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2003 Lincoln Navigator
2004 Lincoln Navigator
2005 Lincoln Navigator
Lincoln Navigator interior
Frankly, the related Ford Expedition offers much the same driving experience and utility, for less money than Lincoln’s version. Still, unique power features and good road manners make the Navigator a credible player among high-end SUVs.
Class-exclusive power running boards and a new power liftgate highlighted the 2003 redesign of Lincoln’s full-size sport-utility vehicle. Essentially, the Navigator is a Ford Expedition luxury spinoff. Dimensions changed little, but styling was revised. Introduction of an independent rear suspension lowered the rear floor by 9 inches, to provide more third-row leg room. Navigator’s new dashboard design was not shared with the Expedition.
Luxury, Premium, and top-line Ultimate models were offered, all equipped with a 300-horsepower, 5.4-liter V8, versus the 260-hp engine in the Expedition. A four-speed automatic was the sole transmission.
Navigators were offered with rear-wheel drive or Ford’s ControlTrac four-wheel drive, which could be left engaged on dry pavement and included low-range gearing. Antilock four-wheel disc brakes, 18-inch wheels (versus 17s in 2002), power-adjustable pedals, leather upholstery, and genuine walnut interior trim were standard. So were curtain side airbags that served the first and second seating rows, and were designed to deploy in side impacts and rollovers. Torso side airbags were unavailable.
Heated power-folding door mirrors and an in-dash CD changer also were standard. A self-leveling air-spring suspension was included with 4WD.
Second-row seating was a choice of two buckets with a center console, or a three-passenger split-folding bench. A 60/40 split folding third-row bench was standard.
The Premium model featured traction/antiskid control and heated/cooled front seats. The Ultimate added a power-fold feature for each section, which was also available for the Expedition. However, no other SUV offered the Navigator Ultimate’s standard power liftgate or power running boards. The latter automatically extended when a side door opened, and retracted when it closed.
Premium and Ultimate options included rear-seat DVD entertainment and a navigation system. Later in the year, a tire-pressure monitor became available. Rivals included the Acura MDX, Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and Toyota Land Cruiser.
Highlights for 2004 included a standard tire-pressure monitor and, at midyear, availability of Ford’s Roll Stability Control. That system was designed to detect an impending tip and activate the antiskid system to reduce chances of a rollover. Navigators came in Luxury and Ultimate models this year. A self-leveling rear suspension was standard. The Ultimate had a standard power liftgate and optional power running boards. Antiskid/traction control and heated/cooled front seats were standard on the Ultimate.
A new V8 engine and transmission went into 2005 models. The revised 5.4-liter V8 developed the same 300 horsepower, but was designed to deliver more low-range power. A six-speed automatic transmission replaced the prior four-speed. Ford’s Roll Stability Control system was now standard.
There were no 2006 changes for the Navigator.
Lincoln revamped its large SUV for 2007, giving it updated exterior styling and an extended-wheelbase model. Navigator, a dressed-up version of Ford’s similarly- changed ’07 Expedition, came in a standard-length version and the new-for-’07 Navigator L.
The 2008 Lincoln Navigator got a revised model lineup following its 2007 revamp. Luxury and Ultimate models were discontinued. Newly standard were a power liftgate and heated/cooled front seats.
Newly standard on the 2009 Navigator were front-obstacle detection, Ford’s Sync voice-activated interface for cell phones and MP3 players, heated 2nd-row seats, and a rearview camera. Also newly standard was Ford’s EasyFuel capless fuel filler, which allowed owners to refill their gas tanks without having to remove a cap.
The 2010 Lincoln Navigator was largely unchanged.
The 2011 Lincoln Navigator got a navigation system as standard equipment but was otherwise unchanged.
There were no noteworthy changes to the Lincoln Navigator for 2012.
Aside from some new paint-color choices, the 2013 Navigator saw no changes.
There were no changes for 2014.