CARANDDRIVER: 2018 Lincoln Navigator / Navigator L
Lincoln’s redesigned flagship is comprehensively improved . . . and still bigger than Idaho.
Lincoln has been working hard for years to overcome its image as an automaker for the aged. This comprehensive redesign of its flagship, the Navigator, complete with a midcentury-modern exterior and a plush interior treatment, may have finally done the job. The Navigator’s 450-hp twin-turbo V-6 provides effortless power despite the massive SUV’s just-over-three-ton curb weight, and features such as massaging seats and a panoramic sunroof are convincingly luxurious. Lincoln has work to do before the Navigator can match the most prestigious of its luxury-SUV rivals, but it should no longer be an afterthought for buyers who seek full-size—make that mega-size—luxury.
What’s New for 2018?
The redesigned Navigator arrives with slick new looks inside and out, a freshened powertrain, and a predominantly aluminum body. Some things haven’t changed: The Navigator is still immense and retains its classic body-on-frame construction.
Trims and Options We’d Choose
There’s no point in buying a huge luxury-brand SUV and then skimping on features. But we also wouldn’t shell out for the Navigator in the expensive Black Label trim, which can cost more than $100,000. The second-from-the-top Reserve trim strikes a good balance, while the long-wheelbase L model means there is plenty of space for cargo even with all three rows of seats in use. The Reserve L starts at $86,200 and includes:
• 360-degree exterior camera with split-view display
• Panoramic sunroof
• All-wheel drive
A 20-speaker Revel audio system is a relative bargain at $1220 (including the requisite CD player), and we’d splurge for the $1250 30-way massaging front seats, bringing the total price of our Navigator to $88,670.
Base Price Comparison
BY ANNIE WHITE
PHOTOS BY CHRIS DOANE
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