2011 Lincoln Navigator Introduction

Lincoln Navigator boasts the towing and load potential of a truck with the comfort and convenience of an expensive sedan. The Navigator offers real space for up to eight passengers. It also features enormous cargo capacity.

Lincoln Navigator is rated to tow up to 9,000 pounds.

Yet the Navigator is smooth and quiet on the road, with a compliant, fully independent rear suspension that smoothes over the roughest of pavement. It is a truck, however, with a ladder-type box frame and separate body, so the Navigator is not as responsive as a crossover SUV such as the Lincoln MKX. The car-based crossovers don't offer the towing capability of the truck-based Lincoln Navigator, however.

The Lincoln Navigator comes in the standard size or a long-wheelbase version called the Navigator L. Both can seat seven or eight passengers, depending on the seating configuration ordered. The Navigator L is almost 15 inches longer than the standard version. Passenger accommodations are essentially the same, but the Navigator L provides an additional 24 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third seat.

The Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 310-horsepower 5.4-liter V8 with a 6-speed automatic transmission, which we found work smoothly together. Navigator is available with either rear-wheel drive (2WD) or electronically engaged four-wheel drive (4WD) that can be driven on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. We recommend opting for the four-wheel drive.

For 2011, Lincoln Navigator changes are minimal. Voice-controlled navigation with HD Radio technology, SYNC and Sirius Travel Link is now standard, there's standard Trailer Sway Control with AdvanceTrac and Roll Stability Control, the MyKey system allows limiting vehicle top speed and radio volume, and there is complimentary maintenance for the first 12 months or 15,000 miles. Some options have been changed. Navigator was last redesigned for the 2007 model year.

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