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2007 Lincoln Navigator Trims

L

Avg. Price: $20,439

The Navigator just wasn't big enough. Lincoln introduces the new extended-length Navigator L for 2007, alongside Ford's release of the new longer Expedition.

An additional 14.7 inches (12 on the wheelbase) translates into nearly 25 more cubic feet of cargo space. Apparently some new-SUV buyers will find it worth the extra cash - and the extra trouble in parking and otherwise maneuvering this beast.

Under the hood, the 5.4-liter, 300 horsepower Triton V8 delivers 365 lb.-ft. of torque, although many feel that it's inadequate for something of this size. When properly equipped, the 4x2 Navigator L can tow up to about 8,800 pounds

But as big as it is, it's still pretty quiet on the inside. Lincoln added more sound-deadening materials to the current Navigators, which also use Quiet Steel technology to keep that big engine hushed.

The list of standard features on the L trims is the same as it is on the Luxury trims. The highlights are leather seating with power-adjust and position memory (heaters and coolers must be added on), cruise control, an MP3-compatible audio system (with a complimentary 6 months of Sirius Satellite Radio), a wood/leather steering wheel, and pretty wood interior accents.

You can fully load your L 4x2 by opting for the power moonroof, navigation system, rear-seat entertainment system (with 8-inch screens and two sets of wireless headphones), power liftgate, and 20-inch chrome wheels.

L 4x4

Avg. Price: $19,830

If you want a truly huge vehicle but you aren't quite ready to commute in a tractor-trailer, the Navigator L might be the choice for you. It seems the standard Navigator wasn't large enough, so this year Lincoln introduces an extended length version, known as the L.

The added 14.7 inches (12 on the wheelbase) behind the third row nets another 25 cubic feet of cargo space. In a year when Ford is selling a longer Expedition (the vehicle on which the Navigator is based) it will be interesting to see how many new-SUV buyers will find such a big beast worth the extra cash, and especially the extra awkwardness in maneuvering.

A more practical addition is the Control Trac 4-Wheel-system, which sends the appropriate torque response to the wheel that needs it to keep traction at the max. The traditional system has 2H, 4H, and 4L, in case you have to pull a large load very, very slowly (well, it's not as if we can imagine this big sucker off-road).

The list of standard features on the L trims is the same as it is on the Luxury trims. The highlights are leather seating with power-adjust and position memory (heaters and coolers must be added on), cruise control, an MP3-compatible audio system (with a complimentary 6 months of Sirius Satellite Radio), a wood/leather steering wheel, and pretty wood interior accents.

Options available for the L 4x4 include a power moonroof, navigation system, rear-seat entertainment system (with 8-inch screens and two sets of wireless headphones), power liftgate, and 20-inch chrome wheels.

Luxury

Avg. Price: $19,259

A person can't help but have high expectations of a vehicle whose lowest-priced trim is called Luxury. And the well-appointed Navigator Luxury does its best to impress.

With standard features such as a rear obstacle-detecting system, power-adjustable pedals, and fold-flat third-row seat, the Luxury has enough to please those who are only somewhat spoiled.

The Navigator is based on Ford Expedition and its powerplant is a 5.4-liter, 300 horsepower Triton 24-valve V8. That monster delivers 365 lb.-ft. of torque, although that still may not be enough for a rig this size. When properly equipped, the 4x2 Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds and the 4x4 can pull 8,800.

Some exterior changes mark the SUV this year, highlighted by some additional chrome, including the huge, cross-hatched grille. The headlights are more complex than before, and all of this sits below an imposing Powerdome hood.

In addition to dual-stage front air bags and three rows of side-curtain air bags, the Navigator offers a good list of standard safety features. Lincoln's AdvanceTrac, an electronic stability program, comes with Roll Stability Control, which senses vehicle roll and prompts the engine and brakes to respond as needed to maintain each wheel's optimum grip. There's also a handy tire-pressure monitoring system.

Interior comforts and conveniences run from an MP3-compatible audio system (with a complimentary 6 months of Sirius Satellite Radio), a wood/leather steering wheel, and other cosmetic accents. If two people alternate driving, they'll appreciate the memory feature on the driver's seat, pedals, mirrors, and wheel; everything moves into place when you hit the memory button, or even better, when you use your specific key fob to unlock the door.

To fully load your Luxury 4x2 you can throw in the power moonroof, DVD entertainment system, power liftgate, and 20-inch chrome wheels. The navigation system is not available on this trim.

Luxury 4X4

Avg. Price: $19,604

Four-wheel drive is sort of a luxury in itself, isn't it? So, then, the Lincoln Navigator Luxury 4x4 must be a double treat.

Take the impressive list of features from the Luxury 4x2 and add Control Trac 4-Wheel-Drive or Automatic 4-Wheel-Drive, which sends the appropriate torque response to the wheel that needs it to keep traction at the max. The traditional system has 2H, 4L, and 4H.

