2021 Lincoln Navigator

2021 MODEL
$76,185 - $97,135
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2021 Lincoln Navigator Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: July 20, 2020
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The Cadillac Escalade may have introduced the world to the bulky American full-size luxury SUV, but these days it's the Lincoln Navigator that's carrying the beacon. The fourth-generation Lincoln Navigator was launched in 2018 which received exceptional feedback from both buyers as well as the critics. The 2021 Lincoln Navigator isn’t supposed to get a whole lot of changes but it is expected to get minor tech updates and improved standard feature list.

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Pros

Lots of cargo space

User-friendly Tech Interference

Lively V6 engine

Lots of trims and packages available

Cons

Large size

Limited Off-Road capability

Price

What's New?

There are no major changes for 2021


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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Lincoln Navigator Base

Base

power
450 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$76,185 - $78,855


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $76,185 MSRP (16/18/21) 450 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7
4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $78,855 MSRP (16/18/21) 450 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7

2021 Lincoln Navigator Reserve

Reserve

power
450 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$81,725 - $84,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Reserve 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $81,725 MSRP (16/18/21) 450 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7
Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $84,400 MSRP (16/18/21) 450 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7

2021 Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Black Label

power
450 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
18 combined

$97,135


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $97,135 MSRP (16/18/21) 450 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L, V-6, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 7

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It is equipped with a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 paired with a 10-speed automatic which puts out 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Navigator would be a part of the fourth generation which came in the year 2018. The car has an optional all-wheel drivetrain (AWD) setup and manages to achieve a combined mileage of 18 mpg. We also expect Lincoln to add a new hybrid powertrain to the Navigator’s engine options.

The biggest rival to the Lincoln Navigator is another American behemoth, the Cadillac Escalade which received a generation update last year. Navigator also rivals the newly launched BMW X7. Let’s see how well it performs against them.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Front
2021 Lincoln Navigator Rear

 
 
 
 

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2021 Lincoln Navigator Features

The Lincoln Navigator is offered in three  trims i.e. Base, Reserve and Black label.Even the base variant comes with leather upholstery for the first two rows, heated and ventilated front seats, tri-zone climate control, adaptive suspension, rain-sensing wipers, power running boards, universal garage remote and power-adjustable steering wheel and pedals. Standard infotainment system includes a 10-inch screen with 16-speaker Revel high-end audio system.

Trim

Base

Reserve

Black label

MSRP

$76,185

$91,450

$1,00,000

Key Features

20-inch Ultra Bright Machined-Aluminum Wheels

22-inch Tarnish Dark Painted Wheels

22-inch Ebony Black Paint Wheels

 

1st and 2nd Row Heated Seats

Panoramic Vista Roof

Technology Package

 

SYNC 3

Heated and Ventilated 1st Row Seats

Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package 22-tow Package

 

Blindspot detection with trailer control

Illuminated Lincoln Star on the grille

Lincoln Connect

 

Forward and reverse sensing system

20 speaker audio system

"Black Label" floor mats

The Navigator’s safety features include Lincoln Co-Pilot360 that brings loads of advanced safety features.

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Navigator Reserve serves the best blend of luxury and utility. The long-wheelbase L version has added cargo space and passenger versatility if you need the capacity; we'd also fancy the all-weather capability of all-wheel drive. 

There has been no official date of its availability in the market but it is expected to be seen by the end of August. The pricing of the car starts from $76k for the base model and $100k for the Black label.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Engine and Performance

There is a standalone engine option; a 3.5-litre V6 motor is placed under the hood which is capable of generating 450hp and a mind-boggling 510 lb-ft of torque. You get the rear-wheel-drive(RWD) as standard and all-wheel-drive AWD is optional across the trims. 

2021 Lincoln Navigator Engine

The engine is paired with 10-speed automatic transmission, which is proven to be working efficiently and evenly. It was jointly developed with GM, but Ford seems to have perfected the technology.  You’ll never yearn the former V-8s because the V6 engine creates a surge of power like a bullet train, and it only relaxes when it turns into an aerodynamic cliff. 

Lincoln Navigator is able to tow upto 8,700 pounds with the hitch package, and 8,100 pounds without it, bordering out GM’s trinity of SUVs by a few hundred pounds without a solid rear axle.

