Used 2016 Lincoln Navigator SUV
Lincoln Navigator SUV
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator can outmuscle other full-size luxury SUVs but lags when it comes to the latest technology and driving aids.
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The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV with room for well-heeled families and the muscle to haul their toys. Significantly refreshed last year, the Navigator received much-needed interior and exterior updates, plus a new turbocharged V6 engine that does more with less. The Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds and is available in two lengths. While its technology improves this year with the easier-to-use Sync 3 infotainment system, the Navigator still lags competitors such as the Cadillac Escalade and Mercedes-Benz GL in other key technology and safety aspects. Unlike the Navigator, those rivals boast automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, radar-based cruise control, and even have the capability to massage the front-seat occupants.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you crave a big, brawny, premium SUV that can tow up to 9,000 pounds, the 2016 Navigator is worth a look. Its roughly $64,000 starting price also undercuts its American rival the Cadillac Escalade.
You May Not Like This Car If...
Though just off a refresh, the Lincoln Navigator already feels dated when it comes to the latest safety and driver-assistance features: The Escalade and GL handily trump the big Lincoln. If better fuel economy and maneuverability are on your list, look to something slightly smaller, like Audi’s Q7 or Volvo’s XC90.
What's New for 2016
For 2016, the Lincoln Navigator receives the Sync 3 infotainment system. Based around an 8-inch touch screen, this latest version of the Ford/Lincoln communications, entertainment and navigation unit is easier to see and operate.
The Navigator’s new engine, a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, is so good that there isn't much to miss about the old V8. Ample power is available, even at lower rpm. The 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, however, come only when using premium fuel. The Navigator’s available 3-mode Drive Control suspension dampening allows the driver to choose among Comfort, Normal and Sport settings. We found the Comfort setting a bit soft, preferring Normal or Sport. An independent rear suspension helps the Navigator feel more planted in turns, but the handling is hardly best in class. Whereas the Mercedes-Benz GL rides like a sedan thanks to its unibody platform, the Navigator is more truck-like because that's the kind of chassis on which it's built. We also found the electric power steering a bit vague. The Navigator's main boast is its ability to tow up to 9,000 pounds, a best-in-class stat.
"EcoBoost" is this automaker's term for twin-turbocharging. But don't get hung up on names. Just know it works. Boosting this relatively small 3.5-liter V6 engine results in V8-like levels of 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.
The previous Lincoln Navigator was plenty luxurious...for 2007. Times have changed, though, and the new upscale leather and Ziricote wood trim bring this big SUV into decidedly more modern times.
Both standard (SWB) and long-wheelbase (LWB) Navigators come with three rows of seats, featuring 2nd-row captain's chairs, with total seating for seven. As a no-cost option, the Navigator can be had with a 2nd-row bench, increasing seating to eight. As expected in a full-size luxury SUV starting over $64,000, fine materials such as leather and wood are abundant. Legroom is good across all rows. Overall interior space is decent, but not as vast as the Lincoln's big exterior may indicate. The 18.1 cubic feet of storage behind the third row of a SWB Navigator trails the max capacity of the smaller Honda Pilot.
The Navigator's new face and massive split grille have added some freshness to this luxury hauler, but for better or worse the Lincoln remains a giant rolling 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. Loading heavy items into the high cargo area isn't easy, and the available motorized running boards are mandatory if kids will be climbing in and out of your Navigator. If you plan to park in a garage, bring a tape measure.
Notable Standard Equipment
Both standard Navigator and longer Navigator L are available in two trims: Select and Reserve. Even the base Select model is well equipped with the latest Sync 3 system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, voice command and 14-speaker THX II-certified audio system. Leather seating covers the first two rows, and both front seats are heated and cooled. Features include power tailgate, adjustable pedals, push-button start and power tilt/telescoping steering wheel. For safety: blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera and front and rear warning sensors. A "welcome mat" puddle light under the outside mirrors illuminates the ground when the unlock button is pressed.
Notable Optional Equipment
In addition to rear-wheel drive (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD), and standard or extended length, the other main choice for 2016 Navigator buyers is the Reserve Package. Available with any model, the package adds premium leather across all three rows and includes Ziricote wood accents, 22-inch wheels, power running boards and upgraded floor mats. These are all nice, but the package's $8,000 price is a big ask. Individual options include a moonroof, while the Lincoln Drive Control is included when 4WD is elected. Absent are adaptive cruise control, foot-activated rear liftgate and parallel-park assist – items offered on other Ford and Lincoln vehicles.
Under the Hood
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. With 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, it handily outmuscles the outdated 5.4-liter V8 used in past models. The power is transmitted through a 6-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift mode. The SUV's available 4-wheel-drive system uses a 2-speed transfer case. 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. The system also features hill-descent control and hill-start assist. Towing capability maxes out at 9,000 for a RWD SWB model, and falls to 8,400 pounds for a 4WD Navigator L.
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
380 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm
460 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/22 mpg (SWB, RWD), 15/20 mpg (LWB, RWD), 15/20 mpg (SWB, 4WD), 15/19 mpg (LWB, 4WD)
The 2016 Lincoln Navigator has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just over $64,000 for a RWD standard model. The Navigator L begins at $66,650. Adding 4WD to any model will cost $3,000 or more. And for those who want to go all-out, the Reserve package adds some $8,000. Fully loaded, a 4WD Navigator L can approach $80,000. Its MSRP, however, undercuts the Cadillac Escalade by several thousand dollars and is even farther below the Lexus LX. It is in line with the Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Infiniti QX80 and Mercedes-Benz GL. Those seeking a luxury 3-row SUV that is both advanced and lower priced should check out the Acura MDX and all-new Volvo XC90. 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 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....