2021 Lincoln Navigator

MSRP $76,185 - $98,125

Ranked #6 in Fullsize Suv

2021 Lincoln Navigator Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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The Lincoln Navigator has set the benchmark for luxury, performance, and space in a full-size SUV. With its exemplary innovation and impeccable practicality, it continues to redefine the premium SUV segment. Unmistakable style and refinement characterize the DNA of this vehicle, which radiates elegance while maintaining muscular, assertive lines. Enhancing the driving experience of this SUV is a powerful engine and an athletic chassis, all manufactured with modern technology. 

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Pros

Poternt engine

Plush and luxurious cabin

Class leading seating and cargo space

Intutive infotainment system

Wealth of standard features

Cons

Ride feels harsh at times

Not manuevarable

What's New?

Neither the design nor the mechanics have been changed

A new color palette was used for the exterior replacing the old one


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$76185

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

157 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

450 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

510 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

13.9/13.6 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

122.5 in.

length

210 in.

width

79.9 in.

height

76.4 in.

curb weight

5673 lbs.

ground clearance

9.6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

172.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

103.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

6200 lbs.

payload capacity

1620 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.9 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.5 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

184 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/19/22 mpg

highway range

506 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$76,185 onwards

Reserve$81,965 onwards

Black Label$98,125 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Lincoln Navigator in Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color
Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.2

Fuel Economy

6.5

Interior

8.9

Exterior

8.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

8.0

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


A bold grille highlights the imposing stance of the new Navigator, which is a testament to its unapologetic strength. It takes that unbridled power and gives it an elevated interior, advanced technology, modern luxury, exhilarating performance, and the capability to carry eight passengers in ultra-plush comfort. The 2021 Lincoln Navigator is a model that will go head-to-head with other big guns such as the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, and the BMW X7.

2021 Lincoln Navigator SUV Front Angle View
2021 Lincoln Navigator SUV Rear Angle View

8.2/10
Engine and Performance

6.5/10
Fuel Economy

8.9/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Competition


2021 Lincoln Navigator Features

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator is offered in three majestic trim levels, namely Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. Starting at $76,185 for the Standard trim, this vehicle can be yours for $98,125 for the Black Label trim. The reintroduction of 4 new colors by Lincoln, namely Iced Mocha, Silver Jade, Blue Diamond, and Rhapsody Blue, replaced 4 old ones. However, mechanically there are no changes. The old 3.5L V6 motor continues to power the new model.

Trims

Base

Reserve

Black Label

MSRP (RWD)

$76,185

$81,965

-

MSRP (4WD)

$78,855

$84,640

$98,125

Key Features

Tri-zone automatic climate control

Adds/Upgrades features of Base trim

Adds/Upgrades features of Reserve trim

 

Adaptive LED headlights

Panoramic sunroof

Chrome Grille

 

Adaptive suspension

Head-up display

Curated interior color and trim packages

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration

Upgraded 24-way power-adjustable front seats

22-inch Ebony Black Paint Wheels

 

10-inch infotainment touchscreen

Upgraded leather upholstery

Heated side mirrors

 

Heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats

360-degree camera system

LED fog lamps

 

20-inch Ultra Bright Machined-Aluminum Wheels

22-inch Tarnish Dark Painted Wheels

PRE-SAFE Sound

 

Digital gauge cluster display

Illuminated power running boards

Venetian leather seat trim

 

Heated second-row seats

20 speaker audio system

Lincoln Connect

 

14-speaker sound system

 

 

 

Wireless device charging

 

 

 

In-car Wi-Fi hotspot

 

 

 

Navigation system

 

 

 

Six USB ports

 

 

 

60-40 Split-Bench 3rd Row seats

 

 

 

Keyfob & Smart Device Remote Keyless Entry

 

 

 

Multimedia system with 10.25'' touchscreen

 

 

 

Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers

 

 

 

Reverse Sensing System

 

 

Its base model is priced at $76,185 with standard features such as leather upholstery for the first two rows, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row seats, a 10-inch touch screen, tri-zone automatic climate control, and more. It costs $81,965 for the Reserve trim, which adds a head-up display, a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable front seats, and surround-view parking cameras on top of the base trim. The top-of-the-line Navigator Black Label comes with all the luxury that Lincoln has to offer at a price tag of $98,125.

Which trim should you buy? 

