Inside the Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln continues to provide a high-quality, luxury SUV for a fairly reasonable price. It is chock full of wonderful, luxury fittings as well as state-of-the-art technology and infotainment systems that make driving this behemoth safe and enjoyable. The 2017 Navigator is not just about luxury, though. It transports people in style while it hauls a cargo load that could challenge some full-size pickup trucks. Here are the answers to the most-asked questions on the new 2017 Lincoln Navigator.


Isn't the 2017 Lincoln Navigator extremely expensive?

No, it really isn't. When you look at other high-end, full-size luxury SUV's, it is actually very reasonably priced. For example, the Range Rover starts out at a base price of around $85,000 for the cheapest model. The Cadillac Escalade, which is the Navigator's closest competitor, has a base price of $73,395. The 2017 Navigator beats that price by almost $10,000 with a base price of $63,515.


How many Navigator models are there for 2017?

There are four 2017 Navigator models from which to choose: the Navigator Select, the Navigator L Select, the Navigator Reserve and the Navigator L Reserve. The "L" stands for LWB or Long Wheel Base. Its wheelbase is 131" and total length is 222.3". The non-LWB models have a 119" wheelbase and overall length of 207.4". The main difference between the Select and Reserve is the bigger aluminum wheels on the Reserve, which are very sporty looking.


Are there various packages available to upgrade the 2017 Navigator?

Yes, there are three trim package options from which to choose. You can get the 4.10 Axle Package and Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. These options actually come standard on the "L" models. They are optional on the non-"L" models. The Invision dual-headrest DVD entertainment system with two 7" color screens, disc players, two infrared headphones and a remote control are included in the third trim package.


How much can you tow with a Lincoln Navigator?

This is one of the areas where the Navigator really excels. You can actually tow up to 9,000 pounds if you upgrade to the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package. A load-leveling rear suspension as well as a heavy-duty radiator, transmission cooler, hitch, and flasher are included in this package. It also comes with a four- and seven-pin wiring harness and brake module wiring.


How much cargo space is there in the new Navigator?

The SWB Navigator has 18.1 cubic feet of space behind the third row of seats when they are in their fully upright position. Fold down the second and third row of seats, and you get a whopping 103.3 cubic feet. The LWB Navigator has just a bit more space with 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row and a total of 128.2 cubic feet of space when the second and third row of seats are folded down.


How many full-size people can comfortably ride in the Navigator?

The 2017 Navigator is built for eight full-size people. It has three rows of seats, all of them with leather trim, as you would rightfully expect from a fine, luxury SUV. The front seats have 10-way adjustability as well as heating and cooling systems.


What size engine does the 2017 Navigator have?

The engine that powers this hard-working luxury SUV is a 3.5-Liter, twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that puts out 380 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine that Lincoln has been putting in the Navigators since 2015. It also comes with a SelectShift 6-speed automatic transmission which lets you switch between regular "Drive," automatic "Sport" and manual shifting. You can also get a 4-wheel drive drivetrain or rear-wheel drive.


Is there anything new on the 2017 Navigator?

Lincoln hasn't changed much in the Navigator this year. The biggest changes have been the LWB or Long Wheelbase and upgrades in the areas of infotainment/technology.


What type of infotainment system and technology is there in the 2017 Lincoln Navigator?

The Navigator comes with the easy-to-use SYNC interface system with an 8" touch screen, two USB ports for each row of seats, Wi-Fi Hotspot capabilities, Bluetooth and navigation along with satellite and HD radio. Link up with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay to access apps and functions on your smartphone. Need to charge your mobile device? Plug it into the Navigator's 110-volt outlet. The backs of the front seats are equipped with two 10" screens for wireless streaming. If you have a Sling Media subscription, your passengers can watch television. You can also get a 20-speaker Revel II stereo system.


Doesn't the Lincoln Navigator get bad gas mileage?

No, not really. It gets fairly average mileage for a full-size SUV. You can reasonably expect to get 15-16 mpg in the city and 21-22 mpg on the highway. That's about the same as the Cadillac Escalade. The Range Rover gets 17-22 mpg in the city and 23-29 mpg on the highway.


How safe is the new Navigator?

The Navigator has front and side airbags for the front seats as well as side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats. The rear view camera makes parking and backing safer. Blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert helps you drive more safely. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and traction make the vehicle easier and safer. It has the SOS Post-Crash Alert System which contacts emergency services right away in the event of an accident.


Has the 2017 Navigator gotten good reviews or won any awards?

The NHTSA or National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Navigator a five out of five-star rating on every test except rollover. On that test, the two-wheel drive got only three out of five, and the all-wheel drive got four out of five stars. U.S. News & World Report gave it an overall score of 7.8 out of 10, which landed it in the #7 spot in their Luxury Large SUVs Rankings. Car and Driver gave the Navigator only two and one-half out of five stars and put it in the #5 spot in their Rank in Full-size Luxury Crossovers and SUVs. They didn't like the quality of materials used in the interior, the gas mileage and the lack of active safety features.

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