2010 Lincoln Navigator Expert Review

You'll Like The 2010 Lincoln Navigator If...

If you're looking for a big, roomy, highly capable hauler that's as quiet, comfortable and civilized as most luxury sedans, you have two logical choices. The 2010 Lincoln Navigator competes well with its Cadillac counterpart in most ways and beats it in some.

You May Not Like The 2010 Lincoln Navigator If...

If your needs do not require a large, truck-based SUV (e.g. for heavy hauling and towing), or your tastes and budget don't lead you toward the high-buck luxury-end of this segment or you prefer something smaller and more fuel-efficient, you'll be happier with a car-based "crossover," or CUV.

What's New

For 2010, Lincoln adds a number of new standard features including an expanded three-year subscription to SYNC communications with 911 Assist, vehicle health reports and traffic, direction and information service. Other new standard features include power deployable running boards, Trailer Sway Control and the programmable MyKey system.

Interior Features

The Navigator's ultra-quiet, leather-lined cabin is divided by a "flow-through" center console that sweeps up into rectangular "eyebrows" that frame both sides of the dash. Night-time driving is aided by the visually stunning white LED lighting that permeates the dash, door panels and steering wheel controls. First and second-row seating offers good head and legroom, and the power folding third-row seats quickly convert the Navigator into a massive cargo barge in just seconds. Seating is soft but supportive and the fits, finishes and craftsmanship befit a fine luxury automobile and the gorgeous four-spoke leather and wood steering wheel with audio, climate and cruise control buttons on its spokes is shared with Lincoln's MKZ sedan and MKX crossover.

Exterior Features

The 2010 Lincoln Navigator is about as big, bold and flashy as they come. It begins with a large retro (from the 1960s) cross-hatch Lincoln grille between huge high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps. Below it, the pattern is repeated in a second full-width grille with fog lamps near its corners, and you can order a big chrome hood cap above it. Chrome strips highlight the beltlines and wide chrome trim decorates the lower doors. Standard wheels are 18-inch machined aluminum, with chrome wheels optional. Lincoln sedan-like tail lamps similar to those on the MKZ wrap around the rear corners and well into the liftgate. Step-in height is noticeably high, as is the reach to gain roof access.

Driving Impressions

This 2010 Lincoln Navigator boasts a stiff structure and fully independent front and rear suspensions. Monotube shocks all around improve ride and enable more precise tuning, while a variable-boost power steering pump reduces low-speed effort and improves higher-speed feel and feedback. The Navigator is rock-solid yet surprisingly agile and comfortable on the road, even on rough surfaces. Performance is more than adequate, with appropriately large brakes to haul it down with authority and improved pedal feel thanks to a dual-bore master cylinder. The extra-long L version feels heavier (because it is), yet drives "smaller" than it looks. Both are uncannily quiet inside due to an acoustic windshield, thicker side glass and increased insulation throughout.

Pricing Notes

The 2010 Lincoln Navigator's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts around $55,500, while the 15-inch longer L model adds about another $2,000 to the bottom line. Opting for four-wheel drive adds nearly $3,000. Both Navigator models are considerably less than the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, but Kelley Blue Book projects the standard and stretched Navigators' five-year residual values to fall below those expected of the pricier Escalades. Navigator transaction prices may vary, so be sure to check Fair Purchase Prices to see what people are actually paying in your area.

Notable Equipment

The 2010 Navigator's standard feature list is generous. Among the major items are automatic high-intensity discharge headlamps, leather-covered seats with 10-way front power adjustment and memory, PowerFold 60/40-split third-row seat that folds flat, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with rear controls, remote keyless entry with illuminated driver's-door keypad, power heated and folding outside mirrors, power-adjustable pedals, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, power liftgate, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row seats, Front Park Assist, SYNC communication and entertainment system, THX II-certified audio with six-disc in-dash CD player and MP3 jack, Reverse Sensing System, power rear quarter windows, Rear View Camera, rain-sensing wipers, power retractable running boards and a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC), four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), Trailer Sway Control, dual-stage front air bags, seat-mounted side airbags and three-row side-curtain airbags with roll-over protection.

Notable Options

The Rapid Spec Package nets a power moonroof, voice-activated DVD navigation and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, while the Limited Edition Package adds monochromatic accents, ebony wood interior trim and premium leather seats with black inserts and piping. Stand-alone options include a Class IV trailer towing package, rear seat entertainment system, remote start and chrome plated aluminum wheels.

