2020 Lincoln Navigator 4X4 Reserve

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Driving Me Crazy automotive review Columnists Laurie and John Wiles.

Listen to John and Laurie Wiles’ review of the 2020 Lincoln Navigator 4X4 Reserve, herein shown in ceramic pearl, on their Driving Me Crazy radio broadcast that airs this Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 10am EST and every Thursday throughout the year at the same time. The broadcast is heard “Live” or “On Demand” by clicking onto this specific hyperlink – http://tobtr.com/s/11777710. Pease note that the hyperlink is specific to this review. It changes every week. Listeners are welcome to call the broadcast at 347-205-9201 and are asked to stay on topic.

PINEHURST, NY — July 29, 2020 — Can you say – “Beast from the East”? Or maybe, “Beautiful Beast from the East”? I mean, “Wow! Jus look at it.” This incredibly large but very majestic dominated our driveway and garage for the past week. This is Lincoln’s top of the line SUV, four-wheel drive, no expense spared, fully loaded, ‘get you where you want to go in style’ vehicle. So, a price tag of $92K shouldn’t exactly surprise you.

BUT, $92K buys you a LOT of car in more ways than one. First, to me as a driver, this car is a ‘beast’. What does that mean? It means it is big, and I mean big. It has, and you need, running boards to get in and out of the vehicle. With 22” wheels, it has just over a 10’ wheel base and is just over 17’ long bumper to bumper. Thus, my comments about it being big.

Being someone who pans the car manufacturers, who, in my opinion, under power their cars by putting four cylinder engines in cars that should have six cylinders, I have to have say that the six cylinder, 3.5L engine, even with twin turbos, is not enough engine for a vehicle this size. I would want a V8, but that is not even an option. Since the vehicle has seating for seven, and is set up to add a towing package, and ours was four-wheel drive, you are asking a lot of a six-cylinder engine, even one that generates 500HP. Since mileage on the Navigator is 16 and 21 with an average of 18 mpg, even reducing the overall miles per gallon, by adding a bigger engine, makes more sense to me than straining a V6, and with a base price of $84K, this is a probably a long term investment for most people.

2020 Lincoln Navigator 4X4 Reserve shown herein in Ceramic Pearl.

A high end Lincoln, like this one, should and does have all the ‘bells and whistles’ you would expect, as standard equipment – 360 degree camera with front and rear wash, hands free liftgate, LED Headlamps, fog lights, and tail lamps; the panoramic vista rood with power shade, power illuminated running boards; and side view mirrors that fold, are heated, and even have security approach lights – and that’s just the outside.

The interior features a 12” LCD Digital Instrument Cluster, which was easy to use with the touch screen, voice activation, and controls on the heated steering wheel. Of course, it had heated and ventilated front seats with Driver Memory, a pass through second seat, also heated, for easy access to third row seating, and all seats were premium leather. The third-row seats were equipped with Powerfold, which means the fold flat with one touch. Tried it and it’s spot on. The Navigator Reserve comes with Tri-Zone Climate Control to keep everyone as cool, or as warm, as possible.

The Lincoln Navigator Reserve 4X4 has a lot of really top-notch functional equipment as well. The Adaptive Cruise Control with stop and go is something I would have listed under safety, but Lincoln sets aside a whole list of things under Safety/Security we will discuss later. Good functional and standard equipment include adaptive suspension, dynamic brake support, electric power assist steering, enhanced active park assist, heads up display, Lincoln Connect (4G Modem with WIFI capability), remote start, windshield wiper de-icer, wireless charging pad, your cell phone as a key (wow), and Lincoln Drive Modes.

Normal Mode: this is for average driving. It will aim to offer a good balance between comfort and performance. Lincoln describes it as a “an effortless, balanced ride” that gives you access to the powertrain’s torque but ensures a softer, quiet ride.

Conserve Mode: conserve is for efficient driving, but on the hybrid model, it’s not the most efficient available drive mode. It will offer a better balance between performance efficiency than the more eco-focused drive modes, however. For standard models, this will be your only fuel-saving mode.

