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1998 Lincoln Navigator

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1998 Lincoln Navigator Review

Luxury loaded with features in a big, powerful package.

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Overview

The 1998 Lincoln Navigator is Lincoln's first truck, and the immediate reaction to was a large amount of sales. The powerful engine, luxurious interior design, and extremely stylish exterior design made for a great sport utility vehicle. The Lincoln Navigator is a quick ticket to comfort on the road with all the benefits of a luxury sedan and a four-wheel-drive SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Navigator

What's New

The 1998 Lincoln Navigator is Lincoln's first SUV, and based on the competition, the Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that has plenty of power. The Lincoln Navigator comes with the standard luxury features expected from Lincoln, but it also comes with an extremely large grille and a bit too much side-cladding. Given the decent safety rating, great equipment under the hood, and impressive amount of power, this new addition to the Lincoln lineup is worthy of the brand name.

Exterior

The 1998 Lincoln Navigator comes standard with towing package, 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rack, and an excessively large grille. The styling is luxurious, but it is also a bit over the top with bulky side cladding and integrated running boards that may put off some owns. The Navigator comes standard in seven factory clear coat colors, which includes black, cypress gold frost metallic, laser red tinted metallic, and silver metallic. Exterior options include a powered moonroof.

Interior

Interior trim for the 1998 Lincoln Navigator comes standard in either medium graphite leather or medium prairie tan leather. The Navigator comes with a long list of standard interior luxuries, which includes leather bucket seats, power steering and windows, automatic climate control, and powered seats. Other standard luxuries include AM/FM/Cassette player, third row of seats, and much more. Interior options include auto-dim rear view mirror, rear split bench seat, and a compact disc changer.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Lincoln Navigator comes with a 230-hp 5.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 325 lb-ft of torque. Standard features like the self-level suspension and power steering make the ride extremely smooth and easy to handle. The powerful engine can tow up to 8000 pounds without any additional upgrades. The optional four-wheel-drive system makes the Navigator extremely fast in rougher terrains, and acceleration is extremely responsive. Overall, the performance and handling is as luxurious as the interior, and the Lincoln Navigator can get around as well as many four-wheel-drive sport utility vehicles.

Safety

The 1998 Lincoln Navigator comes standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, driver and passenger side airbags, automatic headlights, and fog lights. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Lincoln Navigator four out of five stars during the driver and passenger impact tests. Unfortunately, there have not been many other crash tests done to the 1998 Lincoln Navigator.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln Navigator: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Large size
  • Overdone styling
  • Powerful Engine
  • Four-wheel-drive option

You Won't Like

  • Poor grille design
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Pricing
  • Overdone styling

Sum Up

Luxury loaded with features in a big, powerful package.

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