The 2020 Lincoln Navigator is bigger and better than ever


Experienced by Adrian McQueen

Photography by Adrenaline Lifestyles

It has been a while since I have been behind the wheel of the Lincoln Navigator so I highly anticipated the chance to see what changes have been made over the years. The review model delivered to us was the 4×4 Black Label Edition. For some time Lincoln Luxury was a popular slogan. I hope the brand still lives up to the name.

The Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV marketed and sold by the Lincoln brand of Ford Motor Company since the 1998. It is the luxury version of the Ford Expedition.  The Black Label version that we received is height of luxury that Lincoln offers.  Along with all the bells in whistles inside the vehicle, the Black Label package includes delivery, no cost maintenance plan with vehicle pickup, and even anytime car washes. You will also gain membership into Lincoln’s Access Rewards program that has additional travel and dining benefits.

My first impression of the Lincoln Navigator when I walked out to it was a bit overwhelmed as to how big it was. The chrome mesh grille stood out with the Lincoln logo placed prominently in the middle. The Navigator had a beautiful Burgundy Velvet paint job, adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lamps. It is massive in size but still stylish.

The interior was spacious luxurious. The Navigator came with a Chalet theme that was top notch including high-end materials and soft-touch surfaces. The Navigator can seat seven people in this Lincoln with leather upholstery and heated seats in both rows. The front seats also get ventilation, massaging front seats with 30-way power adjustments and a heated steering wheel. Other standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, proximity keyless entry, a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, MyKey, and a rearview camera.

The Navigator runs with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 with 450-horsepower and 510 lb-ft. of torque. This is a great amount of power that pushes this beast to its limits. The model tested was 4-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission.  The Navigator has a very smooth ride overall. It gets up to speed fairly quickly and floats like a boat while you are cruising. Sharp turns will give you some body roll, but that is expected in a vehicle this size. The brakes were efficient and stopped the Navigator with more than enough safe distance between cars.

Lincoln’s standard SYNC 3 infotainment system features a 10-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, six USB ports, satellite radio, a 20-speaker  Revel stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, a rear-seat entertainment system and a panoramic sunroof.

Lincoln considers safety a top priority and it shows as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Navigator an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Navigator earned five stars in the side and frontal crash tests. Four-wheel-drive Navigators, like the one we reviewed, received four stars in the rollover evaluation. The two-wheel-drive models received three stars. Safety features such as the pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and lane keep assist all come standard in the Navigator.  The Black Label also comes with parallel and perpendicular park assist system, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Being a parent of two young children, car seats are an essential accessory in my ride. The Navigator has three sets of LATCH connectors for the second-row seats, while the third-row seats get a full set of LATCH connectors as well.

The SYNC 3 infotainment system is pretty cool. There is a 12-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, a 14-speaker Revel stereo, six USB ports, and satellite radio. Another feature that is pretty cool is the Lincoln Way app. Download the Lincoln Way app and you can remotely start, lock and unlock the Aviator. You can also receive vehicle health alerts, as well as locate the vehicle and check appropriate fuel range.

The Lincoln Navigator sits in a highly competitive class, amongst the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, Infiniti QX 80 and the Ford Expedition. The Navigator gas mileage is average for a vehicle it’s size. 16 mpg in the city, 21 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg combined.

Lincoln’s warranty coverage roughly matches that of its competitors, but the Black Label trim outshines the rest with four years of complimentary scheduled maintenance instead of one year, Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles and Powertrain warranty covers six years or 70,000 miles. The high-end Navigator Black Label that I reviewed comes in at $98,485.00. Current Deals and Incentives on the Navigator are Lease Deals at $837 per month for 36 months with $8,585 due at signing on the Navigator that expire on 11/03/20. The second Lease Deal is $984 per month for 36 months with $4,234 due at signing on the Navigator that expire on 11/02/20.Finance Deals are 2.9% financing for 60 months, 1.9% for 48 months, or 0% financing for 36 months, plus $1,000 bonus cash that expire on 11/03/20.Cash Back Deals up to $1,000 cash back on the Navigator that expire on 11/03/20.

I had a great time in the 2020 Lincoln Navigator 4×4 Black Label. Overall is a solid vehicle that surely hits the nail on the head in terms of comfort. Please enjoy my photo gallery.


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