By F.i.l.e.s. Auto Team
There are those who say the SUV is dead and it is the age of the crossover, but vehicles like the 2014 Lincoln Navigator fly in the face of this logic and prove it is not true. Though large, the Navigator is perfect for people of all sizes. For those vertically challenged individuals ,the standard automatic sidebar allows you to easily enter the cab and if you happen to be a NBA super star, then there is more than enough leg room.
The automatic sidebar is not the only thing that comes standard, in fact, while there are 4 models of the Navigator almost everything comes standard. The only real decision you have to make is which trim package you want and whether or not you want a Navigator L which offers the optional 4.10 rear axle for increased towing capabilities. Even with so many options included the base model only starts at $75,000.
The fact that almost everything comes standard and fully integrated made driving that Navigator that much more enjoyable as everything worked perfectly together and was easy to operate.
If you are worried about the size of the vehicle being a problem with regards to safety, do not fret, as safety was clearly something considered in the design process. The vehicle has sensors on all sides to let you know when there is an object, or another car too close to you. Each side mirror has a blind spot indicator that turns a yellow light on to notify you of a car in your blind spot. If a car comes up to you suddenly the dash alert notifies you of the proximately of another vehicle. Pop the vehicle into reverse and you get a perfectly clear image day or night of behind the vehicle with a colour coded guide to let you know how close something is.
Another feature that made this vehicle shine was the hands free Bluetooth technology. The interface powered by Microsoft sync is easy to set up and understand. Its voice recognition technology was phenomenal and during this test driving never made a mistake in the command I gave it. Even if voice recognition is not your cup of tea, then all the controls you need to manage your in -cabin experience are conveniently placed on the steering wheel.
You would think that such a grand vehicle would be powered by an equally grand engine, but gone are the days of the gas guzzling V12’s as the Navigator is powered by a fuel friendly twin turbocharged 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 engine that offers 380hp. The Navigator gets around 17mpg city and 23 mpg Hwy and about 600 km on one tank of gas. As I had the vehicle for a week, I certainly put this to the test.
The Navigator is a perfect for the family in the city as it seats 7 and has more than enough room to hold everything the family needs to move from point A to point B. For those of you that have had enough of the city, simply leave, find a trail and press the 4X4 button to easily transition for those bumpy off road adventures.
Overall, I was more than happy with the Navigator experience and if I had the choice between this or a minivan, the Navigator would win hands down every time.