Stretched L version is roomy; towing is best in class; price is reasonable
Interior is outdated; lacks some high-tech features; falls behind most competitors in horsepower and torque
Other than some new color choices, there are no major changes for 2014.
If you're looking at something as big as the Navigator, we are assuming you have big needs. Therefore, the logical choice is the extended L model, which gives you all the features of the standard Navigator but with added cargo space behind the third-row seat that yields 42.6 cu ft -- a big improvement on the base Navigator's 18.1 cu ft.
The 2014 Lincoln Navigator comes in one well-equipped trim and two models: base and L (long wheelbase).
The Navigator ($56,945) and Navigator L ($59,110) include 10-way heated and cooling front seats, full leather seating, driver and passenger power lumbar support, second-row captain-chair seating, heated second-row seats, automatic xenon headlamps, a power-foldable 60/40-split third-row seat, rearview camera, keypad entry, automatic air conditioning with rear seat controls, a power rear lift gate, power deployable running boards, wood and leather power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors and power-adjustable pedals. Also standard is Lincoln's voice-activated navigation with SiriusXM satellite radio and Travel Link, HD Radio and a 14-speaker THX II-certified audio system.
Options are limited to a Monochrome package that adds a power moonroof, monochrome exterior accents and Ash wood interior inserts. Stand-alone options include 4WD, remote start, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a trailer tow package and a no-cost second-row split bench seat.
Missing from this list but available on many of the Navigator's competitors are such features as adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled cup holders and adaptive swiveling front lighting.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||2 Years/24,000 Miles|
Cadillac Escalade -- The Escalade has more luxury features, a more powerful engine and a more aesthetically pleasing interior. There's also a hybrid model. But the Escalade costs more than the Navigator, and its maximum tow rating is only 8,000 pounds, 1,000 less than the Lincoln.
Infiniti QX80 -- The QX80 has a much more fluid look, with a more modern cabin, a more powerful engine and more up-to-date electronic options, such as distance-control cruise control and 360-degree monitors. But the Navigator can out-tow the QX80, and the Navigator L offers more interior volume.
Lexus LX 570 -- The LX may hold its value better than the Navigator, but it can't tow nearly as much (7,000 vs. 9,000 pounds). The LX's interior is also showing its age, and offers less volume than the Navigator.