2003 Lincoln Navigator – Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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no secret that most of us at 2002 Hogback Road our noses when handed the to a vehicle that weighs of two-and-a-half tons. But it is also that in 2001, 866,970 SUVs that were at so gravitationally burdened found in the U.S. not to mention probably an quantity of similarly massive trucks.

In other words, big

So does luxury, and when you size and luxury, you get the Lincoln , which, since its launch as a model, has become a common in America’s high-end subdivisions. working as it does, the Navigator’s has spawned numerous competitors, foreign and domestic. What you see on pages is Lincoln’s completely second-generation Navigator, charged the mission of maintaining Lincoln’s in the market it had largely created.

From the outside, the new Navigator is the and image of the original, with the profile, the same huge grille, and the same butch-looking valance. There’s barely an of variation in any major dimension. the headlights are larger, and the bumper lower to improve crash with cars, but we suspect current Navigator owners not instantly recognize this as the new

Move inside, however, and you are by changes. As you crack any door on the Navigator with the Ultimate a running board glides out beneath the body to provide a into the tall cockpit. the door, and the running board to preserve the Navigator’s smooth

Inside, the cockpit takes its from the elegant Lincoln sedans of the early ’60s. The cowls of the dashboard sweep into a classy console houses myriad controls, of which are tucked away a well-damped flip-up panel. walnut, supple leather, and a nickel finish provide an of unmistakable quality, as does the LED lighting on the minor switches and and the beautifully illuminated CRT instruments.

Chrome is used sparingly, only for the door handles and bin latches.

Lincoln Navigator

Equipped with the bucket seats, our Navigator a supremely comfortable throne for of the four occupants in the first two Not only are the seats properly well-shaped, and equipped with but each is also surrounded by a shoulder-belt anchor, a jumbo-size cup a useful door bin, and a central console that can accept purses, camera or a small backpack.

The second-row passengers get separate for that zone of the climate-control as well as headphone jacks and controls. Optional is a headliner-mounted DVD system that is a hands-down among children.

To get to the optional row of seats, you fold the seatback on of the rear buckets and then the entire seat forward. is excellent, and you end up in a vastly more third-row seat than was in the previous Navigator, or in any of GM’s SUVs.

The secret is a new chassis with an rear suspension. With no to provide room for the differential to up and down, that space can be for a deep footwell, allowing a seating posture. In contrast, in the row of a Cadillac Escalade, your sit at about the same level as behind, a posture familiar to who ever sat in a Triumph TR4.

There’s a trio of three-point for the third row, but a triplet of adults will find the a tad narrow for more than trips. Headroom also tight for occupants approaching six However, there’s plenty of for kids, who are the likely consignees to row

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