2011 Lincoln Navigator

MSRP $57,630 - $62,695

Ranked #10 in Suv

7.5

Overall Rating

2011 Lincoln Navigator Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 11, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Lincoln Navigator has been one of the most versatile and recognizable luxury SUVs since the very beginning. It is the first popular full-size SUV from Ford Motor Company, introduced in 1997. Since then, it has continued to be an impressive vehicle. Some of the features that make this car unique are its spacious and luxurious interior, an abundance of power, and a jungle of standard tech features. 

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Pros

A luxury passenger cabin

Deft handling

All three rows offer comfortable seating

Plenty of standard features

Cons

When loaded down, lacks power

What's New?

Ford’s SYNC infotainment system is standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$57630

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

131 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

330 cu.in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 5100 rpm

torque

365 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

short and long arm front suspension

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

131 in.

length

221.3 in.

width

78.8 in.

height

78.1 in.

curb weight

6164 lbs.

ground clearance

9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

168.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

130.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1625 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

184 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/20 mpg

highway range

670 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$57,630 onwards

L$59,795 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Lincoln Navigator in Autumn Metallic color
Autumn Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

7.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is there to push the envelope. Living up to its reputation as the ultimate SUV, it is designed for your comfort and convenience. Its latest redesign pairs agile performance with world-class, life-enhancing technology. It gives you luxury, power, and technology in big size so everyone can get there safely. It buckles up to compete against other big boys like the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX56, and Land Rover Range Rover


7.5/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2011 Lincoln Navigator Features

7.5/10

A full-size luxury SUV, the 2011 Lincoln Navigator comes in a well-equipped and comprehensive sole trim. Also available in the Navigator L extended-wheelbase model. It has a three-row seating arrangement for seven passengers, and the back row captain's chairs can be converted to a three-person bench to seat eight. It comes with a wealth of standard features like 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, a power liftgate, power-folding running boards, a back-up camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, adjustable pedals, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear auxiliary controls, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated and ventilated power front seats, Bluetooth and a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system with a CD player, HD radio, satellite radio, and a USB jack to name a few. 

Trim

Base

L (Long Wheelbase)

MSRP (2WD)

$57,630

$59,795

MSRP (4WD)

$60,530

$62,695

Key Features

Parking sensors

Retains the same features 

 

18-inch wheels

Has a long wheelbase

 

Power liftgate

 

 

Leather upholstery

 

 

Dual-zone climate control

 

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

 
 

Heated and ventilated power front seats

 
 

14-speaker sound system

 
 

SYNC infotainment system

 

We Recommend

Although the 2011 Lincoln Navigator only comes in one trim, it is available with an extended wheelbase as well. We suggest you purchase the base trim, for it is equipped with all the necessary comforts and technologies. If you're looking to enjoy a thorough journey off-road, opt for the 4WD. Additionally, the base trim would offer the best value. 

2011 Lincoln Navigator Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 5.4-liter V8 engine that produces 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. Buyers have a choice of two- and four-wheel-drive models, but a six-speed automatic transmission is the only transmission available. Ideally equipped, a Navigator with rear-wheel drive can tow 9,000 pounds.

The 2011 Lincoln Navigator will be the ultimate luxury SUV while incorporating a sporty ride and handling. It features a coil-over-shock front suspension with multi-leaf springs, as well as "dual flow" dampers that soften impacts when needed, but firm up under hard cornering. It can sprint from 0-60 in 8 seconds and run a quarter-mile in 16.3 seconds. 

Model

Lincoln Navigator

Cadillac Escalade

Infiniti QX56

Land Rover Range Rover

MSRP

$58,625

$64,405

$59,690

$79,685

Engine

5.4L, Naturally Aspirated V8

6.2L, Naturally Aspirated V8

5.6L, Naturally Aspirated V8

5.0 liter V8 

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power

310 hp @ 5,100 rpm

403 hp @ 5,700 rpm

400 hp @ 5,800 rpm

375 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

365 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

417 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm

413 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

375 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.0

6.7

6.1

6.4

Quarter mile (mph)

16.3

15.2

14.8

14.9

Top speed (mph)

131

144

142

NA

These SUVs are all powered by V8 engines that produce a generous amount of power in comparison. The Infiniti QX56 is the quickest of the bunch with a 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds, followed by the Range Rover that takes 6.4 seconds to reach 60 mph. The Cadillac Escalade, on the other hand, can reach speeds of up to 144 mph. 