Excite Mode: this is what other automakers would probably call a “Sport” mode. Lincoln says it’s for a “responsive, engaging ride.” In the Navigator, this mode will give you immediate access to all 500 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque on tap from the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged, direct fuel injection, V6. It will also allow more engine noise to penetrate into the cabin, sharpen up the steering and stiffen up the suspension.

Slippery Mode: this is for snow, ice, rain and other slippery conditions. Putting the Aviator in this drive mode will put the stability, traction control and all-wheel drive system on high-alert, working to give you more grip when the going gets slippery.

Deep Conditions Mode: Lincoln’s fancy name for a Snow mode is Deep Conditions. This will alert the vehicle that you are driving in relatively deep snow, calling upon the full ability of the traction, stability control and all-wheel drive system to help keep you on the road. Changes will also be made to the suspension and powertrain for ideal snow performance.

Okay, I had to laugh – with modes like “Excite”, “Slippery”, and “Deep Conditions”, we are introducing new vernacular here.

2020 Lincoln Navigator 4X4 Reserve Gallery and front seating layout.

Users can select which drive mode they want using a rotary dial located in the center console area of the Navigator’s cabin. The drive mode select icons will appear on the Navigator’s standard 12-inch LCD instrument cluster, clearly displaying each mode to the driver so they do not have to take their eyes off the road entirely. The drive modes can also be changed on the fly, of course.

I’m to my favorite part – Safety and Security, and several of the following features need some explanation, so here goes.

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator has AdvanceTrac with RSC. “What is that?” you ask.

AdvanceTrac® with RSC® is Ford’s premium electronic stability system that improves vehicle control on all driving surfaces, including snow, ice, gravel, rain-covered roads, and dry pavement. The benefits of AdvanceTrac® with RSC® include increased stopping power, improved traction, responsive handling, and added stability. The system also monitors vehicle stability. It accomplishes this through sensors that monitor vehicle stability 150 times per second and corrects the vehicle’s path by braking one or more wheels to keep the vehicle traveling in the path intended by the driver. The system’s yaw control can also sense when the rear wheels might slide out, and applies the proper braking force to reduce fishtailing and may even reduce engine power when necessary. And last, Roll Stability Control (RSC®) offers increased rollover protection by brake and throttle control. RSC® monitors the vehicle’s body roll angle and rate, and then takes action to reduce power and start braking one or more wheels to correct the situation. I always feel more educated when I do these studies. I appreciate the vehicles, but the more one knows, the more one ‘really’ appreciates the technology available on today’s vehicles.

The Navigator also come with Dual Stage Airbags in the front and Side Impact Airbags, and Safety Canopy Side Air Curtains. Our Navigator came with ‘Blindspot Detection with CTA’, the Blind Spot Detection can alert you to a vehicle detected alongside and difficult to see in a blind spot. The system uses radar sensors on both sides near the rear of the vehicle. When a vehicle is detected in your blind spot, you are alerted with an indicator light in the sideview mirror. The Cross-Traffic Alert (CTA) feature also uses this radar to help detect traffic behind your vehicle when you’re slowly backing out of a parking spot or driveway.  When it detects a vehicle approaching from either side, it flashes an indicator light in the sideview mirrors and emits an audible warning. Also, a visual display in the message center indicates from which direction the vehicle is coming. When you are driving a 17-foot vehicle, in a small town, with diagonal parking, the camera and warning system can be and are priceless additions to avoid backing out in front of cars which are certainly out of the driver’s peripheral vision. I know. It was a big help in our small-town parking area.

The Trailer Coverage part of this safety feature means that the Navigator Blind Spot Warning System can also detect ‘blind spots’ on any conventional trailer you are hauling from 9’ to 33’ in length, alerting you to vehicles that might be in the blind spot areas of your trailer. Pretty cool, I say.

Our 2020 Navigator came with an Enhanced Security Package, which means an Active Anti-Theft System, Electronic-Locking Center Console, Electronic Steering Column Lock, and a Wheel Locking Kit so that one lug is lockable on each wheel.

The Navigator has a Perimeter Alarm. It includes an advanced two-step perimeter alarm that gives a Real Panic Sound if security is threatened, or a warning chirp for smaller, potentially non-threatening impacts.

