Both Lincoln Navigator models are powered by a 5.4L V8 engine, making 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, hooked up to a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive. Even though the Lincoln Navigator can top 6000 pounds of curb weight, the powertrain has plenty of power to move the Lincoln Navigator with authority. The engine also brings strong trailer-towing capability, with a rating of up to 8,700 pounds.
The extensive list of safety features on the Lincoln Navigator includes Ford's AdvanceTrac with RSC stability control system -- which is designed to prevent situations that could lead to a rollover -- plus seat-mounted side airbags in front, Safety Canopy side curtain bags that cover all three rows, and knee bolsters for the front passenger.
The Lincoln Navigator boasts a very high seating position, and standard power-retractable running boards aid entry and exit. Both the standard and long versions of the Lincoln Navigator feature three rows of seating, and can accommodate a total of seven or eight depending on the configuration. Front seats are very ample and adjust for a very wide range of occupants. The third row folds down easily, made easier with the optional the power-folding feature. With the second and third rows folded, cargo space expands to a cavernous 130.3 cubic feet on the base trim (128 cubic feet on the L trim). Second-row seats are split 40/20/40, while the third row is split 60/40, in order to obtain the best compromise between passengers and cargo.
Almost all of this additional length of the L translates into roomier accommodations in the second and third rows. The passenger doors are larger, open wider, and therefore access to the third row is easier.
The Lincoln Navigator's interior is very plush and extravagant, but with a very traditional interpretation of high-end luxury. Supple leather, real wood veneers and metallic trims abound. The ride is soft, cushy and quiet, thanks in part to the use of an acoustic windshield and a wind-noise-reducing side mirror design. The dash is upright and truck-like, yet with the materials and design of a luxury car.
The standard equipment list on the Lincoln Navigator is vast, including virtually everything that luxury SUV buyers demand: dual-zone climate control system, heated front and rear seats, cooled front seats, HID headlamps, keyless entry, power-adjustable pedals, power-folding third row, park assist and rain-sensing wipers.
Also standard on the Lincoln Navigator is the THX-II sound system. The system has 14 speakers, two subwoofers, a 12-channel amplifier and state-of-the-art signal processing. Other standard items include a leather wrapped steering wheel, backup camera, power liftgate, power folding mirrors, navigation from Telematics, steering wheel controls and rear A/C. An entertainment system and remote start are available options on all Lincoln Navigators, as well as chrome wheels, air suspension, trailer hitch receiver, power tilt/sliding sunroof or sun/moon roof and split bench seat.