2011 Lincoln Navigator Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is no exception to the rule that brawny engines are gas guzzlers. EPA fuel economy ratings list the V8-powered 2011 Lincoln at 14 mpg city, 20 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined. This vehicle features a large 28-gallon gas tank, which contributes to its long driving range, which is approximately 450 miles of combined driving on a full tank. 

Model

Lincoln Navigator

Cadillac Escalade

Infiniti QX56

Land Rover Range Rover

MPG (city)

14

14

14

12

MPG (Highway)

20

18

20

18

MPG (Combined)

16

16

16

14

Fuel Capacity

28.0

26.0

26.0

27.6

Range (City/highway)

392 / 560 / 448

364 / 468 / 416

364 / 520 / 416

331/497/386

Comparatively, both the Cadillac Escalade and the Infiniti QX56 are rated at 16 combined MPG. Fuel efficiency is the least impressive characteristic of the Range Rover. As for the fuel tanks, both the Escalade and the QX56 have 26 gallons of fuel, which is above the average, though the Navigator has the largest tank at 28 gallons. The Navigator delivers the best range of all cars.

2011 Lincoln Navigator Interior

7.0/10

The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is all about comfort and luxury on the inside, with leather seats that have excellent support, heated and cooled seats, dual climate control zones with a separate driver controls area, heated steering wheel, and optional power rear liftgate with foot-activated panels. The second-row seats can kneel forward and rearward for easy access to the third row of seats, and they can also recline for more comfortable seating. The center console has a covered storage compartment that's updated for 2011 to include two USB ports for charging electronic devices on the go.

The 2011 Navigator can seat seven adults comfortably in ultra-premium leather seats with a wide range of customization options. The reclining front seats deliver an "Ahhh!" sensation that comes from Lincoln's own thicker leather rather than special design and the Navigator offers a great deal of comfort for long, tall people. It also delivers plenty of room for stretching out, as well as excellent visibility all around and a quiet, smooth ride.

Model

Lincoln Navigator

Cadillac Escalade

Infiniti QX56

Land Rover Range Rover

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5 / 63.3 / 41.1

41.1 / 65.2 / 41.3

39.9 / 63.8 / 39.6

39.3/61.4/38.9

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.7 / 63.7 / 39.1

39.2 / 65.2 / 39.0

40.0 / 63.5 / 41.0

38.3/60/35.5

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.6 / 51.9 / 37.7

37.9 / 61.7 / 25.6

36.4 / 60.5 / 28.3

NA

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.1

16.9

16.6

35.2

There is no doubt that the Cadillac Escalade offers the most space. A close second and third place is occupied by Range Rover and QX56. Both the front and back rows of the Navigator provide ample legroom. The Navigator has the most cargo space, with 18.1cu-ft, followed by the Escalade with 16.9cu-ft. Major interior features include-

  • 10-way power heated/cooled front bucket seats w/pwr lumbar & recline driver seat memory
  • Leather-trimmed second-row bucket seats
  • Third-row PowerFold 60/40 split fold-flat bench seat
  • Power tilt steering wheel w/leather/wood trim and memory function
  • Power adjustable accelerator/brake pedals w/memory
  • Automatic dual-zone front w/rear climate control
  • Universal garage door opener

How intuitive is the 2011 Lincoln Navigator’s infotainment unit?

