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2013 Lincoln Navigator: Used Car Review

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The 2013 Lincoln Navigator is heir to the name that set the full-size luxury SUV genre in motion. While it's quite obvious the Navigator owes much of its body and mechanical setup to the less expensive Ford Expedition, the Navigator distinguishes itself with more luxury features and a bolder appearance. As good as it is, the 2013 Navigator isn't the most sophisticated or powerful full-size luxury SUV in its class, which is why Lincoln loads it with features designed to upstage the Navigator's primary rival, the Cadillac Escalade. Take the Navigator's third-row seats, for example. While the Escalade's seats require removal for increased cargo space, the Navigator's are power operated and fold into the floor. Like the Escalade, the Navigator comes in an extended-wheelbase model, significantly increasing rear cargo space. While the Escalade offers more horsepower and better acceleration than the Navigator, the Lincoln's 9,000-lb tow rating (8,800 pounds for the L model) handily beats the Cadillac's 8,100-lb limit. You'll also find the Navigator's interior to be more distinctive than the Escalade, with a unique dual-cowl dashboard, 2-tone leather seating with matching piping and sophisticated entertainment systems, such as Lincoln's SYNC with navigation and the THX II audio system.

What We Like

Extended-wheelbase model; large power-folding third-row seat; distinctive interior; impressive towing ability; comfortable ride

What We Don't

Tepid acceleration; poor fuel economy; somewhat numb steering feel; massive proportions make parking and maneuvering in small spaces difficult

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 5.4-liter V8 engine good for 310 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the 2-wheel-drive model is rated at 14 miles per gallon in the city, 20 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg combined city and highway driving. When running on E85, those figures drop to 10 mpg city/14 mpg hwy, and 12 mpg combined. Adding 4-wheel drive to the mix lowers fuel economy to 13 mpg city/18 mpg hwy, and 15 mpg combined. E85 figures for the 4-wheel drive drop to 9 mpg city/13 mpg hwy, and 11 mpg combined.

Standard Features & Options

The 2013 Navigator is offered as one well-equipped model in two body styles, the Navigator and the Navigator L. Both regular- and long-wheelbase models come in 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive.

The base Navigator comes standard with 10-way power front seats, leather seating surfaces, automatic HID headlights, a power-folding 60/40-split third-row seat, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear-seat controls, trailer-sway control, MyKey programmable key fob, an illuminated driver's door keypad, heated outside mirrors, power adjustable pedals, a power rear lift gate, heated and ventilated front seats, premium leather seating, heated outboard second-row seats and the SYNC communications system with AppLink mobile app integration. It also comes standard with front and rear park assist, a hard-drive-based voice-activated navigation system with SiriusXM Travel Link, a 14-speaker THX II HD Radio with 6-disc CD player and auxiliary audio jack, power rear quarter windows, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot mirrors and satellite radio capability. Standard safety equipment includes AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and front, front-side and 3-row side-curtain airbags.

The Navigator L is identically equipped but adds 12 inches to the wheelbase and 14 inches to the rear end.

The Monochrome Appearance package adds body-colored lower cladding, power-folding heated side mirrors and a body-colored lower grille. The Monochrome Limited Edition package adds a power moonroof, premium leather seating with charcoal piping, black carpet and body-colored mirror caps.

Stand-alone options include a power moonroof, power deployable running boards and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, Class IV Trailer Tow package with auto-leveling rear suspension and 20-inch chrome wheels.

Pricing

When new, the Navigator costs substantially less than a similarly equipped Cadillac Escalade, so you can bet a used model will be an even better bargain. For a good idea of the Navigator's price range, we suggest using the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued no recalls for the 2013 Lincoln Navigator.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you. You can also check the NHTSA website; simply enter your vehicle's identification number for a list of performed recall repairs.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The Lincoln Navigator earned five out of five stars in the NHTSA front-impact and side-impact crash tests. In the rollover roof-strength test, the 4x2 model earned only three out of five stars, while the 4x4 model earned four stars.

The Navigator left the factory with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition to the new vehicle warranty, second owners can purchase extended coverage when they buy from a certified pre-owned (CPO) Lincoln dealership. CPO vehicles come with a 169-point inspection and a 6-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty starting from the time the vehicle enters service.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Cadillac Escalade -- The Escalade offers more power, a more sophisticated suspension and more high-tech features, but it also costs more. The Escalade's third-row seats aren't as comfortable and must be removed to obtain a flat cargo floor.

2013 Mercedes-Benz GL -- The GL offers better handling, more luxury features and better fuel economy from its optional diesel engine. The GL's trio of gasoline V8 engines are much more powerful than the Navigator's V8, but its unit-body frame can't tow as much weight.

2013 Infiniti QX56 -- The QX56 offers a more powerful V8, but only an 8,500-lb tow rating. The QX56 also offers a power-folding third-row seat plus luxury features not available on the Navigator, such as adaptive cruise control.

Autotrader's Advice

If you need the added space, the Navigator L's long-wheelbase is the best choice. However, the added length makes an already difficult-to-maneuver SUV even more ungainly. The base Navigator with the Elite package offers just about every feature in the Lincoln luxury vault and has enough interior room for most needs.

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