Check out the 2022 Lincoln Navigator road test and review video from Kelley Blue Book!
The Lincoln Navigator has been around since 1997, and for the 2022 model year the 4th generation receives a mid-cycle refresh The Navigator retains its big bold boxy shape, and exterior updates include restyled front and rear fascias that Lincoln says give it more presence. and this full size SUV definitely has presence.
The chrome bits are tastefully placed and if that’s not your thing, the highest Black Label trim has a special edition package that’ll add black trim and wheels. Either way you get it, the Navigator looks classy and that’s perfect because when you’re hauling around cargo as fine as me, you want your ride to show up and make a statement.
Speaking of cargo, there’s a button to open the rear glass to make quick drops without opening the tailgate. Behind the 3rd row there’s (20.9 cu-ft). Folding the 3rd row will yield up to (63.6 cu-ft) and with the second and third row flat, you’ll have (103 cu-ft) to work with, which is less than the Cadillac Escalade but more than the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. If more cargo space is needed, a long wheel base model almost 12 inches longer can be had on higher trims.
The interior of the navigator is truly a good place to be regardless of which row you’re in. There’s a button to push forward the 2nd row seat that’s worth mentioning, and the 3rd row has a flat and low floor thanks to the Navigator’s independent rear suspension. Besides seating comfort, the 2nd row also has plenty storage in the door bin, pockets behind the front seats, and under the center console. Plus you’ll have 4 cupholders, AC outlet, and USB A and C ports.
When you’re driving the Navigator, you’ll want to go anywhere because it is a comfy cruiser for sure. This doesn’t have air suspension like the Grand Wagoneer or the Escalade, but it does have a road sensing camera that sends information to the suspension for a more pleasant ride. All trims come with a 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 making a stout 440 horsepower (440hp/ 510 ft-lb) which is down 10 horsepower from last years model, but the torque figure remains the same. Losing horsepower is never fun but the Navigator being this big body on frame luxury SUV still feels quick, the 10-speed automatic transmission is smooth, and the massaging seats make me forget about where the horsepower went.
Added peace of mind in the form of standard safety features to help keep the bangs and dings away include blind spot monitor, lane keep assist, forward collision mitigation, and a surround view camera.
The Navigator comes in 3 trims: Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. There’s seating for 7 or 8 occupants and RWD is standard on lower trims, but AWD is available and comes standard on the highest black label trim. The base Standard trim starting at a little over $77 and a half thousand dollars ($77,635) not including destination includes LED headlights, power running boards, hands free lift gate, power folding second and third row seats, tri-zone climate control, wireless charging, and adaptive cruise control. Keep in mind the base model is the only trim that doesn’t offer a long wheelbase variant. Competitors in this Full Size 3-row Luxury SUV segment include of course the Cadillac Escalade which now has an available 700 hp supercharged V8, my goodness, Jeep Grand Wagoneer, or the GMC Yukon Denali.
And if you’re looking overseas, there’s also the Infiniti QX80, Lexus LX 600, and I’ll even throw in the Mercedes Benz GLS for kicks. There’s some pretty stiff competition for the Navigator but with it’s bold presence and comfortable interior, this may be a solid option to course your next road trip.
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