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2020 Lincoln Navigator

What’s new

  • Lincoln Co-Pilot360 driver safety aids now standard
  • Additional standard equipment includes phone-based vehicle access
  • New color choices and combinations
  • Part of the fourth Navigator generation introduced for 2018

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of cargo room in both the standard and extended-length versions
  • Easy-to-use tech interface
  • Strong turbocharged V6 has plenty of power for towing
  • Long options list of available safety equipment
  • Limited off-road capability
  • Too large for some garages
MSRP Range
$76,185 - $100,335
MSRP Starting at
$76,185
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$74,345
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$74,345 - $86,114

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MSRP Range
$76,185 - $100,335
MSRP Starting at
$76,185
Edmunds Suggested Price as low as
$74,345
Edmunds Suggests You Pay
$74,345 - $86,114

Save as much as $6,973
Incentive offers available
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2020 Lincoln Navigator Review

The Cadillac Escalade may have introduced the world to the American large-luxury SUV, but these days it's the Lincoln Navigator that's carrying the torch. Thanks to its combination of style, presence, capability and utility, the Navigator brings more to the table than any current competitor. Its biggest weakness is its sheer size — the Navigator is taller and longer than even the hefty Escalade. While that allows for plenty of passenger and cargo space, it might make the Navigator a bit too much for some shoppers (or their garages).

Undaunted, Lincoln is giving you even more features for 2020. The company has made active safety features, such as forward collision mitigation, standard on the Navigator, and introduced a few other changes. More technology features, such as the ability to use your phone as a key, have also been added. What hasn't changed is the Navigator's 450-horsepower turbocharged V6 that enables up to 8,600 pounds of towing capacity. You pretty much have to move up to a full-size pickup to get significantly more towing ability.

Overall, we think highly of the 2020 Navigator and rate it higher than just about any other luxury SUV. The main rival you'll want to consider this year is Mercedes-Benz's GLS, which is redesigned for 2020 and boasts innovative new technology features and a highly refined interior.

Notably, we picked the 2020 Lincoln Navigator as one of Edmunds' Best 3-Row SUVs for 2020.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team

Our verdict

8.4 / 10
The Lincoln Navigator is back in fine shape after years of frumpy design and half-measure upgrades. A 450-horsepower engine and 10-speed transmission provide athletic speed, while cabin accommodations are at first-class standards. This is Lincoln at its best.

How does it drive?

8.0
Considering the size and weight of the Navigator, it does a surprisingly good job of keeping itself tidy. The drivetrain is quick and responsive, steering is low effort, and the suspension is relatively slop-free. The V6 is plenty strong and gets you up to speed in a hurry.

Large vehicles tend to nose-dive or squirm around when you jam on the brakes suddenly, and the Navigator is no exception. That said, braking performance is perfectly adequate for the class. It also feels composed around town and even on tight roads. We wouldn't go so far as to call it sporty. But for the amount of comfort it provides, it's not the clumsy behemoth you'd expect it to be either.

How comfortable is it?

8.0
You'd expect the Navigator to be comfortable, and it mostly delivers. Wind and road noise is pretty minimal, and only a small amount of ambient noise sneaks through. The suspension is great at softening sharp bumps or pavement changes. On continuously undulating surfaces, however, there can be a lot of body movement, which borders on uncomfortable.

Lincoln's Perfect Position seats offer more adjustments than seem necessary. It takes a while to find a setting you like. But once you do, comfort is sublime. The seat heaters and coolers are effective too.

How’s the interior?

8.5
The Navigator has interior room in spades. Large doors, well-placed grab handles, and retractable step rails make getting in and out a breeze, while the second row's ability to tilt and slide gives excellent third-row access. Adjustable pedals and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel extend the range of driver comfort.

There are a lot of controls that require some familiarization time, but ultimately they are easy to use. Visibility is decent for a vehicle this size, but there are still blind spots. Cameras help you maneuver in tight spaces, with the 360-degree camera system particularly helpful.

How’s the tech?

8.5
With an excellent infotainment interface, superb sound system quality, comprehensive driving aids, and ample device charging options, the Navigator embraces the latest technology without reservation. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a Wi-Fi hotspot are icing on the cake.

We were impressed with the immersive and easily configurable experience of the 20-speaker Revel stereo in our test vehicle. The driving aids are well-tuned, and the adaptive cruise system is one of the better executions in a large vehicle. Less impressive are the navigation system and voice controls, which don't stand out compared to rival systems.

