As tested: $58,500
Engine and transmission: 5.4 liter 300 horsepower V8, 6-speed transmission
Fuel economy: 13 city, 18 highway, 15 combined with 2WD (EPA estimates, no data available with AWD)
The Lincoln Navigator is not all-new for 2007. There's obviously a new nose and tail.
I was glad the "mustache" on my test vehicle was body-colored rather than chrome. The "mustache" is what Ford calls the piece that sits atop the grille at the leading edge of the hood. Ford decided to offer the mustache in chrome, as an option, after marketing tests indicated some customers wanted more... more... more chrome.
Besides the design changes, the Navigator also has new independent rear suspension and a new six-speed transmission, both of which provide for a more refined performance.
Still, the Navigator feels more truck-like to drive than the Escalade. It has heavy steering and relatively firm suspension. With just 300 horsepower, compared to the Escalade's 403, it also can't merge into speeding traffic with the alacrity of the Cadillac.