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2002 Lincoln Blackwood Review
Combines being bad at hauling cargo and people.
Reviewed by Automotive on
The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood is another entry into the sport utility vehicle (SUV)/pickup truck crossover segment, which was started by GM with the Avalanche and Escalade EXT. This particular addition to the class has a lot of luxury and features but lacks ride quality that many buyers in the executive group this is aimed at will expect. It is up to the buyer to decide if the luxury aspirations are pretentious for a pickup, but the lack of real utility or off-road capabilities will ultimately limit its appeal. This is a pavement warrior for buyers wanting an unusual SUV/pickup.
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Blackwood
The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood is itself new for this year as Lincoln decides to jump into the SUV/pickup crossover category with a vehicle that is long on luxuries and short on utility.
The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood SUV/pickup hybrid is available in only the base trim. It comes with standard exterior gear that includes 18-inch alloy wheels, power sunroof, privacy glass, intermittent wipers, rear defogger, auxiliary transmission fluid cooler, painted finish bumpers, hard bed cover, trailer hitch, trailer wiring, cargo tie downs, rear limited slip differential, a power-operated tonneau cover, power door mirrors, heated door mirrors, rear auto-leveling suspension, and stainless steel exhaust. An engine management system monitors rear wheel slippage and delivers torque accordingly for added traction ability in slippery conditions.
The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood looks like a typical extended cab pickup even though it has the unique features that make it into a part SUV vehicle. Basically, it's a Navigator with a pickup type bed replacing the SUV rear end. A four-by-eight-foot trunk occupies the back. It is quite large and very similar to the other SUV/pickup crossovers, the Avalanche and Escalade EXT, although it eschews the movable mid-gate featured on those models and uses a fixed bulkhead.
The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood is aimed at the executive crowd and has the interior features for that goal, including six-way powered and heated front seats with adjustable lumbar support, leather upholstery, power locks, power windows, adjustable pedals, cruise control, speed-proportional power steering, tilt steering with audio and cruise controls, memory seats, climate control, leather and wood trim and a 140-watt Alpine premium sound system with AM/FM, multiple cd player, seven speakers including subwoofer, rear volume controls, and speed sensitive volume control.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood uses a power plant also employed by the Navigator and full-size Ford trucks; a 5.4-liter, V-8 engine that produces 300 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 355 lb-ft of torque at 2750 rpm. It comes with a four-speed-automatic transmission as the only gearbox option and can be either rear or four-wheel drive. Premium grade gasoline is a requirement. It can tow a maximum of 8700 pounds, a rather respectable towing capacity and one of the very few areas where this oddity offers some kind of utility. Acceleration is inconsistent with strong performance from a standing start but lax when passing or speeding up when already over 35 mph. The Blackwood does the zero-to-60-mph sprint in 8.7 seconds, a time that is reasonable for this segment.
Despite the 2002 Lincoln Blackwood's unique air-assisted leaf-spring rear suspension, the ride is rough with bumps in the road being heavily transmitted to occupants. This is a truck built on a truck platform and that is evident in the ride quality as well as handling. The big truck feels like one and is as ponderous as one would fear with no signs of agility or responsiveness. There is some body lean to contend with. The noise level is a pleasant surprise with tire, wind, and engine sounds well muted to make for a serene ride so long as the surface underneath stays smooth.
The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood comes with a lot of standard safety equipment in keeping with its theme of extensive features and luxuries. Standard gear includes dual front impact airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags in the front, rear seats with child-seat tether capability, anti-lock brakes that incorporate electronic brake force distribution, a Reverse Sensing System that warns of obstacles to the rear while the vehicle is backing up, remote anti-theft alarm system, rear door child safety locks, auto delay off headlamps, dusk sensing headlamps, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, turn signal mirrors, and traction control. Neither the NHTSA nor the IIHS have performed crash safety tests so prospective buyers will have to be convinced of occupant safety by the extensive safety gear list.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Covered truck bed
- Convenience features
- Interior materials
- Load-leveling rear suspension
- Built-in towing hitch
You Won't Like
- Fake wood in bed
- No four-wheel drive option
Combines being bad at hauling cargo and people.
If You Like This Vehicle
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