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2018 Lincoln Navigator OVERVIEW
The all-new third-generation Lincoln Navigator replaces its ten-year old predecessor and arrives with a thundering a 450-horsepower twin-turbo V6, a raft of technological improvements, and one of the finest cabins to ever grace an American vehicle.
What's New for 2018
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a clean-sheet redesign.
Choosing Your Lincoln Navigator
There’s only one engine available in the Navigator, a 3.5-liter 450-hp, twin-turbo V6 packing 510 pound-feet of torque. Connected to a 10-speed transmission, the V6 returns an EPA-estimated 16 miles per gallon city, 23 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined (adding the optional all-wheel-drive system drops the highway figure by a point and the combined rating by two points). Rear-wheel drive is standard on Premiere and Select models, while a four-wheel-drive system is optional – the Navigator's two higher-end trims come with four-wheel-drive.
Based on the Ford Expedition, the 2018 Navigator boasts similarly impressive towing figures. It can hitch up and move up to 8,700 pounds with a short-wheelbase and two-wheel-drive, while the long-wheelbase and four-wheel-drive's maximum drops to 8,100 pounds. That second figure ties the long-wheelbase Escalade ESV, while the standard model is only capable of hauling 8,300 pounds.
To better compete with the biggest version of the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln offers the Navigator Select, Reserve, and Black Label trims with a long-wheelbase body that adds nearly a foot to the overall length and boosting the cargo volume from a minimum of 19.3 cubic feet to to 34.3 cubic feet. Maximum cargo volume moves from 103.3 cubes to 120.2.
The Reserve and Black Label are fantastic vehicles, but not so good that we can ignore the value of the mid-range Select trim. Grab the Technology Package and 30-way seats and enjoy the good life for just over $84,000.