2023 Lincoln Navigator Performance

Lincoln Navigator Performance Rating

2023 Navigator Performance

The Lincoln Navigator has access to a lot of power and even more torque from its twin-turbo V6 engine, which allows it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in well under six seconds. This is according to independent testing, and surprisingly quick considering how big and heavy the car is. All that metal can continue to hurtle down the road up to a top speed of 115 mph. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, but four-wheel drive is available if you want the security of extra traction or improved off-roading capabilities.

4WD limits your towing options with a max rating of 8,300 lbs (8,100 in Navigator L), down from the 8,700 lbs (8,400 lbs) cap on the 4x2 SUV. 4WD models get access to the optional Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow Package, though, which adds a two-speed transfer case with a slow-climb mode and electronic limited-slip differential. This both empowers off-roading capabilities and allows you to tow even heavy loads up steep inclines.

2023 Navigator Performance Photos

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2023 Lincoln Navigator Side Perspective Driving

Engine and Transmission

While you may expect to find a high-displacement V8 engine in the Lincoln Navigator like so many other full-size SUVs, it actually makes use of a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. This bestows it with 440 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. A ten-speed SelectShift automatic transmission manages gearshifts and directs outputs to the rear wheels or available four-wheel-drive drivetrain. With the optional packages, 4WD models can also be outfitted with a two-speed transfer case. Overall, the drivetrain is highly refined and capable, largely thanks to the powerful and efficient twin-turbo V6.

2023 Lincoln Navigator Performance Specs:

Lincoln Navigator TrimsLincoln Navigator EnginesLincoln Navigator HorsepowerLincoln Navigator TransmissionsLincoln Navigator Drivetrains
Standard3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas440 hp @ 5500 rpm10-Speed Automatic4X4
Reserve3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas440 hp @ 5500 rpm10-Speed Automatic4X4
Black Label3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas440 hp @ 5500 rpm10-Speed Automatic4X4

2023 Navigator Gas Mileage

Even with a downsized twin-turbocharged V6 under the hood, the Lincoln is a thirsty beast. The RWD boasts the better of two abysmal figures, returning 17/23/19 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. The Navigator's gas mileage takes a hit when you opt for the 4WD, dropping to 16/22/18 mpg. This is better than the V8 found in the Cadillac, which manages just 16 mpg combined. Of course, when you're already spending this much on a car, a few grand extra on gas won't deter shoppers. With a maximum fuel capacity of 23.6 gallons, the Navigator can travel for up to around 448 miles. Navigator L models get a larger tank with 27 gallons of capacity for a longer range.

2023 Lincoln Navigator Trailering

Lincoln Navigator TrimsStandardReserveBlack Label
Lincoln Navigator Maximum Trailering Capacity6,200 lbs.6,200 lbs.8,300 lbs.
Engine3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
Transmission10-Speed Automatic10-Speed Automatic10-Speed Automatic


Which Lincoln Navigator trim is the most efficient?

While all trims in the range have similar fuel consumption, there is a difference when it comes to drivetrains. The RWD models are slightly more efficient, returning 17/23/19 mpg.

Does the Lincoln Navigator require Premium gas?

The twin-turbo V6 in the Navigator is tuned to run on Regular gas.

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