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2011 Lincoln Navigator Review
Sturdy luxury SUV
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The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) with bold styling that screams money spent. The Lincoln Navigator serves as a reminder of the old days, when drivers road in gas guzzling, flashy SUVs without remorse.
The Lincoln Navigator is big and has a massive wheelbase, but for the most part it only offers flash. Despite its size, it struggles off-road and while towing, even with its large V-8 engine. The SUV design remains a practical choice for families, seating a small fleet of family members quite comfortably.
Models: Base or L
Engine: 5.4-liter V-8
The 2011 model of the Lincoln Navigator offers voice-activated navigation and SIRIUS Travel Link standard. This includes HD radio technology. A head-rest mounted DVD system can be added as an option.
The standard navigator features include 18-inch alloy wheels. On the Monochrome Appearance package, the exterior swaps chrome trim for body-colored trim, cutting down on the glare of chrome considerably.
The interior of the Navigator offers luxury, of course. Every material is high-end, from the electronic features all the way down to the upholstery. The Navigator seats seven passengers with bucket seats in the back, or a third-row bench increases passenger capacity to eight. The second row seat can manually fold down to create extra space. An automatic folding third row seat opens up additional cargo space. With both seats down, the vehicle can hold an impressive 104 cubic feet of cargo. The Navigator L trim model can hold up to 128 cubic feet due to its extended cabin.
Leather upholstery, seat memory, and heated second and third row seats add to the luxury of the vehicle. The steering wheel has tilt and telescoping adjustments. The pedals are also adjustable. The interior comes equipped with dual-climate zone controls. A Sync voice system allows you to give voice commands and sync your Bluetooth devices. The audio system includes 14-speaker surround sound, a CD player, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a USB jack for audio devices.
Performance & Handling
Under the hood sits a 5.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 310 horsepower with 365 lb-ft of torque. The engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Navigator comes with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. The Navigator L, even with its extended wheelbase, accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.2 seconds. However, this remains slightly slower than some of the competition, showing the Navigator’s struggle to reach high-performance standards.
Safety features on the Navigator include standard stability control with a rollover sensor, traction control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist. Front-seat side airbags and side curtain airbags also come standard. A Trailer Sway Control feature uses the stability sensors to determine when a trailer weaves and adjusts the vehicle’s handling accordingly. A MyKey system allows the driver to control the top speed limit of the vehicle and the volume of the radio to prevent speeding tickets and distractions. The Navigator receives perfect crash test scores for front and side impacts. It includes parking sensors to prevent accidents, a back-up camera to boot, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
EPA Fuel Economy
Four-wheel drive: 13/18 mpg city/highway, 15 combined
- Ample seating for up to eight passengers
- Comfortable ride and quiet cabin
- Luxury design and interiors
You Won't Like
- Massive wheelbase
- Rough off-road handling
- Limited towing capacity for its size
- Poor fuel economy
Sturdy luxury SUV
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