Lincoln Navigator (U554)

Lincoln Navigator

Model Years Produced: 2018 to Current

Summary

When the original Lincoln Navigator first debuted in 1998, it turned the luxury SUV market on its head. Later generations failed to be little more than Expeditions with nicer leather and wood trim, ceding the segment to the Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade while Lincoln as a whole quietly withered away to what most assumed would be the brand’s eventual death. The announcement and subsequent release of the U554 Navigator in 2018 shocked the entire automotive industry, and it’s not unfair to say that it saved Lincoln.

Though still based on the Expedition, the U554 Navigator is a wholly American take on an American luxury car. Rather than focusing on driving dynamics like their German competitors, Lincoln went all-out making the Navigator as opulent as they could while packing it full of technology. For the first time in decades, the Navigator was truly worth its price tag, and it won the awards to prove it. Using a tuned-up version of the second-generation EcoBoost V6, the Navigator could keep up with the Germans in the straights, too.

Although its competitors like the new Cadillac Escalade and Jeep Grand Wagoneer have caught up, the Navigator is still a great choice for an American luxury SUV.


Verdict

Pros

  • Genuinely fast for its size – does 0-60 in 5.3 seconds
  • Immense interior room
  • Redefines American luxury cars
  • Great standard safety features
  • Great technology, like “Road Preview” adaptive suspension and ActiveGlide hands-free driving

Cons

  • Not the best ride for a huge luxury SUV, especially when fitted with the optional 22″ wheels

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Specifications

All figures are as of 2022 model year.

  • Transmission: Ford 10-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: RWD standard, full-time 4WD optional w/ 2-speed transfer case
    • Electronically locking center differential standard on  4WD models
    • Electronically locking rear differential optional on all models
  • Base curb weight: 5685 lbs
  • Max cargo capacity: 103.3 cu ft
  • Seating: 3 rows
  • Rear leg room: 41.1 in
  • Towing capacity: 8700 lbs

Engines

Ford EcoBoost D35 - 3.5L V6 Twin-Turbocharged

Power Figures

  • 440 hp
  • 510 lb-ft

Fuel Economy

  • 19mpg combined
  • 17mpg city
  • 23mpg highway