How’s the storage?

8.5
If it's space you want, it's what you'll get, even without the extended-wheelbase Navigator L model. There's 19.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 57.5 cubes behind the second row, and 103.3 cubes with the rear seats folded. All the rear seats fold flat electronically. The second-row center console sits higher than the seat bottoms, though, which prevents a fully flat load area.

There is also an abundance of in-cabin storage for everyone's personal effects, with tons of cubbies of varying sizes and a deep console bin. Need to tow something? A properly equipped Navigator can manage up to 8,600 pounds.

How economical is it?

7.0
Based on the EPA-estimated 18 mpg combined (16 city /21 highway) rating, the Navigator is supposedly one of the more efficient vehicles in the class. We averaged a slightly disappointing 14.8 mpg over our two-week loan on regular fuel, with a best fill of 18.2 mpg.

Is it a good value?

7.5
The Navigator looks and feels like it's worth the money, especially from the inside. Design has brought Lincoln a long way. The floating center console, touchscreen arrangement and wrapped dash elevate the Navigator's appeal to new heights. And when compared to others in the segment, the Navigator stands out as a smart choice overall. Considering what you get for the money, the Navigator undercuts the competition. It has slightly better warranty coverage than luxury competitors too.

Wildcard

9.5
The Navigator looks and feels like it's worth the money, especially from the inside. Design has brought Lincoln a long way. The floating center console, touchscreen arrangement and wrapped dash elevate the Navigator's appeal to new heights. And when compared to others in the segment, the Navigator stands out as a smart choice overall. Considering what you get for the money, the Navigator undercuts the competition. It has slightly better warranty coverage than luxury competitors too.

Which Navigator does Edmunds recommend?

The base Navigator is great, but there are a handful of features on the Reserve that we think make it worth paying the extra money for. For example, the power running boards and surround-view parking camera system are both useful add-ons, and adaptive cruise control comes standard. You'll also need to opt for the Reserve if you want to unlock the Navigator's maximum towing capacity via the Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package.

Lincoln Navigator models

The Lincoln Navigator is available in three trims levels: Base, Reserve and Black Label. Each is powered by a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 (450 horsepower, 500 lb-ft of torque) and comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional on all models.

All Navigator trims can also be had as long-wheelbase, or L, models. They add about 10 inches of length, expanding passenger and cargo capacity and increasing fuel-tank capacity from 23 to 27 gallons.

The Base Lincoln Navigator comes very well equipped, with plenty of luxury and technology features. Highlights include LED headlights, push-button start, tri-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, a 10-inch touchscreen with smartphone integration, and a 14-speaker sound system. A suite of driver safety aids (called Co-Pilot360) is also standard and includes blind-spot detection, lane keeping assist, and forward collision detection with automatic emergency braking.

The Reserve doesn't have an extensive list of upgrades, but what it does have will make it the most popular choice for most buyers. You get a panoramic sunroof, power running boards, upgraded 24-way adjustable front seats with ventilation, second-row captain's chairs, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view parking camera system.

Notable options for the Reserve include a Monochromatic package (which ditches quite a bit of the chrome exterior trim), a Luxury package (30-way power-adjustable seats and a 20-speaker stereo system), and a Heavy-Duty Trailer Tow package that adds both physical and technology upgrades to enable a higher towing capacity and make towing easier.

The top-tier Black Label comes with just about all of the Navigator's options as standard and adds on extra luxury with upgraded interior materials and unique color schemes. But the Black Label is as much about lifestyle as luxury, giving buyers access to a host of ownership benefits, from pickup and delivery of your vehicle for maintenance and repairs to an extended free maintenance plan.


Consumer reviews

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Average user rating: 3.0 stars based on 1 total reviews

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3 out of 5 stars, Interior selection
Butch,
Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

BEWARE of the Navigators interior, a light color interior seating can discolor from wearing blue jeans. The dealer will tell you its common with High Grade Leather however the purchasing department will tell you before they order a light interior the Manufacturer warns them seating may discolor. IMPORTANT the SALESPERSON will say nothing about that.

