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2000 Lincoln Navigator

  • 2000 Lincoln Navigator Base Sport Utility

    Base Sport Utility

    • MAX MPG
      17
    • SEATS
      7
    • HP/TORQUE
      300/355
    • ENGINE
      5.4L V8
    • MSRP
      $42,660
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2000 Lincoln Navigator Review

A brawny fuel guzzler that looks elegant enough for the opera.

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Overview

The 2000 Lincoln Navigator stems from its time-tested cousin the, Ford Expedition. It marks the first truck that carries the Navigator badge. When it first rolled out, it suffered criticism for its high sticker price while offering little different from the Expedition. In contrast to other luxury SUVs, Lincoln offers features that distinguish it from other brands. It proves resilient enough to hurdle criticisms and make an impression in the luxury SUV segment.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2000 Lincoln Navigator features a satellite navigation system mounted on the center console. Designers also equip the big ride with a backing sensor system. Side airbags now come standard. Climate-controlled seats either for the driver only or also for the passengers mark a new option. The Navigator also shows tweaks in terms of exterior design and interior styling.

Exterior

When you see the roof panels and the windows of the 2000 Lincoln Navigator, you notice their close resemblance to the Expedition. The Navigator distinguishes itself from the Ford Expedition though with its very Lincoln-esque grille and a unique rear-end design. Both models come in four-door architecture.

Interior

The inside of the Navigator boast seats hugged by high-quality leather. The front seats and its middle rows offer comfortable captain's chairs. An optional bench seat accommodates three passengers for the middle row so the vehicle can carry eight individuals. The rear seat takes the form of a removable bench that accommodates three people.

The manufacturer makes the power-adjustable pedals standard with memory functions. More cup holders, better leather for the seats, and more wood trims improve the interior over earlier models. The lighted controls for the window give it a finer finish. The dashboard and door panels come lined with soft-touch materials. Passengers in the second row also get their own controls for the audio system mounted on the center console.

Getting into the third row of seats causes an issue for older individuals. This part of the cabin also feels pretty cramped. The last row best suits younger members of the family.

The behemoth ride also offers a park-assist system and power-folding outside mirrors to make life easier for the driver.

Performance & Handling

Under the hood of the 2000 Lincoln Navigator houses a 5.4-liter, V-8 engine that generates 300 horses. The engine also produces 360 lb-ft of torque while revving at 2750 rpm. This mean-machine easily hauls a heavy load or rushes up a hill without the need to floor the gas pedal.

The four-wheel-drive version comes equipped with Control-Trac, which can be configured into three different settings using a knob on the dash. This system offers more power to the front wheels when it detects slippage in the rear wheels. It maintains the distribution of power until the vehicle regains traction.

Driving the hefty Navigator seems quite easy. The powerful 300-horsepower, V-8 engine makes sure that the vehicle does not get that lazy feeling when starting from a full stop. The ride also stays pretty quiet on the highway for a big box, although wind may invade the plush interior. The suspension system makes use of torsion bars in front and air springs in the back.

Watch out for some body lean when negotiating corners. It seems wiser to slow down to maintain full control of the vehicle. The Navigator handles bumps like buyers expect of luxury rides.

If you have not driven a bulky truck before, parking the Lincoln Navigator proves challenging at first.

Safety

Front passengers in the 2000 Lincoln Navigator get protection by driver and passenger airbags and side-impact airbags. The driver is aided by the Reverse-Sensing System that detects other vehicles and objects when backing up. The sonar warns the driver through beeps when other objects come within 5.9 feet. The beeps become more frequent as objects get closer, and the system beeps continuously when objects get within 10 inches of the vehicle.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln Navigator: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Ride comfort
  • Spacious interior
  • Powerful engine

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Overdone styling
  • Maneuverability

Sum Up

A brawny fuel guzzler that looks elegant enough for the opera.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Ford Excursion
  • Cadillac Escalade

See the New 2015 Navigator.

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