2002 Lincoln Navigator

  • 2002 Lincoln Navigator Base Sport Utility

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2002 Lincoln Navigator Review

Lagging the immense competition and not as good as a well-packaged Ford Expedition.

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The 2002 Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle (SUV) is big on utility. It has impressive hauling and towing capacity that comes at the price of being a truck. This means truck-like ride and truck-like driving. It is larger than the competition so it has more cargo space but is more difficult to maneuver. It seems for every plus there is an accompanying minus, which means it's right for an exact and certain kind of buyer. For most buyers, even ones insisting on a Ford-related product, an Eddie Bauer Edition Expedition is still a better choice, it is hard to justify the Navigator’s cost with all that is going against it and there is ample competition with better offerings.

The Range

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

What's New

The 2002 Lincoln Navigator gets a new Limited Edition package that includes monochromatic black paint, special 17-inch machined aluminum wheels and a reverse sensing system.


The 2002 Lincoln Navigator big-size SUV is only available in the one base trim that includes exterior gear like 17-inch alloy wheels, intermittent wipers, privacy glass, power opening rear quarter windows, Intermittent rear wiper, roof rack, rear defogger, auxiliary transmission fluid cooler, step running boards, trailer hitch, trailer wiring, cargo tie downs, painted finish bumpers, rear liftgate door, re-circulating ball steering, limited-slip differential, rear step bumper, illuminated running boards, power door mirrors, and heated door mirrors.

The 2002 Lincoln Navigator is quite large measuring six-inches longer than its rival the Chevrolet Tahoe and 22-inches longer than the already big Ford Expedition. That makes it a good choice for those who need more space and size and towing/hauling capacity.


The 2002 Lincoln Navigator is predictably large and spacious. Not only is it roomy, but it's also comfortable, at least up until i starts moving. The one trim level comes equipped with standard interior features like leather upholstery, power front seat with power adjustable lumbar support, driver seat memory, leather and wood trim all over, reclining rear seats, power locks, power windows, speed-sensitive power steering, cruise control, adjustable pedals, tilt steering wheel, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, AM/FM audio system with cd player and separate rear seat controls plus air-conditioning and climate control.

Performance & Handling

The 2002 Lincoln Navigator uses Lincoln’s 5.4-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 300 horsepower and produces 355 lb-ft of torque. It hooks up to a four-speed-automatic transmission. It comes with either rear drive or four-wheel drive. The four-wheel-drive system engages automatically and can be used on smooth, dry pavement and on slippery surfaces. The towing capacity when properly equipped is a whopping 8000 pounds. If consumers need to tow four tons, this may be their ride. Acceleration is also impressive, and it should handle most traffic situations well despite its massive size.

The 2002 Lincoln Navigator's handling is very much like a truck and can be a bit of a surprise, especially for consumers who expect SUVs to drive like cars. There is somebody lean and the typical big SUV rollover issues. The ride is also very truck-like, and it makes it hard to call it a luxury SUV when it feels like the occupants are in a delivery truck, not a luxurious vehicle. The steering is too light and uncommunicative. It's not the vehicle one wants to be in when trying to maneuver in tight situations and parking can challenge even skilled drivers. Given the price and the competition it faces, it needs to go through some kind of redesign. While the handling and power seem nice as well as the massive towing capacity, consumers expect SUVs to be tall luxury cars with more cargo space that can haul and tow. It has many of the luxury features of its rivals, but the ride quality and truck-like drive can be a deal breaker for some.


To its credit, the 2002 Lincoln Navigator has certain tank-like qualities and an extensive list of standard safety equipment that includes dual front airbags, dual front side mounted airbags, front head airbags, all-wheel anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system, rear door child safety locks, auto delay off headlamps, dusk sensing headlamps, front seatbelt pretensioners, turn signal mirrors and side-impact bars. In NHTSA testing, it earned five out of five stars for driver and passenger safety but only two stars for rollover safety. The IIHS has not performed crash safety tests.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln Navigator: 11/15 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Controls
  • Passenger space
  • Cargo space
  • Optional rear seat entertainment system

You Won't Like

  • Hard to park
  • Terrible fuel economy

Sum Up

Lagging the immense competition and not as good as a well-packaged Ford Expedition.

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