2022 Lincoln Navigator: The Navigator Punches Up

After years of being just another large SUV, the 2022 Lincoln Navigator continues a recent return to high class and luxury.

What’s new for the 2022 Lincoln Navigator?

Lincoln has added a lot to the Navigator for 2022 including Detroit Symphony Orchestra recorded interior chimes and alerts. There’s a much larger 13.2-inch infotainment screen too. It also has ActiveGlide, Lincoln’s driver assistant feature much like Ford’s BlueCruise. The Navigator gets two new design themes including Central Park and Invitation. For the first time, there’s an option to add massaging second-row seats, and the massaging units in the front seats have been improved.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $78,405

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

RWD or 4WD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

16 City / 22 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 7-8

The Breakdown

Tech packed

Tons of space

Luxurious materials

Off-putting handling

Bumpy ride

Slow and steady cruiser that falls short on handling

2022 Navigator Specs

Trims & Pricing

Standard - $78,405
Reserve - $88,740
Black Label - $104,675

2022 Lincoln Navigator Powertrain

2022 Lincoln Navigator 3.5L V6 - Raiti's Rides on youtube.com
2022 Lincoln Navigator 3.5L V6 - Raiti's Rides on youtube.com

There’s nothing to complain about when it comes to the powertrain in the 2022 Lincoln Navigator. The 3.5L V6 engine creates 450-horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque and is one of the most responsive and easy to modulate engines in the business. It also provides quiet calm operation whenever needed and manages to go about its job with ease thanks to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Frankly, this big SUV is pretty quick considering its heft.

Pedal feedback is pretty good for the most part though just as we noticed when testing the 2020 Navigator, there’s a lot more bite after about 50% application. Sadly, steering feedback isn’t much improved from that 2020 car either. The Navigator still struggles to offer any sort of clear crisp handling, and on the highway when shifting lanes that can be unsettling as it tries to find its lane.

Towing & Payload

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2022 Lincoln Navigator - media.lincoln.com

Buyers who add the towing package to their Navigator can tow up to 8,700-pounds so there’s no reason to leave the fun weekend toys behind.

2022 Lincoln Navigator Fuel Economy & MPG

The Navigator gets up to 18 mpg combined according to the EPA with a rating of just 16 mpg in the city and a maximum of 22 mpg on the highway. That’s not as rough as some rivals but it’s also not at the top either.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

Gauging the interior comfort of the Lincoln Navigator was a hard task. It’s probably the nicest interior on sale in this segment from one of the big three American brands. Cadillac isn’t too far back, but some of the controls inside of the Escalade don’t feel as nice as the 2022 Lincoln Navigator. The slew of comfort-focused features is seemingly endless too. The massaging seats that are both heated and ventilated are good evidence of that. In addition, there’s enough space in here for at least six full-size adults to stretch out. That’s rare.

Then there’s the ride quality that reminds you that you’re not, in fact, in something equivalent to a Rolls Royce. That’s a bit sad because just this year, Lincoln has added a forward-facing camera to the 2022 Navigator that’s supposed to see poor road conditions and prepare the suspension to handle them, just like the Rolls Royce Cullinan. While we haven’t driven that uber-luxury barge, it’s safe to say that it’s not doing a great job in the Lincoln. Despite having an adaptive suspension, the Navigator just struggles to soak up bumps and bruises with any aplomb and we expected more considering its price tag.

Entertainment & Technology

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2022 Lincoln Navigator - media.lincoln.com

On the other end of the scale, the rest of the technology inside the Navigator is outstanding. The new infotainment system finally feels like it fits in here. The old one felt small and this one doesn’t. We also love Sync4 which is just a wonderful user interface. Small touches like the chimes and alerts that were recorded by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra add a thick layer of real luxury too. We also love the sound systems. The stock 14-unit version is great and the Revel Ultima 3D system is one of the best we’ve listened to. ActiveGlide is a great addition too and makes this SUV feel like it’s chauffeuring you.

Safety Features

Neither the NHTSA or the IIHS have released data on their testing of the 2022 Lincoln Navigator at the time of writing. Considering that it includes lots of safety tech like frontal collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring, we expect it to do well when those tests happen.

2022 Lincoln Navigator Trims & Pricing

2022 Lincoln Navigator Standard - lincoln.com
2022 Lincoln Navigator Standard - lincoln.com

Standard – $78,405

Sure, the Navigator Standard starts out at a high price but you get a lot for that cash including a 450-horsepower twin-turbo V8. It sends power to the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is optional on all trims. It also gets 20-inch wheels, adaptive LED headlights, and powered running boards. Inside, buyers will find a new 13.2-inch infotainment system sporting Sync4, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and 14-speakers. The first two rows also get heated and ventilated seating. Every Navigator comes with forward collision mitigation, a top-down surround-view camera system, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitoring.

2022 Lincoln Navigator Reserve - media.lincoln.com
2022 Lincoln Navigator Reserve - media.lincoln.com

Reserve – $88,740

Bump up to the Reserve and you’ll add larger 22-inch wheels, a heads-up display, 24-way power-adjustable front seats, illuminated running boards, a panoramic sunroof, and ActiveGlide which provides hands-free driving on some highways much like Ford’s BlueCruise. Buyers can also select the Reserve L which adds nearly a foot in total length as well as a 27-gallon fuel tank as opposed to the standard 23-gallon unit in the regular SUV.

2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label - media.lincoln.com
2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label - media.lincoln.com

Black Label – $104,675

The top trim, Black Label gets its own unique 22-inch wheels, four-wheel-drive as standard, 30-way power-adjustable front seats, and a premium 28-speaker audio system. It also has multiple curated interior trim packages to choose from as well. Black Label buyers also get four total years of complimentary maintenance as opposed to just a single year for all other Navigator owners.

Warranties

Lincoln goes above and beyond its rivals by offering four years or 50,000-miles of limited warranty coverage in addition to six years or 70,000-miles of powertrain coverage on the Navigator. It also covers the first year of maintenance for all Navigator buyers and stretches that coverage to four years or 50,000-miles for those who buy the Black Label trim.

What we think

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For those who need a vehicle that handles well the Navigator can’t be a vehicle we recommend. However, for those who intend to use this SUV as the slow but steady luxury cruiser it was meant to be, it’s hard to find a rival that can beat it on this side of the Atlantic.

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Stephen Rivers

Stephen Rivers is a car enthusiast who loves all things built with passion, extending to nearly all car cultures. After obtaining an occupational studies degree in sports medicine, Stephen turned his attention to sports cars. He was employed as an auto shop manager, spent time in auto sales, and worked as a software developer for a racing company, but Stephen began writing about cars over 10 years ago. When he's not in front of a computer screen, he's racing his own Bugeye Subaru WRX in as many autocross and rallycross competitions as he can.

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