2017 Lincoln Navigator

by RaeAnne Marsh

One of the first luxury SUVs to ever hit the market, the Lincoln Navigator has come a long way. With fuel efficiencies that are leading the market, a mild redesign to speak to today’s tech and design trends, and overall performance that is all about quality and toughness that is inherent with parent company, Ford, the new Nav is hitting the market to great acclaim.

The standard 3.5-liter twin turbo-charged engine gives 380 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. The direct fuel injection shows smooth power that promoted eco-friendly EPA-estimated ratings which are impressive for such a truly “full”-sized SUV. In an age of the cross-over and the smaller SUVs, this grand machine contends well.

A similar body style with mostly updates rather than redesign, this SUV does boast some new features that make it the true package — notably, the one-touch PowerFold third row split bench seating. The row accommodates three passengers in comfort and provides for a “full house” with a total of 8 passengers. In addition, the second row folds flat as well, allowing for spacious legroom. SYNC 3 is a voice-activated system for navigating, music, phone calls, texts and more — all making it easier for the driver to stay connected and entertained with hands on the wheel, not on a device. The enhanced THX II audio system is a true wonder to behold. It “takes you away” with its unmatched clarity and surround sound emitting from the 14 speakers on board.

It is luxury at its best with the many features, but feels like sitting in the main lounge at a world-class hotel. The spacious and well-appointed interior is so comfortable that one may decide to drive around listening to a favorite podcast or book over lounging at home. With auxiliary climate control and audio options, one can take the entire crew.

2017 Lincoln Navigator

MSRP: $63,515
City: 15 mpg
Hwy: 21 mpg
Trans: 6-speed automatic

 

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