2004 Lincoln Navigator

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2004 Lincoln Navigator Review

Roomy, comfortable, and very luxurious, but difficult to maneuver.

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The 2004 Lincoln Navigator serves as a high-end luxury SUV introduced for the 1998 model year and currently still in production. It classifies as a full-size SUV with a four-door body style on a front-engine, rear-drive or all-wheel drive layout. It is closely related to the Ford Expedition but with a range of additional luxury and mechanical features.

The 2004 Lincoln Navigator falls into the second generation of the SUV. It receives only minor changes from the previous model years with high ratings for power and luxury features with a few criticisms mostly stemming from the dimensions of the vehicle.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Navigator Luxury 4x2, Lincoln Navigator Luxury 4x4, Lincoln Navigator Ultimate 4x2, Lincoln Navigator Ultimate 4x4

What's New

After a major redesign in 2003 the 2004 Lincoln Navigator receives only a handful of modifications. A few minor changes enhance the exterior for increased aerodynamics and a few additional standard and optional features become available.


The 2004 models have a large frame and look somewhat boxy with a defined front end. The roof and the front doors look identical to the 2003 models but a few minor changes appear throughout, which may go unnoticed to most casual observers, but they increase aerodynamics and in turn speed and fuel efficiency. The grille still uses the elegant but aggressive pattern with the Lincoln logo above and surrounded by squared headlights on either side. The 2004 Lincoln Navigator gets large, 18-inch alloy wheels.

Some exterior features include high-intensity discharge headlights, a power moonroof, and a liftgate on the Ultimate. Optional features include power running boards that extend out four inches when the door opens.


The 2004 Lincoln Navigator seats seven with bucket seats in the first two rows or eight with first-row bucket seats and bench seats in the second two rows. All models have a 60/40-split rear bench seat, which folds down for additional cargo space, and as an option, the third row may fold down automatically.

The standard trim is walnut burl with premium leather, but Lincoln offers different options. The Navigator comes with a navigation system that incorporates a DVD entertainment system. A rear DVD system remains optional as well. Some of the standard equipment on the 2004 Navigator includes dual-zone automatic climate control, leather surfaces for the first two rows, a six-disc CD changer, and power-adjustable pedals. The Ultimate gets heated and cooled seats, a power third-row seat, and Lincoln’s AdvanceTrac electronic stability.

Performance & Handling

The Lincoln Navigator contains a 300-hp, 5.4-liter V-8 that produces up to 355 lb-ft of torque. This pairs with a four-speed automatic transmission. The 4x4 Luxury and Ultimate tow up to 8300 pounds. The 2004 Lincoln Navigator handles well for a large SUV, hugging curves without much trouble. The suspension keeps the ride smooth and the brake system performs well. Acceleration seems good, given the size, but down-shifting can be a little rougher.


Standard safety features on the 2004 Lincoln Navigator include all-disc anti-lock brakes, dual-stage front airbags, and a tire-pressure monitor. The Navigator has rear park assist and uses a Safety Canopy airbag system for side-impact accidents and rollovers.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln Navigator: 13/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Safety
  • Visibility of gauges
  • Comfortable seats

You Won't Like

  • Dimensions
  • Fuel economy
  • Getting in and out

Sum Up

Roomy, comfortable, and very luxurious, but difficult to maneuver.

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