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2007 Lincoln Navigator Review

Weighs more and features beats competitors by 100 horsepower.

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Overview

The Lincoln Navigator was the very first full-scale luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV). Even though its earliest version was similar to the F-150, with luxury bits and a wagon-type body, the segment became a force to be reckoned with as far as sales are concerned. In strength, the 2007 redesigned model isn’t too different from its original. Capable and spacious, it can take as many as eight passengers to their destinations easily. This year, Lincoln focused its attention on the improvement of the quality and luxury. Underneath, Lincoln borrowed a rigid chassis from the F-150 truck, and revised rear and front suspension designs. In addition, the driveshaft goes through the frame rails, lowering gravity and opening extra room for the third-row occupants. Some other revisions include a master cylinder, thicker rotors for brakes, and larger calipers. Even with an overdone exterior, it has an unprecedented level of sophistication, when viewed especially from the rear.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Navigator Luxury, Lincoln Navigator Ultimate

What's New

The 2007 Lincoln Navigator obtains a significant overhaul for the model year 2007, featuring an almost new look with redesigned taillights in back and a large chrome grille in front. It receives a luxurious interior made with high-quality materials. Another new feature is power seats that fold in the third row. The SUV now has an independent suspension, a new frame, additional insulation, and thicker windshields for a much quieter ride. For those who like more, the vehicle can be outfitted with a 20-inch chrome wheel option. Finally, warranty coverage has been extended on the drivetrain.

Exterior

The 2007 Lincoln Navigator has a luxurious appearance for such a rugged SUV. The trim levels are the Luxury and the Ultimate, and each can be purchased in a number of body paint colors. The standard exterior features of the Luxury model include 18-inch alloy wheels, skid plates, and a chrome grille. Upping to the Ultimate level adds a power sunroof, a power rear liftgate, and step running boards. The options for both full-size SUVs include chrome exhaust tips, running boards that are power-retractable, a towing kit, and bigger 20-inch chrome alloy wheels.

Interior

Lincoln prides itself on providing the most upscale interior of the automobiles in its lineup, and the Navigator fits right in with the sophisticated-looking cabin and materials. Revisions have been made to the seat frames to lessen the transmission of road vibrations, and the legroom is fantastic – even in the third row seating. This isn’t something that every SUV can boast. The cargo space is excellent, boasting about 104 cubic feet of items and cargo. The standard interior features on the Luxury Navigator include turn signal mirrors, parking sensors, a trip computer, ten-way power-adjustable, leather-covered front seats, and adjustable pedals. The next level up adds an overhead console, a sunroof, cooled seats, and heated seats. Some interior options include a navigation system, an upgraded audio system, and a DVD rear-seat entertainment system.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Lincoln Navigator has a softer suspension tuning that aims for comfort over the other full-size trucks produced by Ford. Both drivetrain configurations (rear or four-wheel drive) are available. Every Navigator uses the same engine that powers Ford trucks – the 5.4-liter V-8 that produces 300 horsepower (hp) with 365 lb-ft of torque. That power goes through an automatic six-speed transmission, and is standard on all models. The heavy curb-weight is approximately 6,000 pounds, so the 300 horses don’t allow the SUV to accelerate quickly, but the power is adequate for towing up to 9,100 pounds. The SUV truck is acceptable in agility and body roll, whereas the ride quality is above average in the segment. The independent rear five-link suspension and stiffer frame facilitates a smooth, quiet ride. The acceleration is about as expected in a large full-size SUV, and might not win any races anytime soon. Off-roading abilities are good in the four-wheel-drive configuration.

Safety

There is a wide range of standard features for the 2007 Lincoln Navigator, including anti-lock brakes, brake assist, a tire pressure monitor, stability control, traction control, and adjustable power pedals. Side airbags and curtain airbags for second and third rows are the airbag standard coverage. In government crash tests, the NHTSA awarded five out of five stars for front occupant protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln Navigator: 12/17 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Very plush interior
  • Roomy seating
  • Quiet ride
  • Power third-row seating

You Won't Like

  • Fuel economy unimpressive
  • Extreme amount of chrome
  • Acceleration is sluggish

Sum Up

Weighs more and features beats competitors by 100 horsepower.

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