Specifications prices Modifications and Image 2011 Lincoln Navigator
If you find yourself feeling nostalgic for those pre-recession days of conspicuous consumption, you'll like the 2011 Lincoln Navigator. Granted, times have changed quite a bit since this third generation of Lincoln's full-size SUV was introduced back in 2007. A global economic downturn, high gas prices and growing concern for the environment might have many buyers thinking twice about driving a flashy SUV like this, but that doesn't take anything away from the functional capabilities of the vehicle itself.
As status symbols go, the Navigator -- and its long-wheelbase sibling known as the Navigator L -- is still pretty impressive with its available 20-inch chrome wheels, spacious leather- and wood-lined passenger cabin and plush ride. Underneath all this glitz, however, is a relatively practical SUV with comfortable seating for a small crowd and the ability to tow a big trailer. If you're planning on towing really big loads, however, know that the Navigator's 5.4-liter V8 can be underwhelming in the power department.
In the full-size luxury SUV segment, the Navigator is up against some stiff competition. The Mercedes GL-Class offers better handling and a more prestigious image, while the Cadillac Escalade and Infiniti QX56 boast much more powerful V8 engines. Shoppers might also want to consider the Ford Expedition, which is largely identical to the Navigator under the skin, yet priced significantly lower. Even so, the 2011 Lincoln Navigator still comes recommended thanks to its all-around comfort and relatively agreeable price.
the Navigator's strong point is a luxurious interior with ample space for passengers in all three rows in part due to an independent rear suspension which frees up third row legroom and also pays dividends for handling.
Other components that add to the versatility of the interior include power adjustable pedals and a power folding third row seat. Standard features include heated and cooled leather seats, genuine wood trim, and a 14 speaker (!) 600 watt sound system with a 6 disc in-dash CD changer.
Several option packages are available for order; the Elite package include a touch screen DVD-based navigation system, a rear seat DVD entertainment system with an eight inch screen, a power moonroof, and a reverse camera system. The limited edition monochrome package features a unique chrome grille, ebony wood trim, and special interior trimmings, while a Premium Leather seating package is comprised of upgraded quality leather and contrasting stitching. A heavy-duty towing package is also available, upping the towing capacity to 8.800 lbs for the 4x2 and 9.050 lbs for the 4x4.
The vast expanses of exterior chrome might be a bit too flashy for the more understated buyer, so Lincoln offers a Monochrome Appearance package that substitutes body-colored elements for some of the chrome accents and adds power-folding heated outside mirrors with puddle lights. A similar Monochrome Limited Edition package includes unique leather upholstery and trim. Other options include 20-inch chromed wheels, a sunroof, a heavy-duty tow package, a second-row 40/20/40-split bench, a hard-drive-based navigation system with Sirius Travel Link and a rear-seat video system.
Power for the 2011 Lincoln Navigator comes from a 5.4 ltr V8 engine that generates maximum power of 310 hp and utmost torque of 365 lb-ft. The only transmission for the engine is a 6 speed automatic transmission, but there is choice for drive terrain, and you can get either 2 or 4-wheel-drive models. The towing power for a properly equipped Navigator is around 9,000 lbs. During our acceleration test the 2011 Lincoln Navigator sprinter from 0 to 60 in 8.2 secs that is pretty decent for its segment.
The standard safety equipments for the vehicle includes stability control (having a rollover sensor), antilock disc brakes having brake assist, traction control, three-row side curtain airbags and front-seat side airbags. Some other safety equipments for the vehicle includes Trailer Sway Control, which makes use of the stability control sensors for detecting and minimizing the trailer sway. Apart from these there were plenty of other safety equipments as well, and all these equipments together got superb scores for the navigator in government crash safety test.