Traditional luxury flagships tend to be full-size sedans or sport coupes, but the 2018 Lincoln Navigator proves that SUVs can handle the role as well. Consumers are eager for SUVs and trucks, so it’s no surprise that luxury automakers are eager to update vehicles like the Navigator. Whether you’re seeking sumptuous comfort, a quiet ride, or a luxury yacht, the 2018 Lincoln Navigator wants your money.The Navigator will be powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 producing 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque paired to a 10-speed automatic. This SUV packs the same punch as a Ford Raptor, giving it a speedy and smooth ride, although without the roars of a V8. Seeing as how the car weighs around 5,855 pounds, the 0-60 time of under 5.5 seconds is solid.
While the Navigator comes with several driving modes, it was difficult to recognize differences in the optional adaptive suspension. Although it is a bit disappointing, every driving mode was, at least, very smooth. Lincoln tends to be very serious about their driving modes, as seen in the Lincoln MKC. It was odd that the differences were minor in the Navigator, perhaps due to the vehicle’s sheer size and weight, but it doesn’t take away from the overall ride.
As far as the interior goes, this vehicle is an absolute masterpiece. Never in my life have I seen a Lincoln with such an aesthetically pleasing design and room to spare. The inside features true leather on the dash and doors, upgraded leather covering the seats, decorative trim, and a choice of three different “environments.” These include the white and brown design of “Chalet,” the classy pale blue showcased in the Navigator Concept called “Yacht Club,” or the red leather and gold trim that is “Destination.”
For many consumers, SUVs and crossovers are the new go-to vehicle for any automaker. The Lincoln Navigator has to fly the flag for new buyers, and it’s more than up to the task.