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2018 Premiere 4dr 4x2
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Price:   -  From $72,555
2018 Premiere 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $75,210
2018 Select 4dr 4x2 Price:   -  From $76,555
2018 Select 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $79,210
2018 Reserve 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $81,705
2018 Black Label 4dr 4x4 Price:   -  From $94,205


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.

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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.

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Starting at $72,055, the Navigator Premiere is the base trim, but isn't exactly basic. It rides on 20-inch wheels, features LED headlights with LED running lights, and that big chrome grille hides aero-enhancing active grille shutters. A side-wind stabilization system helps keep the tall, slab-sided Navigator from reacting too severely to cross winds, while standard blind-spot monitoring and a self-cleaning reversing camera help keep the big SUV clear of obstacles.

The interior has leather-trimmed seats with heating and 10-way adjustability in front. A 14-speaker Revel audio system and Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system – with a 10-inch touchscreen – are also standard. Every Navigator comes with 4G LTE wifi capability, active noise control, and three-zone climate control, keeping even the fussiest passengers comfortable and occupied.

The only option for the Navigator Premiere is four-wheel drive, which adds $2,655 to the price tag.

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For a modest $4,000 over the price of the base trim, the Navigator Select adds a lot of features. Instead of 20-inch wheels, the Select gets standard 22s. In the cabin, a heated steering wheel and wireless charging pad add to the already impressive list of comfort features.

Optional extras focus mainly on safety and comfort features. A $2,640 Technology Package adds an automatic parking system, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, an impressive head-up display, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, and lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist. A panoramic sunroof is a $1,995 option. On the functional front, the $1,895 Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package adds Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which makes the business of driving in reverse with a trailer a matter of simply twisting a knob. And in terms of borderline unnecessary items, Lincoln's excellent 30-way front seats add $1,500 to the price tag

Finally, the $1,995 Lincoln Play rear-seat entertainment system is a treat for second-row passengers. Not only does it add the usual DVD player and rear displays – a pair of 10-inch screens – but it brings in a wifi hotspot and the ability to watch live TV while on the go via the Slingbox app. Owners need a Sling streaming setup at home to enjoy this perk, but once that's in place, the Navigator becomes a stunning road-trip vehicle.

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This is the cheapest model available with four-wheel drive as standard, but the $80,705 Reserve’s brings more to the table, including 24-way heated and cooled front seats, and standard captain's chairs in the second row.

Like the Select, Reserve buyers can add the Technology Package, Heavy Duty Trailer Tow Package, Lincoln Play system, and panoramic sunroof for the same prices listed above. The 30-way seats are still available, and with a massaging function, but since their base is now a 24-way set of chairs, the price is a bit cheaper, at $1,250. A $995 Revel Ultima audio system scatters 20 speakers throughout the cabin.

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Black Label

Priced from $93,205, every Black Label model offers the Technology, Heavy Duty Trailer Tow packages, and Revel Ultima audio system as standard, along with three distinct design themes: Chalet and Yacht Club models feature Venetian leather, whereas Destination has a mahogany theme from headliner to carpet mats.

The Black Label trim's only options are the Lincoln Play suite and the Revel Ultima audio system.

But buying a Black Label means more than just gaining access to a well-appointed vehicle – it's the price of membership in an exclusive club with plenty of perks. Black Label owners essentially never need to visit the dealer. Dealership employees handle every element of vehicle service, picking up and dropping off the Navigator at a location of the owner's choosing and even leaving a loaner while their vehicle is being serviced. That perk runs for the first four years of ownership and includes complimentary car washes and an annual detailing service. When Black Label owners travel, they can take advantage of complimentary vehicle loans at their destination airport for one week. There's also a concierge service, not unlike what some major credit card companies offer. These perks certainly soften the blow that comes from purchasing a $93,000 vehicle.

CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Lincoln Navigator announces the brand's return to big SUV swagger with a powerful twin-turbo V6, an unabashedly extravagant interior, and spacious back rows with live TV streaming capability. But it's bigger, heavier, and, fully optioned, even a standard wheelbase model can top six figures.

Best Value

Pricing for the 2018 Navigator begins at $73,250 for the two-wheel-drive Premiere trim, but can soar to over $104,000 for an optioned-up, extended L variant, all-wheel-drive Black Label model. Standard exterior features include 20-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights, fog lights, signature lighting, rear lights, and daytime running lights. The interior cossets with wood trim, ambient lighting, three-zone automatic climate control, heated first- and second-row seats, power-adjustable pedals, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 12-inch LCD instrument cluster, and a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate. Rain-sensing wipers, push-button start and shift, power folding second and third rows, a 4G modem with Wi-Fi hotspot capability, remote start, and a power tilt/telescoping steering column are also standard.

