Higher gas prices cause many people to turn away from sport utility vehicles (SUVs). The 2009 Lincoln Navigator, however, will cause many buyers to reconsider, because its fuel efficiency improved significantly since the 1990s. The 2009 Lincoln Navigator offers a lot of comfortable features at a relatively affordable price. Anyone interested in a large vehicle that can hold up to eight people should definitely consider the Navigator.
The 2009 Lincoln Navigator excels with terrific interior features. A big cabin with a comfortable design allows passengers to relax on long trips. Folding down the back two rows of seats also offers plenty of cargo space, which makes the Navigator perfect for camping or ski trips.
The engine does not offer as much get-up-and-go as consumers would hope, but the 2009 Lincoln Navigator does stand out as one of the quietest rides on the SUV market. Road noise is limited, making it easy to enjoy a silent drive or listen to the radio. Overall, this is an excellent SUV with a few flaws. It's affordable price makes it hard to beat.
Body Styles: Full-size SUV
Engines: 5.4-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
The 2009 Lincoln Navigator has several new additions, including Lincoln's Sync multimedia integration system, a rear camera that helps avoid objects while backing up, and heated second-row seats. It has 10 more horsepower units than the 2008, and a larger fuel tank. Buyers who choose Navigators with the optional navigation system also benefit from newly added voice activation and hard drive.
The 2009 Lincoln Navigator has a flashy exterior that will turn some people off. The chrome plating stands out a bit too much for people with toned-down tastes. It almost seems like the designers added a bit too much bling to compete with the pricier Escalade.
Other than looking a bit ostentatious, the 2009 Lincoln Navigator has a well-built appearance that commands respect on the road. Of course, its large size contributes to that look of authority.
This SUV has some interior features that really make it stand out as an excellent choice for buyers who want a vehicle that can seat up to eight people comfortably. Each row of seats offers plenty of leg and head room, even the third row, where passengers normally feel a little claustrophobic.
If more cargo room is needed, the 2009 Lincoln Navigator can oblige. When the second and third row seats are folded down, consumers get 104 cubic feet of space.
Of course, there's more to interior than just functionality. Fortunately, the 2009 Lincoln Navigator features a retro design with gauges and a dual-cowl dash. Leather upholstery keeps drivers comfortable during long rides, as do the power front seats with cooling and heating, and a second-row console with climate controls. Imagine sitting behind the wheel of a late-1970s Continental Mark V that has been updated with modern features. If potential buyers like those aesthetics, then they'll love the Navigator.
Performance & Handling
The 2009 Lincoln Navigator has a 5.4-liter, V-8 engine that offers 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. This isn't a huge amount of power for a vehicle of the Navigator's size, but it's plenty for most people. Buyers can choose between two-wheel and four-wheel drive.
The 2009 Lincoln Navigator gets props for its smooth, quiet ride with agile handling. Given the vehicle's size, it offers impressive handling.
The 2009 Lincoln Navigator has a five-star rating for front- and side-impact crashes. It comes standard with anti-lock disc brakes with brake assist and Lincoln's SUV stability control system, which includes a rollover sensor. It has front side airbags and side curtain bags for the two rows of seating in the back.
EPA Fuel Economy
Navigator: 14/20 mpg city/highway
- Plentiful space for passengers and cargo
- Comfortable interior
- Smooth, quiet ride
- Affordable price
You Won't Like
- Weak acceleration
- Somewhat ostentatious chrome exterior
- So-so gas mileage
Offers a comfortable interior, quiet ride, and reliable performance at a reasonable price.
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