Redesigned for 2018, the Lincoln Navigator gets a whole new look, an impressive new engine and all sorts of top-level tech equipment on the inside. The engine, an impressive turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, is paired to the new 10-speed automatic transmission codeveloped by Ford and Chevrolet.
Much like Navigators of the past, this new model is available in two lengths — standard and extended wheelbase. The extended-wheelbase Navigator — the L — provides additional rear cargo space that will certainly help on long trips with lots of luggage. Both sizes come standard with three rows of seating and capacity for seven passengers (a bench seat in the second row that expands capacity to eight is optional). And much like previous Navigators, there are a few available trim levels to satisfy your need for luxury and available technology.
The base Premiere trim level has quite a bit of equipment including items such as a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front and second-row seats, power-adjustable pedals, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Bluetooth connectivity, a rearview camera, a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The midlevel Select and Reserve trims add a few desirable creature comforts such as adaptive suspension dampers, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof, all of which are sure to enhance the luxury experience.
The Black Label Navigator is the topped-out trim level of sorts, with safety features such as adaptive cruise control, active parking assist and lane departure warning, as well as upgraded interior trim, full leather upholstery and a 20-speaker stereo. Depending on the trim, there are a few stand-alone options such as bigger wheels and a rear entertainment system.
When it comes to full-size luxury SUVs, value can be hard to quantify. But the Navigator's impressive power and towing capability, premium cabin and extensive number of features appear to justify the Navigator's price. Stack all of those virtues up and very few rivals can truly compete. You might want to check out the Cadillac Escalade or the Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, but overall the 2018 Lincoln Navigator looks to be a prime choice.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.