While you won't find as many full-size luxury SUVs on the market these days as their crossover cousins, the few that are left are most definitely the mighty SUV contenders. Competition is hot between them, and the 2018 Lincoln Navigator is an all-new model looking to dominate the market. Once the go-to large luxury SUV, the Navigator is ready to take back its crown--but will it?
The all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator is anything but subtle--and that's exactly what we like about it. The manufacturer's designers have been working overtime to deliver something really deserving that "all-new" tag, the new Navigator is rounded at the front and back with a substantial feel and imposing presence. It doesn't look intimidating, which may help it appeal to newer full-size SUV buyers. That lack of intimidation ends when it comes to the engine, a 3.5-liter twin-turbo that sends an impressive 450 estimated horsepower to the rear or all four wheels through a ten-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle activation. This engine gives the Navigator the power to get it down the road without any drama, especially when fully loaded with people and cargo. This well-proven twin-turbo V-6 is very much up to the job.
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is undeniably a flagship model, which means it's got to have a plethora of the latest high-tech features and gizmos--and it does. Everything you could reasonably wish for can be found somewhere in the Navigator lineup, from a built-in Wi-Fi antenna with 4G LTE connectivity to the available 12-inch LCD screen that replaces conventional analog gauges for the instrument display in front of the driver. The Premiere is the entry level model, and its standard features include: genuine wood trim, LED ambient lighting, power-adjustable brake and accelerator pedals, push-button shift, luxury leather upholstery, 10-way power driver and passenger seats, tri-zone automatic temperature control, rearview camera, SYNC 3 with a 10-inch capacitive touchscreen and plenty more besides.
Generally, they're not any more expensive than other full-size ladder-frame SUVs. If this is your first full-size SUV, you may be surprised by some of the costs to replace, for example, the tires--but the parts will be about the same as the comparable Ford Expedition or Chevrolet Tahoe parts. One exception may be the air ride suspension system, which is a significant difference than other vehicles on the market that creates a very smooth ride. When it needs repair, if it needs repair, it can be pricey. However, it's one of the less likely problems that you'll encounter.
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is truly a luxury vehicle, with beginning trims starting at more than $72,000 and top trim Navigator Black Label topping out at nearly $100,000.