Used 2017 Lincoln Navigator L SUV
Lincoln Navigator L SUV
The 2017 Lincoln Navigator has the muscle expected from a full-size luxury SUV, but it trails competitors in technology and driving aids.
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The Lincoln Navigator started life as a luxurious version of the Ford Expedition, and it remains so today. That's good news, in that it offers a substantial 9,000 pounds of towing and plenty of room for passengers and their stuff, especially in Navigator L versions. Last year, it got the new Sync 3 system, which significantly upgrades infotainment performance. But despite that, and its high-tech turbocharged V6 engine, the 2017 Lincoln Navigator lags competition like the Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes-Benz GL when it comes to other modern technology, such as automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and radar-based cruise control, not to mention luxuries like front seats that massage the driver and passenger. Maybe the best news is that an all-new Navigator is in the pipeline.
You'll Like This Car If...
The 2017 Lincoln Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds, it looks like nothing else on the road, and it offers up an independent rear suspension that its primary American rival, the Cadillac Escalade, lacks. It's also less expensive than the Caddy by several thousand dollars.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Lacking the latest driver-assist and safety features, the Navigator feels dated compared to competing luxury SUV models like the Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, both of which handily outclass the big Lincoln. The Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 offer smaller and more maneuverable, but still compelling, options.
What's New for 2017
After a more thorough refresh last year that added the Sync 3 infotainment system, changes to the 2017 Lincoln Navigator are limited to a single new color: Palladium White Gold, which was available on the MKX crossover SUV last year.
There's nothing old-school about the 2017 Lincoln Navigator engine: It's a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that puts out a solid 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque...as long as you're using premium fuel. Still, it's more than enough to motivate this big beast, even in the long-wheelbase models. An available 3-mode Drive Control suspension-damping system allows the driver to choose among Comfort, Normal and Sport settings. We found the Comfort setting a bit soft, preferring Normal or Sport. The adjustable dampers work well with the independent rear suspension, which helps the Navigator feel more planted in turns. But even in Sport mode there's little that's sporty about this big SUV, thanks to its body-on-frame truck roots and vague steering. The Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class rides like a sedan thanks to its unibody platform, although nothing in the class can beat the Navigator's 9,000-pound towing capacity.
The 2017 Navigator looks like it'd be powered by a brawny fuel-guzzling V8 engine, and that used to be true. These days, it uses Lincoln's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which uses two turbos to punch up 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
Last year the Navigator got a serious upgrade in materials, and it's still one of the best things about it. We like the new leather and Ziricote wood trim, which bring this big SUV into decidedly more modern times.
The 2017 Lincoln Navigator comes in both standard-wheelbase Navigator and long-wheelbase Navigator L versions. Both come with three rows of seats with standard 2nd-row captain's chairs to total seating for seven; a no-cost option replaces them with a 2nd-row bench to bump that up to eight. Fine leather and wood impress, as does comfortable seating that includes good legroom, especially in LWB models. Overall, interior space is good, but maybe not quite as good as the expansive exterior may suggest. Cargo space in SWB models is 18.1 cubic feet, which is less than what you get in the smaller Honda Pilot.
The 2017 Lincoln Navigator's massive split grille is unmistakably Lincoln, even as the brand's signature look morphs with the new Continental and MKZ. Still, there's no disguising that this is a big, imposing box. At 207.4 inches in length, even a standard-size model is a potentially cumbersome vehicle to maneuver; the long-wheelbase Navigator L goes even further, coming in at 222.3 inches in length; measure your garage before buying. If you have heavy items to load, the high floor will make it harder, but at least available motorized running boards help the little ones climb their own way into the back.
Notable Standard Equipment
The Select and Reserve trim levels are available in both Navigator and Navigator L. Even the base Select model is nicely equipped, boasting the latest Sync 3 system with its 8-inch touch screen, navigation, voice command and 14-speaker THX II-certified audio system. The front leather seats are heated and cooled. Other features include a power tailgate, adjustable pedals, push-button start and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Safety features are blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. We like the "welcome mat" puddle light under the outside mirrors that illuminates the ground when the unlock button is pressed.
Notable Optional Equipment
Besides the choice of rear-wheel drive (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD), and standard or extended length, the main choice facing Navigator buyers is the Reserve Package. Available with any model, it adds premium leather across all three rows, and includes Ziricote wood accents, 22-inch wheels, power running boards, and upgraded floor mats. It's a nice upgrade, but it's also $8,000. Other options include a moonroof, and if you choose 4WD, then Lincoln Drive Control comes along with the ride. Not available are adaptive cruise control, a foot-activated rear liftgate and parallel-park assist, all available on other Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
Under the Hood
The only engine available for the 2017 Lincoln Navigator is the EcoBoost 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. With 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, it's more powerful and sophisticated than the ancient 5.4-liter V8 it replaces. The 6-speed automatic transmission has a manual shift mode. Rear- or 4-wheel drive is available, and 4WD models include a 2-speed transfer case. In low range the engine's electronic throttle switches to a special off-road calibration for more precise torque management in the worst conditions; it also features hill-descent control and hill-start assist. Towing capability maxes out at 9,000 pounds for a RWD SWB model, and falls to 8,400 for a 4WD Navigator L. Due to changes in EPA testing, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
380 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 mpg (SWB, RWD), 15/20 mpg (LWB, RWD), 15/20 mpg (SWB, 4WD), 15/19 mpg (LWB, 4WD)
Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.
The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for a rear-wheel-drive 2017 Lincoln Navigator Select is about $64,400, including the $1,195 destination charge. Long-wheelbase Navigator L models start at about $66,800. If you want 4WD, you'll add about $3,500 to the price of either vehicle. If you want to spend as much as possible, a fully loaded 4WD Navigator L can approach $80,000. Despite the high price, it undercuts the Cadillac Escalade by several thousand dollars, and is tens of thousands less than the Lexus LX. It is in line with the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX80 and Mercedes-Benz GL, all of which offer more advanced technology. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new luxury SUV. The Lincoln Navigator has only so-so residual value.
Lincoln Navigator L Consumer Reviews
August 23, 2018
Great and reliable car
Great and reliable car for almost 11 years and 136,000 miles
August 09, 2018
Our 2015 Lincoln Navigator is a pleasure to drive, has plenty of room, power, comfort and options. For such a large vehicle it...
July 29, 2018
Great reliable SUV
I dont normally keep cars this long but we have two SUVs now that we just cant justify selling - an Acura MDX and Lincoln Navigator. ...
July 24, 2017
Great SUV, best luxury SUV on market.
This is the third Navigator in my life and by far it is the best. Im extremely happy with the EcoBoost engine & its power and handling. ...
June 20, 2017
Bought brand new in 2012 and now driven over 70,000. The car is a joy to drive.
May 04, 2017
This is my second Navigator....
We purchased our 2003 Navigator with 65k miles on it and we made another 65k+ during five years. During that time we replaced air...
March 25, 2017
Greatly improved car over earlier Navigators.
This is a good SUV and a great saving over the Escalade for 90% the same specs. Comes complete - very few possible options. The front...
January 03, 2017
Most dependable vehicle I've ever owned!
I have a 2000 Lincoln Navigator that I purchased in 2007 for around $13,500.00. It had 90,000 miles at that time and now the odometer...
November 19, 2016
Love this SUV!
Comfortable, nice-looking, and can hold lots of cargo.
August 24, 2016
This was my 2nd Navigator
I had my 1st Navigator for 10 years and my 2nd Navigator for 8 years. They were both fantastic but my 1st one held up a little better....