Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator is Lincoln’s flagship luxury SUV. One of the first sport utility vehicles to be offered by a U.S. luxury brand, the upscale Navigator is viewed by many as a status symbol. Similar high-end SUVs include the Cadillac Escalade and the Lexus LX 570.

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Lincoln Navigator Origins

Lincoln introduced the full-size Lincoln Navigator in 1998. The Navigator shares a platform and traditional body-on-frame construction with the Ford Expedition. However, a distinctive Lincoln grille and numerous luxury amenities differentiate the Navigator from its Ford sibling.

About the Lincoln Navigator

The Lincoln Navigator is best known as a large, family-friendly luxury SUV with modest off-road capabilities.

Both trim levels can seat up to eight passengers with an optional second-row bench seat. The base model offers 104 cubic feet of cargo space, while the extended Navigator L provides a generous 128 cubic feet of space. Standard leather seating, ample legroom, and an optional rear-seat DVD entertainment system provide a comfortable experience for back-seat passengers.

An optional four-wheel-drive system and heavy-duty tow package make the Navigator useful for trailer towing and off-road recreation. However, with features such as running boards, road tires, and a moderately-powerful engine, the Navigator lacks the skills of SUVs designed specifically for off-road use, like the Land Rover Range Rover.

Lincoln Navigator Features

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator is available in two trim levels: the base Navigator and the long-wheelbase Navigator L. Both trims come standard with a 5.4-liter, flex-fuel, V-8 engine producing 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Standard exterior features include a signature chrome grille, chrome hood accent, chrome-tipped exhaust system, chrome roof rack, power liftgate, power-retractable running boards, front rain-sensing windshield wipers, forward and reverse sensors, a rearview camera, HID headlamps, foglights, front tow hooks, and a rear hitch with cover. Formerly optional, integrated blind spot mirrors became a standard feature in 2012.

The interior boasts luxury amenities, such as an LED-illuminated instrument panel, leather upholstery, and leather and wood trim. Other standard features include heated and cooled front seats, a leather and wood steering wheel with power tilt column and audio and sound controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver’s seat memory settings, power-adjustable pedals, a voice-activated navigation system with satellite traffic and travel information, a Sync voice-activated multimedia interface, Bluetooth, a keyless entry keypad, HD radio, and a 14-speaker 600-watt premium surround sound audio system.

Individual options include a power sunroof, 20-inch wheels, a dual-display rear-seat DVD entertainment system, and an HD navigation system. Additional packages are available. The Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package upgrades the Navigator’s maximum tow rating to 9000 pounds with a rear load-leveling air suspension as opposed to the standard front and rear independent suspension, a four-pin and seven-pin wiring harness, a heavy-duty flasher, a heavy-duty hitch with two-inch receiver, a heavy-duty transmission cooler, and a heavy-duty radiator. The Monochrome Appearance Package adds an upper chrome grille, body-color lower grille, body-color lower body-side cladding, body-color hood accent, and power-folding heated mirrors with body-color mirror caps.

The base Navigator measures 208.4 inches long, 78.3 inches tall, and 78.8 inches wide, excluding mirrors. The Navigator L is 131 inches long.

Lincoln Navigator Evolution

The Lincoln Navigator debuted in 1998 as Lincoln’s first truck-based vehicle. Based on the Ford Expedition, the first-generation Navigator is equipped with a 5.4-liter, 230-horsepower, V-8 engine and four-speed automatic transmission. As with later models, Lincoln’s signature chrome grille helped distinguish the vehicle from the Expedition.

In 1999, a new engine increased output to 300 horsepower and from 325 to 360 lb-ft of torque. In 2000, side airbags became standard. New options for 2000 included a navigation system, reverse sensors, and climate-controlled seats. 2001 brought the addition of standard child seat anchors and automatic climate control. In 2002, Lincoln added a Limited Edition package featuring monochromatic black paint, reverse sensors, and unique 17-inch machined alloy wheels.

Lincoln updated the aging Navigator in 2003 with a handful of performance improvements. Changes included a strengthened frame, independent rear suspension, and an AdvanceTrac stability system. New amenities included a roof rack, in-dash CD changer, and available heated and cooled seats. In 2005, the transmission was upgraded to a six-speed automatic.

The third-generation Lincoln Navigator debuted in 2007 with a larger grille, flashier overall appearance, and a new frame and suspension. In 2008, several former options became standard, including a power-folding third-row seat, surround sound audio system, and heated and ventilated seats. Heated second-row seats and a rearview camera became standard in 2009. The Navigator’s engine output was increased by 10 horses. Leather seats, which were previously optional, became standard in 2010.

Select a Lincoln Navigator Year

2019 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2018 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2017 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2016 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2015 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2014 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2013 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

Luxury Liner: The 2013 Lincoln Navigator is a popular choice for chauffeurs and executive drivers alike

2012 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2012 Navigator receives Sync AppLink technology that lets users program their favorite phone applications into the award-winning Sync infotainment system. It will allow drivers to not only speak through a hands-free phone, but it should also allow them to check for traffic delays, book reservations, and accomplish a host of other activities without having to take their hands off the wheel. Also new are Autumn Red Metallic and black exterior paint colors as well as walnut swirl and olive ash optional wood trims.

2011 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is a full-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) with bold styling that screams money spent.

2010 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The third-generation Navigator enters its fourth year as a carry-over model from 2009, the only change being the addition of Trailer Sway Control as a standard feature.

2009 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

Higher gas prices cause many people to turn away from sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

2008 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The third generation of the Lincoln Navigator was launched for the 2007 model year, so little has changed with the introduction of the 2008 model.

2007 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Lincoln Navigator was the very first full-scale luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV).

2006 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2005 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2005 Lincoln Navigator is in its second generation and continues to share a platform with the Ford Expedition, as Lincoln is Ford’s luxury division.

2004 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2004 Lincoln Navigator serves as a high-end luxury SUV introduced for the 1998 model year and currently still in production.

2003 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

2002 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2002 Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle (SUV) is big on utility.

2001 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2001 Lincoln Navigator is a full-size SUV that’s fairly similar to the Ford Expedition but comes equipped with more luxury features.

2000 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 2000 Lincoln Navigator stems from its time-tested cousin the, Ford Expedition.

1999 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The Lincoln Navigator puts all the luxury of its sedans in a sports utility package strong enough to tow large boats, carry plenty of passengers, and offer a great amount of cargo space.

1998 Lincoln Navigator

SUV, Utility/Offroad

The 1998 Lincoln Navigator is Lincoln's first truck, and the immediate reaction to was a large amount of sales.