2012 Lincoln Navigator

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(4.3) 6 reviews

Key Specs

of the 2012 Lincoln Navigator base trim shown

Our Take

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The Good

  • Power-adjustable pedals
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Stability system with Roll Stability Control
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows

The Bad

  • Overly ornate gauges, interior trim pieces
  • Poor gas mileage
2012 Lincoln Navigator exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Lincoln Navigator

  • Power liftgate
  • Power-folding third row
  • Long-wheelbase Navigator L available
  • 310-hp, 5.4-liter V-8
  • Standard navigation system

2012 Lincoln Navigator Overview

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Vehicle Overview

The Navigator is Lincoln's full-size luxury SUV that can seat up to eight people in three rows. Related to the Ford Expedition, the SUV is also available in long-wheelbase Navigator L form. Competitors include the Cadillac Escalade and Infiniti QX56.

(Skip to details on the: Navigator L)

New for 2012
The Navigator is now offered with Sync AppLink, which allows voice control of certain smartphone applications. Also new are spotter mirrors to give the driver a better view of their blind spot.

Exterior
The Navigator's most prominent design feature is its grille. It has an egg-crate appearance with a large horizontal bar running through the Lincoln logo. Flanking the grille are standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard capless fuel system
  • Standard rain-sensing wipers
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels; 20-inch chrome rims optional
  • Optional moonroof
  • New integrated spotter mirrors


Interior
The leather-upholstered heated-and-cooled front seats include power adjustments, and there are adjustable pedals to add to driver comfort. Wood accents are found throughout the cabin. Second-row captain's chairs are standard, but a split-bench seat can be substituted at no extra charge. There's a standard power-folding third-row seat.

The Navigator also comes standard with Ford's Sync voice-operated entertainment and information system and MyKey, which gives buyers the ability to set maximum ...

Vehicle Overview

The Navigator is Lincoln's full-size luxury SUV that can seat up to eight people in three rows. Related to the Ford Expedition, the SUV is also available in long-wheelbase Navigator L form. Competitors include the Cadillac Escalade and Infiniti QX56.

(Skip to details on the: Navigator L)

New for 2012
The Navigator is now offered with Sync AppLink, which allows voice control of certain smartphone applications. Also new are spotter mirrors to give the driver a better view of their blind spot.

Exterior
The Navigator's most prominent design feature is its grille. It has an egg-crate appearance with a large horizontal bar running through the Lincoln logo. Flanking the grille are standard xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights. Exterior features include:

  • Standard capless fuel system
  • Standard rain-sensing wipers
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Standard 18-inch aluminum wheels; 20-inch chrome rims optional
  • Optional moonroof
  • New integrated spotter mirrors


Interior
The leather-upholstered heated-and-cooled front seats include power adjustments, and there are adjustable pedals to add to driver comfort. Wood accents are found throughout the cabin. Second-row captain's chairs are standard, but a split-bench seat can be substituted at no extra charge. There's a standard power-folding third-row seat.

The Navigator also comes standard with Ford's Sync voice-operated entertainment and information system and MyKey, which gives buyers the ability to set maximum speed and volume limits based on the key that's in use — handy for parents sharing the Navigator with a teen driver. Power-lowering running boards are standard, too. Interior features include:

  • Seats seven or eight
  • Standard Sync voice-activated multimedia system
  • Standard backup camera
  • Standard heated second-row bucket seats
  • Standard satellite radio with 14-speaker stereo
  • Optional backseat entertainment system with 8-inch screen


Under the Hood
The Navigator has standard V-8 power and is available with rear- or four-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:

  • 310-horsepower, 5.4-liter V-8 that makes 365 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Runs on regular gas
  • 9,000-pound (RWD) or 8,700-pound (4WD) towing capacity when properly equipped


Safety
The standard electronic stability system includes trailer-sway control, which can detect if a trailer is out of control and apply the brakes or reduce engine power. Standard safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control and trailer-sway control
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • Front and rear parking sensors


Navigator L
Though similar in appearance to the regular Navigator, the long-wheelbase Navigator L is about 15 inches longer and provides 42.6 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats in place — nearly 25 cubic feet more than the regular Navigator.

Like the Navigator, the Navigator L is powered by a 5.4-liter V-8 that drives a six-speed automatic transmission. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, but the Navigator L's towing capacity of 8,700 pounds for the rear-wheel-drive model and 8,500 pounds for four-wheel-drive versions are both slightly lower than what the regular Navigator achieves. Back to top


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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.2)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.2)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Rides like a dream

by IrishPedro on December 25, 2017

This by far is one of the nicest driving vehicles I've owned. From early Volvos to current Fords, this SUV drives so smooth and feels perfect for every need when you need it. The turn radius is ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great vehicle

by redhdstepdawter from Malinta, OH on July 10, 2017

This vehicle is very comfortable. Even the 3rd row has ample leg room. It drives smoothly and is an awesome ride. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lincoln

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement for up to $45 per day, fresh oil and filter at delivery and certificate for your first complimentary oil and filter change

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    6 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Comprehensive Limited Warranty from original in-service date. See dealer for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 200-point inspection and reconditioning.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Navigator received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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