2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
This year, the Navigator gives buyers different options for the appearance of their SUV. The Monochromatic Package that is offered on other Lincoln vehicles can now be had on this three-row model. It gives the vehicle black wheels and darkens up all of the chrome exterior accent pieces. Otherwise, the paint options getting new names and slight changes is the only difference between the 2021 Lincoln Navigator and the 2020 model.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Lincoln does not make choosing a Navigator overly complicated, offering the SUV in only three trim levels. Buyers can choose from standard and extended wheelbases, however. The base model is equipped with power running boards, an adaptive suspension, and adaptive LED headlights. For the front seats, the Navigator comes standard with both heat and ventilation. Second-row seats are heated as well.
For the Reserve model, Lincoln gives the 2021 Navigator illumination for the power running boards and a panoramic sunroof. The front seats get even fancier, offering up 24-way power-adjustment for finding that perfect seating position. As for the top Black Label trim, it has standard all-wheel drive, a special wheel design, and exclusive interior color schemes. It also comes with perks like complimentary car washes and an extended maintenance plan.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Buyers will want to stick with the middle trim of the 2021 Lincoln Navigator. It has more available packages, which is essential if you want to get the maximum towing numbers out of this SUV. This model also has a few extra luxuries and standard safety features, making it a better pick overall.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
The base model of the Navigator is equipped with a Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The infotainment system runs on a 10-inch touchscreen, and the standard satellite radio can be enjoyed on the 14-speaker sound system. Six standard USB ports help to ensure everyone has the ability to charge their gear.
Extra entertainment features can be added to select models. A rear-seat entertainment system with two screens is one example. A 20-speaker premium sound system is another.
How Does It Perform?
There is only one engine available for the Navigator in 2021. It is a turbo 3.5L V6 with the ability to make 450-horsepower along with 500 lb-ft of torque. The ten-speed automatic transmission it is paired with is perfect for moving the Navigator along smoothly. When equipped with the towing package available for the Reserve or Black Label trims, the Navigator can tow up to 8,700 pounds.
Ultimately, there is little to complain about when it comes to the ride and handling of the Navigator. It is generally smooth and well-composed. That said, the size of the vehicle can make it hard to maneuver, and the ride can get a bit bumpy at times, particularly with the larger wheel sizes equipped.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
Overall, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator performed well in testing done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received a score of five out of five stars. Buyers should be aware, however, that in rollover testing four-wheel-drive models received four stars, and two-wheel-drive models received only three.
Front and rear parking sensors come standard and are useful on a vehicle this size. Other driver aids include pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring. Higher trims have more sophisticated features, including automatic park assist and a head-up display.
The 2021 Navigator received a score of 3.5 out of five stars from J.D. Power when it comes to predicted reliability. This above-average score speaks highly of the quality of the SUV.
What's the Interior Like?
The inside of the Navigator is massive and provides plenty of room in all three rows. All of the seats are comfortable, too, and have nice features such as the ability to recline. Typically, this SUV seats seven, although buyers can find models with seating for eight instead.
Cargo space is another area where the Navigator beats out many of its rivals. Behind the third row, buyers find up to 20.9 cubic feet, depending on the model. When both back rows are folded flat, there is a whopping 101 cubic feet to work with. Navigator L models are obviously even roomier, providing up to 36 cubic feet behind the third row and maxing out at over 120 cubic feet.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
The 2021 Navigator competes with heavy-hitters like the Cadillac Escalade. Thanks to a redesign, the Escalade is full of modern tech and offers a pleasant ride. At the same time, the Navigator has more horsepower and a more upscale interior.Buyers may also consider the Infiniti QX80. This is a respectable large luxury SUV choice but falls short of the 2021 Navigator in many ways. There are not as many standard features for the QX80, for example, and the ride quality is not as nice. Other options include the Land Rover Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Note: All Lincoln Navigator lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.