2007 Lincoln Navigator Review
2007 Lincoln Navigator Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
by the Edmunds Experts
- Revised interior is very plush, roomy seating in all three rows, quiet ride, power fold-flat third-row seat.
- Sluggish acceleration, amount of exterior chrome pushes the taste barrier, unimpressive fuel mileage.
For the 2007 model year the Lincoln Navigator gets a significant update. The look is almost all new, with a huge chrome grille up front and more stylized taillights out back. Inside, the Navigator also gets a new interior that uses higher-quality materials and looks more luxurious. Also new is a power fold-flat third row of seats. Mechanically, the truck gets a new frame and independent suspension, plus additional insulation and a thicker windshield to make the ride quieter. Twenty-inch chrome wheels are now an option for those who still think more is more. Finally, drivetrain warranty coverage has been extended to six years/70,000 miles.
A big and comfy luxury SUV, the reworked 2007 Lincoln Navigator now offers the ride quality and level of luxury it needs to run head to head with its chief rival, the Cadillac Escalade. Unfortunately, it's down 100 horsepower and weighs several hundred pounds more.
Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2007 Lincoln Navigator Luxury 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.85 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
Avg. Large SUV
Anyone who's a fan of large luxury SUVs has the Lincoln Navigator to thank. The Navigator was the first full-size luxury SUV, and although that early version was little more than an F-150 with a wagonlike body and some luxury bits thrown in, the Navigator and the segment it helped to pioneer have become a sales force to be reckoned with.
In spirit, the redesigned 2007 Lincoln Navigator isn't much different from the original. Big and capable, it's ready to take seven or eight passengers to their favored destinations with ease. But this year, Lincoln has focused much of its attention on improving the Navigator's luxury and quality. Underneath, there's a more rigid chassis that borrows its front frame section from the F-150 pickup, and revised front and rear suspension designs. Additionally, the rear driveshafts flow through the frame rails, which lowers the big SUV's center of gravity and opens up more room for third-row passengers. Other revisions include larger brake calipers and thicker brake rotors to shorten stopping distances, as well as a new master cylinder to improve pedal feel.
Inside, the dash, center console and door panels are now covered with rich-looking wood trim and the analog clock mounted in the center of the dash is a near perfect blend of modern sophistication and old Lincoln style -- two words we'd have been reluctant to use in describing previous Navigators. Even the somewhat overdone exterior has an elevated level of elegance, especially when viewed from behind. It remains to be seen if vehicles like the Navigator will continue to sell well in light of fluctuating fuel prices but Lincoln certainly deserves credit for raising the bar with the new Navigator.
But that praise comes with a word of caution. Heavier than last year and now weighing in at more than 3 tons, Lincoln's is a full-size SUV in the fullest sense. Granted, it comes with a ton (pun intended) of standard features like stability control and a cocoon of airbags. But motivation still comes from a 5.4-liter V8 (the same one you get in the similar Ford Expedition), which makes for unimpressive acceleration and some pretty ugly fuel economy numbers, especially for those who want the four-wheel-drive model.
It's big, it's bright, it's heavy and the super-sized Lincoln logo up front is almost comical in its dimensions -- not exactly our cup of tea, but for some luxury SUV shoppers, just right. If luxury is your number-one goal and you're not into subtlety, by all means you'll want to check out the 2007 Lincoln Navigator and compare it to Caddy's new Escalade or Chrysler's Aspen. If you find these domestic-brand large SUVs not quite to your liking, Infiniti's QX56 and Mercedes-Benz's impressive GL450 are solid alternatives.
Performance & mpg
Lincoln's full-size luxury SUV is available in both rear-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations. All Navigators are powered by the same 5.4-liter V8 that drives other Ford trucks. It's good for 300 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque, and sends its power through a six-speed automatic transmission. While 300 hp sounds like plenty, the Navigator's approximate 6,000-pound curb weight keeps the truck from feeling even a little sprightly. Properly equipped, the Navigator's towing capacity is 9,100 pounds.
