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Make It a Combo

No need for a fleet of sedans and cargo vans. One SUV will do it all.

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This story appears in the September 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If you had to select one vehicle to do triple duty as a luxury business sedan, a cargo vehicle and a weekend SUV for gentle off-roading or hauling family members, you'd probably pick Lincoln's elegant 2003 Navigator. With features that make driving a pleasure and loading up the back end easier than any other full-sized SUV, the new model, while similar in design to the 2002 version, is far more functional and driver-friendly.

Wider, powered running-boards automatically extend outward when the front doors open, then retract when the doors close. A single push of a button folds the split third-row seats flat into a floor well. A power liftgate raises and lowers in 10 seconds at the touch of the key fob, and if you're sharing the Navigator with others, memory power-adjustable brake and gas pedals make it easy to return the pedals to your setting. The leather and walnut-burl interior echoes Lincoln's luxury sedan ambience, and its air spring suspension makes for a restful ride.

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