KBB Editors' Overview
By KBB.com Editors - Updated Date: 10/25/2013
Lincoln created the full-size luxury SUV segment, and the 2014 Navigator does a fine job carrying on the tradition. The 8-passenger Lincoln Navigator for 2014 has many rivals, chiefly the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80 and the Lexus LX. But it still has a leg up on all of them with a higher tow rating, more interior room and power-operated 3rd-row seats that, unlike the Cadillac and Lexus, fold flush into the floor. The Navigator's high-tech roster isn't as up-to-date as other Lincoln products, however, and its interior is beginning to look dated. Still, the Navigator is big, impressive and somewhat intimidating to others in its path, which is probably why so many owners love it.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you need to carry lots of people and tow heavy objects and your status in life affords you the finer things in life, the 2014 Lincoln Navigator outclasses more generic SUVs by a country mile.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you need room for six and are more impressed by good fuel economy and precise handling than towing, a crossover SUV such as the Audi Q7, Infiniti QX60 or even the Lincoln MKT makes a better choice.
What's New for 2014
Other than some new colors, the Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV remains unchanged for 2014.
Lincoln is quite proud of the 2014 Navigator's stiff body-on-frame structure and fully independent rear suspension that, in combination with its monotube shocks, lower ride height and a host of electronic stability programs, ensure a smooth and controlled ride. The Navigator's variable-boost power steering helps firm up steering feel at freeway speeds and lighten it when more effort is required, such as when parallel parking. Overall ride quality isn't as good as in more modern crossover SUVs, but it is far from truck-like, either. The big 5.4-liter V8 seems to struggle a bit when the Navigator is fully loaded, but it manages to get up to speed eventually and has ample torque for towing and passing. Strong brakes haul down the big SUV with authority. The extra-long L version feels heavier (because it is), yet drives very similarly. Both are uncannily quiet inside due to an acoustic windshield, thick side glass and superb sound insulation.
LINCOLN SYNC APPLINK
Sync Applink controls popular mobile applications on your smartphone through voice commands. Simply download the compatible apps and connect your smartphone to the vehicle via Bluetooth to manage applications like Pandora, Stitcher or NPR News.
POWER-DEPLOYABLE RUNNING BOARDS
To ease climbing into and out of this lofty SUV, the 2014 Lincoln Navigator offers standard power running boards that automatically extend when any door is opened and retract once all doors are closed.
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