Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins
It was an epic weekend in The City of Brotherly Love this past weekend as my family participated in two major sporting events utilizing the amenities of our American luxury chariot, dubbed the all-new 2022 Lincoln Navigator 4×4 Reserve.
Delivered in a Pristine White metallic exterior hue and Sandstone leather interior with ambient lighting, we drove from Maryland to Pennsylvania in style, grace, and ultimate comfort. During the day, my daughter and her volleyball teammates enjoyed the three-row seating, panoramic vista roof, and increased capacity during rides to and from the Philadelphia Convention Center for their Northeast Qualifying tournament. By night, my cousins and I took advantage of the VIP touring features and perfectly curated interior with multiple layers of veneers, leathers, precious metals, and ambient lighting en route to the Wells Fargo Center to watch our 76ers defeat the Toronto Raptors.
The highway excursion up Interstate 95 North was ultra-smooth and compliant thanks to the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, which delivers 440-horsepower and 515 lb-ft of torque. Even when weighed down with passengers and luggage, acceleration was always on point. It’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift and paddle shifters. My wife enjoyed the floating middle console and front massaging seats, but the door-mounted seat controls were confusing. Equally, the kids were lounging in the back but complained about the reduction of USB ports which I agreed with. Yet, the second-row sanctuary featuring recline captain chairs and a 5.8” control center for audio, climate, and massage settings was a blessing.
The Navigator was simple to control for a vehicle this size, so I had an excellent time piloting the American SUV. With Lincoln Drive Modes, you can manipulate the behavioral mannerisms as you sit fit based on road and weather conditions. Selections modes include Conserve, Excite, Normal, Normal 4×4 Auto, Slippery, and Deep Conditions. Apps, audio, and temperature controls are tasked from SYNC4 and its 13.2″ touchscreen. When the girls exited the vehicle and the Fit Fathers jumped in for the Sixers game, I blasted the 28-speaker Revel Ultima 3D Audio system with QuantumLogic 3D Surround technology. I had everyone rocking like we were at a concert.
Loading up our luggage and gear was simple due to the Powerfold 3rd-row seats with one-touch control and a hands-free liftgate. WiFi came in handy when my wife pulled out her laptop for last-minute emails, but SYNC4 is too precautious since we couldn’t turn it on until the vehicle was parked, not even the passenger. Safety comes in the form of an Electronic Safety Assist package, 360-degree camera, Dynamic Brake Support, Head-Up Display, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control, and Speed Sign Recognition.
You will recognize the compelling Lincoln Navigator as an opulent variant of the Ford Expedition since they are sister brands. My chariot was outfitted with a white chrome mesh grille with the Lincoln Lit Star, black 22” aluminum rims and Pirelli tires, LED lights, the Monochromatic package, and black power illuminated running boards. MSRP starts at $89,745. My weekly loaner totaled $102, 715 including a $1,695 destination and delivery fee. Compare the Navigator with the INFINITI QX56, GMC HUMMER EV, Cadillac Escalade, Grand Wagoneer, and the new three-row Range Rover.