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2009 Lincoln Navigator Review

The 2009 Lincoln Navigator offers a spacious cabin and strong tow rating, but it is overshadowed by other 2009 large SUVs that are more opulent and come from more prestigious brands. However, it tends to be priced less than its rivals, making the Navigator a good choice for price-conscious shoppers seeking a luxury SUV.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample passenger and cargo space
  • Good safety scores
  • Uninspiring engine
  • Not as opulent as some competitors




Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 8.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.8 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
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2009 Lincoln Navigator Overview

When it was new, reviewers said the 2009 Lincoln Navigator’s seats were comfortable, its cargo area was voluminous and its standard features were plentiful. Yet, many noted that the Navigator doesn’t stand out the way competitors like the 2009 Cadillac Escalade do. If you’re simply looking for an upscale vehicle that can carry eight and tow heavy loads, the Navigator isn’t a bad choice.

Powering the Navigator is a 5.4-liter V8 engine that reviewers said is adequate, but underwhelming. Rear- and four-wheel drive models are available. The Navigator gets up to 14/20 mpg city/highway and can tow up to 9,000 pounds, which are respectable figures within the class. The base Navigator can hold up to 103.3 cubic feet of cargo, while the long-wheelbase Navigator L offers 128.2 cubic feet.

Inside, the Navigator drew high marks for its spacious and comfortable seats in all three rows, but reviewers thought other large SUVs had cabins that were more upscale and luxurious. Maximum seating capacity is eight on models equipped with a second-row bench seat. The Navigator has a fairly comprehensive standard features list that includes leather upholstery, parking sensors, a backup camera, a power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats. Ford’s Sync infotainment system, Bluetooth and a 14-speaker stereo are also standard. Optional features when it was new include satellite radio, navigation and a power sunroof. The Navigator saw few changes since 2007, so you may save some money by getting an older model. You may also be able to save money by shopping for a fully-loaded 2009 Ford Expedition, which is built on the same platform as the Lincoln.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re interested in the Navigator, you should check out the 2009 Infiniti QX56 as well. Reviewers said the QX56 has a potent engine and a comfortable, feature-packed interior. However, keep in mind that the QX56 can’t hold as much cargo as the Navigator.

Another alternative worth considering is the 2009 Cadillac Escalade. The Escalade is highly-rated because critics said it has an abundance of power, a comfortable ride and a spacious interior. It also has a vast amount of cargo space.

Compare the Navigator to the QX56 and Escalade »

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