Is The 2018 Lincoln Navigator The Best American Land Yacht Out There?

Lincoln gave the newest Navigator a dramatic redo that included – among other things, a smooth and handsomely sculpted aluminum sheetmetal and the thunderous heart of the Ford Raptor.  At the same time, it retained some of its defining features such as the body-on-frame construction and generous dimensions.

Is that enough, though, for the Navigator to earn a place, not only next to its immediate rival, the successful Cadillac Escalade, but also the foreign luxury competition from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Lexus?

Well, let’s see what Consumer Reports has to say after adding the redesigned 2018 Navigator to its test fleet.

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One thing the Navigator always had going for it was passenger and luggage space, and the new model doesn’t disappoint, being able to haul the driver along with seven more occupants. Even the third row is spacious enough for regular adults, while once inside, you’re going to notice the quiet ride, with barely any wind, tire and engine noises entering the cockpit.  However, CR says that the 10-way power front seats don’t offer good side support, nor are they comfortable.

The American SUV might be overkill for some, due to its gargantuan exterior dimensions (it’s available in two wheelbase lengths at 122.5-in. / 3,111mm and 131.6 / 3,343mm), but it could also be the ride of choice for others. After all, it might not have a V8 engine like one of its main rivals, the Cadillac Escalade, but the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 sourced from the Raptor has nothing to be jealous of in terms of performance delivering 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. It works together with a 10-speed automatic transmission, described as ‘smooth’ by Consumer Reports in their review, and can tow up to 8,300lbs (3,765kg).

Unsurprisingly, the new Lincoln Navigator doesn’t impress with its handling feeling completely out of its element on CR’s test track, while the reviewer also notes that you have to pay extra attention on narrow roads due to its width.

On the plus side, all trim levels are equipped with rear parking sensors and Blind Spot Warning as standard. A 360-degree camera system is available, too, but extras come at a cost, as the test car carried an MSRP of $86,480, or $13,925 more than the base grade.

The reviewer wasn’t impressed with some other things too, such as the gear selector, which was found to be unintuitive and unconventional, but you’re going to have to scroll down and check out the video to find out what CR’s verdict is in the case of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.


  • TrevP


    • dumblikeyou2

      Yes, your profile photo is.

      • Christian

        “Profile picture” Not Profile photo…. 🙂

        • :/ Yurr

          Woe ?

        • donald seymour

          That went dark real quick.

  • Earl Scheib

    Absolutely it is!!!

  • Merc1

    Overpriced with a brittle ride on the bigger wheels.


    • Andrewthecarguy

      This. I think the price point is high on purpose…so the consumer equates it with the offerings from Lexus and Mercedes.
      I think the rear styling is ungainly. The front and interior are nice, but I am not in love.

      Waiting for the X7.

      • donald seymour

        P.s keep waiting.

  • performante

    Such an ugly vehicle.

  • dumblikeyou2

    I’ve always loved the way Ford’s windshield looked with the RFID option that made them look magenta in the light. Lincoln’s dating back to the late 80s had them too like the Mark VII LSC and Town Car Cartier.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      RFID option. Really?
      Care to explain this??
      I know what you mean, but it is not “RFID”

      • dumblikeyou2

        Yeah, the metal oxide finish that’s embedded into the glass gives it a pink cast and blocks the toll transponder (RFID) from working. (was being sarcastic there, but I still like the way it looks)

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Ah, got it. Several automakers have offered it in the past, I thought by now it would have caught on more. They should simply make space at the top of the glass that has no coating for transponders and such.
          The windshield probably costs more to replace too and probably doesn’t work with HUDs.

  • CJKnox

    The Navigator puts the GLS, Escalade, LX 570, X7, QX 80, etc. to shame!

    • Merc1



    • Andrewthecarguy

      I know you trolling, but let’s entertain your comment for a second…
      1. X7 is not even out yet…
      2. GLS has a 63 AMG option, literally the fastest anything that carries 7 passengers in total comfort
      3. LX 570 rep and reliability is second to none. Check what a 10 year old 570 w/over 100k miles sells for.
      4. QX80 looks pretty good, some say better than the Nav.

      What you got???

      • JTL2017

        I’m not the biggest fan of this segment but the navigator has plenty advantages over its competition.
        1. You’re right about that.
        2. GLS does have a 63 AMG but it also costs 20 grand more than the top of the line navi.
        3. LX570 rep and reliability is true but it also rides worse than many of its competitors and has horrible use of space.
        4. QX80 is a good value but it’s cheaper for a reason (lacks tech, same interior has nissan, incredibly outdated).

        • Andrewthecarguy

          3. I did not find the ride to be worse, just more ‘feel’ and I can easily forgive it knowing that its off-road prowess is greater than all the others.
          4. Agreed. But in the Middle East it rivals the LC and 570 as a true dessert warrior. But, Nissan needs to update and differentiate the QX80 post haste. More lipstick isn’t going to cut it anymore.

    • Navy ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Considering how old they all are, I agree. The Mercedes-Benz GLS is dated as hell; furthermore, the QX80 is a waste of fresh air, the LX 570 is old, too.

  • Lloyd Anthony D Peters

    Honestly. I love it. I have no qualms about it’s design or anything. But…


    • brn

      Retail starts at $73.850.

    • Bo Hanan

      I like it too. Would prefer a Toyota Land Cruiser over it, but- it would still be a great road-trip or work group car.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Wait 3 years…

  • nellydesign

    They were disappointed that options raised the price? So they were expecting free options then?

    • Honda NSX-R

      They’re automotive reviewers, they have to complain about something.

    • brn

      What got me was the pianist like dexterity that was need to press a 1″ wide button. Really?

      I can’t say I’m a fan of push button shifting, but their approach to criticism is silly. Always has been. My car has FOUR ways to change the cabin temperature. CR picked the most involved (which I prefer) and declared it difficult to change the cabin temperature.


  • OklaDoug

    If the public based all their decisions on Consumer Reports, we would all be driving a Camry or an Accord. Sync 3 is by far the best navigation/ entertainment system in the market. I believe JD Powers Apeal survey over Consumer Reports.

  • Astonman

    This is my favorite SUV interior. It looks and feels luxurious. I sat in the Black Edition and the price for that baby was $102K. Just don’t need a vehicle that big for 2 people. Looking forward to see what the Aviator offers.

  • Bo Hanan

    Mustang GT and Camaro SS! Nothing competes with their price or performance.


      And poor build quality as well

  • Matthew Boyd

    Not a fan of large suv’s especially the excessively expensive ones, but there’s a market for just about everything. Besides the Navigator looks amazing, and Lincoln track record for reliability has improved every year competing with the best. Respect for Lincoln although I wouldn’t consider any of their models in my purchasing future.

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