Favorite Features

Power Running Boards

This vehicle is tall enough that most folks will find running boards useful for climbing in and out. Standard power-deployable units present themselves when any side door is opened and retreat neatly out of sight when all doors are closed.

PowerFold Third-row Seats

Standard on all models is the handy 60/40 split-back third-row seat that folds flat into the floor at the touch of a button.

Under the Hood

The 2010 Navigator is powered by a SOHC 5.4-liter V8 that delivers a smooth 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. The available four-wheel drive uses a two-speed transfer case with optional electronic shift-on-the-fly capability. In low range it shifts the engine's electronic throttle control to a special off-road calibration for more precise torque management in the worst conditions, such as climbing hills under slippery conditions.

5.4-liter V8

310 horsepower @ 5100 rpm

365 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3600 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 (gasoline, 2WD), 9/13 (E85, 2WD), N/A (4WD)

Editors' Notes

When Lincoln launched its original Navigator, it was America's first full-size luxury SUV. GM soon followed with the Cadillac Escalade, and has followed with much-improved second- and third-generation versions. As expected, the battle was resumed a few years later with the launch of the significantly improved Navigator and long-bodied Navigator L in 2007. Although this long-time rivalry still simmers, a number of new players have joined the game, including the Infiniti QX56, Mercedes GL 450 and Lexus LX 570. Though luxury SUV sales may be off, the Navigator still has much to offer those who need room for eight and/or a desire to tow heavy loads. And the Navigator still has some clear advantages over the Escalade, namely the function and operation of its second- and third-row seats. Both rows fold flat into the floor, and the PowerFold feature flattens the back row at the touch of a button.

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It has TONS of room for the entire family!

I love my Navigator. I have four kids and we have a very busy life. It is nice to have the extra room to cart them wherever they need to go, as well as take the long trip with plenty of room for luggage and stroller in the trunk. We like the entertainment package that allows the children to watch movies on the go.The only complaint I have, is that it does have a rust issue.

- Krystal k

It's a great family car. It has enough room for multiple passengers to fit comfortably, along with any belongings.

I love all the luxury features of my car. Comfortable leather seats, automatic sideboards, bright headlights, backup camera, alert sounds, automatic folding 3rd row seats, and dvd screen in the back to name a few. The biggest negative is the low gas mileage it gets. I live outside of town and try to plan to get as much done in 1 trip.

- Emily S

Fully loaded Lincoln Navigator

I love my car! The leather seats are nice and I love the appearance of the wood grain steering wheel. There is so much space and the TV is a bonus for additional riders. Three rows is very nice if you have children or if you're taking a road trip. The only negative I have to say about it is it uses a lot of gas.

- Luka T

Elegant, smooth ride, and affordable!

It offers great features such as a backup camera, DVD in the backseat, Bluetooth, CD/DVD, sensors for when you are too close to a car and is simply a smooth ride. It is an elegant SUV and is top quality! It has never failed me and was definitely a great purchase!

- Gabby B

I love my Lincoln navigator!

My Lincoln has a really comfortable set up, although I am not a fan of the center console in the middle of the vehicle. I'd prefer not having to lower a seat each time me or someone else has to get in the rear of the navigator. Otherwise, I love it to pieces!

- Julia J

Great car, smooth ride, very reliable.

I really love the car. It rides smoothly and the gas mileage is not bad for a larger vehicle. We haven't had many problems with it as far as malfunctions. The only thing I would complain about that the plastic pieces the radio etc break easily.

- Maeri M

It's roomy and lots of space for everything including people

I like it well enough, it's comfy and there is tons of space. We have had quite a bit of trouble with it though. I don't really dislike anything about it except I wish it were better on gas. We can pack our friends easily into it though.

- Brittany C

The vehicle is equipped to notify when something is going wrong.

My Lincoln navigator is fully loaded. I have never had any issues, it runs a vehicle health report for you every few months to keep you updated. That was a plus for my family to get notified of any issues before the vehicle breaks down.

- Stephanie K

It has only been driven by me with low mileage and well maintained.

It is large, rides smoothly, ability to see clearly, feel very safe on the highways, ability to load many items to transport, and i know it is a quality vehicle.

- Denise B

The one most important thing about my vehicle is that it's very reliable.

First of all I love my vehicle. I like everything about it. I'm usually in a good mood when I'm driving. There's nothing I dislike about my vehicle.

- Janis Y

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