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator (Expected)

Cadillac Escalade

BMW X7

Ford Expedition

MSRP

$84,440

$76,195

$75,600

$66,750

Engine

3.5-liter turbocharged V6

6.2-liter NA V8

3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six-cylinder

3.5-liter turbocharged V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-shiftable automatic

10-shiftable automatic

8-shiftable automatic

10-shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

350 @ 5500

325@ 5600

355 @ 5000

375@ 6600

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

510 @ 4500

460 @ 2000

553 @ 2000

470@ 5000

The Ford Expedition comes with a similar powertrain as the Navigator but puts out a bit more horsepower and a lower amount of torque. The BMW X7 is similar to the latter and produces the highest amount of torque while the Cadillac stands at last in terms of performance.

How quick is the 2021 Lincoln Navigator?

Signifying a gigantic SUV, it is still faster than most of the vehicles present the market after defeating many SUVs. The Navigator's V6 engine manages to touch the 60 mph mark in 5.9 seconds. It took 14.9 seconds for the Navigator to cover a quarter-mile.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Accelerate 0-60 MPH in just 5.9 sec

The standard-wheelbase Navigator and long-wheelbase model had relatively swift acceleration. Still, straight-line performance is the only place where the Navigator's potential is shown.

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator (Expected)

Cadillac Escalade

BMW X7

Ford Expedition

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.9 

6.0 

5.6 

6.2 

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

14.5 

14.4

14.2 

14.8 

Top Speed (MPH)

157 

154 

161 

155 

Engine

3.5-liter turbocharged V6

6.2-liter NA V8

3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six-cylinder

3.5-liter turbocharged V6

From the above stats, it is clear that Navigator outperforms the Ford Expedition and Cadillac Escalade, it is surely surprising after seeing its weight and muscular body. The BMW X7 triumphs the rivalry after clocking 0 to 60 in just 5.6 seconds decimating every other rival.

How good are the brakes?

Oversized vehicles tend to nose-dive or wiggle around if you squeeze the brakes abruptly, and the Navigator is no exemption. Yet, the braking performance is quite sufficient for the class. The Lincoln Navigator’s brakes have progressed steadily over the years but still are not cultured as it should be or like its rivals who have more solid braking performance.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Brake

As expected, braking is not something to praise about, but it offers ample stopping power and is easy to modulate. The Lincoln Navigator is equipped with  ABS, brake assistant, and collision avoidance system, these systems have brought reform and transformation in braking performance of Navigator.

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator (Expected)

Cadillac Escalade

BMW X7

Ford Expedition

Brake Front (in)

13.0

13.0

13.2

13.0

Brake Rear (in)

13.6

13.6

13.6

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

5855

5635

5370

5368

60-0 MPH (ft.)

125

133

122

125

The braking distance of Lincoln Navigator is safe and more agreeable than its rivals. Still, when judged, based on the overall braking system. The competitors perform better, especially the BMW X7. The Cadillac Escalade takes the most amount of distance because of its heft.

How does Navigator handle?

Well, handling of the Navigator is exceptional, it’s a giant but easily controllable and with its small turning radius  which makes manoeuvring in tight spaces easy. Because of an independent rear suspension and adaptive shocks and steering, the Navigator feels more manoeuvrable than its size would suggest and more confident on the road than its chief rivals from GM.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Handling

The power steering feels light while driving, and the suspensions are capable of managing its substantial body and preventing the jerks from entering the cabin. Though four-wheel-drive is available, don’t mistake the Navigator for an off-roader, but Lincoln’s traction and stability systems get the job done. 

However, the conditions are not favourable when driving off-road due to its giant size it becomes difficult to handle, this is why the off-road capabilities are limited, and hence it is one of the main cons of the car. The optional 22-inch wheels make the Navigator jumpy, and bouncing rebounds accompanied intense shocks.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Fuel Economy

The Navigator achieves 16 mpg in the city, 22 highway, and 19 combined mpg with rear-wheel drive, while four-wheel-drive lowers those numbers to 16/21/18 mpg. The long-wheelbase L model also marks a small hit with rear-wheel drive, accomplishing 16/21/18 mpg.

