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2011 Lincoln Navigator L

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2011 Lincoln Navigator L Review

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When Lincoln launched the original Navigator, it was America's first full-size luxury SUV. GM soon followed with the Cadillac Escalade, and has followed with much-improved second- and third-generation versions. As expected, the battle was resumed a few years later with the launch of the significantly improved Navigator and long-bodied Navigator L in 2007. Although this long-time rivalry still simmers, a number of new players have joined the game, including the Infiniti QX56, Mercedes GL 450 and Lexus LX 570. Though luxury SUV sales may not quite be where they used to, the Navigator still has much to offer those who need room for eight and/or a desire to tow heavy loads And the Navigator still has some clear advantages over the Escalade, namely the function and operation of its second- and third-row seats. Both rows fold flat into the floor, and the PowerFold feature flattens the back row at the touch of a button.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a big, roomy, highly capable hauler that's as quiet, comfortable and civilized as most luxury sedans, you have two logical choices. The 2011 Lincoln Navigator competes well with its Cadillac counterpart in most ways and beats it in some.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If your needs do not require a large, truck-based SUV (e.g. for heavy hauling and towing), or your tastes and budget don't lead you toward the high-buck luxury-end of this segment or you prefer something smaller and more fuel-efficient, you'll be happier with a car-based "crossover," such as the Lincoln MKT.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, Lincoln adds as standard its voice-activated navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link and HD Radio to the Navigator.

Driving the Navigator L

Driving Impressions This 2011 Lincoln Navigator boasts a stiff structure and fully independent front and rear suspensions. Monotube shocks all around improve the ride and enable more precise tuning, while a variable-boost...

power steering pump reduces low-speed effort and improves higher-speed feel and feedback. The Navigator is rock-solid yet surprisingly agile and comfortable on the road, even on rough surfaces. Performance is more than adequate, with appropriately large brakes to haul it down with authority and improved pedal feel thanks to a dual-bore master cylinder. The extra-long L version feels heavier (because it is), yet drives "smaller" than it looks. Both are uncannily quiet inside due to an acoustic windshield, thicker side glass and copious insulation throughout.

Power Running Boards
This vehicle is tall enough that most folks will find running boards useful for climbing in and out. Standard power-deployable units present themselves when any side door is opened and retreat neatly out of sight when all doors are closed.

PowerFold Third-row Seats
Standard on all models is the handy 60/40 split-back third-row seat that folds flat into the floor at the touch of a button.

2011 Lincoln Navigator L Details
2011 Lincoln Navigator L photo Interior

The Navigator's ultra-quiet, leather-lined cabin is divided by a "flow-through" center console that sweeps up into rectangular "eyebrows" that frame both sides of the dash. Night-time driving is aided by the visually stunning white LED lighting that permeates the dash, door panels and steering wheel controls. First and second-row seating offers good head and legroom, and the power folding third-row seats quickly convert the Navigator into a massive cargo barge in just seconds. Seating is soft but supportive and the fits, finishes and craftsmanship befit a fine luxury automobile and the gorgeous four-spoke leather and wood steering wheel includes audio, climate and cruise control buttons on its spokes.

Exterior
2011 Lincoln Navigator L photo

The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is about as big, bold and flashy as they come. It begins with a large retro (from the 1960s) cross-hatch Lincoln grille between huge high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps. Below it, the pattern is repeated in a second full-width grille with fog lamps near its corners, and you can order a big chrome hood cap above it. Chrome strips highlight the beltlines and wide chrome trim decorates the lower doors. Standard wheels are 18-inch machined aluminum, with chrome wheels optional. Lincoln sedan-like tail lamps similar to those on the MKZ wrap around the rear corners and well into the liftgate. Step-in height is noticeably high, as is the reach to gain roof access.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Navigator's standard feature list is generous. Among the major items are automatic high-intensity discharge headlamps, leather-covered seats with 10-way front power adjustment and memory, PowerFold 60/40-split third-row seat that folds flat, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with rear controls, remote keyless entry with illuminated driver's-door keypad, power heated and folding outside mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, voice-activated navigation with SIRIUS Satellite Radio and Travel Link, HD Radio, power liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row seats, Front Park Assist, SYNC communication and entertainment system, THX II-certified audio with six-disc in-dash CD player and MP3 jack, Reverse Sensing System, power rear quarter windows, Rear View Camera, rain-sensing wipers, power retractable running boards and a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC), four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Trailer Sway Control, dual-stage front air bags, seat-mounted side airbags and three-row side-curtain airbags with roll-over protection.