Lincoln offers a comprehensive list of standard safety features for its flagship SUV including stability control with a rollover sensor, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, traction control, tire-pressure monitoring and power adjustable pedals. Airbag coverage includes seat-mounted side airbags for front occupants and three-row side curtain airbags. In federal government NHTSA crash tests, the 2007 Lincoln Navigator received five out of five stars for its protection of front occupants in head-on collisions.
With slightly softer suspension tuning than other full-size Ford trucks, the 2007 Lincoln Navigator is intentionally aiming for comfort. Even so, the big truck feels reasonably agile and body roll is acceptable for a large luxury SUV. The stiffer frame and five-link independent rear suspension pay noticeable dividends here, but the truck's ride quality is smooth first and foremost. The 5.4-liter V8 is responsive, but no one would call the Navigator quick. Although acceleration is never more than adequate, power delivery is refined. The six-speed automatic serves up smooth shifts, but hunts a bit more than we'd like in passing situations.
Lincoln has spent considerable time on just the seats in the Navigator's upscale interior. To boost passenger capacity to eight, a 40/20/40-split second-row seat is available as a no-cost option, and the optional power fold-flat third-row seat is truly a luxurious option. Even the seat frames have been revised so they transmit less vibration from the truck's floor. Passenger room is excellent, and for luxury SUV buyers who intend to make use of all three rows on a regular basis, the Navigator makes a lot of sense -- most competitors have somewhat cramped third-row accommodations. Up front, the gauge cluster and other dash details are clearly intended to be reminiscent of Lincoln's past. With both the second- and third-row seats lowered, the Navigator can carry 104 cubic feet of cargo -- a good number for this class.
2007 Lincoln Navigator models
The 2007 Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV and is offered in two trim levels: Luxury and Ultimate. The Luxury version comes with such features as 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, turn signal mirrors, adjustable pedals, leather-covered 10-way power front seats with memory, a trip computer and an auxiliary jack for connecting MP3 players. Step up to the Ultimate and the standard features list grows to include a power rear liftgate, power-folding third-row seats, an overhead console, heated and cooled seats and a sunroof. Most of those features can be added as options to the Luxury trim. Major options include a THX-certified audio system, a navigation system, a rear seat DVD entertainment system and exterior enhancements like 20-inch chromed alloy wheels, chrome exhaust tips, power retracting running boards and a towing kit.
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
4.75 out of 5 stars
New Lincoln Navigator Owner
Ultimate 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
Purchased our 2007 Lincoln Navigator 14 months ago. Test drove every large SUV, but Navigator blows all others away. Runs on regular gas. V8 is smooth and powerful yet the ride is amazingly smooth and quiet, you will not believe its really a truck! Massive interior space that is luxurious and comfortable. Power 3rd row folding seat is a very convenient feature which we use whenever we … make runs to Lowes, Home Depot, etc. Power fold running boards have worked without any problems even through tough NJ winter. Able to handle rain, snow, and ice with confidence. Currently have over 22000 miles with impeccable dependability. Impressive vehicle that frequently receives compliments
5 out of 5 stars
Luxury rediscovered by Lincoln Finally
Ultimate 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
This new Navigator feels as if it is floating when driven. The interior is much more user friendly and very accommodating to ALL passengers. The sound system is almost studio quality. Sirius is definitely a plus. I love the larger DVD screen. Everything about this Navigator is top of the line.
4.25 out of 5 stars
2007 Navigator Elite
Ultimate 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
I love this truck it has a lot of power. Traded in my Safari for this huge difference. Its the ultimate SUV. It has power towing and room and comfort. I get about 13.8 in the city and 19.4 on the highway. Better then my Safari which got 12.5mpg and had a Durango Hemi that gave 7.2mpg that was insane. The interior feels like a luxury sedan. Drives like a car. Lots of legroom in the … third row. I'm 6'-2" and I just sit fine. My family loves this SUV.
