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The 2013 Lincoln Navigator stands as a last holdout for a couple of old-guard groups. First, it's one of an ever-decreasing number of body-on-frame, truck-based SUVs; second, it's an old-style luxury vehicle, seemingly designed for Middle America, the excess of the 72-ounce steak, and the ever-present fantasy that yes, you could tow a loaded horse trailer if you wanted.
The 2013 Navigator remains a huge two-box ute with lots of metallic trim and bejeweled details. That said, it's slightly less flashy on the outside than the Cadillac Escalade, a model that eclipsed it years ago and became the choice for those looking to show off their glitz and gluttony.
Take a step back, and while the Navigator definitely has its share of overdrawn details--like the somewhat over-the-top Sixties-sized grille, and oversized taillamps--and the body shell is at the least tastefully proportioned. On the down side, Ford has failed to touch up either the Navigator or its Ford sibling, the Expedition, with the somewhat brawnier, more chiseled update that the F-150 pickup (which both models are somewhat related to) received.
On the inside, there's a similar story. The Navigator's cabin feels part unintentionally retro from the last decade, and part inspired from earlier Lincolns of the 1970s and '80s. The Navigator really bears little semblance in its interior details or design to newer Lincoln models like the new MKZ or MKS sedans, or the MKX crossover. It's effective though, as well as straightforward and perhaps a little trucklike, but with soft detailing.
With 310 horsepower, the Navigator's 5.4-liter V-8 is woefully behind nearly every competing model. And it's no surprise that the Navigator isn't quick. That said, the six-speed automatic transmission does make the best of it, with smooth, decisive shifts, and most of the lineup can be equipped with either rear- or four-wheel drive.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.