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2018 Lincoln Navigator L

$79,755 — $97,405 MSRP
SUV
7-8 Seats
18 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

It's been over a decade since its last redesign, so we are happy to see a new 2018 Lincoln Navigator make its debut. The Navigator gets some long-overdue changes that modernize the full-size SUV inside and out.
 
The Navigator's cousin, the Ford Expedition, is also redesigned for 2018, and the two share more than a passing resemblance as well as several of the same technological innovations and mechanical bits. However, the Lincoln does have a few extra tricks up its sleeve with more brazen styling and added luxury.
Exterior
Much of the styling from last year's Navigator Concept (minus the gull-wing doors) remains intact, including those crazy wheels and the blacked-out pillars which give the roof a floating appearance.
 
The SUV's very vertical nose is highlighted by a large chrome grille with intricate detailing and a large Lincoln logo perched in the middle. Approach the Navigator at night with the key in hand (or in pocket/purse) and, on higher trim levels, the logo will illuminate and a "welcome mat" is projected onto the ground next to the vehicle.
 
Interior
Inside, the Navigator offers a wide array of technology and family features (with some Expedition overlap between). Lincoln was mum about the actual size of the multimedia screen that will be powered by Sync 3 and offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The screen has been mounted high on the dash above the center vents and is the centerpiece of the d...
It's been over a decade since its last redesign, so we are happy to see a new 2018 Lincoln Navigator make its debut. The Navigator gets some long-overdue changes that modernize the full-size SUV inside and out.
 
The Navigator's cousin, the Ford Expedition, is also redesigned for 2018, and the two share more than a passing resemblance as well as several of the same technological innovations and mechanical bits. However, the Lincoln does have a few extra tricks up its sleeve with more brazen styling and added luxury.
Exterior
Much of the styling from last year's Navigator Concept (minus the gull-wing doors) remains intact, including those crazy wheels and the blacked-out pillars which give the roof a floating appearance.
 
The SUV's very vertical nose is highlighted by a large chrome grille with intricate detailing and a large Lincoln logo perched in the middle. Approach the Navigator at night with the key in hand (or in pocket/purse) and, on higher trim levels, the logo will illuminate and a "welcome mat" is projected onto the ground next to the vehicle.
 
Interior
Inside, the Navigator offers a wide array of technology and family features (with some Expedition overlap between). Lincoln was mum about the actual size of the multimedia screen that will be powered by Sync 3 and offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability. The screen has been mounted high on the dash above the center vents and is the centerpiece of the dashboard. Behind the steering wheel is a customizable 12-inch gauge cluster that the driver can alter to display a range of information.
 
The Navigator's technology offerings make a big leap forward. Wireless hot spot capability for up to 10 devices is standard, and a wireless charging mat up front is optional. There are six USB ports, four 12-volt ports and a 110-volt household outlet plug to keep devices juiced up.
 
An available rear entertainment system mounts 10-inch screens to the back of the front seats, which can each play different content via an app, HDMI input or USB-connected device. Android devices will be able to stream content wirelessly to the screens, while Apple devices can via a USB cord. Lincoln also partners with Sling Media, which operates Slingbox, so those who utilize that service will be able to stream TV in the Navigator.
 
Similar to the Lincoln Continental, the Navigator's front seats will be available with 30 different power adjustments for added comfort. The seats are also heated and ventilated, and come with a massage function. Additionally, Lincoln will offer three "Black Label" versions of the Navigator: Yacht Club, Destination and Chalet. The Black Label vehicles each come with a unique interior theme and color scheme, and will offer unique owner amenities like free carwashes and extended service and maintenance coverage.
 
Under the Hood
Lincoln is keeping mum on engine specifics but the automaker did say that the engine would be a twin-turbo V-6 that makes around 450 horsepower. Best guess is that this is a modified version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 in the Ford F-150 Raptor. A 10-speed automatic transmission is also new for 2018, and the Navigator will be offered in both rear- and four-wheel-drive configurations. The switch to an aluminum body shaves off about 200 pounds.
 
The Navigator also adds Trailer Backup Assist, which uses a dial located to the bottom left of the steering wheel to help steer a trailer without having to use the wheel to do it.
 
Safety
A new safety feature is debuting on the Navigator: speed-dependent adaptive lighting. When traveling at lower speeds, the headlights offer a wider spread for area visibility for areas like neighborhoods or parking lots. Start to move more quickly and the beam tightens to keep the driver focused on the road ahead and lessen the glare from road signs.
 
Also available are driver assistance technologies such as a 360-degree surround-view camera system, head-up display and adaptive cruise control.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
6 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.2)
(5.0)

Roomy and comfortable

by FINDOC from Cincinnati ohio on August 24, 2018

Ratings were correct -- best of the SUVs I looked at -- drove 14 hours in 2 days -- comfortable . Plenty of room for dogs and gear Read full review

(5.0)

Haven't owned it long enough to tell

by Folsom DJD 86 from Dry Ridge , Ky on August 10, 2018

Has plenty of room and is very comfortable so far . Will be driving to Florida in a few weeks and will know more after that trip . Read full review

Safety

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Recalls

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator L currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator L has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Lincoln

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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 L 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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