Even though the Base trim is equipped with some decent equipment, it misses out on some necessities. It would be more advantageous if you opt for the Reserve trim and bundle it up with the Trailer Tow package if you love to tow your trailer a lot. With features like a 20 speaker audio system, 22-inch Tarnish Dark Painted Wheels, upgraded leather upholstery, and upgraded 24-way power-adjustable front seats, the Reserve trim makes for a value for money option in the lineup.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Engine and Performance

8.2/10

A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is at the heart of every 2021 Navigator. This engine produces 450 horsepower and an incredible 510 ft-lbs of torque, in fact, the most in the segment. The V6 powerplant is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, which enables seamless power distribution to the rear wheels in the Base and Reserve trims and all four wheels in the Black Label version. You can also invest a few extra dollars in a four-wheel drivetrain for both the base and Reserve models. 

2021 Lincoln Navigator SUV Engine Bay

Despite sharing the same rumbling V6 as Ford's F-150 and Expedition, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator engine feels incredibly punchy while being quiet at the same time as it is fine-tuned to handle the demands of such a big machine. This enables it to breeze off the 0-60 mph sprint in just 5.6 seconds and a quarter-mile run in 14.5 seconds. The SUV tops out at 157 mph, which makes it the fastest in the competition.

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

MSRP

$76,185

$77,490

$75,600

$76,200

Engine

3.5-liter turbocharged V6

6.2-liter Naturally Aspirated V8

3.0-liter turbocharged Inline-6

3.0-liter turbocharged Inline-6

Drivetrain

AWD

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed automatic

Power 

450 hp @ 5,500 rpm

420 hp @ 5,600 rpm

355 hp @ 5,000 rpm

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque 

510lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

460lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

330lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm

369lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

5.9 seconds

5.9 seconds

5.6 seconds

5.8 seconds

Quarter Mile (sec)

14.5 seconds

14.3 seconds

17.8 seconds

14.3 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

157 mph

154 mph

155 mph

130 mph

Compared with other models in the class, the Navigator is the most powerful. The Cadillac Escalade packs a powerful V8 engine that generates an impressive 420 horsepower. The BMW X7, however, is the fastest of the lot with a 0-60 time of 5.6 seconds, followed by the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class. A Turbocharged Inline-6 engine powers both of these German marques.

How well does the 2021 Lincoln Navigator handle?

The Navigator takes you quickly to your destination with its powerful engine and comfortable ride, though with larger wheels, it becomes more jarring. While its size makes it challenging to handle, it has decent fuel economy ratings. However, the Navigator can't match the sportiness of a small vehicle on winding roads due to its bulk. 

2021 Lincoln Navigator SUV Front Angle Driving View

For improved ride and handling, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator features both front and rear independent suspensions. With its independent suspension and adaptive dampers, the Navigator delivers a smoother ride and improved handling than its competitors. It cruises through interstates with ease, barely bothered by even the largest potholes and pavement seams. 

2021 Lincoln Navigator Braking Performance

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator comes standard with 4-wheel discs and 4-wheel ABS. The brake pedal feels good as well. Each trim level comes with antilock brake rotors that measure 13.9 inches at the front and 13.6 inches at the rear.

2021 Lincoln Navigator SUV Brakes

As a result, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator can halt from a speed of 60-0 mph in just 125 feet, which is outstanding given the car's hefty weight. 

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13.9

13.6

15.5

13.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.6

13

15.7

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,855

5,635

5,370

5,701

60-0 (feet)

125

133

105

122

There aren't many SUVs that can compete with the BMW X7 here due to its incredible braking performance where it can come to a standstill from 60 mph in just 105 feet. In contrast to the Navigator, the Escalade barely edges ahead on the scales, while the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class exhibits impressive braking performance. When comparing the curb weight, Lincoln is the heaviest option in the competition.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Fuel Economy

6.5/10

The fuel efficiency figures of the 2021 Lincoln Navigator are quite good for a vehicle of this class and size. In cities, the fuel economy is rated at 16 mpg, while highway miles are accounted for at 21 mpg, and combining these figures yields 18 mpg. A 23.2-gallon gasoline tank that is standard on the 2021 Lincoln Navigator allows it to cover 417.6 miles in a single fill.

