Drive Notes: 2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Welcome to another Drive Notes, where I compile some quick notes on the car I am driving or just returned to the fleet.

Today's vehicle -- the 2022 Lincoln Navigator Black Label.


Without further ado:


  • Yes, it's a 2022. Models from 2022 are still in the press fleets, obviously. And I still have some 2022 reviews in my queue. If there is little change from MY to MY, there's no reason not to write about a 2022. I bet there are some on dealer lots still.
  • Anyway, I hate to make the easy joke, but I felt like an Uber driver.
  • When setting up the driver's seat to fit me, the motor made a very un-luxury-vehicle-like grinding and whirring sound. Way too loud for this price point -- this Navigator cost over $107K.
  • Apple CarPlay simply refused to turn on at least twice.
  • The materials didn't feel as nice as what Lincoln offers on its other, less expensive utility vehicles.
  • The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (440 horsepower, 510 lb-ft of torque) was smooth and torquey and the highlight of this drivetrain.
  • That said, the 10-speed automatic transmission was smooth enough to fade nicely into the background.
  • The steering weight/accuracy was a pleasant surprise -- the Navigator felt a bit more athletic than anything this size has a right to be.
  • There was plenty of room and comfort, inside, unsurprisingly. It was easy to drop the power third-row seats to get more cargo room. I also found it easy to customize the gauge cluster.
  • The ride is just as sublime as one might expect, though never soft.

Overall, the Navigator did a lot of what is expected from a vehicle this size and did it right. But the loud seat motors and Apple CarPlay fumbles annoyed. And the cabin materials, while very nice, felt just a tad dated. When the time comes for the next refresh, Lincoln need only look at its own lineup as the template for success.

[Image: Lincoln]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • Dusterdude Dusterdude on Feb 24, 2023

    @Carlson Fan , Apparently you aren’t aware that vehicles get stolen ? As far as your personal attack “My vote for the dumbest comment of the week” Nice try and get some help !

  • Olddavid Olddavid on Mar 24, 2023

    I will immediately brand myself as geriatric by saying to buy an upper tier Lincoln without a V8 engine is either the height of stupidity or the apex of salesmanship. I wouldn't have an F1 engine in it as it has not my requisite of cylindrage. 77 quarters as a Ford employee should have imprinted, but evidently did not. Too bad, as I sure approve of the styling.

  • Kwik_Shift_Pro4X As much problems as I had with my '96 Chevy Impala SS.....I would love to try one again. I've seen a Dark Cherry Metallic one today and it looked great.
  • Susan O’Neil There is a good reason to keep the Chevrolet Malibu and other 4 door family sedans! You can transport your parents and other somewhat handicapped people comfortably and safety! If someone can stand and pivot you can put them in your car. An armrest in the back seat is appreciated and a handle above the door! Oh…and leather seats so your passenger can slide across the seat! 😊Plus, you can place a full sized wheelchair or walker in the trunk! The car sits a little lower…so it’s doable! I currently have a Ford Fusion and we have a Honda Accord. Our previous cars were Mercury Sables-excellent for transporting handicapped people and equipment! As the population ages-sedans are a very practical choice! POV from a retired handicapped advocate and daughter! 😊
  • Freddie Remember those ads that say "Call your doctor if you still have...after four hours"?You don't need to call your doctor, just get behind the wheel of a CUV. In fact, just look at one.I'm a car guy with finite resources; I can't afford a practical car during the week plus a fun car on the weekend. My solution is my Honda Civic Si 4 door sedan. Maybe yours is a Dodge Charger (a lot of new Chargers are still on dealer lots).
  • Daniel J Interesting in that we have several weeks where the temperature stays below 45 but all weather tires can't be found in a shop anywhere. I guess all seasons are "good enough".
  • Steve Biro For all the talk about sedans vs CUVs and SUVs, I simply can’t bring myself to buy any modern vehicle. And I know it’s only going to get worse.
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