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2013 Lincoln Navigator

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2013 Lincoln Navigator Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

America's first full-size luxury SUV, the 8-passenger Lincoln Navigator paved the way for many challengers such as the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX56, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes-Benz GL. Big and capable, the Navigator can now add "high-tech" to its list of superlatives thanks to the addition of Lincoln's smartphone-integration software, Sync Applink. Although the market has shifted toward smaller, more-efficient car-based SUVs in response to skyrocketing gasoline prices, anyone who still craves a big, traditional SUV will appreciate the 2013 Lincoln Navigator's luxurious amenities, extraordinary cargo capacity and intimidating stature.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are looking for a luxurious family hauler with the lowest starting price in its class along with a spacious cabin capable of accommodating seven or eight passengers and their gear, take a close look at the 2013 Lincoln Navigator.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Unless your next luxury SUV must possess an eighth seat, you may find the more compact 7-passenger Infiniti JX, Acura MDX or Buick Enclave more appealing with their superior agility, fuel efficiency and pricing.

What's New for 2013

The only changes to the Lincoln Navigator for 2013 are a few new exterior paint colors.

Driving the Navigator

Driving Impressions This 2013 Lincoln Navigator boasts a stiff body-on-frame structure and fully independent suspension front and rear. Monotube shocks 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 pleasingly agile for its size, although its turning circle is pretty large. Ride quality is smooth and comfortable on the road, even on rough surfaces. Performance is generally adequate but the 5.4-liter V8 engine can feel strained when carrying a full load. 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 throughout.

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 2013 Lincoln Navigator offers standard power running boards that automatically extend when any door is opened and retract once all doors are closed.

2013 Lincoln Navigator Details
2013 Lincoln Navigator photo Interior

Depending on the second-row seating configuration, the 2013 Lincoln Navigator can accommodate up to eight passengers as well as enough gear to stage a big family picnic. Opting for the second-row captain's chairs drops the Navigator's seating capacity to seven but gains a convenient center console nestled between the two seats. The Navigator's expansive interior (and the overall bulk necessary to enclose such a space) begins to make sense if you frequently fill all those seats. On the longer-wheelbase Navigator L, most of the additional length is dedicated to cargo space behind the 3rd-row seat.

Exterior
2013 Lincoln Navigator photo

The 2013 Lincoln Navigator is big and bold, and it is styled to accentuate those proportions and make its presence felt on the road. Its flashy exterior is characterized by a massive chrome grille, large xenon headlamps and scores of chrome accents. The Navigator rides on standard 18-inch bright-machined alloy wheels; 20-inch chrome wheels and tires that really fill the fenders are an option. Although the power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats help, the Navigator's tall load-in height can make packing cargo a little challenging. The elevated step-in height is mitigated by power-assisted running boards that extend and retract automatically.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2013 Navigator's standard feature list is generous. Among the major items are automatic xenon headlamps, 10-way power-adjustable front seats with heating and cooling, heated second-row seats, a power-foldable 60/40-split third-row seat, rearview camera, a keyless-entry keypad for the driver's door, and power-adjustable pedals. On the technology front, there are voice-activated navigation with SiriusXM satellite radio and Travel Link, HD Radio and a 14-speaker THX II-certified audio system. Standard safety features include a full complement of airbags, trailer-sway control and Lincoln's MyKey system, which allows individual tailoring of driver alerts and warnings.

Optional Equipment

With just a single trim level, the Navigator only asks buyers to choose a length (standard or L) and a driveline, 2-wheel or 4-wheel drive (2WD or 4WD). An available option group offers a power moonroof and the Monochrome Limited Edition Package, which adds tasteful monochromatic accents, olive ash interior wood trim and premium leather seats with black inserts and piping. Stand-alone options include a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a Class IV trailer towing package, remote starting system and 20-inch chrome alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

The 2013 Navigator is powered by a 5.4-liter V8. It delivers its 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque smoothly but that's frankly not a lot of power for a vehicle of this size, especially when fully loaded. The 6-speed automatic transmission has a tow/haul mode. The available 4-wheel drive (4WD) system uses a 2-speed transfer case with optional electronic shift-on-the-fly capability. In low range it switches the engine's electronic throttle control to a special off-road calibration for more precise torque management in the worst conditions, such as climbing steep, slippery hills.

5.4-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5,100 rpm
365 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg (gasoline, 2WD), 10/14 mpg (E85, 2WD), 13/18 mpg (gasoline, 4WD), 9/13 mpg (E85, 4WD)

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2013 Lincoln Navigator 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."

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
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

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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