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

MPG (City)

16

15

20

19

MPG (Highway)

21

20

25

23

MPG (Combined)

18

17

22

21

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

23.2

24

21.9

23.8

Range (City/ Highway/ Combined)

371.2/487.2/417.6

360.0/480.0/408.0 miles

438.0/547.5/481.8

452.2/547.4/499.8 miles

With a lighter curb weight than competitors, the BMW X7 offers the best fuel economy at 22 mpg combined. On the other hand, the GLS-Class is more fuel-efficient than Navigator by offering 3 mpg more than Navigator in combined scenarios. Cadillac's expansive fuel tank ensures that it can drive for longer distances without stopping at a gas station, but it's least fuel-efficient among its competitors. 

2021 Lincoln Navigator Interior

8.9/10

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator balances superior performance and innovative technology with everyday practicality while providing the comfort and luxury that passengers expect from a reliable brand like Lincoln. The seating consists of high-end leather sourced from the top European suppliers for an outstanding plush feel. The seats also feature adjustable massage functions that use air chambers to streamline your travel experience. An elegant and sturdy center console made of genuine wood looks cool and stylish. The seats that are trimmed with leather and lit from below provide a unique experience for passengers. The cabin offers four distinct seating areas, all featuring Lincoln-exclusive hand-wrapped materials and a highly flexible seat design.

2021 Lincoln Navigator SUV Front Row Seats

To keep everyone happy, the first two rows offer adjustable headrests, and individual rear air vents provide added comfort. It offers plenty of room for passengers, with high seating and legroom at every position. As far as the features are concerned, for starters, we have leather seats, air-conditioned front seats, heated first and second-row outboard seating positions, power tilt/telescope steering wheel with memory, power-adjustable pedals with memory, 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory and lumbar support, and heated steering wheel as standard across all the trims. As you scale the trim ladder, you're presented with an ever-growing list of exceptional features. 

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

41.8/65.2/43.9

42.8/ 64.9/ 45.3

41.3/63.9/42.5

39.4/59.3/40.3

Second (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40.0/65.1/41.5

38.7/ 64.4/ 39.0

39.5/62.8/39.6

40.2/58.5/41.9

Third (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.3/64.2/36.1

38.2/ 62.7/ 34.9

36.6/47.9/33.3

38.9/50.3/34.6

Cargo Volume (cubic feet)

19.3 cu-ft

25.5 cu-ft

18.2 cu-ft

17.4 cu-ft

While the Lincoln Navigator gives all of its competitors a run for their money when it comes to seating, the Cadillac Escalade offers more space for the first row. Despite being compact, the BMW X7 has ample passenger space in all rows. On the other hand, the GLS-Class comes with the largest third row. When comparing the cargo capacity, Cadillac offers the most at 25.5 cubic feet. Standard interior features of the 2021 Lincoln Navigator include:

  • Tri-zone Electronic Automatic Climate Control
  • 12-inch digital driver display
  • Head-up Display
  • Auto-dimming frameless rearview mirror
  • 10-way power front seats with power lumbar 
  • Heated and Ventilated front seats
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Front Console with winged armrest
  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel 
  • Reading Lamps
  • 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory and lumbar support
  • Power adjustable pedals with memory

How intuitive is the 2021 Lincoln Navigator Infotainment System?

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator’s infotainment system lets you enjoy your ride. It boasts intuitive technology and innovative features designed to keep the drive engaging. It features a 10-inch high-resolution LCD touchscreen with a touchpad that provides easy-to-use menus. It also enables you to control features such as the climate control system, navigation, and radio while also connecting to your smartphone and allowing you to control media, apps, and more.

2021 Lincoln Navigator SUV Infotainment System

With the infotainment system, you'll find a variety of connectivity technologies, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Voice-Activated Navigation, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, which come as standard. Apart from all of this, the SUV comes with a 14-speaker Revel premium sound system, making the ride quite more enjoyable. All the standard infotainment features are listed below:

  • 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • 14-speaker Revel Premium Sound System
  • Apple CarPlay & Android Auto Compatibility
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Wireless Device Charging 
  • Wi-Fi HotSpot Capability
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling
  • Lincoln Way Navigation & Lincoln Connect
  • Voice-Activated Navigation
  • Speed Sensing Volume Control

2021 Lincoln Navigator Exterior

8.0/10

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator, even with its mammoth size and massive silhouette, is a great-looking vehicle. The SUV makes a statement not only by its size and chunky appearance but also by its chic curves and chrome detailing. The roofline too is more curvaceous, supplying a sleeker profile while maintaining higher seating. Standard Navigator models come with 20-inch machined alloy wheels and chrome-tipped dual exhaust tips in the rear. The Reserve model adds 22-inch alloy wheels and a panoramic vista roof. The Black Label model adds an illuminated Lincoln star to the grille. Every Navigator comes standard with a complete set of LED exterior lights, which include headlights, taillights, daytime running lights, and fog lights.

