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2017 Lincoln Navigator Review

The 2017 Lincoln Navigator ranks in the middle of the luxury large SUV class. It boasts a roomy interior, refined handling, and muscular engine performance, but it has some low-quality materials and fewer safety features than most rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Comfortable ride
  • Roomy seating and cargo areas
  • Long list of standard features
  • Some low-quality interior materials




Critics' Rating: 7.5
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.3
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2017 Lincoln Navigator Overview

Is the 2017 Lincoln Navigator a Good Used SUV?

The 2017 Navigator is a fine option if you’re shopping for a used luxury large SUV. The Navigator has a high predicted reliability rating, and its roomy three-row interior makes it a good fit for hauling passengers and cargo. This Lincoln SUV also has a comfortable ride, packs a strong V6 engine, and can tow up to 9,000 pounds.

That said, the Navigator doesn’t feel that luxurious inside as class rivals like the 2017 Lexus LX and 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLS. Before you buy, see if the Navigator’s more affordable twin, the 2017 Ford Expedition, better suits your needs.

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How Much Is the 2017 Lincoln Navigator?

You can expect to pay between $41,000 and $58,000 for a used 2017 Navigator, with an average price of $49,200. These figures are based on listings for the 2017 Lincoln Navigator on our site, and they vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Lincoln Navigator Cost to Own?

The Navigator’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $30,800, or about $6,150 per year. That’s much lower than average for a luxury large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Navigator?

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator has been fully redesigned, and it tops the 2017 model in almost every way. The redesigned Navigator boasts a higher-quality interior and better tech features like a huge 10-inch touch screen. You can also get far more advanced safety features – a major shortcoming of the older models – like forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane keep assist. The 2018 Navigator is a more refined luxury SUV overall, but it is much more expensive too. Pricing starts at $72,555 and can exceed $100,000 in top trims.

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There are quite are few new luxury midsize SUV that are less expensive than the Navigator. The 2018 Buick Enclave offers seating for seven but at a much lower $39,995 starting price. The seven-passenger 2018 Acura MDX (starting at $44,200) comes standard with a large suite of active safety features. The 2018 Volvo XC90 ($46,900) has an exceptionally luxe interior and an abundance of standard features. That said, these crossover SUVs can’t match the towing capacity of the truck-based Navigator.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln Navigator Is Best?

The third-generation Lincoln Navigator spans the 2007 through 2017 model years. These SUVs all provide roomy seating and cargo space, but if you’re shopping for a used Navigator within this generation, you should limit your search to the 2015 to 2017 models. Lincoln revised the Navigator’s interior and exterior styling for 2015, also adding a twin-turbo V6 engine to replace the inefficient and underpowered V8 from previous models.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lincoln Navigator?

The 2017 Navigator has a high predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lincoln Navigator Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2017 Navigator.

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Which Used Lincoln Navigator Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Navigator is available in Select and Reserve trims. Both pack the same 380-horsepower V6 engine and are available in short- and long-wheelbase body styles.

The Navigator Select trim comes equipped with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, a CD player, keyless entry, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery in the first two rows, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, blind spot monitoring, parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power liftgate, and alloy wheels.

That’s a hefty suite of standard features, making the Select model the best value for shoppers. The Navigator Reserve trim adds an adaptive suspension and extends the leather upholstery to the third row. Available features for both trims include a moonroof, rear-seat DVD screens, and second-row captain’s chairs with a center console.

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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 Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Navigator a perfect five-star overall rating, five stars in the front and side impact tests, as well as four out of five stars in the rollover test. Rear-wheel-drive models earned just three stars for rollover safety, however.

All Navigator models come standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Most vehicles in this class offer more advanced safety features.

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2017 Lincoln Navigator Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln Navigator or 2017 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2017 Cadillac Escalade sports a nicer interior with higher-quality materials, and it offers more advanced safety features. Overall, the Lincoln is the better SUV though. It has a higher predicted reliability rating, a roomier backseat, and a far simpler touch screen. Used models also tend to be less expensive.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln Navigator or 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser?

The 2017 Toyota Land Cruiser is a great option in this class. It has a fantastic build quality, a high predicted reliability rating, an opulent interior, and a huge suite of standard tech and safety features. It’s also adept at tackling extreme off-road terrain. Overall, the Land Cruiser is the better luxury vehicle, though perhaps not the better buy. The Navigator has a roomier cabin, better fuel economy, and lower average prices. Give both of these SUVs a test drive before you decide.

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2017 Navigator Performance

How Does the 2017 Lincoln Navigator Drive?

A 380-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive come standard in the Navigator, though you’ll find some models with four-wheel drive. The V6 scoots the Navigator up to speed confidently and provides strong passing power on the highway, even when towing a trailer. The smooth six-speed transmission changes gears promptly.

The Navigator feels composed around corners for an SUV of its size, and it has responsive steering. The ride quality is excellent, thanks to the Navigator’s independent rear suspension, which adjusts and compensates when hauling heavy cargo. When equipped with Lincoln’s Continuously Controlled Damping (an adaptive suspension system), the Navigator’s shock absorbers can adjust as road conditions change, yielding an even smoother ride. That said, no suspension tricks can mask the SUV’s large dimensions. It’s very cumbersome to park and maneuver in tight urban areas.

Does the 2017 Lincoln Navigator Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Navigator gets decent fuel economy for a full-size SUV, returning 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, or 15/20 mpg with 4WD.

2017 Lincoln Navigator Towing Capacity

The Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds when properly equipped. All models are rated to tow at least 8,300 pounds.

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2017 Navigator Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Navigator Seat?

The Lincoln Navigator is a 3-row SUV that can seat seven or eight passengers, depending on its configuration. The second row is available as a three-across bench seat or as two captain’s chairs. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, and power-folding third row seats comes standard.

The first and second rows are comfortable, and they provide generous head- and legroom for adults. Even the third row is capable of seating adults in reasonable comfort, which can’t be said of all SUVs in the class.

The Navigator’s cabin remains quiet at highway speeds, with minimal road and wind noise. On the other hand, its interior styling is very dated by comparison to its rivals, and many of the materials are unimpressive. This hard-plastic and faux-wood trim might not feel out of place in the Lincoln’s more-affordable sibling, the 2017 Ford Expedition, but it does in a luxury vehicle.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lincoln Navigator?

The Navigator has up to three full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety the Navigator’s LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. Some of the anchors are hard to find and located too deep within the seat cushions.

2017 Lincoln Navigator Features

All Navigator models come standard with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, and a CD player. The audio and climate controls consist of simple buttons and knobs on the dashboard, and the SYNC 3 touch screen has sharp graphics and straightforward menus as well. The system also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which make it easy to sync your smartphone’s apps and functions while on the go. Available features include rear-seat DVD screens.

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2017 Lincoln Navigator Dimensions

Lincoln Navigator Cargo Space

The Navigator has 18.1 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats upright, 54.4 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 103.3 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. The larger Navigator L adds even more room. It boasts a roomy 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space, expanding to 86.3 cubic feet with the third row folded or 128.2 cubic feet with all rear seats folded.

2017 Navigator Length and Weight

The Navigator is 17.3 feet long, and it has a curb weight of between 5,830 to 6,069 pounds. The long-wheelbase Navigator L is 18.5 feet long, and its weight ranges between 6,061 and 6,297 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lincoln Navigator Built?

Lincoln built the 2017 Navigator in Kentucky.

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