2018 Lincoln Navigator a leader of luxury SUVs

By Jerry Robbin

Ford has totally redesigned the all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator, which is now the leader of the luxury large SUVs.

Highlighting the Navigator is comfort and performance. Ford started the category years ago and now they are back as the leader of the segment.

Driving impression
The Navigator gets decent gas mileage with a 16 mpg in the city rating and 23 mpg on the highway, using regular gasoline.

It has an exceptional ride and a small turning radius with little body roll around turns.

The Navigator can tow up to 8,700 pounds, which can pull a trailer or a boat. Handling is exceptional for such a large vehicle and the brakes can stop at any speed. Driving the Navigator seems effortless on the road or in the city.

Under the hood
The Navigator comes with a 450-hp, twin-turbo V-6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine is more powerful and accelerates the Navigator with ease. There’s minimal turbo lag and the transmission shifts effortlessly.

Inside
The Lincoln Navigator L Reserve seats seven adults with the second-row captain’s chairs. All three rows of seats have enough space for adults to ride comfortably, and the seats are very supportive on long trips. The 30-way power-adjustable seats are the best in the class.

The Navigator’s interior features an abundance of premium materials and feels totally luxurious.

This Lincoln is a class leader in cargo space with 103 cubic feet of space. There is enough room for some large outdoor gear, plus adults and children.

My test drive was the Reserve Navigator L, which has even more cargo space, with over 34 cubic feet of room behind the third row and a maximum capacity of about 120 cubic feet.
Standard features include tri-zone automatic climate control, six USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, satellite radio, and the Sync 3 infotainment system.

The infotainment system includes a 10-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility (not standard in every competitor) and navigation. My test drive featured a panoramic sunroof, wireless device and a 20-speaker Revel audio system.

Outside
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator signature grille highlights the front end of the vehicle. There is a LED-backed Lincoln badge in the middle of the grille and dual LED accents under the headlights scroll on and off.

In back, there’s Lincoln’s signature LED taillights spanning the hatch, and LINCOLN spelled out in giant letters. The silhouette has unique details that make the Navigator distinctive.

Inside
The Lincoln Navigator L Reserve seats seven adults with the second-row captain’s chairs. All three rows of seats have enough space for adults to ride comfortably, and the seats are very supportive on long trips. The 30-way power-adjustable seats are the best in the class.

The Navigator’s interior features an abundance of premium materials and feels totally luxurious.

This Lincoln is a class leader with 103 cubic feet of space. There is enough room for some large outdoor gear, plus adults and children.

My test drive was the Reserve Navigator L, which has even more cargo space, with over 34 cubic feet of room behind the third row and a maximum capacity of about 120 cubic feet.

Safety features
• Four-wheel disc anti-lock brake system (ABS).
• Driver and front-passenger Dual Stage airbags.
• Side Impact Airbags.
• Safety Canopy with Roll Over Sensor.
• Belt-Minder.
• Child-safety rear door locks.
• Crash Severity Sensors.
• LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children).
• SOS Post-Crash Alert System.
• Personal Safety System.
• Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare).
• Brake and Engine-Actuated Traction control.
• Emergency brake assist.
• 360-Degree Camera
• Rear view camera with washer.

Comfort and Convenience
• Reverse Sensing System.
• Genuine Wood Trim: Center Console and Door Panels.
• Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with Audio and Speed Controls.
• Coat Hooks, (2) Second Row, (2) Third Row.
• Cargo Area Floor Mat.
• Carpeted Front and rear floor mats.
• Cup/ Bottle Holders.
• Instrument Cluster, 12″ Configurable LCD Display.
• Ambient lighting
• BLIS (Blind-spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert.
• Rear-window defroster.
• Reading Lamps.
• Auto-dimming rearview mirror.
• Power-Adjustable Brake and Accelerator Pedals.
• Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column with Memory.
• Power windows with front one-touch-up/down.
• 2nd Row One-touch-up/down rear-windows.
• Fixed Rear Quarter/Power Front Quarter (Glass Hinges and Vents).
• Hands-Free, Foot Activated Liftgate.
• Power door-locks with autolock.
• Universal garage door opener.
• Intermittent Rear Wiper.
• Tri-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control.
• Overhead Console with Sunglasses Holder and Conversation Mirror.
• Front console with winged armrests and storage.
• Glove compartment- Lockable, Dampened.
• Remote start system.
• Cruise control.
• Push-Button Shift.
• Intelligent access with push-button start.
• 110V power outlet.
• Heated steering wheel.
• Rain-sensing front wipers.
• Windshield wiper de-icer.
• Wireless Device Charging Pad.
• Personal Profiles (Audio, Climate, LDC, Seat, Mirror, Pedal memory).
• Embedded 4G Modem with WiFi Hot Spot Capability.

Exterior Measurements
• Width: 93.8 in.
• Height: 76.4 in.
• Length: 210 in.
• Wheelbase: 122.5 in.

Interior Measurements
• Front head room: 41.8 in.
• Front leg room: 43.9 in.
• Front shoulder room: 65.2 in.
• Rear head room: 40 in.
• Rear leg room: 41.1 in.
• Rear shoulder room: 65.1 in.

Summary
Inside and out, the redesigned 2018 Navigator is an ultra-luxury vehicle. It has an upscale look and feel you want from a luxury vehicle. Go to your local Lincoln dealer for a test drive today.