2021 Lincoln Navigator SUV Side View

A rugged, aggressive design will characterize the 2021 Lincoln Navigator. Its sharp and distinct grille is split into two sections with four bars each that hone in on the center of the two grilles to reveal a single, continuous Lincoln "L" logo. A large precisely positioned set of projector-beam headlamps accentuates the new signature front styling and provides optimal illumination for high-speed nighttime cruising on highways or in cities. Revised LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) extend through the outer edges of each headlamp to create a wider and more powerful appearance. 

Models

2021 Lincoln Navigator

2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 BMW X7

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,855 lbs

5,635 lbs

5,370 lbs

5,701lbs

Length (inches)

212.0

211.9

203.3

205.0

Width (inches)

79.9

81.1

78.7

77.0

Height (inches)

76.3

76.7

71.1

71.8

Ground Clearance (inches)

9.6

9.3

8.7

7.9

Wheelbase (inches)

122.5

120.9

122.2

123.4

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator is the heaviest of all SUVs because of its extensively upgraded mechanicals and interior convenience equipment. Diagonally, though, the Cadillac Escalade is the largest, so it offers the most comfort. The BMW X7 is the most compact model in the group, on the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class features the longest wheelbase in the competition. Some standout exterior features of the 2021 Lincoln Navigator include:

  • Adaptive, Automatic On/Off LED Headlamps
  • Active Grille Shutters
  • Illuminated Lincoln Star in Grille
  • Illuminated Power-Deployable Running Boards
  • Dual Exhaust with Chrome Tips
  • Hands-Free Liftgate

2021 Lincoln Navigator Safety

9.0/10

Based on the success of previous versions of the Navigator, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator will be equally safe. In addition to its class-exclusive driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping alert, and auto high-beam headlamps, the Navigator also includes advanced security features. Several driver safety assistance systems, including forward collision mitigation system, blind-spot detection system, and lane-keeping assist are built into Lincoln Co-pilot 360, which is standard on all trims. Standard and available safety features include:

  • Lane-Keeping Assist system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Forward and Reverse Sensing
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane keep assist
  • Available Head-up display
  • Available Auto park assist
  • Available Surround-view parking camera system

2021 Lincoln Navigator Competition

8.0/10

2021 Lincoln Navigator vs 2021 BMW X7

Both the 2021 BMW X7 and the 2021 Lincoln Navigator offer top-of-the-line comfort and convenience features, including a large and luxurious interior, rear seats that recline, and more.

2021 BMW X7

With its plush interiors, potent engine, and very composed and refined ride quality, the BMW X7 stands out. However, it lacks practicality, and that is where you find the Lincoln Navigator, which provides a memorable and practical ride each time you travel in it. 

2021 Lincoln Navigator vs 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

The 2021 Lincoln Navigator and 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class are heavy-duty luxury vehicles that are similar in many ways. Both appeal to customers who value comfort and convenience and the drivers who value a smooth ride over serious off-road capability.

2021 Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

However, Lincoln Navigator offers the best value in terms of comfort, luxury, and convenience items with the best value in the class. On the other hand, the GLS-Class offers very smooth performance and excellent drive dynamics.

2021 Lincoln Navigator vs 2021 Cadillac Escalade

With the arrival of the 2021 Lincoln Navigator, the Cadillac Escalade is seen as an eternal competitor once again. While the Lincoln Navigator appears to be a nearly identical car on paper, it is significantly different in terms of both its road presence and its interior luxury.

2021 Cadillac Escalade

Further, the Navigator provides more space per passenger than the Escalade, whose front row is crammed. Plus, the Lincoln comes equipped with a smaller but stronger engine, resulting in a more efficient and performance-oriented SUV than the Escalade.

2021 Lincoln Navigator Final Verdict

Created to truly stand out in a sea of sport utilities, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator redefines luxury on the move with a host of luxury features that let you drift off to sleep in complete comfort even on the longest of journeys. From the standpoint of comfort, technology, and horsepower, the 2021 Lincoln Navigator is an impressive SUV. All in all, the luxurious SUV would make a great addition to any family or executive's car fleet.

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