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2016 Lincoln Navigator Review

The highly ranked 2016 Lincoln Navigator has a good reliability rating and a low cost of ownership for a luxury SUV. However, its interior quality is lacking compared to that of rivals, and the suspension doesn’t provide much feedback for the driver.

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular engine
  • Excellent cargo room
  • Spacious third row
  • Lots of standard features
  • Some low-rent cabin materials




Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 Lincoln Navigator Overview

Is the 2016 Lincoln Navigator a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator stands out for its cavernous passenger and cargo spaces, which are among the best in the luxury large SUV class. The Navigator has a powerful V6 engine and a supple ride, but it's not as luxurious as competing SUVs.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 95 professional evaluations for this 2016 Lincoln Navigator review to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2016 Lincoln Navigator?

Based on the 165 listings on our site for a used 2016 Lincoln Navigator, you can expect to pay between $36,000 and $57,200. The average list price is around $46,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lincoln Navigator Cost to Own?

A car’s purchase price is just one of the many expenses you will face. Five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2016 Navigator are estimated to be $26,850. That’s below average for the luxury large SUV class. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GL’s upkeep expenses are estimated to be $39,282 over five years, while the 2016 Infiniti QX80’s come out to $33,713.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Navigator?

For the 2018 model year, Lincoln completely redesigned the Navigator. It boasts entirely new styling inside and out, with plenty of premium cabin materials. It also sees a massive jump in horsepower and better fuel economy ratings than previous models. However, the 2018 Navigator has a base price of $72,055, which is significantly higher than the average price of a 2016 Navigator. You’ll save a lot of money by opting for a used 2016 model – just note that its interior is unimpressive by luxury SUV standards.

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You’ll need to drop down to a luxury midsize SUV if you’re searching for a new vehicle with a comparable price to the 2016 Navigator. The 2018 Acura MDX is a 3-row SUV worthy of consideration. The MDX finishes in the middle of our rankings, thanks to an abundance of features and a smooth ride. However, the 2016 Navigator has a much higher tow rating, more passenger legroom, and a larger cargo area.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lincoln Navigator?

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five, which is above average for the industry. However, it is just average for the luxury large SUV segment. For example, the 2016 Lexus LX has a reliability rating of 4.5.

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2016 Lincoln Navigator Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Lincoln Navigator has no recalls.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln Navigator Is Best?

The 2016 Navigator is part of a generation that debuted in 2007 and continued through the 2017 model year. Lincoln fully redesigned the Navigator for 2018.

Though an older Navigator will likely save you money, you'll find significant differences in certain models. For example, 2013 and 2014 models feature an underpowered and inefficient V8 engine and the standard SYNC voice-controlled infotainment system. The Navigator received an extensive refresh for 2015, gaining a powerful twin-turbocharged V6 engine and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. For 2016, the SYNC 3 infotainment interface, which earned praise for its improvements over MyLincoln Touch, was added to the standard features list. The 2016 Navigator is the best value in this generation. It has the best combination of features, and it will likely cost less than the very similar 2017 Navigator.

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Which Used Lincoln Navigator Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator is available in two trims: Select and Reserve. The Reserve adds interior upgrades, as well as unique wheels and damping control for a more controlled ride. However, it costs about $6,500 more than the Select trim, and the suspension is available in some base models. Both trims have long-wheelbase Navigator L versions available, which are 15 inches longer and offer greatly expanded cargo volume. You also have the option of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive. Most features come standard, so you won't have to do much hunting (unless you're looking for a moonroof or a DVD system). Also note that the Navigator comes with either second-row bucket or bench seats, which determines the passenger capacity. In the end, the Navigator Select should serve most buyers well.

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the Navigator?

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration gave the 2016 Navigator five out of five stars in front and side crash tests. The Navigator earned three stars in the rollover crash test. Several driver assistance and advanced safety features come standard in the 2016 Navigator, including a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.

