pulling a large trailer. The six-speed automatic offers quick shifts, though it sometimes has a hard time finding a suitable gear for the driving situation at hand." -- 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. Even when its size is taken into consideration, the Navigator should be easy to live with around town.

  • "Like any good luxury vehicle, the 2011 Lincoln Navigator offers a supple ride quality and a hushed cabin that largely insulates you from the outside world." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- 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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