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Features & Specs

Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD
3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$84,400
MPG 16 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower450 hp @ 5500 rpm
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L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD
3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$87,600
MPG 16 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower450 hp @ 5500 rpm
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L Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
L Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD
3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$100,335
MPG 16 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower450 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD features & specs
Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD
3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A
MSRP$97,135
MPG 16 city / 21 hwy
SeatingSeats 7
Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
Horsepower450 hp @ 5500 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Navigator safety features:

Surround-View Camera
Provides a top-down view of the car on the center screen to help you navigate tight spaces.
MyKey
Allows owners to specify speed limits and stereo volume limits for secondary drivers (think teenagers and valets).
ACC with Collision Mitigation
Adaptive cruise control follows at a set distance, and collision mitigation can bring the car to a complete stop in emergency situations.
NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover3 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover20.8%

Lincoln Navigator vs. the competition

Lincoln Navigator vs. Cadillac Escalade

The Escalade might be the original baller SUV, but it can't keep up with the current Navigator. The Cadillac's dated interior, rougher ride quality and less usable cargo area all make it a less appealing choice than the Navigator. It is slightly smaller, though, so if you're worried about the Lincoln's size, that might be worth considering.

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Lincoln Navigator vs. Ford Expedition

The Navigator and the Ford Expedition are mechanically related. As such, the Expedition is just as big and roomy. If you're willing to give up some of the Lincoln's luxuries, you can get all the utility in a more affordable package by going to a Ford dealer.

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Lincoln Navigator vs. Lincoln Aviator

The new Lincoln Aviator is a midsize three-row SUV related to the Ford Explorer. It's smaller than the Navigator and has less towing capacity. In exchange, you get more engaging driving dynamics and a more maneuverable size. It's a great choice for shoppers who need lots of interior room but don't need maximum towing capability.

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FAQ
Is the Lincoln Navigator a good car?
The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 Navigator both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.4 out of 10. Edmunds’ consumer reviews show that the 2020 Navigator gets an average rating of 3 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews) You probably care about Lincoln Navigator fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Navigator gets an EPA-estimated 18 mpg to 19 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Navigator ranges from 19.3 to 34.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lincoln Navigator. Learn more
What's new in the 2020 Lincoln Navigator?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 Lincoln Navigator:

  • Lincoln Co-Pilot360 driver safety aids now standard
  • Additional standard equipment includes phone-based vehicle access
  • New color choices and combinations
  • Part of the fourth Navigator generation introduced for 2018
Learn more
Is the Lincoln Navigator reliable?
To determine whether the Lincoln Navigator is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Navigator. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Navigator's 3-star average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more
Is the 2020 Lincoln Navigator a good car?
There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 Lincoln Navigator is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 Navigator and gave it a 8.4 out of 10. Our consumer reviews show that the 2020 Navigator gets an average rating of 3 stars out of 5 (based on 1 reviews). Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 Navigator is a good car for you. Learn more
How much should I pay for a 2020 Lincoln Navigator?

The least-expensive 2020 Lincoln Navigator is the 2020 Lincoln Navigator 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $76,185.

Other versions include:

  • Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $84,400
  • L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $87,600
  • L Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $100,335
  • Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $97,135
  • Reserve 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $81,725
  • L Reserve 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $84,925
  • L 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $82,055
  • 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $76,185
  • 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $78,855
  • L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) which starts at $79,385
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What are the different models of Lincoln Navigator?
If you're interested in the Lincoln Navigator, the next question is, which Navigator model is right for you? Navigator variants include Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), L Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A). For a full list of Navigator models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2020 Lincoln Navigator

2020 Lincoln Navigator Overview

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator is offered in the following submodels: Navigator SUV. Available styles include Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), L Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Black Label 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), Reserve 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), L Reserve 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), L 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A), and L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A).

What do people think of the 2020 Lincoln Navigator?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 Lincoln Navigator and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 Navigator 3.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 Navigator.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 Lincoln Navigator and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 Navigator featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2020 Lincoln Navigator?
2020 Lincoln Navigator L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $88,895. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lincoln Navigator L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $6,973 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,973 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $81,922.

The average savings for the 2020 Lincoln Navigator L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 7.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2020 Lincoln Navigator L Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Lincoln Navigator Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $85,695. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lincoln Navigator Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $6,078 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,078 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $79,617.

The average savings for the 2020 Lincoln Navigator Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 7.1% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 6 2020 Lincoln Navigator Reserve 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

2020 Lincoln Navigator 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A)

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $80,150. The average price paid for a new 2020 Lincoln Navigator 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is trending $5,445 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,445 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $74,705.

The average savings for the 2020 Lincoln Navigator 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) is 6.8% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 1 2020 Lincoln Navigator 4dr SUV 4WD (3.5L 6cyl Turbo 10A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

Which 2020 Lincoln Navigators are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2020 Lincoln Navigator?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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