Owning an opulent SUV like a 2016 Navigator could end up badly for your gasoline expenses. But with the gasoline’s prices going down, having one beautiful Lincoln is becoming more affordable and not just a fantasy. Amongst its compelling features, there are three rows of seating, lots of cargo space and the ability to tow a boat, of course, adapted and built with American style.
For such an expensive and luxurious SUV, we can expect everything flawlessly built but there are some details to unveil in this occasion, and the terrible fuel efficiency is one of them. The Navigator was refreshed last year with the implementation of EcoBoost technology. This way, the American car maker claimed to reduce drastically the fuel efficiency and it wasn’t true. The fuel efficiency is still below-average in this year.
Nevertheless, the 2016 Navigator shortened the distance from its competitors with its incredible towing capacity of 9.000 pounds and plenty space to be comfortable and to carry up many pieces of luggage.
The 2016 Navigator is a compelling option for wide families and constant trailer transportation, without any lack of luxury and comfort. The Navigator also has acceptable off-road abilities. You can expect a quality ride into any type of road, from snow and mud to rocks.
Let’s review this amazing SUV.
Powertrain and Performance
This giant and opulent beast is fed up by a twin-turbocharged 3.5 L V6 engine, producing 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. It comes with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode. The Navigator goes from standstill to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. It’s seriously fast but burns a lot of gasoline in the process, with an efficiency rated at 15 mpg in city and 20 mpg on the highway.
The light-duty all-wheel-drive system is available using a 2-speed transfer case in some trims. Meanwhile, the rear-wheels-drive system is standard and boosts the towing capacity greatly. The 3-mode Drive Control suspension dampening allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Normal, and Sports settings. The handling is a nightmare, we dare to say. There are plenty of options with better handling capabilities. Feels like it is a giant truck.
Refreshed Styling and Luxurious Interior
The refreshed exterior brings new hopes to the 2016 Navigator, but it’s still a dated truck that needs a new generation as soon as possible. The front fascia looks good and contemporary. From sideways, the Navigator is huge and with a shape not too attractive as its competence. The rear is contemporary but happens the same with the front: this truck needs curves and a revamp!
The fully square shape of the outside vanishes when you get into the cabin. The cabin is spacious and elegant, renovating and incorporating new materials to keep the Navigator really upscale. Nevertheless, there are low-quality plastics here and there, which ruins the luxury experience.
However, driver and passenger will feel really comfortable and satisfied with features just as heated and ventilated front seats and plenty of space to stretch out. The entertainment is covered up with an 8-inch touchscreen featuring navigation, audio, phone, climate controls, and with a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system. The cargo space is something brilliant with 103 cubic feet as standard while the extended Navigator L comes with 128 cubic feet.
The Bottom Line
You probably may not like this car if you are thinking about using it in your daily basis. We found the terrible fuel efficiency asides with its large size that demands concentration and ability to maneuver it in tight spaces. Also, the styling is disappointing. Probably you will need to look for a three-row luxury crossover instead.
This SUV is really useful if you need a premium and big vehicle for a wide family or if you need to tow up to 9,000 pounds constantly.
Starting price at $63,195.