The roomy Navigator fits seven passengers comfortably and affords up to 103.3 cubic feet of cargo space. The first and second rows each have a center console, and there is an optional overhead console with integrated lights. The third-row seat folds flat into the floor to create a cargo surface.

The Ford Expedition-based Navigator has a 5.4-liter, 300 horsepower Triton 24-valve V8 that delivers 365 lb.-ft. of torque - which still may not be enough for its size. When properly equipped, the 4x4 can pull a maximum of 8,800 pounds.

The standard Personal Safety System found on the Navigator consists of dual-stage air bags and seat-mounted air bags in the front row, three-point belts with pretensioners, and a shock-absorbing steering column. There's also the Safety Canopy, wherein all three rows get outboard side-curtain air bags with rollover sensors; the Navigator is the first full-sized luxury SUV to offer this.

Also standard is Lincoln's AdvanceTrac, an electronic stability program that comes with Roll Stability Control, which senses vehicle roll and prompts the engine and brakes to respond as needed to maintain each wheel's optimum grip.

For security, there's the remote keyless entry with panic alarm that flashes the lights and sounds the horn; it also has a coded key with which the engine cannot be started. A keypad on driver's door also allows entry.

Options available on the Luxury 4x4 include a power moonroof, 20-inch chrome wheels, and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system with a centered 8-inch screen and two sets of wireless headphones.

Ultimate

Avg. Price: $18,814

The higher-priced of the standard-length Navigator trims is called the Ultimate. The one with the rear-wheel drive is known as the Ultimate 4x2.

Consider some of the standard equipment: heated and cooled front seats, a PowerFold third-row seat for three that disappears into the floor with one touch of the button, and a premium 600-watt audio system. It also comes with a power moonroof and an overhead storage console.

This year's Navigator employs Lincoln's Quiet Steel technology along with more sound-deadening material than ever before, resulting in a super-quiet ride as it all reduces vibration and noise from the large engine.The transmission is a smooth-shifting and efficient 6-speed automatic that Lincoln claims affords 7% better fuel economy than a 4-speed transmission. The multi-link rear suspension swallows the bumps to help keep the ride plush.

Under the hood, the 5.4-liter, 300 horsepower Triton V8 delivers 365 lb.-ft. of torque, although that may not be enough for this mammoth. Nevertheless, the 4x2 Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds when properly equipped, and the 4x4 can pull 8,800.

Options packages for the Ultimate that aren't made available for the lower-priced trims include the Elite Package, the Navigation Entertainment Package, and the Premium Appearance Package. Among the goodies found within these packages are 20-inch chrome spoked aluminum wheels, a DVD-based navigation system, a versatile second-row seat that can be configured in various ways, a power liftgate, and power-deployable running boards that automatically extend when doors are open and retreat when doors are closed.

Because of the Ultimate's curb weight, Lincoln is not required by the EPA to post fuel economy numbers - but it's enough to say that the word economy doesn't apply.

Ultimate 4X4

Avg. Price: $18,851

The ultimate Ultimate trim is the one with four-wheel drive. Licoln's Control Trac 4-Wheel-Drive monitors each wheel and sends the appropriate torque response where it's needed to maintain maximum traction. This traditional system has 2H, 4L, and 4H.

The other thing that makes this vehicle The Ultimate is the list of standard equipment. That means heated and cooled front seats, a power moonroof, a premium 600-watt audio system, and a PowerFold third-row seat for three that disappears into the floor with one touch of the button.

The Navigator now uses Lincoln's Quiet Steel technology and other sound-deadening materials for a super-quiet ride. These measures reduce vibration and noise from the large engine.

That would be the 5.4-liter, 300 horsepower, 24-valve Triton V8. It delivers 365 lb.-ft. of torque, but some still think it's insufficient for this big SUV. Regardless of this opinion, the 4x4 equipped with the available trailer tow package can pull 8,800.

The Navigator's transmission is a smooth-shifting and efficient 6-speed automatic that Lincoln claims affords 7% better fuel economy than a 4-speed transmission. A multi-link rear suspension swallows the bumps to help keep the ride plush, but braking can be hairy on such a big rig.

There are several options packages for the Ultimate that aren't made available for the lower-priced trims. These are the Elite Package, the Navigation Entertainment Package, and the Premium Appearance Package.

Among the goodies found within the packages or on their own are 20-inch chrome spoked aluminum wheels, a DVD-based navigation system, a versatile second-row seat that can be configured in various ways, and a power liftgate. An attention-getter that is new this year is the pair of power-deployable running boards that automatically extend when doors are open and retreat when doors are closed.

Because of the Ultimate's hefty curb weight, Lincoln is not required by the EPA to post fuel economy numbers - but it's enough to say that the word economy doesn't apply.