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Big SUVs like the Lincoln Navigator have been in fashion, and then awkwardly out of it, but that doesn't mean they're an extinct species. The diehards -- Land Cruiser, Range Rover, GL-Class, Escalade, and Navigator -- live on, and in a couple of instances, are living better than ever.
The Navigator is of an advanced age--that is a nice way of saying it's old, correct? Even though it's been around in its basic form for nearly a decade, it's still charming in its big-boy stance. What's not entirely charming is the latest layer of grillework that attempts to modernize the look, to fit in with other Lincolns and their twin-wing grilles.
The grille's slimmer, its wings split like those on the Lincoln MKZ sedan and refactored along with the hood for a less showy, still imposing presence. The Navigator's LED accent lighting squares off its headlamps, linking it subtly with the Land Rover Range Rover, and LEDs work with cutlines to lower the rear end visually.
With its new twin-turbo V-6, the Navigator pulls back into contention with trucks like the Escalade, Yukon, and GL-Class. The 3.5-liter engine kicks out more power and torque than its predecessor and makes the Expedition truly quick--and appealing to listen to. The six generates 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, and some of the car-nut magazines have registered 0-60 mph times at less than six seconds.
As before, the engine is teamed with a six-speed automatic. The transmission is smooth and decisive, and both rear- and four-wheel-drive are available on the Navigator, both standard and L long-wheelbase models.
Even with the major improvements in power, gas mileage in the Navigator has been boosted, to a lineup-best 16/22 mpg in the rear-drive, short-wheelbase model.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.