Lincoln Navigator, almost perfect luxury
Few vehicles offer the sense of comfort, luxury and security found in the Lincoln Navigator. Our test car was the L Reserve edition, while not the top of the line Navigator it still included all of the amenities that make the Navigator a first class luxury SUV.
Redesigned in 2018 the all aluminum Navigator sports sleek lines and a bold grill that make it stand out with a silhouette of subdued elegance. The new Navigator is offered with only one engine choice, the V6 EcoBoost 3.5 liter turbo charged engine that kicks out 450 horsepower and 500 foot pounds of torque on premium gas. The lighter aluminum body and powerful engine combine for very good performance across the board with best in class economy.
Luxury is a combination of small things done right
and the Navigator misses very few of them. As you approach the SUV with the keyless entry fob in your pocket or purse the running boards deploy, Lincoln logo puddle lights shine to light your steps, interior lamps come on and the door handles illuminate. Entry is easy with broad running boards to step up on into wide door openings.
The Navigator senses the fob in use and can adjust each driver’s preferences on as many as 80 settings. Climate control, stereo, seat and pedal adjustments and drive mode all return to the memorized settings for each driver’s fob. The Navigator can accommodate up to 3 individual driver’s preferences.
Our test vehicle included the Perfect Position Seats with Active Motion. It took me a couple of days of experimenting with
differed positions to find the perfect setting and once I had they were amazingly comfortable. On the L Reserve edition the seats were a 1250 dollar option, and well worth the price for anyone who spends a lot of time behind the wheel. Once comfortably seated you can adjust the cooling or heat for the seat and play with the massage feature. The passenger seat includes all of the same adjustments as the driver side. The shortfall of the system is that some of the adjustments are on the door panel, and some in the settings of the infotainment system.
The cabin is spacious with lots of leg, head and shoulder room for all 3 rows of seats. The center console is a masterpiece of storage and usability. The front shelf of the console includes hideaway cup holders and tech cubby that has wireless charging and 2 USB connection and charging ports. Beneath this shelf is an open bay for stashing your purse or man bag. The rear section of the console opens with latches that are conveniently located for either front seat occupant to reach.
Once seated in the command chair you will find yourself surrounded by an interior styling that focuses on luxury and functionality. Premium leather and wood grain materials wrap the entire cabin. Soft touch materials are used on every surface throughout the interior. All controls are in easy reach, clearly labeled and easily understood. You find the push button gear selector at the bottom of the center stack where it meets the console; at first the unique shifter design is a bit off-putting but soon it becomes second nature and convenient.
Drive mode is selected by rotating a knob in the center console to choose one of 6 modes that optimize the throttle, transmission shift, four wheel drive and suspension for conditions varying from economy to mountain climbing. The Navigator’s off road ability is only limited by it’s ground clearance, shear size and the driver’s willingness to get it dirty.
The Start Stop technology used on the Navigator is almost transparent in operation, almost. It does have an easy to reach button to turn it off for those who are bothered by it.
Technology is a strong point
inside the Navigator. The My Link system offers Lincoln Connect with a 4G LTE WiFi hotspot that can accommodate up to 10 devices. With the Lincoln AppLink you can connect your device to the Navigator and use voice controls for many of your favorite apps. The large 10 inch screen makes everything easy to read.
The Revel Ultima Sound System includes 20 speakers and sections for several sound modes to enhance the experience. There are audio control for front and second row passengers. The optional rear seat entertainment comes with 2 10 inch screens that can be individually controlled, work off USB, SD, HDMI or wirelessly with your Android phone. They can also work on the onboard WiFi and even watch your home TV through Slingshot.
In front of the driver is a 12 inch LED information center that serves as a digital dashboard. With each different drive mode the display changes to provide the most needed information. Built into the center stack display is a full color camera system that provides a clear 360 degree display as well as the expected backup screen. You can manually active the front camera for low speed maneuvers in the garage or off road.
Active, radar cruise control, lane keeping, heads up display and park assist are all offered on the Navigator. The new adaptive LED headlamps change the focus of the beam with the speed of the car. At low speed they throw a wide beam and as speed increases the beam narrows to reach out farther.
The Navigator is exceptionally quiet inside.
Even the Air Conditioning ducts have been designed to reduce noise. Laminated glass, extensive body insulation, and even acoustical tires all contribute to one of the quietest rides on the highway.
The Navigator isn’t an economy car by any standard. Our week long road test resulted in 15.8 miles per gallon as an overall average. If you are buying a Navigator, with a base price of over 70 grand, and closer to a cool 100 thousand fully loaded mileage probably isn’t a high priority
There is too much to talk about on and in the new 2018 Lincoln Navigator to list here, or report in a short on air review. I suggest you check out Lincoln’s site and learn more about the new Navigator here.
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