2016 Lincoln Navigator

MSRP $63,195

Ranked #13 in Suv

7.7

Overall Rating

2016 Lincoln Navigator Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Navigator uses the same turbocharged V6 powertrain that is in theFord F-150 and the Ford Expedition. There are very few vehicles that can compete with the Navigator, but the closest rival is the GM’s offering- theCadillac Escalade. Both the vehicles have been competing for a while now, and both have their quirks and features that add to their massive persona. Other rivals includeMercedes-Benz GL-Class andInfiniti QX80.

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Pros

Spacious cabin

Generous cargo space

Powerful engine

Comfortable ride

Cons

Massive footprint

Interior feels cheap

Misses out top-end features

What's New?

2016 Lincoln Navigator comes with a SYNC 3 infotainment as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$63195

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

213 cu.in.

horsepower

380 hp @ 5250 rpm

torque

460 lb.-ft. @ 2750 rpm

transmission

6 speed shiftable automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

119 in.

length

207.4 in.

width

78.8 in.

height

78.1 in.

curb weight

5830 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

159.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

103.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

9000 lbs.

payload capacity

1560 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

16/18/22 mpg

highway range

552.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

L Reserve$73,645 onwards

L Select$65,560 onwards

Select$63,195 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Lincoln Navigator in Black Velvet color
Black Velvet

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

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.8

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.4

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.2

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


As usual, you get two wheelbase options, standard and extended wheelbase, while the engine, gearbox, and drivetrain options are similar on both models. Even after minimal changes for this year, the 2016 Lincoln Navigator comes with a price bump of around $1,200 and now starts at $63,195.


8.5/10
Features

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.4/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

7.2/10
Safety


2016 Lincoln Navigator Features

8.5/10

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator is only offered in two trims, namely the Select and the Reserve. Both the trims can be had with a standard or extended wheelbase along with two-wheel or four-wheel drive. Some other options are second-row captain's chairs or bench seats, which can add the capacity of one more passenger, bringing the total to eight passengers. The Select trim starts at $63,195, while the Reserve trim starts at $71,260.

Trims

Select

Reserve

MSRP (RWD)

$63,195

$71,260

MSRP (4WD)

$66,770

$74,260

Key Features

380 hp, 3.5L twin-turbo V6

Adds or upgrades to ‘Select’

 

20-inch wheels

22-inch wheels

 

Automatic bi-xenon headlights

Adaptive suspension dampers

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control (with rear auxiliary controls)

Two-tone exterior paint scheme and upgraded leather upholstery

 

Sync 3 interface with 8-inch touchscreen

 
 

Power-adjustable pedals, second-row captain's chairs, and a power-folding 60/40 split third-row bench

 
 

Heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats (with power lumbar)

 

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You get enough luxury and features with the Select trim that includes heated and ventilated seats, SYNC 3 infotainment system, bi-xenon headlights, and more. The Select trim can be configured with a four-wheel drive for under $70,000, which is worth every penny for the Navigator. Thus, spending at least $8,000 more on the Reserve trim won’t be the best of the decision while choosing a trim of the 2015 Navigator.

2016 Lincoln Navigator Engine and Performance

7.8/10

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator is powered by a 3.5L twin-turbo V6 engine that churns out 380 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. The Ford sourced twin-turbo V6 is a performer in the Lincoln Navigator as it delivers adequate power and torque with smoothness without hurting its efficiency. The 2016 Navigator is capable of doing 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 14.9 seconds. That said, the Navigator in the 4WD configuration and the trailer package can tow up to 9,000 pounds, which is more than what any of its competitors are capable of.

Models

2016 Lincoln Navigator

2016 Cadillac Escalade

2016 Mercedes-Benz GL 450

2016 Infiniti QX80

MSRP

$63,195

$72,970

$66,200

$66,350

Engine

3.5L twin-turbo V6 

6.2L V8

3.0L twin-turbo V6

5.6L V8

Drivetrain

4WD

4WD

AWD

4WD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

380 hp @ 5250 rpm

420 hp @ 5600 rpm

362 hp @ 5500 rpm

400 hp @ 5800 rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

460 ft-lbs. @ 2750 rpm

460 ft-lbs. @ 4100 rpm

369 lb-ft @1800 rpm

413 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.5 sec

6.1 sec

6.0 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter mile (sec)

14.9 sec

14.6 sec

14.6 sec

15.0 sec

Top Speed (MPH)

101 MPH

145 MPH

130 MPH

113 MPH

The Lincoln Navigator is the cheapest SUV among all, whereas the Cadillac Escalade takes the spot for the most expensive option in the competition. While the Escalade and the QX80 come with a V8 engine, the rest two get a twin-turbo V6. The Mercedes-Benz is the fastest from 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds flat and shares a similar quarter-mile time of 14.6 seconds with the Escalade. When comparing the top speed, Cadillac offers the most at 145 mph.

2016 Lincoln Navigator Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The new twin-turbo V6 engine in the Lincoln Navigator delivers amazing fuel efficiency. As per EPA, the 2016 Navigator can return 16 mpg in the city, 22 mpg on the highway, and 18 mpg combined. The 4WD Navigator, on the other hand, returns 15/20/17 mpg in city/highway/combined, respectively. The 28-gallon gas tank on the Navigator is adequate for long road trips and getaways.