Optional Equipment

The Rapid Spec Package nets a power moonroof, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and the Limited Edition Package, which adds monochromatic accents, ebony wood interior trim and premium leather seats with black inserts and piping. Stand-alone options include a Class IV trailer towing package, rear seat entertainment system, remote start, power sunroof and chrome plated aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood

The 2011 Navigator is powered by a SOHC 5.4-liter V8 that delivers a smooth 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. The available four-wheel drive uses a two-speed transfer case with optional electronic shift-on-the-fly capability. In low range it shifts the engine's electronic throttle control to a special off-road calibration for more precise torque management in the worst conditions, such as climbing hills under slippery conditions.

5.4-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5100 rpm
365 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (gasoline, 2WD), 9/13 (E85, 2WD), N/A (4WD)

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2011 Lincoln Navigator L Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 106 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

I love My Navigator

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "lots of room, plenty of cup holders, stylish"

Cons: "there is some blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Navigator just over 2 years ago. It had 67000 miles on it when I bought it...it now has 90000 miles on it. This vehicle lives in the garage and I baby it everyday. It has all the bells and whistles except 4wd. It has all the power I need and great towing. I've been to Tennessee ,Florida, Louisiana, Alabama with my family and never had any problems. It rides really good with the air suspension. It looks awesome with the wood grain and leather seats, and just enough crome to turn heads. I had to replace the back hatch motor...other than that, I will have this vehicle years to come."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

I don't think they could have designed any better!

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful and fun to drive."

Cons: "A bit pricey but you get what you pay for"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is absolutely the best family vehicle we've ever owned. We have 5 children. Room for everyone plus storage. Vehicle handles well, looks great, and rides comfortably. Nothing like having heated or cooled seats in 1st and 2nd rows for travel. We keep ethanol free fuel in this vehicle and kept a constant 22 mpg in town. Got great gas mileage on vacations with about 24 on the highway. Travels GREAT in snow with 4WD. We always feel secure in this Navigator. Lincoln Navigator is an all time favorite vehicle for us."

Great road trip vehicle and kid cargo machine!

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,900

10 9.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, strong motor, beautiful vehicle"

Cons: "power windows and running board failure"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Beast

"This truck has been a blast to drive. Classy head turner vehicle that has always been reliable for my busy family. It can tow the largest camper on the market without any difficulty or strain on the engine. The only issue I have had since I purchased it has been the automatic running boards only work when they feel like it and I chose to leave them in the closed position. Power window motors failed early on as well. I can't believe these two problems have not been recalls because almost every one I drive by has the running boards stuck down during driving. All the bells and whistles make it a pleasure to cruise long distance in."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Beast

Best vehicle I have ever drivin.

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,920

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A pleasure to drive"

Cons: "Bad Headrest. Not adjustable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2013 Lincoln Navigator, and I LOVE it, can't say any thing more than that. My only complaint is the Headrest tilts to far forward, can't adjust. It might work for driving dummies, but not for me. I have been driving for 55 Years and had a lot of vehicles, this is with out a doubt the best. My first car was a 1950 Ford custom. I have purchased at least twenty nine cars in that time, Cadillac, Pontiac. Mercury, Chrysler, and then the Navigator. A really nice machine. Thanks for listening."

17 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Love this vehicle.. Looking to buy a new navagator

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great vehicle and reliable."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this vehicle. I want a new navigator with more safety features and better gas mileage. I was hoping to get a better trade in than $15,000. I will keep my 2007 a while longer.."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great vehicle - enjoy driving - safe - comfortable

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great driver, luxurious, American made."

Cons: "Mileage, but heh, it's a big vehicle."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great luxury SUV that beats Escalade in every category except one: sales. Snappy for a large vehicle, comfortable for big people, easy to drive, and has all the bells and whistles. Can't say enough about this SUV!"

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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