Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor

The Washington Post Sunday - - AUTOMOTIVE -

Bot­tom line: The Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor is ex­cel­lent for long high­way drives, not so much for tight city traf­fic. Ride, ac­cel­er­a­tion and han­dling: On the high­way, it gets good marks in all three. In the city, not so much.

Head-turn­ing quo­tient: It is big, ag­gres­sive in de­meanor. You see it com­ing.

Body style/lay­out: The Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor is a full-size, front-en­gine luxury sport-util­ity ve­hi­cle avail­able with rear-wheel or, as was the case with the model driven for this col­umn, four-wheel drive.

En­gine/trans­mis­sion: The 2015 Nav­i­ga­tor comes stan­dard with a 3.5-liter, 24-valve gaso­line V-6 en­gine with vari­able valve tim­ing (365 horse­power and 420 pound­feet of torque). The en­gine is linked to a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that also can be op­er­ated man­u­ally.

Ca­pac­i­ties: Seat­ing is for up to seven peo­ple. Cargo ca­pac­ity with all seats in place is 18.1 cu­bic feet. Max­i­mum cargo vol­ume is 103.3 cu­bic feet. The fuel tank holds 28 gal­lons of gaso­line (regular grade is fine). The Nav­i­ga­tor can be equipped to tow a ve­hi­cle weigh­ing 9,000 pounds.

Mileage: I av­er­aged 19 miles per gal­lon on the high­way, con­sid­er­ably less in the city. Luck­ily, this one runs on regular. Still, even at cur­rently low gaso­line prices in the United States, this one eas­ily con­sumed $60 per tank.

Safety: Stan­dard equip­ment in­cludes a four-wheel anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem, emer­gency brak­ing as­sis­tance, sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol, a post-col­li­sion safety sys­tem, high-in­ten­sity-dis­charge head­lamps, and side and head air bags.

Pric­ing: The 2015 Lin­coln Nav­i­ga­tor with four-wheel drive starts at $65,055. Price as tested is $72,900, in­clud­ing $6,850 in op­tions (ad­vanced elec­tronic safety equip­ment, 22-inch­di­am­e­ter pol­ished alu­minum wheels) and a $995 fac­tory-to-dealer ship­ment charge. Es­ti­mated dealer’s price as tested is $68,000.

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