To absolutely appreciate the Lincoln Navigator, one charge aboriginal carelessness any altruistic preconceptions. Imposing on the alfresco and gluttonous on the inside, it takes the “gaud-is-good” blueprint of the personal-luxury acreage yachts from bisected a aeon ago and updates it for the SUV era. It’s all about YOU, baby—and six of your appropriate friends. Any criticisms collapsed by the affected hoi polloi won’t access the exterior, as alike at 70 mph our Navigator registered a chapel-like 66 decibels, one decibel quieter than the Cadillac Escalade. Already you appear to agreement with that, it’s rather accessible to embrace the Navigator’s gilded assuming and contentment in its abundant interior. Did we acknowledgment it additionally packs the aforementioned 450-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 as the actual able Ford F-150 Raptor? It does, which agency it hauls ass for a three-ton SUV.
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Second alone to the top-rung Navigator Black Label, our Reserve analysis agent comes with all-wheel drive and slots in aloft the Baddest trim and the entry-level Premiere model, a.k.a. the Lincoln Navigator amusement amateur pack. (Rear-wheel-drive Navigators appear alone in Premiere and Select.) While the Black Label trim provides a few added features, the Reserve is hardly abjection stricken. To that, our analysis example’s options area reveals aloof four additional, well-curated items: a covering of Rhapsody Blue Metallic acrylic for $695, a $995 Revel audio arrangement with 20 speakers in abode of the Reserve’s accepted 16, $225 for a single-disc CD amateur (remember those?), and assuredly the abstract Perfect Position advanced seats for the arrangement amount of $1250. All in, the $3165 in options almost registered on our Navigator’s as-tested amount of $86,165.
Elaborating on a affair Lincoln started with the Continental, the Navigator’s autogenous leans heavily on the midcentury-modern aesthetic. Rendered in a alloy of chrome, leather, and copse veneer, it tries adamantine to adjure the ambience of a Mad Men–era controlling appointment but doesn’t absolutely accomplish it. It does attending handsome, though, and avoids falling casualty to Austin Powers–style camp.
Gear alternative comes by way of a row of angular abiding chrome buttons that run forth a collapsed lower-dashboard animate aloft the ample console; accumulated with the altitude controls and radio buttons, it suggests the ergonomics of a best Hi-Fi console. The Perfect Position advanced seats comedy their allotment in the apparition by alms a avant-garde estimation of the iconic Eames appointment chair. As with the original, spending a few account to fine-tune the basement pays huge assets in the abundance department. A aerial akin of delivery allows occupants to accomplish abutment about the lower aback and ancillary bolsters after bottleneck the shoulders. No one appreciates a adequate abode to sit added than croaking Americans, and these seats don’t disappoint. There’s annihilation awakening about the 10-inch touchscreen that resides aloft the centermost stack, however. Featuring high-res cartoon and a burst awning that could be mistaken for the addition of a summer blockbuster movie, its affected cartoon admittance accessible card navigation.
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The Navigator’s activating attributes additionally activity tinges of nostalgia, not all of them commendable. The council is preternaturally ablaze and bare of feel, which apparently will address to assertive buyers. The ride is bendable and adjustable on bland to agilely burst pavement, acknowledgment in allotment to its absolute rear suspension, but it gets a baby case of the abhorrence over bigger bumps. Harsh impacts answer already or alert through the berth afore their anamnesis fades. The quick fix is to baddest the Excite active mode, one of the six available. The others are Deep Conditions, Slippery, Slow Climb, Normal, and Conserve. These may assume self-explanatory, but the infotainment awning explains them anyway, acquainted that Excite provides “engaging and acknowledging performance.” While that may be a bit of a stretch, it does accelerate shifts, acclimatize burke mapping, and bind up the abeyance abundant to reel in some of the agitate while almost accretion harshness. We begin it best to anticipate of Excite approach as accustomed and Accustomed as “soft but anemic kneed.” Pushed on our 300-foot skidpad, the Navigator acquaint 0.81 g of grip; while that may assume unremarkable, accede that the aftermost short-wheelbase Escalade we activated managed alone 0.73 g and a analogously abeyant 2018 Ford Expedition generated 0.79 g. By that measure, the Lincoln is about a clue rat.
Acceleration is appropriately impressive, with our Navigator commutual the zero-to-60-mph run in aloof 5.4 abnormal and finishing the quarter-mile birr in 14 abnormal collapsed with a allurement dispatch of 100 mph. The brand says Lincoln, but there’s no ambuscade the accelerative blitz of the EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 commutual with a 10-speed automated that we’ve appear to adulation in the Ford F-150 Raptor—and, new for 2019, in the F-150 Limited. (A 400-hp adaptation of the powertrain motivates the agnate but beneath luxe Ford Expedition.) The Cadillac Escalade and the GMC Yukon Denali, both with a 6.2-liter V-8, acquaint hardly slower 5.8- and 14.3-second times in the aforementioned tests, while the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLS450 came abutting with 5.7- and 14.2-second times. Heck, alike the performance-oriented Chevrolet Tahoe RST bare 5.7 abnormal to 60 mph and 14.1 in the quarter-mile.
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The downside to the Lincoln’s acceptable dispatch is—no surprise—a able thirst. We saw aloof 13 mpg overall, 5 mpg abbreviate of its 18-mpg EPA accumulated estimate. While no full-boat SUV can be advised a ammunition miser, alike the Escalade managed 15 mpg in our care. The Navigator did hit 18 mpg in our 75-mph artery test, but the Escalade accomplished 21 mpg and the GLS450 angry in a arresting 25 mpg in the aforementioned test.
Slowing the Lincoln’s three bags of midcentury accumulation is a appalling task, acute 184 anxiety to stop from 70 mph. Added apropos is the bendable and nonlinear activity of the anchor pedal. While you can’t calculation on it to be precise, you can at atomic apprentice to apprehend its aberrant response. Despite the pedal’s indifference, the Navigator abrupt a abounding 18 anxiety from the 202-foot endlessly ambit of the Escalade. It additionally baffled the 192-foot altitude acquaint by the GMC Yukon, the 196-foot amount of the Expedition, and the 186-foot ambit of the GLS450. The Nissan Armada is the alone big SUV that chock-full shorter, in 182 feet.
Fuel abridgement aside, the Lincoln Navigator manages to accomplish its mark in a abounding segment. Lincoln knew it had to bonfire its own chrome-and-leather-lined aisle to accomplish any babble with consumers, and in that account it succeeds unequivocally. And in agreement of acceleration, it’s absolutely at the top of the class—for now. Aloof don’t apprehend to affect your accompany from the Sierra Club. Then again, if annoying about the neighbors’ annoyed was a concern, you apparently wouldn’t be arcade for a three-ton affluence agent with an billowing chrome grille and a twin-turbo 450-hp engine.