Models

2016 Lincoln Navigator

2016 Cadillac Escalade

2016 Mercedes-Benz GL 450

2016 Infiniti QX80

MPG (city)

15

15

17

13

MPG (highway)

20

21

21

19

MPG (combined)

17

17

19

15

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

28.0

26.0

26.4

26.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

420/ 560/ 476 

390/ 546/ 442

449/ 554/ 502

338/ 494/ 390

Among the rivals, the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class returns 2 mpg more in the city, 1 mpg more on the highway, and 2 mpg more combined compared to the Lincoln Navigator. The Escalade returns almost similar gas mileage as the Navigator, while the Infiniti QX80 is the least efficient among all. When it comes to the overall range, again Mercedes offers the most at 502 miles combined.

2016 Lincoln Navigator Interior

8.4/10

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator's dimensions for the outside seem identical to theFord Expedition, but the interior is highly upscale in the Navigator. Every component seems to be of premium quality, although it still has a fair share of budget-grade material and hard-touch plastics at not so prominent places. The more expensive Reserve trim offers more exotic leather options and more luxurious features than the base trim. The comfort and the ride quality are also outstanding. All in all, the Navigator does a very good job at hiding the truck-based roots along with the body on frame design.

Models

2016 Lincoln Navigator

2016 Cadillac Escalade

2016 Mercedes-Benz GL 450

2016 Infiniti QX80

Passenger capacity

7

7

7

7

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

39.5/ 63.3/ 43.0

42.8/ 64.9/ 45.3

41.2/ 58.5/ 40.3

39.9/ 63.8/ 39.6

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

39.7/ 63.7/ 39.1

38.7/ 64.4/ 39.0

40.0/ 58.3/ 38.5

40.0/ 63.5/ 41.0

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.6/ 51.9/ 37.7

38.1/ 62.6/ 24.8

38.9/ 50.5/ 35.0

36.8/ 60.5/ 28.8

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu.ft.)

18.1

15.2

16.0

16.6

Among the rivals, none can match the commodious cabin of the Lincoln Navigator. Although the Infiniti QX80 manages to beat the second-row space in the Navigator by a slight margin, it is nowhere close to the space on offer in the Navigator’s first and third-row seats. As for the cargo capacity, the Navigator takes the lead with 18.1 cubic feet of cargo space, while the QX80 with 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space stood second. Key interior features include:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Driver’s seat memory function
  • Power-folding third-row seats

How intuitive is the Lincoln Navigator’s infotainment system?

For this year, the Lincoln Navigator comes with an 8-inch touchscreen that runs on Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment interface. The SYNC 3 infotainment is a tried and tested one that offers seamless functionality and user-friendliness. Standard add-ons with the infotainment include Bluetooth connectivity, surround sound system, satellite radio, etc. Key infotainment features include:

  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • SYNC 3 infotainment interface
  • 14-speaker surround sound system
  • HD Radio
  • USB ports
  • Available rear entertainment system

2016 Lincoln Navigator Exterior

7.5/10

The Lincoln Navigator was last redesigned in 2015, so this year there are no changes in the Navigator’s looks. And there is hardly any reason for it to change as the Navigator looks stylish and subtle from the outside, especially the front fascia with the unique headlamps and beautiful split-grille. The 2015 Navigator isn't as flashy as the Cadillac Escalade, but it ticks all the right boxes for being a full-size luxury SUV.

Models

2016 Lincoln Navigator

2016 Cadillac Escalade

2016 Mercedes-Benz GL 450

2016 Infiniti QX80

Curb Weight (lbs.)

6,069

5,815

5,371

5,878

Length (in.)

207.4

203.9

201.6

208.9

Width (in.)

78.8

80.5

84.3

79.9

Height (in.)

78.1

74.4

72.8

75.8

Ground clearance (in.)

8.1

8.0

8.5

9.2

Wheelbase (in)

119.0

116.0

121.1

121.1

The Lincoln Navigator is 1.5-inches smaller than the longest Infiniti QX80, 5.5-inches less wide than the widest GL-Class, has 1.1-inches lesser ground clearance compared to the QX80, and has a 2.1-inches smaller wheelbase compared to the GL-Class. The areas where the Navigator beats the rivals here is its highest curb weight that is nearly 6,000 pounds and the tallest 78.1-inches of height. Key exterior features include:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Bi-xenon headlights
  • Power-liftgate
  • Fog lights
  • Power-folding running board
  • Automatic wipers

2016 Lincoln Navigator Safety

7.2/10

The 2016 Lincoln Navigator was well-received in the crash-test ratings carried by the NHTSA. The NHTSA gave the Navigator a perfect score of five stars in the overall crash test. The Navigator also scored a perfect five stars score in the overall front and side crash test, while the rollover test for the Navigator was rated as four out of five stars. Apart from the structural strength, the SUV also comes with a variety of safety features. Key safety features include:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control)
  • Trailer sway control
  • Post-crash alert system
  • Rearview camera

2016 Lincoln Navigator Final Verdict

Due to an increasing number of compact utility vehicles and crossovers, the big, bulky full-size SUVs have now been lost in the crowd. They cater to a specific type of crowd, families who demand a lot of space and three rows of seats. If you still prefer the old-school large-size SUVs despite the high price, then the 2015 Lincoln Navigator makes a lot of sense for you. It has a spacious cabin and a large cargo area with all the seats up. The performance from the twin-turbo engine is up to the mark and fuel efficiency is also decent. Thus going for the Navigator won't make you regret your decision.

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