The 2018 Lincoln Navigator: What the critics say
New York Daily News
Lincoln has just raised the bar for full-size luxury SUVs—“and signi_ cantly so.” Leaving Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, and all other rivals in its rearview, the new Navigator feels “unequivocally dee-luxe” in every way. Offering an unparalleled blend of style, comfort, power, and size, it almost seems a bargain even in its $100,000 top trim. Materials throughout the cabin are “top-notch if not exquisite,” while the third row of seating is “actually habitable by adults, and for hours on end.”
The heart of Ford’s high-performance Raptor pickup truck beats behind the Navigator’s elegant grill, and the 450-hp V-6 “moves this nearly 3-ton truck like a muscle car,” pinning passengers to their seats. In normal driving mode, the Gator exhibits “quite a bit of body roll” on twisting roads, but Excite mode reins in the chassis, and the 10-speed automatic transmission helps make the vehicle feel smaller than it is.
The cabin is “nearly perfect”; that’s where Lincoln “did its best work.” But only time will tell if wealthy, image-conscious suburbanites will embrace the vehicle’s boxy look. The Navigator too closely resembles the Ford Explorer from the side, while the back end remains “quite slabby.” Fortunately for Lincoln, the redesign team “nailed nearly everything else.” ■