Say hello to the biggest 'Gator this side of the Everglades. The Navigator is Lincoln's flagship, a full-size three-row luxury SUV. Lincoln introduced the current, fourth-generation Navigator for the 2018 model year and it competes against the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, and BMW X7.
The 2022 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L make their debut with an updated design, new interior technologies, and a new hands-free highway driving aid.
The Navigator might be the best vehicle Lincoln builds right now; there's a reason it was a finalist at 2019 SUV of the Year and that it sits at the top of . Interior and exterior styling are visibly luxurious and uniquely American, with imposing style and high-quality materials.
The available 30-way adjustable Perfect Position seats are wonderfully comfortable, and their massage function is as relaxing as anything we've used in a Mercedes-Benz. Speaking of the German competition, the Navigator trounced them all to take first place in our full-size luxury comparison test.
The big Lincoln delivers a driving experience worthy of a luxury vehicle, too. With its standard twin-turbo V-6, the 'Gator accelerates effortlessly, and handling is surprisingly accurate. That said, ride quality isn't quite as magic-carpet plush as some competitors, and things get worse if you go for the flashy 22-inch wheels. Perhaps the updated 2022 model will deliver a smoother ride.
Lincoln's largest and most expensive SUV is only offered with one powertrain option. Of course, that's the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 producing a stout 440 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque (down from 450 hp in 2021). This engine pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission and a choice of RWD or AWD. For 2021, the Navigator was EPA-rated at 16/20-22 mpg city/highway.
The Navigator doesn't skimp on safety tech. One new standard safety feature for 2022 is Intersection Assist, which detects oncoming traffic while attempting to make a left turn. If it senses a potential collision, it will warn the driver and apply the brakes. Also now standard is Active Park Assist 2.0, which can help drivers wiggle out of a spot when someone has parked too close. Other standard goodies include automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and automatic headlights.
Last but not least, Lincoln is now offering ActiveGlide, a semi-autonomous system that allows drivers to operate the Navigator hands-free on certain sections of the highway. It includes stop-and-go adaptive cruise control with lane centering technology and speed sign recognition. Plus, a camera inside the instrument cluster monitors eye gaze and head position to make sure the driver is paying attention to the road.
The Navigator is an enormous vehicle with an enormous interior, but it has strengths and weaknesses compared to its most direct competitor, the Cadillac Escalade. Whereas the Lincoln is expected to continue offering significantly more third-row legroom, Cadillac is expected to hold the advantage in terms of cargo volume.
Cargo space (behind first/second/third rows):
2021 Lincoln Navigator: 103.3/57.5/19.3 cubic feet
2021 Lincoln Navigator L: 120.2/73.3/34.3 cubic feet
2022 Cadillac Escalade: 121.0/72.9/25.5 cubic feet
2022 Cadillac Escalade ESV: 142.8/94.1/41.5 cubic feet
Legroom (first/second/third rows):
2022 Lincoln Navigator: 43.9/41.1/40.9 inches
2022 Lincoln Navigator L: 43.9/41.1/40.9 inches
2022 Cadillac Escalade: 44.5/41.7/34.9 inches
2022 Cadillac Escalade ESV: 44.5/41.7/36.6 inches
Technology is the central focus of the updated 2022 Navigator. First off, over-the-air software updates will allow drivers to upgrade their Navigator without a trip to the dealership. Inside the cabin, a large 13.2-inch screen sits at the center of the dashboard and features enhanced voice recognition and navigation. Drivers can connect their smartphones wirelessly to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and issue voice commands to Amazon Alexa. The Navigator also offers a 12.0-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display.
In the second row, a 5.8-inch digital display allows passengers to adjust climate and audio. A rear seat entertainment system features a 10.1-inch screen, wireless headphones, voice controls, and wireless streaming via Bluetooth and Amazon Fire TV. Finally, a 28-speaker Revel Ultima sound system is available.
As the top-of-the-line Navigator, the Black Label offers exclusive design themes such as Yacht Club, which offers blue leather with white accents and whitewashed teak wood. Two new themes are available for 2022, including Central Park, which features Manhattan Green paint, Urban Green leather, and an open-pore dark walnut interior with lasered-in scenic pathways from the city. The new Invitation theme pairs black leather with geometric patterns, abstract branches, and open-pore Khaya wood.
Expect to pay more than $100,000 for a Black Label Navigator. Along with the special interiors, Black Label models give buyers access to complimentary car washes and annual detailing, plus free pickup and delivery when your vehicle needs to be serviced.
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