What Changed for 2009:
- Standard AdvanceTrac traction control with Roll Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Control
For 2009, the Lincoln Navigator is mostly carryover, with the exception of adding flex-fuel capability to its 5.4-liter V-8 engine. The Navigator was extensively refreshed in 2007
, when the maker added the longer-wheelbase model (Navigator L). One of the first luxury SUVs on the market, the Navigator shares its platform with the Ford Expedition
. According to the manufacturer, the Navigator is the flagship of the Lincoln
SUV lineup, and has been in the market now for a decade. With its full-size truck frame, the Navigator is capable of towing a maximum of 8950 pounds.Model Lineup
For 2009, the Lincoln Navigator is available in regular- and extended-wheelbase (L) models. Both come in either rear-wheel drive (RWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). Standard equipment includes genuine wood trim on doors, instrument panel, shift knob and steering wheel; high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlamps; fog lights; dual-zone automatic climate control; leather seats; 10-way power seats for driver and front-seat passenger; heated/cooled front seats with driver memory; front dual power lumbar support; second-row dual reclining/folding heated bucket seats; power-adjustable pedals with memory; rear-seat heating and air conditioning controls; roof rack; perimeter lighting on exterior mirrors; keyless entry; multi-function remote that operates doors, panic button, liftgate and illuminated entry; power liftgate; power windows and locks; electrochromic interior rearview mirror; universal garage door opener; rain-sensing windshield wipers; chrome grille; and 18-inch machined aluminum wheels. The extended-wheelbase "L" version adds 25 more cubic feet of cargo space over the short-wheelbase model, a cargo management system, and power running boards that fold in when the doors are closed.
Options on the 2009 Navigator include remote start (dealer installed); premium leather seats with piping; Class III/IV trailer tow package; power moonroof; second-row 40/20/40 leather bench with third-row bench; power-retractable running boards; rear-seat DVD entertainment system; 14 upgraded speakers; voice-activated navigation system; 20-inch chrome alloy wheels; and three packages: Elite, Monochrome Appearance and Monochrome Limited Edition.Powertrain
New for 2009, Lincoln adds flex-fuel capability to its 5.4-liter V-8 engine, making it capable of operating on E85 ethanol, gasoline, or any combination of the two. In the RWD and AWD Navigator, the V-8 engine generates 310 hp at 5100 rpm and 365 lb.-ft. of torque at 3750 rpm. EPA fuel-economy estimates for the FFV engine in RWD are not yet available and there are no ratings for the 4WD version. The V-8 engine is mated to a standard 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.
The Lincoln Navigator has a wishbone independent front and multi-link independent rear suspension, both with stabilizer bar and air springs, and front and rear automatic suspension leveling. Vented disc brakes, an anti-lock braking system (ABS), brake assist, electronic brake distribution, electronic stability and traction control are all standard.Safety
Safety features found in the 2009 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L include dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags; front and rear side head curtain air bags; seat-mounted front side air bags; seat belt pre-tensioners; child safety locks; Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system; AdvanceTrac with roll stability control and vehicle stability control; traction control; 4-wheel ABS; tire-pressure monitor; and a crash sensor that activates flares.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA
), the 2009 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L received a perfect 5-star rating in frontal- and side-impact crash tests. In the agency's rollover testing, Navigator and Navigator L earned 3 stars for 2WD and 4 stars for 4WD. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
) has not crash tested the 2009 Lincoln Navigator.Technology
Technological features of note on the 2009 Lincoln Navigator include the standard AM/FM radio with 600 watts, THX-II Certified audio system with 14 speakers, 6-disc CD changer, MP3 player and subwoofer; Sirius satellite radio (with 6 months free); Sync voice-activated controls for phone, audio, and Bluetooth wireless-enabled devices; steering-wheel-mounted audio controls; and front and rear electronic parking assist with ultrasonic sensors and rear camera. Lincoln's PowerFold seats make it easy to fold and raise third-row seats for additional cargo/people-carrying capability. Optional remote start (dealer installed), power moonroof, power-retractable running boards, rear-seat DVD entertainment system and 14 upgraded speakers add even more upscale technology to the Navigator.