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator (Expected)

Cadillac Escalade

BMW X7

Ford Expedition

MPG (City)

16

15

20

17

MPG (Highway)

21

20

25

24

MPG (Combined)

18

17

22

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

23.2

24.0

21.9

25.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

371.2/487.2/417.6

360.0/480.0/408.0

438.0/547.5/481.8

425.0/600.0/500.0

Clearly, the fuel economy of the car is not best in class but better than many in the segment and the advantage with this car is that it can run on regular unleaded, unlike other cars in the segment which require premium unleaded.

The figures say it all, mileage of Navigator is okay but not good. BMW X7 has very good mileage and Navigator falls short by a huge difference.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Interior

The 2021 version is the same as of 2020, i.e. there are no changes in the interior of the car from the previous version. Even in base trim, the usual front seats soft and supportive and remain comfortable for long drives thanks to the endless adjustments it offers.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Interior

The second row features an optional bench or individual captains’ chairs that offer loads of leg and headroom when compared to the Escalade and siblings. The third row is easily accessible thanks to an ingenious sliding second row, and also offers plenty of space for adults though headroom is endangered lightly.

The material used is of high quality, and the craftsmanship is of the next level. The cabin ergonomics, i.e. the placements of control is well managed, and all the controls of the car are in reach of the driver and maximum controls are on the steering wheel.

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator (Expected)

Cadillac Escalade

BMW X7

Ford Expedition

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

8

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.8/65.2/43.9

42.8/64.9/45.3

41.3/63.9/42.5

42.0/64.9/39.6

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.0/65.1/41.5

38.7/64.4/39.0

39.5/62.8/39.6

40.0/64.8/41.5

The best and the most influential parameter of the car is space and comfort; no car can beat Navigator in terms of comfort and space offered. Moreover, Navigator has “L” trims which provide with larger wheelbase hence providing more space. 

2021 Lincoln Navigator Seating Layout

When it comes to space figures seem to be confusing and you can’t judge the space offered but figures, but be rest assured that the Navigator is most spacious among the rivalry.

 The key features that highlight of the Navigator's cabin are as follows:

  • Tri-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control with Rear Auxiliary Controls and Vents
  • Head-Up Display
  • Enhanced Active Park Assist
  • Wireless Charging Pad
  • Active Noise Control
  • Auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror
  • Genuine Wood Trim: Center Console and Door Panels
  • 12-inch Instrument Cluster Display - LCD

Infotainment system

Navigator is equipped with Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system with the addition of Lincoln connect in high-end trim. A 10-inch touch screen is stacked in the center paired with 14 speakers and with many features like 4G LTE, Hotspot, wireless charging, and many more. The system is similar to a smartphone, easy to use and loaded with features but it would take some time to master the controls, as usual.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Infotainment
  • 10-inch touch screen
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Navigation
  • Six USB ports
  • 14 speaker sound system
  • 4G LTE

Cargo Capacity

It’s useless to compete with Navigator in terms of space, Navigator provides 103.3 Cu.Ft. of cargo space when all seats folded whereas 19.3 cubic feet of cargo space when all seats are placed. Step up to Navigator L and you will be given 120.3 Cu.Ft. of cargo space when all seats are folded.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Cargo

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator (Expected)

Cadillac Escalade

BMW X7

Ford Expedition

Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³)

19.3

25.5

18.2

19.3

Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³)

120.3

121.0

90.4

104.6

It is evident that Navigator is the king of space and the other cars can’t cope up and the stats depict the same.

What about other storage spaces?

With space Navigator also provides comfort and it has all space for your belongings so that you can enjoy your comfort to the fullest. The car has front and rear cupholders, overhead storage, glove box, and many other small storage spaces like side pockets and bottle holders, so you have lots of space for your belongings. In the cabin, each row pocket storage for water bottles, with bins and hidden storage dotted about.

2020 Lincoln Navigator Cockpit
2020 Lincoln Navigator Cockpit
2020 Lincoln Navigator Interior
2020 Lincoln Navigator Interior
2020 Lincoln Navigator Infotainment
2020 Lincoln Navigator Infotainment
2020 Lincoln Navigator Front Seat
2020 Lincoln Navigator Front Seat
2020 Lincoln Navigator Seating Layout
2020 Lincoln Navigator Seating Layout

2021 Lincoln Navigator Exterior

8.0/10

Built on the chassis Ford Expedition, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator fosters a vogue and appearance all its own and looks great. The new Lincoln Navigator marks a return to form for American luxury SUVs. It’s a massive, stylish land yacht that makes no apologies for its glitz and opulence.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Exterior

Previously the Navigator used to look like a box structure which was awful but now the looks have changed tremendously and now it feels like an SUV instead of a bus or truck.The hood is well detailed with the Lincoln logo and the front grills are the center of attraction for the buyers, the signature Lincoln taillights are still the best.

