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.