Review: 2011 Lincoln Navigator

Posted on 02. Mar, 2011 by in Auto News

Another driving experience is worth a few points in my book. A vehicle may be flawed, even seriously flawed, but if it offers a unique experience, I personally find it more attractive than a technically superior, but emotionally vacant unit. In this sense, and a Lexus LX 570 my ride for the week, I've decided. One last fling with a pair of dinosaurs, the Lincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have Few vehicles are not in line with the current market situation. Today, the Lincoln.

So, how can a large Ford SUV and it seems worthy of the Lincoln badge and a $ 60,000 + MSRP? Well, it is the right way, and then there's the easy way out. The easy way: add a lot of chrome. The plates on the lower doors are standard, while on the grid is a $ 75 option. To this, the dealer seems to have felt the need to add the B-pillar applications. Also in "Tuxedo Black Metallic" combined the result is not convincing. The navigator had a few years in the middle of its course, if it looked almost noble. But both the early and younger generations have applied all about wretched excess superficial and even stumbled upon a basic box that is much more at home than Ford.

Inside the Lincoln Navigator that story continues. The current interior is a step back into the materials and style of the preceded it. Lincoln argued that the wood is real, but it does not look real, and it's certainly not spectacular. The instruments look dated and cheap, while the controls dated and cheap, even in the case, chunky feel of the shifter. The controls in a luxury vehicle should never feel clunky. The same HVAC controls that look a little cheap purchased inside the 2008 Ford Taurus XI recently employed in the $ 63,360 Lincoln. Lincoln has refined the interior spaces in its latest products, but the Navigator is apparently left to die on the vine as the time passes by.

In view of the function of the better from Lincoln. The seats in the front two rows are huge and comfortable. Maybe even a little too comfortable and too little support, but they befit the brand. Expansive windows couple with a high seating position offering excellent visibility. An ergonomic drawback: there is nowhere for the driver to rest a left foot. Thus, the foot should be just planted flat on the floor.

Unlike the Cadillac Escalade (or the Lexus LX 570, for that matter), the Lincoln Navigator has an independent rear suspension. The main advantage is a low, flat floor in the rear of the vehicle, for the best third-row seat in the industry. There is plenty of room back there, and with the third row bench is very high from the ground and a little less comfortable than the other, it is probably the most comfortable place to sit in the navigator. This never happens.

It is only a foot or so load space behind the third row. For those who want to carry out six-plus people and their luggage Lincoln Navigator offers the EL. In the EL seating dimensions remain the same, but there are still right behind the third row for luggage. If you are getting this type of vehicle you might as well go all the way, I tested the regular wheelbase only because it was closer in size to the Lexus.

Ford's "modular" V8 has never received a lot of love, and that's not about to change in its waning days. The three valves per cylinder 5.4-liter V-8 specifications are not bad: 310 hp at 5,000 rpm and 365 pound-feet of torque at 3,600 rpm. But they are against a curb weight north of three tons. Worse, produced the V8 roar undue while it is not about his work and the smooth six-speed automatic. With so many courses to choose, you would not expect that kind of overly aggressive kickdown together with less endowed chair boxes, but it's here.

The steering has a moderate weightiness to it and feels pretty good for this class of vehicle. This is the culmination of the suspension. The handling is predictable, but cumbersome, even compared to the Cadillac. Despite the independent rear suspension and the Navigator luxury Mission pound over bumps and shimmies. The body feels flexy and fastened too loosely on the frame. Old man Leland has to roll in his grave. His Lincoln never rode anything like that. Our test car was shod with the optional 275/55R20 tires. This may be ill-suited for the suspension, and the standard-18s could do better. But the 20s have many side wall. They are hardly rim protectors. With them there is no apparent reason, the Navigator rides like bad or feels so unpolished how it works. Competitors usually quieter inside.

When testing Explorers and Expeditions in the past I've wondered how Ford could through the expense and hassle of mounting an independent rear suspension of his usual SUV and still manages to go the live-axle competition from General Motors underperform. With the latest and perhaps last, Navigator, is the secret. The large SUV roominess and comfort are excellent, but in almost all other respects falls short, too far. The luxury is all superficial, at best. Of the smaller controls to shift the engine to the chassis of the Navigator feels clunky. Given his age and configuration, I would expect that the SUV dated feel. But the thorough lack of finesse came as a surprise. While rare these days even with low-cost small car, this is not the kind of distinctive driving experience I was looking for.

Craig Carlson in Varsity Lincoln in Novi, MI, provided the car (248-305-5300).
Michael Karesh owns True Delta, an online source of automotive pricing and reliability data.