4.63 out of 5 stars
Love my NAV but it loves GAS
Ultimate 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A)
Did a ton of research before buying and its one thing to read specs/view pics online and another to actually get into a vehicle. I was a little on the fence about front grill styling, didn't seem to have the "wow factor". When you actually sit and drive this SUV you will see how it simply beats out all others. I really love this truck in all aspects. If youre concerned about gas - you … should be. I average 12 city/16 freeway. HOWEVER....I live in Central Texas and the weather is usually fair. If you drive with the windows down 1/4 way, with no HVAC, gas mileage shoots up to 15-16 City and 18-19 highway!! Not bad for such a large SUV.
Features & Specs
NHTSA Overall Rating
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverallNot RatedDriver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverallNot Rated
- Side Barrier RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront SeatNot RatedBack SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRolloverNot RatedDynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of RolloverNot Rated
More about the 2007 Lincoln Navigator
More About This Model
Say hello to what Lincoln refers to as the new face of "Elegant American Luxury." Who knew that elegant Americans were supposed to have unibrows? Thanks for telling us now, Lincoln. We could have saved ourselves a lot of trouble over the years had we known that earlier.
Already we've misspoken. The 2007 Lincoln Navigator full-size luxury SUV doesn't actually reveal the new face of Elegant American Luxury because the new Navigator has no face. Instead, it has a grille, and only a grille. A grille that has grown to such hideously large proportions that it partly covers the headlights. On second thought, it is possible that it's not a grille at all. Possibly, the new Navigator is just playing a very, very large harmonica.
But we digress. The '07 Lincoln Navigator is more than just a grille. Indeed, according to Lincoln, there are more than 18 and a half feet of Navigator behind that grille. Or there are if one chooses the new super-long "L" version. (You'll want to measure the depth of your garage before going there.)
That's right! The Navigator L is almost an inch longer than the new Cadillac Escalade ESV. We suspect this did not happen by accident. Lincoln doesn't even bother trying to pretend that it's not copying the Escalade. Why would it?
The Cadillac is not just the acknowledged leader of the class; it is the class. The Escalade is so well established from name-checking rappers and suburban guys who would be driving Caddy Fleetwoods if that model were still available, that it has ascended to the level of cultural icon. It's even got a nickname.
The Navigator? Not so much. We've gamely tried for years to spread the nickname "'Gator" but it never really took.
Behind the grille
Like the 2007 Ford Expedition on which it's based, the 'Gator is substantially reworked. It's not all new, but there are significant changes other than just the grille, which is quite large.
Behind the grille is the 300-horsepower 5.4-liter three-valve V8 familiar from previous Navigators. But behind that is something new: A six-speed automatic transmission takes the place of the old four-speed. The extra two cogs help compensate for the dismal weight-to-power ratio of about 22 pounds per horse.
This means the Navigator accelerates much more quickly than a stationary object but is about 2 seconds slower to 60 mph than the Cadillac. The Caddy's big 6.2-liter pushrod V8 pumps out 403 hp and has 355 fewer pounds of chrome and luxury to pull around. To paraphrase the president of these United States, "The 'Gator takes a thumpin'."
Behind the transmission (which is a few feet behind the grille) is a new interior design. The new instrument panel is a variation on the retro-style, two-pod design of the previous Navigator. And it is handsome and distinctive.
We're not big fans of the old-style square gauges. They remind us too much of the days when Ford Fairmonts roamed the Earth. As with other Lincolns, the Navigator's "satin nickel" trim looks a bit cheap, but otherwise the craftsmanship and materials quality are quite good.
Because a driver cannot see the grille from the interior, Lincoln has thoughtfully added big chrome accents to the front door panels — one is the Lincoln badge and the other is the thick trim around the door handles, on which is written "NAVIGATOR." If it weren't for the new 2007 Escalade's high-quality interior, we'd say that the Lincoln's is the best in this class of two.
Silence is golden
Lincoln also added more sound-deadening material to the 'Gator compared to the old model. This helps make the interior a pretty serene place to spend time. The company claims that it has made such dramatic improvements in quietness that it had to set new targets for quietness.
While this is a big chunk of hyperbole, the Navigator is a fine place to listen to your iPod selections through the standard auxiliary outlet. Lincoln also called in experts from its corporate cousin, Volvo, to help design new front seats. And the seats were comfortable enough on our two-hour preview drive, but they are hardly up to the standards of those excellent butt-and-back coddlers found in Volvos.
