Our Opinion - 2023 Lincoln Navigator Review

The 2023 Lincoln Navigator has a big, boxy body, but the inside is quiet and has enough space for a living room. “Navigator” is a synonym for “extra-large luxury car.” The Ford Expedition is built on the same platform as this car. Still, it has an entirely different interior, luxurious materials, and comfort-focused features like optional 30-way power-adjustable seats with massage. Both short and long-wheelbase L models come with the same twin-turbocharged V-6 engine with 440 hp. The V-8-like power of the turbo-six makes it possible for the Navigator to pull an impressive 8,700 pounds. The Navigator doesn’t have a thrilling chassis like the BMW X7 or Cadillac Escalade. It’s more of a cruiser than a backroad bomber. But if you want comfort and peace, the Navigator has a lot of both.

In 2023, there are a few changes to The Navigator. Electronically limited slip differentials are now standard on Reserve and Black Label models with the Heavy Duty Trailer Tow option. The list of exterior colors has grown to include Diamond Red Tri-Coat, and you can now get a Manhattan Green Black Label car with the Chalet or Invitation interior theme.


  • Opulent interior
  • A massive capacity for people and things
  • The engine that is both strong and fuel-efficient
  • Easy-to-use device for entertainment


  • It’s hard to steer.

To make 440 horsepower, the 2023 Navigator only needs one engine and one transmission. The 10-speed automatic transmission in the Navigator changes gears quickly enough to keep sleeping passengers from waking up. We found that the Navigator was swift and easy to use. It took the Navigator 5.3 seconds on our test track to go from 0 to 60 mph. On the other hand, Navi’s performance starts and ends with a straight-line performance. It’s not a fun car to drive fast in because of its size and soft suspension, and it’s also hard to steer. The Navigator has a good enough ride for a large luxury SUV, but competitors like the BMW X7 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-class are more luxurious and sporty on the road. With the optional 22-inch wheels, the Navigator had the worst of both worlds. When hitting the ball hard, it bounced back.

The Navigator also comes with Lincoln’s Co-Pilot 360 suite of driver-assistance systems, including pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and monitoring of blind spots. The following are some of the most important aspects of the safety system:

  • Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning come as standard features.
  • Pedestrian identification is a standard for automatic emergency brakes.
  • There is a setting for semi-autonomous driving that can be used with adaptive cruise control.

Inside the Navigator, there is a lot of space and luxury. Even the base Navigator has a lot to offer, but only the higher trim levels have amenities like open-pore wood trim and front seats that massage you. The third row of the Navigator is the most illustrative example of how the corporation’s offices are laid out. The third row of the Navigator is 1.1 inches wider than the third row of the GLS class, and most competitors are much worse. Lincoln’s best SUV, the Navigator, can come with a massaging front seat that can adjust 30 different ways. The seats are so flexible and almost sculptural that the left and right thigh supports can change their heights independently. Even though the Navigator’s size can make it hard to get around in traffic or find a parking spot, it is useful when planning a trip. When all three rows of a short-wheelbase model are filled, there isn’t much space for cargo. However, when the third seat is folded, there is more space. Even with the third row occupied, there is enough space for cargo in L models with a long wheelbase.

The Navigator gets better gas mileage than its V-8 competitors because it has a smaller, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Even though it has a smaller engine, it only gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway when it is in rear-wheel drive.

The Navigator has a gorgeous 13.2-inch screen and USB ports in each row. The visuals of the infotainment system must be elegant and easy to see for Lincoln’s older customers. The vast screen sits like a shining pearl on the Navigator’s nose. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both work wirelessly, and a built-in 5G Wi-Fi hotspot lets software be updated over the air. The standard Revel stereo system has 14 speakers, but the Luxury package adds a Revel Ultima 3D stereo system with 28 speakers.

We’ll let you decide if you like the extended L body style or the standard short-wheelbase vehicle, but we still recommend the Reserve trim. The Reserve has many luxurious features, such as a head-up display, a steering wheel that can be adjusted by power, front seats that can be heated and cooled, and several driver assistance features. Customers who want to use the Navigator’s 8700-pound towing capacity should get the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package and all-wheel drive.

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