Exterior:Chroma Crystal Blue
The Navigator is not just the largest, most opulent, and most powerful Lincoln ever; it delivers what an American luxury vehicle should in this day and age, in the market segment where luxury buyers have gathered. Shaped with restraint, the Navigator’s lines are clean and its exterior chrome bits are tastefully applied, starting with the recessed grille that’s large but proportional to the vehicle. The grille’s design is familiar from Lincoln’s MKZ and Continental, as is its grate, which features a pattern of Lincoln’s star logo—itself an adaptation of the emblem used on the Continental Mark II in the mid-1950’s.
Under the ’Gator’s hood is the Ford F-150 Raptor’s twin-turbocharged DOHC 3.5-liter V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission. As in the pickup, this engine makes 450 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 510 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm, which shades the output of the Caddy’s 420-hp 6.2-liter V-8.
With EPA ratings of 16 mpg city and 21 mpg highway, the Lincoln is also more fuel efficient than before. Making liberal use of its non-intrusive stop/start system, we averaged 15 mpg during two weeks of mixed driving around Los Angeles.
The V-6 is smooth and refined and fires with a mild rasp. A strong bottom-end punch and a 5900-rpm redline make it a perfect match for the 10-speed automatic, a unit engineered and built in a Ford/GM partnership. Its programming is spot on in the Navigator. Part-throttle gear-changes are tight and snappy, and the transmission always seems to be in the right gear at the right time.