2013 Lincoln Navigator Performance
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Besides an underpowered engine, reviewers note the Navigator’s performance is adequate for a large luxury SUV. It has a smooth, comfortable ride and handles corners well. One critic says its large turning circle hurts its maneuverability in around-town driving.
- "The Navigator is rock-solid yet pleasingly agile for its size, although its turning circle is pretty large." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Navigator's sheer size and weight tame most surface imperfections. It's stable on wavy pavement, too.” -- Consumer Guide (2012)
- "The 2012 Lincoln Navigator delivers what's expected from a luxury vehicle: a supple ride quality and a hushed cabin that largely insulates its passengers from the outside world." -- Edmunds (2012)
Acceleration and Power
The Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 5.4-liter V8 engine that generates 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive comes drive standard and four-wheel drive is optional. The Navigator gets an EPA-estimated 14/20 mpg city/highway in rear-wheel drive configurations. Opting for four-wheel drive slightly lowers these estimates. The Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds when properly equipped.
The majority of reviewers find that the Navigator’s acceleration lags behind rivals and say the engine strains when packed with cargo or passengers.
- "Performance is generally adequate but the 5.4-liter V8 engine can feel strained when carrying a full load." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "One area where the big truck lags behind the competition is its powertrain. The Navigator's 5.4-liter 3V V8 has been updated to 310 horsepower, but is still roughly 100 less than what many rivals offer." -- Left Lane News
- "Acceleration seems satisfactory until you compare it to its significantly gutsier competition or fill it to the brim with people and gear." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "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 (2012)
Handling and Braking
Reviewers say that the Navigator takes corners with little body roll for a large SUV. One test driver says that it has precise steering feel. Another test driver notes that the Navigator has strong brakes and stops with confidence. It has a large turning radius though, which may make it difficult to navigate tight spaces like parking lots, according to one reviewer.
- "Strong brakes haul down the big SUV with authority." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "And since the Navigator L measures almost 19 feet long, it can be a handful in tight parking situations with its 44-foot turning circle. The regular-wheelbase model isn't much better." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "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 (2012)