1999 Lincoln Navigator
These are two monster vehicles! The top of the line Navigator and its slightly less expensive cousin,--Ford's Navigator -- target drivers who want to tower over almost everything else on the road save the odd 18 wheeler and some late model Blazers. These cars--well cars is not an apt description of these beasts -- make Jeeps and Explorers seem downright puny when ranged against them at traffic lights.
It is doubtful that most owners will take these vehicles off road, where their four wheel drive capabilities can be put to the test. Where I live, when it snows no one ventures out, not so much because of the weather but because of the masses of snow-phobic drivers. Four wheel drive doesn't help much in a suburban snow squall!
1999 Ford Expedition
These vehicles are surprisingly easy to drive . . . for trucks. Turning and accelerating pose no problem for even the most reticent of drivers. And both share that "driving on air" feel of big American-made cars. On the inside, these behemoths are far less intimidating. The real difference between the Navigator and the Expedition are the former's use of two bucket seats behind the driver in place of the Expeditions's 3 person bench seat. They are both chock a block with all manner of bells and whistles which aim at making driving seem more like sitting in your living room. The controls permitting back seat passengers to fiddle with the radio are a mixed blessing for families with young kids...or teens. Speaking of kids, mine loved these vehicles. Their size and seating options gave them no end of enjoyment. The automatic environmental system worked like a charm, and the sound and light systems were comfortable.
I was, however, peeved by the need to constantly unlock doors and the back hatch, which lock automatically. And I was afraid to exit without my keys for fear of being locked out.
Each vehicle sports a third bench seat, which can easily accommodate three adults. Unfortunately, when this seat is installed, there is virtually no storage space, well, only enough for five grocery bags. Folding the back seat up doesn't make much of an improvement. In order to free up some real room, either the back bench or the second row seats must be removed -- an easy enough task in and of itself. But not one that you want to do regularly. Nor for $40,000 plus, should you.
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