Thursday, November 27, 2014


Check out the Lincoln Navigator it is a full-size luxury SUV that reigns over the Ford range;  Nothing beats driving a Navigator, not even the Escalade!

It has a V-8 engine and heavy body-on-frame construction, the Navigator has never in the past been considered very fuel-efficient. But that's improved for 2015, due to a new EcoBoost (turbocharged) V-6 engine that's been subbed in for the entire model line.

The Navigator is very similar to the Ford Expedition SUV. The long-running Navigator once shared showroom space with the Explorer-based Aviator SUV and now sits atop a utility lineup that includes the Flex-based MKT crossover and the MKX, which is based on the Ford Edge. The Navigator's main competitor is the Cadillac Escalade,  Infiniti QX80,  the GMC Yukon Denali .

The heavy update that came for 2015 keeps the Navigator in its third generation. Up until this point, the big Lincoln SUV has been powered by one engine, a 5.4-liter V-8, paired with an automatic transmission and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive. The package has also included seating for seven, a leather-lined interior, and Lincoln styling to differentiate it from its near-twin, the Ford Expedition.

The new EcoBoost V-6 makes 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque -- more than the V-8 on both counts -- and the 2015 Navigator now includes standard magnetic ride control, with continuous damping; furthermore the instrument panel has been refreshed, and the Navigator at last includes the latest version of MyFord Touch, plus a blind-spot system with cross-traffic alert, and a revised feature set. Gas mileage numbers are up to 16 mpg city, 22 highway with rear-wheel drive. 

In its first generation, which included the 1998-2002 model years, the Navigator gained instant status among celebrities, athletes and music stars for its urbane touches and its tough ability. SUVs were popular, gas was cheap, and the chrome-crusted Navigator hit an upscale demographic right on target. Its 230-horsepower V-8 teamed with a four-speed automatic for uninspiring acceleration, and handling rated along the same lines--with even its off-road ability ignored in favor of wood trim, high-powered audio systems and rear-seat LCD screens with DVD players. Power rose to 300 hp through the years, and the Navigator added side airbags, reverse parking sensors and an optional navigation system to its equipment list.

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