2018 Navigator New Car Test Drive
The Lincoln Navigator received a total redesign for the 2018 model year. The 2018 Navigator is bigger and heavier than before, more powerful, and way more luxurious. The new Navigator is unapologetically big, brash, and loaded with luxury features. Glamour has returned.
As with the closely related, all-new Ford Expedition, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is available in two lengths. The standard version rides on a 122.5-inch wheelbase and measures 210 inches long. The extended-length Navigator L sits on a 131.6-inch wheelbase and is 221.9 inches long.
Long-body Navigators come in Select, Reserve, and Black Label trim. Rear-wheel drive is standard on Premiere and Select editions. All-wheel drive is standard on upper trim levels, and an option at the lower end.
Lincoln's 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine whips up 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The related Ford Expedition's V6 develops no more than 400 hp. The 6,000-pound SUV can reach 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.
Bountiful glass area gives the Navigator better outward visibility than GM's full-size SUVs. Parking can be a tad challenging, because of the perpendicular front end.
Upper trim levels can be fitted with plenty of safety technology, but mainly in option groups. A safety package for Reserve trim includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, active parking assist, and a head-up display. Such safety features are standard on Black Label models. All Navigators get a rearview camera. Surround-view cameras are available for all except the Premiere.
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator Premiere ($72,055) comes with rear-wheel drive, automatic climate control, 20-inch wheels, a digital instrument display, navigation with real-time traffic, 4G LTE data services, a power tailgate, leather seat upholstery, heated front and second-row seats, 10-inch touchscreen, Sync 3, and 14-speaker audio. A second-row bench seat can be substituted for captain's chairs. (Prices are MSRP do not include $1,195 destination charge.)
Premiere 4×4 ($74,710) has all-wheel drive.
The Navigator Select ($76,055) model gets 22-inch wheels, cooled front seats, surround-view cameras, illuminated power running boards, a heated steering wheel, and wireless smartphone charging pad. Select comes in Navigator L ($80,750), 4×4 ($78,710), and 4×4 L ($83,405) versions.
Navigator Reserve 4×4 ($81,205) and Navigator L Reserve ($84,405) have all-wheel drive, 22-inch wheels, a panoramic roof, second-row console, and heated/ventilated front seats.
Black Label 4×4 ($93,705) includes distinctive 21-spoke 22-inch wheels, CD player, 20-speaker audio, trailer tow package, and Technology safety pack. Three interior themes are offered: Chalet (snowy white), woodsy Destination, or vintage-blue/white Yacht Club. Black Label is available in the extended L ($96,905) version, also.