2012 Lincoln Navigator

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$57,775

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2012 Lincoln Navigator
2012 Lincoln Navigator

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

2 trims

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Notable features

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

2012 Lincoln Navigator review: Our expert's take

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.

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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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.1
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.4

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Best car I’ve owned

This car met all of our needs. Space, comfort and luxury! It was super comfortable for trips and when used for 7 passengers. No one felt crammed in. It also rides so smooth!

4.7

Very nice low milage car

The car meets my needs. It is easy to get into and out of and handles well for what it is. The interior is well appointed and quite comfortable.

4.6

Rides like a dream

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 phenomenal on such a large vehicle. Everyone thats ridden in it with me can't stop raving how nice it is and how comfortable it rides. Took this vehicle on multiple family vacations and it was a breeze to drive more than 4 hours without needing to stop to stretch. Gas mileage is not the best, but a sacrifice for the comfort and drive.

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