Inside the New Lincoln Navigator

The new 2017 Lincoln Navigator originally began as a luxury version of the Ford Expedition, which explains why it’s equipped with luxury features to fit your style. Offering 9000 pounds of towing and a lot of room for passengers and all their cargo, this vehicle is true luxury. The 2017 Lincoln Navigator boasts a turbocharged V6 engine and a new Sync 3 system. This system significantly upgrades infotainment performance.

The 2017 Lincoln Navigator has a trim package that includes a 3-mode drive control. This is a suspension-damping system that allowing the driver to choose their own personalized settings. Settings for normal, sport, and comfort are all available choices. The adjustable dampers also work quite well with the independent rear suspension. This makes the vehicle feel more firmly planted when you are turning.

The Navigator has a primary rival in the Cadillac Escalade, though the Escalade lacks some of the Navigator’s features and costs several thousand dollars more than the Lincoln Navigator.

MSRP and Engine Specs

The MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) for a rear wheel drive 2017 Lincoln Navigator is $64,400. There is a destination charge of $1,195.00 which is included in this figure for you. If you are interested in having 4-wheel drive added to your vehicle, the cost is $3,500 in addition to the standard MSRP.

The Long-Wheelbase Navigator L models pricing starts at about $66,800. You will still need to add $3,500 to have 4-wheel drive on this model as well. A fully loaded Lincoln Navigator L can cost you up to $80,000 when all is said and done.

The base specs for the engine are as follows:

  • 5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
  • 380 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm
  • 460 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
  • EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (SWB, RWD), 15/20 mpg (LWB, RWD), 15/20 mpg (SWB, 4WD), 15/19 mpg (LWB, 4WD)
Safety Features

The safety features for this vehicle include blind-spot monitoring, a camera for the rear view and parking sensors. There is a "welcome mat" puddle light beneath the outside mirrors. This light will illuminate the ground to allow for better vison when you click the unlock button. These features will help you feel safer not only when driving but when parking as well. Currently, there are no recalls out for the 2017 Lincoln Navigator.

Fuel Economy

The Lincoln Navigator 2017 is now using a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine. This engine uses two turbos and will go up to 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque. This adds to the fuel efficiency of this vehicle. City and highway drives will see 15/21 miles per gallon, while 4-wheel drive equipped vehicles will see 15/19 miles per gallon. The EPA testing done in real world conditions was designed to be more effective.

You should take under consideration the 2017 model has shown slightly lower fuel economy than the 2016 model. As this raises the cost of your gas, this fact needs to be considered.

Features and Pros

This vehicle is available in both a standard-wheelbase Navigator and long-wheelbase Navigator L versions. Both of these versions have three rows of seats, a second row of seating includes captain’s chairs. These models have been designed to accommodate seven people. There is a no cost option available to increase your seating to eight by replacing the captain’s chairs with a bench. Included in this option is fine leather, wood inlay, good leg room, and 18.1 cubic feet of cargo room.

The 2017 Lincoln Navigator has a split grille and is 207.4 inches in length. The long-wheelbase Navigator L comes in at 222.3 inches. It also features a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode, and a 2-speed transfer case. These beautiful features will make you feel good about being in this vehicle.

The torque management is more precise due to a low range electronic throttle. This is designed to switch to special off-road calibration in the worst conditions. This vehicle also features both hill-descent control and hill-start assist for your driving ease.

The base model is very well equipped with the latest Sync 3 system. This entertainment system has a touchscreen that measures a full 8 inches, along with navigation and voice command. A THX II speaker system adds luxury to your audio experience and is a certified system.

The front leather seats are both cooled and heated. Some of the other exceptional features include a power tailgate, adjustable pedals, a simple push button start and a wheel tilt with power capabilities. The steering wheel has a telescoping feature for ease of use. These features are sure to improve your driving experience.

To protect your investment, the 2017 Lincoln Navigator comes with a bumper to bumper, 48-month or 50,000-mile warranty.

And Now the Cons

Unfortunately, palladium white gold is the only new color for the 2017 Lincoln Navigator. The problem is, this exact color was available on the MKX crossover SUV in 2016. This vehicle does require premium fuel, which is more costly. The comfort setting in the 3-mode drive control is a bit soft, most prefer normal or sport settings. The 207.4 inch length on the standard model and 222.3 inches on the long-wheelbase Navigator L makes this vehicle quite cumbersome to maneuver. This vehicle may not fit in many garages.

Extras Available for the 2017 Lincoln Navigator

Some of the extras available for this vehicle include a choice of rear wheel or 4-wheel drive, standard or extended length, and the Navigator buyers’ reserve package.

This package is available with any model and will add many features to your vehicle. The premium leather across all three rows of seating is stunning and the ziricote and wood accents practically scream luxury. 22-inch wheels add to the look as do the power running boards and floor mats that have been nicely upgraded. The end result being this package adds even more luxury to this vehicle.

This package has a cost of $8000. If you choose 4-wheel drive, a moon roof is available. Pictures of this reserve package show beauty, quality, depth and detail. It’s an interior you would be proud to own, and show off to your friends and family.

How It Stacks Up Against the Competition

This vehicle lacks the latest driver assist and safety features. When a comparison is made between some of the competing luxury models like the Cadillac Escalade and the Mercedes Benz GLS, the Lincoln Navigator has a dated feel to it.

Both of these vehicles will outclass the Lincoln with additional features lacking in the Navigator. These features include an automatic system for braking in emergencies, warnings to let you know you are departing your lane, and a cruise control based on radar. You should also be aware these other vehicles have luxuries the Navigator does not – front seats that massage you as your drive, and massages for your passenger among them.

The Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 both offer smaller, more maneuverable options. The overall interior space is not as good as the interior would suggest. At only 18.1 cubic feet, it is less than what you get in the smaller Honda Pilot.

Reviews for this vehicle are mostly favorable. Ratings out of ten are coming in at 8, 9 and even 10. The quotes vary from "comfortable ride" to "great seating" to "very responsive." The features most often listed as pros are ride, acceleration and comfort.

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