It also has a Personal Safety System, which provides an improved overall level of frontal crash protection to front seat occupants and is designed to help further reduce the risk of airbag-related injuries. The system is able to analyze different occupant conditions and crash severity before activating the appropriate safety devices to help better protect a range of occupants in a variety of frontal crash situations.

We also have Pre-Collision Assist with AEB. The Pre-Collision Assist feature uses camera technology to detect a potential collision with a vehicle or pedestrian directly in front of you during day or nighttime driving. It can help reduce the severity of, and in some cases can eliminate, a frontal collision. If a potential collision is detected, an alert sound is emitted and a warning message displays in the message center. If your response is not sufficient, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) will pre-charge and increase brake-assist sensitivity to provide full responsiveness when you do brake. If you don’t take corrective action and a collision is imminent, brakes can apply automatically.

As I have said many times, anything that keeps me out of an accident of any kind is worth the money to have it on my vehicle, along with the hope that I never have to use it.

Ford also includes a 4 year, 50K mile warranty, with the same set up for pick up and delivery service included, plus a 6 year, 70K mile powertrain warranty.

I told you at the beginning that this was a big vehicle with a big price tag, but that is was also big in many areas. Room, comfort, seating capacity, looks, safety, security, functionality, design, performance, and a great warranty, too, all contribute to the quality of 2020 Ford Navigator 4X4 Reserve.

A Word from the Distaff Side

Yet another week has gone by when my stiff knee prevented me from driving.  However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t made my own observations of this chariot of a vehicle while riding shotgun with Johnny at the wheel.

The first thing that caught my attention was the sleek design of the Navigator, inside and out. With no gear shift—with the easy-to-reach press of the buttons on the dash to engage gears—and consolidated controls.  I have always though the best thing about Mercedes is the seat adjustment controls are in the door—so much easier to reach and adjust.  The Navigator has this, too, and like some model Mercedes, also has a seat massager for both the driver and passenger.  This was so relaxing, even with Johnny at the wheel…

The exterior of this massive SUV is kind of like Dwayne Johnson—a lot of muscle in a handsome body.  And this is, as Johnny has already pointed out, a massive vehicle. But because it is simple, streamline, and even elegant, there’s little sense that this is a overwhelming though, by dimension, and short of a truck, it’s one of the largest family cars on the road.

And that begs the question: Is this a family car.  With three rows of seating, you can accommodate five passengers and the driver, only as many as a roomy sedan.  So…why so really big?  And when is really big too big?

Well, this is not the car you want to drive into Manhattan and park in midtown.  Chances are it won’t even get into some underground garages, it’s that tall, and likely as not, you’ll be charged for two parking spaces.

What about the suburban family?  Again, this is an awfully big car to park, even at the mall, even if the mall was open, and even if the shops and restaurants were open.  Which they are, with restrictions, here in North Carolina.

Okay, what about wide open spaces places, like Texas.  The Navigator makes a lot of sense for people who have big houses, big land, big driving distances and therefore, it stands to reason they would have a big vehicle like this, as well.  Johnny addressed the thought that a V8 might be the engine you’d need to haul horse boxes and trailers, fully loaded with people and gear, to boot.  The question presents, how much wear and tear might this put on a V6?  I don’t know the answer, but I do know that the Lincoln Navigator is a Forever Car—meaning, if you’re able to afford one, and give it the car it needs and deserves, you should be driving it for a very long time.  This is another one of those “classics of tomorrow” – and it is built to last.

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Lincoln Dealership in the Pinehurst, NC area

Crossroad Lincoln of Southern Pines, NC

Crossroad Lincoln of Southern Pines, NC

1590 U.S. Highway 1

Southern Pines, NC 28387

  • Sales: 844-871-0363 
  • Service: 844-871-2091 
  • Parts: 844-897-1107

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Lincoln Dealership in the Yonkers, NY area. 

Smith Cairns Lincoln

Smith-Cairns Lincoln

900 Central Park Avenue

Yonkers, NY 10704

  • Sales: 888-690-1391
  • Service: 866-903-2388
  • Parts: 855-265-6291


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