Standard safety items include a rearview camera with washer, forward and reverse sensing systems, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. A $2,640 Technology Package on Select and Reserve models – standard on Black Label – adds a number of advanced safety features.

With a single engine and transmission and an extensive standard feature set, it comes down to how much further you want to stretch the premium envelope. We'd opt for the Select trim which adds the adaptive suspension, power running boards, 22-inch wheels, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, second row captain chairs, and its access to advanced safety features.

Here’s how we’d build it:

  • Model: 2018 Lincoln Navigator Select
  • Engine: 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
  • Output: 381 hp / 401 lb-ft
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Four-wheel drive
  • MPG: 13 City / 17 Hwy
  • Options: Four-wheel drive ($2,655), Technology Package ($2,640, head up display, active park assist, pre-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning with driver impairment monitor and lane keeping assist), Panoramic Vista Roof ($1,995).
  • Base Price:$77,250 (including the $1,195 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$84,540


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The twin-turbo V6, with plenty of low-end torque, pairs nicely with the 10-speed automatic for decent off-the-line acceleration, while the adaptive electronic steering system does a nice job dealing with the Navigator's mass. The ride is equally smooth, courtesy of a fully-independent suspension (Select and above trims get an even silkier variable air suspension) and massive 22-inch wheels that manage to filter out the even the harshest of road surfaces.

At the same time, there's no getting around the Navigator's prodigious mass – a number that can clear three tons in top trim. As such, transmission downshifts are frequent, road imperfections are often smothered rather than absorbed, and the turning circle is a very urban-unfriendly 40 feet. Finally, despite a new powertrain and the use of aluminum body panels, fuel economy is down from last year.


In a tip of the hat to Navigators past, the all-new model features bold corners and side creases while taking a page from Land Rover's playbook with a slim, pillar-free greenhouse. It begins up front with a massive mesh grille sporting Lincoln's vertical-gunsight badge that's backlit by LEDs on upper trims. Along the sides, a chiseled character line tapers off toward the back, where it meets big taillights that stretch across the entire rear gate.

Ensconced inside the sheetmetal is a voluminous interior that features 19.3 cubic feet of storage behind the third row, 57.5 cubic feet with that row down, and 103.1 cubic feet with the second row folded. The interior thrives on sensory overload. High-definition displays dominate the wide horizontal dash, with a 12-inch configurable cluster in front of the driver and a 10-inch touchscreen above the center console.

Even base front seats are soft and supportive, with optional 30-way chairs available on upper trims. The middle row is equally comfortable, with power running boards making ingress and egress effortless, while the third row offers more room than the back seat of the MKZ. All this is surrounded by trim that ranges from the merely sumptuous to Bentley levels of opulence.

While there are few nits, a couple should be mentioned: storage behind the third row on standard models is on the tight side, while six-footers sitting back there may have to recline the seat back for enough headroom.

The Best and Worst Things

The Navigator's excellent V6, smooth ride, and luxurious interior are offset by its sheer mass and exceedingly expensive upper trim levels.

Right For? Wrong For?

Lincoln Navigator

With a smooth ride and a massive, spectacularly opulent interior, the Navigator should find a home with luxury-conscious buyers.

At the same time, the Navigator's mediocre fuel economy is sure to be a turn off for eco-conscious buyers.

The Bottom Line

Despite being bigger, heavier, and extravagantly expensive in upper trims, the back-in-the-game 2018 Lincoln Navigator marks a return to the brand's luxury SUV swagger, making it a top pick in its class.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 450 HP / 510 ft.lbs.
10-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
7 / 8
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.5L V-6 / 450 HP / 510 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
16 / 23 / 19 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Short And Long Arm
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Full-size Steel
Fuel Tank
23.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
103.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
172 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
210.0 "
Exterior Width
79.9 "
Exterior Height
76.4 "
Front Headroom
41.8 "
Rear Headroom
40.0 "
Front Legroom
43.9 "
Rear Legroom
42.6 "
Front Shoulder Room
65.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
65.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
5,673 Lbs.
Wheel Base
123 "
Turning Radius
20.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote W/tilt Down Heated
Body-colored With Chrome Insert, 2 Front Tow Hook(s)
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
7 / 8
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
10-way (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
10-way (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
10-way (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Bucket / 40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
14 Revel
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blis Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Unlimited Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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