The Escalade is just as comfortable, except when you're stuck in the third-row seats. Back there, the Navigator, whether the standard-length version or the L model with its 15-inch stretch, provides more room and a better seating position. Additionally, the Navigator's split third row can be conveniently folded into the floor via two cargo-bay-mounted electric switches. The Escalade, which still uses a solid rear axle compared to the independent rear of the Lincoln, makes no such provision.
Whether you choose the standard-length Navigator, the new L version or a Cadillac ESV, the second-row accommodations are near identically sized. All of the additional room provided by the Navigator L compared to the standard model is behind the second-row seats. Cargo room behind the L's third row is up by almost 25 cubic feet (or roughly the volume of two midsize sedan trunks). But cargo space is still less than that of the ESV Caddy, between 3 and 10 feet depending on seat configuration. If the maximum of 128.2 cubic feet of space provided by the L is not enough for you, you might consider piloting an oil tanker instead.
The Navigator comes standard with side curtain airbags covering all three rows in addition to seat-mounted side airbags and the company's AdvanceTrac stability control system with Roll Stability Control.
The long and winding road
Not so long ago, the drive we did through the Great Smoky Mountains in the pouring rain would have been a deeply troubling experience in the Navigator. In the '07, though, it was merely unpleasant. There was nothing particularly spooky about how the Navigator L handles the steep grades and constant turns of the route.
In truth, we came away impressed at how accurately and consistently the Navigator L handled. Do not mistake this with good handling in the broader sense. At about 6,300 pounds, the Navigator L is destined to feel a little like driving a large building. But taken at a reasonable clip, the Navigator floats and bobbles less than the old model. Lincoln credits this newfound (and relative) prowess to a stiffer ladder frame and a new independent multilink rear suspension.
We still would have preferred to drive the Escalade through this patch of road. Its lighter weight, additional 100 hp and automanual operation of its six-speed make it the easy choice on steep grades. Truth be told, the Escalade feels every bit as confident a handler as does the Navigator, despite the Caddy's solid rear axle. Because of the Lincoln's extra weight, similarly equipped Escalades will stop shorter, even though the Lincoln's brakes are bigger.
The Navigator manages to return slightly better fuel economy than a similarly equipped Escalade. This is something like being crowned the sprightliest man in the nursing home. But fuel is money and the less of it used, the better as far as we're concerned. The EPA estimates that a standard Navigator will get 15 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. The standard-length Escalade gets 13/19. A rear-drive Navigator L gets 13/18.
The Navigator holds an advantage over the Escalade in maximum towing capacity — by more than 600 pounds in long-wheelbase all-wheel-drive versions. And the Navigator L is available in rear-drive form, which the ESV is not, which adds 200 pounds to the Lincoln's towing advantage.
A Navigator buyer is likely to spend less money to get into their very expensive luxury barge than an Escalade buyer, too. A base level, rear-wheel-drive Navigator will set you back at least $45,755. Model for model, the Escalade base price averages about $6,000 higher. Our tester, an all-wheel-drive L model that came with myriad options including rear-seat entertainment system, chrome-plated 20-inch wheels, navigation system and more listed for $63,860. A well-equipped Escalade ESV can top $67,000.
But price and fuel economy are less of a deciding factor with chrome-bedecked behemoths like these two. In this class, image reigns supreme. And it's going to take more than subtle improvements and a decidedly unsubtle new grille to topple the Escalade.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.
Used 2007 Lincoln Navigator Overview
The Used 2007 Lincoln Navigator is offered in the following submodels: Navigator SUV. Available styles include Luxury 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A), Luxury 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A), Ultimate 4dr SUV (5.4L 8cyl 6A), and Ultimate 4dr SUV 4WD (5.4L 8cyl 6A). Pre-owned Lincoln Navigator models are available with a 5.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 300 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2007 Lincoln Navigator comes with rear wheel drive, and four wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed automatic. The Used 2007 Lincoln Navigator comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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