A dual-exit exhaust also features, while a subtle spoiler complements the roof rails. A large panoramic glass roof is also standard on these long-wheelbase models.

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator (Expected)

Cadillac Escalade

BMW X7

Ford Expedition

Curb Weight (lbs)

5855

5635

5370

5368

Length (inches)

212.0

211.9

203.3

210.0

Width (inches)

79.9

81.1

78.7

79.9

Height (inches)

76.3

76.3

71.1

76.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.6

9.3

8.7

9.8

Wheelbase (inches)

122.5

120.9

122.2

122.5

The dimensions of Navigator always lead, it is not widest but it is surely the longest in the class with 212 inches longer by 0.1 inch then Cadillac Escalade. The Ground clearance is also best with the wheelbase also leading the way.

Exterior Features:

  • Adaptive, Automatic On/Off LED Headlamps
  • Active Grille Shutters
  • Illuminated Lincoln Star in Grille
  • Illuminated Power-Deployable Running Boards
  • Dual Exhaust with Chrome Tips
  • Hands-Free Liftgate
2021 Lincoln Navigator Front
2021 Lincoln Navigator Front
2021 Lincoln Navigator Rear
2021 Lincoln Navigator Rear
2021 Lincoln Navigator Side View
2021 Lincoln Navigator Side View
2021 Lincoln Navigator Side Angle View
2021 Lincoln Navigator Side Angle View
2021 Lincoln Navigator Wheel
2021 Lincoln Navigator Wheel

2021 Lincoln Navigator Safety

The 2021 Navigator has been launched with the utmost safety features, the 2020 Navigator was awarded a 5-star overall safety rating by NHTSA. Rear-view cameras come standard with Navigator while surround-view cameras come with the reserve and Black Label trims, Reserve trims are equipped with heads up display adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning system, automatic high beams, and forward collision system.

All the previously mentioned features come standard with Black Label with addition of blind-spot monitoring.

  • Four-wheel disc anti-lock brake system (ABS)
  • Driver and front-passenger Dual Stage airbags
  • Brake and Engine-Actuated Traction control
  • Rearview camera with washer
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children)
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Crash Severity Sensors
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Competition

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Lincoln Navigator vs Cadillac Escalade

Escalade may be leading but with the current Navigator it does not stand a chance to overpower, Cadillac’s outdated interior and rougher ride quality make it difficult to win over Navigator. Wherein Lincoln’s size is something which makes the buyer worry but the performance and ride quality makes it a good choice and worth considering over Escalade.

2021 Cadillac Escalade

Lincoln Navigator vs BMW X7

Navigator is a good car but when it is compared to X7 you come across many flaws of Lincoln like interior quality which does not match the X7’s quality. The X7’s ride quality is smoother than the Navigator. The only problem with X7 is space and comfort where Lincoln clearly excels. So it depends upon the buyer and his preferences.

2021 BMW X7

Lincoln Navigator vs Ford Expedition

You can consider Expedition as the cheaper version of Navigator, Expedition and Navigator have the same dimensions so the space offered is also the same. The only difference between these two is luxury factor. If you want to save money you can compromise Navigator's luxury and go for Expedition with some good package to get close to the luxury of Navigator and also save some bucks.

2021 Ford Expedition

 

2021 Lincoln Navigator Final Verdict

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator is undoubtedly a great car and worth every penny, its rivals also offer much luxuries and highlights at a low price and also have compact design than the Navigator. If space is what you can jeopardise, then you can go for BMW X7 or Mercedes GLS where you can get a better ride quality and a sound cabin.

If you can discredit some extravagance, then you can go for its younger sibling, the Expedition, so you can save some bucks and have the same space which Navigator offers. If you are a person who needs luxury with lots of space and in no mood to preserve funds while buying cars, then Navigator is the best option for you, tho don't take it on a rocky path.