What’s New in the 2020 Lincoln Navigator?

Since it was first introduced, the Lincoln Navigator has set the standard for large luxury SUVs. With a starting MSRP of $76,185, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator is an incredible example of the combination of luxury and performance that has defined the Navigator model. Available in three trim levels and either two-wheel or four-wheel configurations, the new Navigator is a worthy continuation of Lincoln’s flagship SUV model.

Performance Specs

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator features the same engine package across all three of its trim levels. This twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine produces a whopping 450 horsepower while delivering 510 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to this powerful motor, the Navigator can tow up to 8,100 pounds with its standard hitch or 8,700 pounds with an upgraded hitch. Thanks to a 10-speed automatic transmission, this SUV is surprisingly responsive for its weight and size.

Together, the engine and transmission make for some incredible performance. Despite being one of the bulkier SUVs on the road, the Navigator can go from zero to 60 in just 5.9 seconds.

The one area of performance where the Navigator still falls a bit flat is handling. Despite its power and responsiveness, the vehicle is a bit too large and heavy to achieve tight maneuverability. Given its good points in this area, though, the somewhat dull handling is only a minor problem.

Fuel Efficiency

With its combination of size and power, it should come as no surprise that the 2020 Navigator isn’t the most fuel-efficient vehicle ever produced.

For the two-wheel-drive model, efficiency ratings stand at 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. For the two four-wheel-drive trims, the city mileage remains the same. However, the highway rating drops to 21 mpg.

While these numbers aren’t terrible for a vehicle of the Navigator’s size, it’s important to keep in mind that you will use up a good bit of gas — especially on longer road trips.

Safety and Entertainment Features

Needless to say, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator isn’t just a powerhouse. The team at Lincoln has always kept its vehicles at the cutting edge of safety and entertainment — and this year’s Navigator is no exception.

Safety Features

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator comes equipped with a wide range of tech-driven safety features. Standard features include:

  • Lane-keeping assist;
  • Blind-spot monitoring;
  • Rear cross-traffic detection;
  • Backup camera;
  • Collision warning system, and;
  • Automatic braking.

In addition to these standard features, a fully adaptive cruise control system is available as an option.

On top of that, the Navigator is compatible with the Ford MyKey system. This system allows you to set limits on speed and sound system volume. The MyKey feature is especially useful if you have driving-age children who will be using your Navigator from time to time.

Entertainment Features

As a leading luxury SUV, the Navigator has always had a strong focus on entertainment and convenience features. Entertainment features that you will find on the new 2020 model year include:

  • 10-inch touchscreen controller;
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system;
  • 14-speaker audio system;
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity;
  • Bluetooth connectivity;
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot capability;
  • Six USB ports;
  • Wireless charging stations;
  • SiriusXM and Travel Link subscriptions, and;
  • Compatible with the Lincoln smartphone app.

Interior Features

True to its status as a luxury vehicle, the Navigator makes heavy use of premium interior materials. As such, the interior is designed for maximum comfort for the driver and passengers.

One of the most outstanding interior features is the optional upgraded front seating. The upgraded seating features 30-way adjustment and massaging capabilities. An optional panoramic sunroof can also be added to round out the interior.

Pros and Cons

As with all vehicles, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator has its strengths and weaknesses.

Pros

  • Ample power.
  • Great luxury entertainment features.
  • Excellent cargo space.
  • High towing capabilities.
  • Great interior and exterior styling.

Cons

  • Somewhat dull handling.
  • Somewhat high fuel usage.
  • Adaptive cruise control available as an option instead of standard.
  • High starting price.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator is one of the best and most powerful luxury SUVs on the market. Although its starting MSRP may put it out of range for some buyers, this vehicle is a great option if you’re in the market for a top-of-the-line SUV. Thanks to its ample seating and cargo capacity, the Lincoln Navigator is an especially good vehicle if you have a large family or travel frequently.

If you need a great new vehicle this year, consider researching and test driving the 2020 Lincoln Navigator.

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