The new Navigator, with its wide array of advanced features that provide unparalleled interior comfort and luxury, will accommodate a variety of passengers and their latest technological gadgets while providing a smooth and luxurious ride. You can now charge up to two devices simultaneously with the newly redesigned central console, which includes 2 USB ports for charging electronic devices on the go. The new leather-wrapped steering wheel now includes three dedicated buttons for the infotainment system in addition to its traditional switches for controlling. Some other salient infotainment features include:

  • SYNC Infotainment System
  • 14-Speaker Audio System
  • Voice-activated Navigation System
  • HD Radio and SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Real-Time Traffic

2011 Lincoln Navigator Exterior

9.0/10

Feast your eyes upon the sleek, redesigned exterior of the 2011 Lincoln Navigator. With a longer wheelbase, a vehicle body that's 1.7-inch taller, and wider front and rear tracks than its predecessor, it's truly an SUV built for power and size. The exterior design is bold, but also clean and simple with no extraneous lines. It is defined by three prominent horizontal character lines that run the length of the body. They divide it into upper and lower halves with a distinct separation of old and new where the chrome is toned-down and more in line with the other Lincoln vehicles. 

The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is undeniably a big vehicle, but it doesn't have to be a pain to park. Its massive mirrors provide a panoramic view of the road, and its hands-free rear liftgate allows you to exit the vehicle while you're still in your car seat. The new 2011 Navigator features Lincoln's signature 3-bar grille, which has long been synonymous with premium luxury. The hood and front fenders are sculpted to provide a more muscular appearance and offer engineering solutions that reduce weight while increasing strength. From the side, stacked headlights provide a low profile look, while fender-top turn signals visually extend the length of Lincoln's signature c-pillar.

Model

Lincoln Navigator

Cadillac Escalade

Infiniti QX56

Land Rover Range Rover

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,810

5,488

5,590

5697 

Length (in.)

208.4

202.5

208.3

196 

Width (in.)

78.8

79.0

79.9

80 

Height (in.)

78.3

75.9

75.8

74 

Ground Clearance (in.)

9.2

9.0

9.2

9.1

Wheelbase (in.)

119.0

116.0

121.1

113.8 

There is no doubt that the Cadillac Escalade is the most compact car among this group of 4, while the others are much longer and wider, and therefore heavier. Lincoln Navigator's ground clearance is the highest, while the Escalade is the lowest. Infiniti QX56 offers the longest wheelbase here as well as the longest car here. Few major exterior features include-

  • HID headlamps w/automatic on/off
  • Chrome capped heated power fold-away mirrors w/turn signal indicators
  • Auto-dimming side-mirrors
  • Rain-sensing speed-sensitive intermittent windshield wipers
  • Power liftgate
  • Chrome upper/lower grille
  • 18-inch bright machined aluminum wheels

2011 Lincoln Navigator Safety

6.0/10

For frontal- and side-impact occupant protection, the Navigator received a perfect five-star rating from the NHTSA. As standard on the 2011 Lincoln Navigator, you'll find stability control (with a rollover sensor), traction control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, front-seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags for all three rows. Under certain conditions, Trailer Sway Control uses stability control sensors to detect and minimize a trailer's tendency to weave. With the 2011 model year, parents can specify the speed limit and stereo volume for their teenage drivers using the programmable MyKey device. Other notable safety features include:

  • Parking sensors
  • AdvanceTrac w/roll stability control 
  • Forward sensing system
  • SOS post crash alert
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System 
  • Reverse camera w/sensing system
  • Engine braking and Brake assist
  • Dual-stage driver & front passenger front and seat-mounted side airbags
  • Safety Canopy 1st/2nd/3rd row side curtain airbags

2011 Lincoln Navigator Final Verdict

The 2011 Lincoln Navigator is a traditional three-row SUV that has a long wheelbase, and ample amounts of interior room. Sitting at the top of the Lincoln SUV range, the Navigator protects its passengers from any weather conditions. No matter how wet or dry two of its engines, with more low-end torque than most trucks and SUVs, and a suspension system that grows up to 3 inches when loaded, make sure the road ahead is a smooth ride. With seating for up to 8 passengers, lots of storage areas and plenty of features, this is one of the best SUV's money can buy. 

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