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2016 Lincoln Navigator Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln Navigator or 2016 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2016 Cadillac Escalade features an elegant interior that surpasses many of its rivals’ cabins, including that of the Navigator. The Cadillac also has more advanced safety features, like a 360-degree camera and lane keep assist. However, you'll likely pay more for an Escalade both up front and over the long run, due to a higher average price and greater total cost of ownership estimates. It also features less third-row passenger space than the Navigator. The Navigator’s lower price and more family-friendly space make it the better choice.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln Navigator or 2016 Infiniti QX80?

The 2016 Infiniti QX80 is the closest class rival to the Navigator in terms of total ownership costs and average price. While the QX80 has a more powerful V8 engine and a nicer interior, the Navigator has more third-row legroom and greater cargo space. The Navigator also gets better fuel economy and can tow 500 pounds more than the QX80. If you strongly prioritize luxury, the QX80 may be a better pick. Otherwise, go with the Navigator.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln Navigator or 2016 Ford Expedition?

The 2016 Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator are built on the same platform and share many attributes. Both SUVs feature a powerful EcoBoost V6 engine, and while the Navigator has slightly more horsepower, the Expedition can tow a couple hundred more pounds. It can also handle corners with confidence, thanks to its direct steering. An Expedition will likely cost less, but its interior quality has a low-rent feel with lots of hard plastics. Like the Navigator, the Expedition has excellent passenger and cargo space. Unless the nicer interior is most important to you, go with the Expedition.

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2016 Navigator Performance

How Does the 2016 Lincoln Navigator Drive?

The Navigator has a smooth ride and feels stable around turns. Still, its soft suspension doesn't provide the driver with much information about the condition of the road. Rear-wheel drive comes standard with the 2016 Navigator, and four-wheel drive is available. An adaptive suspension system that allows you to select from three driving modes (Normal, Comfort, and Sport) is standard in the Reserve trim and available in the base Navigator.

Does the 2016 Lincoln Navigator Get Good Gas Mileage?

EPA fuel economy estimates are about average for the class, at 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Standard models with 4WD as well as the rear-wheel-drive Navigator L get 15/20 mpg city/highway. The 4WD Navigator L has a rating of 15/19 mpg.

2016 Lincoln Navigator Towing Capacity

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds when properly equipped. That’s one of the highest capacities in the segment.

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2016 Navigator Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Navigator Seat?

A standard 2016 Navigator seats seven, with second-row bucket seats and a third-row bench. A second-row bench seat that increases seating to eight is available. Passenger space is ample, even in the third row, and the seats provide excellent comfort for long trips. The Navigator has standard heated and ventilated front seats and standard heated second-row seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lincoln Navigator?

The Navigator has a complete set of LATCH car-seat connectors for each second-row seat and a top tether anchor for the middle third-row seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Navigator’s LATCH system a grade of Marginal – the second-lowest score possible – for ease of use. It noted that the lower anchors are buried too deep in the seats, the tether anchors are hard to find, and other hardware could be confused for the tether anchor.

2016 Lincoln Navigator Features

Nearly all the Navigator's features are standard, including the easy-to-use SYNC 3 infotainment system. Other attractive features include a THX surround-sound audio system, navigation, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio, Bluetooth, remote start, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

The Navigator's interior appeal is hurt by its inconsistent quality. Though there are satisfactory materials like leather upholstery, there’s also plenty of hard plastic surfaces and a less-than-stellar build quality in some places. Navigator Reserve models, however, up the ante with a cabin that's almost completely covered in leather, as well as wood trim pieces.

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2016 Lincoln Navigator Dimensions

Lincoln Navigator Cargo Space

The 2016 Navigator has 18.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 54.4 cubic feet behind the second row, and 103.3 cubic feet with both rear rows folded, which is more than most competitors. The long-wheelbase Navigator L offers even more cargo room, with 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 86.3 behind the second row, and 128.2 with both rear rows folded.

2016 Navigator Length and Weight

The standard 2016 Navigator is 17.3 feet long, while the Navigator L is 18.6 feet long. The Navigator’s curb weight ranges from 5,830 to 6,069 pounds. The Navigator L’s curb weight goes from 6,061 pounds up to 6,297. The Navigator’s gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 7,500 to 7,900 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Lincoln Navigator Built?

Lincoln built the 2016 Navigator in Louisville, Kentucky.

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