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2013 Lincoln Navigator

Published July 10, 2013

Many people who are interested in a luxury SUV purchase avoid the 2013 Lincoln Navigator because of its increasingly dated design, but we have to say that this impressive vehicle still has a lot to offer and provides plenty of presence. The vehicle is recognizable with its squared-jawed, massive face and an effective profile highlighted with chrome flourishes. As for the inside, it is also very imposing with luxury features and genuine wood accents. The traditional, rugged body-on-frame construction is not such a bad thing after all, because it enables the 2013 Navigator to take on some heavy towing tasks that even the largest crossover couldn’t handle. Are you wondering if this vehicle has a lot to offer besides that? Keep reading to find out!

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2013 Lincoln Navigator: Introduction

It is no secret that the platform of the current Navigator is among the oldest ones in its segment because it was last redesigned back in 2007. Under the hood of the 2013 Lincoln Navigator, you will also find some aging features: 5.4-liter V8 engine that is far from overwhelming in the power department. The rivals are notably stronger in this department. This vehicle also fails to provide some creative inventions in the inside because the electronics interface is less advanced than what’s featured in the other vehicles by Lincoln, such as the MKZ and the MKX. The main competition in this segment (large luxury SUV) includes the 2013 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and the 2013 Cadillac Escalade. Both of these competitive vehicles provide better handling and more powerful performance, which explains why the 2013 Navigator is often being avoided as consideration.

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Trim Levels, Body Styles and Options

This full-size luxury SUV by Lincoln is offered in two sizes. Besides the regular size, there is an extended-wheelbase 2013 Lincoln Navigator L, which is more attractive. Both of these models feature three-row seating for seven passengers. There is an option to replace the second-row bucket seats with a three-person bench that will increase the seating capacity of the vehicle to eight people. The standard equipment of this Lincoln vehicle includes a third-row power-folding bench, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, heated second-row seats, leather upholstery, driver memory settings, ventilated and heated power front seats, automatic dual-zone climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a rearview camera, power-folding running boards, a power liftgate, parking sensors and 18-inch alloy wheels. Other standard features are the auxiliary audio jack, a USB/iPod interface, satellite radio, a surround-sound 14-speaker audio system with HD radio, a touchscreen electronic interface, navigation system, Bluetooth and Sync voice command system. The Monochrome Appearance package is better for people who don’t like the glut of exterior chrome. There is also a Monochrome Limited Edition package of this vehicle, which includes an Olive Ash wood trim and unique leather upholstery. The other options include a rear-seat entertainment system, heavy-duty tow package, sunroof and 20-inch chromed wheels.

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Conclusion

The biggest advantage of the 2013 Lincoln Navigator is that it’s typically less expensive than its comparable rivals. Some other pros of this vehicle are the power-folding third-row seat, the comfortable seating that is accomplished in all three rows and the plush ride. As for the disadvantages of the Navigator, we have to mention that the V8 engine feels a little overworked when it’s under the pressure of heavy loads. Other disadvantages are the antiquated electronics interface and the cumbersome handling.

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