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2001 Lincoln Navigator

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2001 Lincoln Navigator Review

A well-equipped full-size SUV with a huge cabin that’s based on the Ford Expedition.

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Overview

The 2001 Lincoln Navigator is a full-size SUV that’s fairly similar to the Ford Expedition but comes equipped with more luxury features. It also comes with a higher price tag than the Expedition and many other vehicles in its class. However, on the other hand, it does boast enough additional features to rank as a true luxury SUV. It's powered by a formidable 5.4-liter V-8 engine. That engine is rated at 300 horsepower and produces 360 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, it burns a lot of fuel and it's a gas-guzzler even by the standards of a full-size SUV. Lincoln’s Control-Trac system is standard for four-wheel-drive models, and it can be engaged to distribute power to the front and back wheels accordingly to maximize traction. It features a spacious leather interior that provides seating for seven. That capacity can be expanded to eight by opting for a second-row bench seat that can seat three, as opposed to the captain’s chairs that are generally standard for both front and second-row seating.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2001 Lincoln Navigator introduces a satellite-based communication system. Intended to operate along the same lines as GM’s OnStar system, its system comes with a hands-free, voice-operated wireless phone along with access to e-mail, news, weather, stock, and sports. Other changes include the standardization of auxiliary climate control on two and four-wheel-drive models and child safety-seat anchors for the third row of seating.

Exterior

The 2001 Lincoln Navigator looks similar to the Ford Expedition. Key differences include chrome, vertical-bar grille, unique taillights, and distinct rear trim. Like the Expedition, it is 205 inches long, which is longer than the Chevy Tahoe and shorter than the Ford Excursion. Also, it has a chassis that’s based on a truck, and thus it feels like a truck when consumers drive or ride in it. This truck-like sense can be especially pronounced on rolling and dipping roads where body roll can become apparent.

Interior

The 2001 Lincoln Navigator gets standard interior features that include leather seats and captain’s chairs for the front and middle rows of seating. There is also an optional three-seat bench for the middle row of seating that expands its maximum passenger capacity to eight. Other standard interior features include power adjustable pedals. Options include side-impact airbags for the front seat, a satellite navigation system, and climate controlled front seats.

The 2001 Lincoln Navigator's luxury interior features are one of the departments that really deliver. Some of the nicer options consumers can equip is its spacious leather interior with include climate-controlled seats, a stereo with six-CD changer, a hands-free cell phone, and a reverse sensor. Seating is comfortable for the most part but seating positions are somewhat low. This makes exterior visibility something of an issue. Removing its third row can expand its maximum cargo capacity to 63.2 cubic feet. Unfortunately, the middle row of seating features captain’s chairs and a floor-mounted console that make it impossible to expand its cargo capacity any further.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Navigator is available with either two- or four-wheel drive. In both cases, it comes equipped with a 5.4-liter V-8 engine with dual overhead cams and a 300 horsepower rating. Its 4WD system automatically engages and there is a traction control feature that appropriates power to the front and rear wheels to maximize traction accordingly. It is built on a truck-based platform and its performance overall is hampered by the fact that the big SUV is too truck-like in terms of drivability and maneuverability.

Safety

The 2001 Lincoln Navigator has an extensive list of safety features that includes four-wheel ABS, front head airbags, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, an engine immobilizer, foglights, and turn signal mirrors. It receives two out of five stars in rollover tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln Navigator: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Nice array of standard features
  • Generous list of options
  • Styling has been refreshed
  • Spacious cabin
  • Seats use improved leather

You Won't Like

  • Delivers truck-like drive and ride quality
  • Gas mileage is abysmal
  • Large size makes it cumbersome for city driving and parking

Sum Up

A well-equipped full-size SUV with a huge cabin that’s based on the Ford Expedition.

If You Like This Vehicle

  • Ford Expedition
  • Lexus LX470
  • Mercedes-Benz ML430

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