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8.9

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Critics' Rating: 10.0
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 9.0
Safety:
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2020 Lincoln Navigator Review

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator ranks near the top of the luxury large SUV class. It has a roomy, opulent interior and provides lots of cargo space. A punchy engine and serene ride further cement its lofty status.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engine
  • Relaxed ride
  • Lavish, roomy cabin
  • Tremendous cargo space
  • Some dull infotainment graphics

Is the Lincoln Navigator a Good SUV?

The Lincoln Navigator is an excellent luxury large SUV. It has a premium cabin with plenty of space for adults in all three rows. Cargo space is abundant too, especially in the long-wheelbase Navigator L. Although it lacks a V8 engine option, its twin-turbocharged V6 produces more than enough power for most driving needs. On top of that, the Navigator has a high towing capacity and decent fuel economy estimates for the class.

Should I Buy the Lincoln Navigator?

The Navigator should definitely be on your short list if you're looking for a three-row luxury SUV. However, a few rivals are worth considering as well. Redesigned for 2020, the Mercedes-Benz GLS has a lavish cabin and two potent engine options, including a V8. You might also consider the Ford Expedition. As the nonluxury version of the Navigator, the Ford is fairly similar to the Lincoln, but it’s more affordable.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lincoln Navigator?

Lincoln redesigned the Navigator for the 2018 model year. No major changes were made to the 2019 model, but the 2020 Navigator gained several standard features, including wireless device charging, ventilated front seats, and the Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features, which includes forward collision warning, emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and lane keep assist. However, all of those features were available in older models, so you may be able to find a similarly equipped 2018 Navigator that likely costs less.

To research used Navigator models, read our 2017, 2018, and 2019 Lincoln Navigator reviews. You can also check out our Used Car Deals page for savings and incentives on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 18 Reviews Analyzed

To make our car rankings and reviews as consumer-oriented as possible, we do not rely on our personal opinions. Instead, we analyze hard data such as cargo space dimensions, horsepower specs, and reliability ratings, as well as the opinions of the automotive press. This Lincoln Navigator review draws on 18 reviews and incorporates applicable research for all vehicles in this generation, which includes the 2018 through 2020 model years.

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How Much Does the Lincoln Navigator Cost?

As of this writing, Lincoln has not released official pricing information for the 2020 Navigator. Because of a trim realignment for 2020, we can only provide a rough estimate. The entry-level standard-wheelbase Navigator will likely retail for around $73,000, and the top-trim Black Label is expected to start at roughly $96,000.

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Lincoln Navigator Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lincoln Navigator or Ford Expedition?

The Ford Expedition is the nonluxury version of the Navigator. The two have a lot in common, and both offer long-wheelbase body types (Lincoln Navigator L and Ford Expedition Max). On the one hand, the Lincoln has more standard features, nicer cabin materials, and a gentler ride than the Ford, and it gets 50 to 75 more horsepower from its twin-turbo V6 engine. On the other hand, the Expedition has a higher towing capacity, better fuel economy estimates, and a lower price than the Navigator. Even in its top trim, the Ford is expected to cost only a few hundred dollars more than the base Lincoln. Both SUVs are great vehicles, so choosing between them is a matter of preference and budget.

Which Is Better: Lincoln Navigator or Infiniti QX80?

The Infiniti QX80 is a decent luxury large SUV. It provides a good driving experience thanks to its robust engine, composed handling, and smooth ride. Fuel economy is poor, though. That said, the Infiniti’s main shortcoming is its interior. The QX80 lacks modern connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which are standard in the Navigator, and most of the tech it has feels outdated. The Lincoln may cost about $8,000 more than the Infiniti, but it’s the better vehicle.

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Navigator Interior

How Many People Does the Navigator Seat?

You can seat seven or eight people in this Lincoln, depending on whether you get a model with second-row captain’s chairs or a bench seat. You'll find leather upholstery and heated seats in both rows. The front seats also get ventilation and 10-way power adjustments. Upgrades include massaging front seats with 24- or 30-way power adjustments and a heated steering wheel.

While many vehicles with third-row seating leave just enough room in the back for kids, the Navigator provides ample space for adults in all three rows. The seats are comfortable and supportive.

Navigator and Child Car Seats

Depending on configuration, this luxury large SUV has two or three sets of LATCH connectors for the second-row seats. The third-row outboard seats also get a full set of connectors.

Navigator Interior Quality

The Lincoln Navigator has an opulent cabin awash in high-end materials and soft-touch surfaces.

Navigator Cargo Space

The standard-wheelbase Navigator has 19.3 to 20.9 cubic feet of space behind the third row, depending on how the seats are positioned. Space behind the second row also varies according to seat position, falling between 57.5 and 63.6 cubic feet. Folding down the second and third rows opens up 103 cubic feet of space. That’s impressive compared to other large SUVs, eclipsing classmates such as the standard-wheelbase Cadillac Escalade.

The long-wheelbase Navigator L has even more room. It offers 34.3 to 36 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 73.3 to 79.6 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and a total of 120.2 cubic feet with the seats in both rows folded.

When you fold down the rear seats in models with the second-row captain's chairs, the center console makes it impossible to create a flat cargo floor. As a result, you’ll have a hard time sliding in large items.

Navigator Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Lincoln’s standard SYNC 3 infotainment system features a 10-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, six USB ports, satellite radio, a 14-speaker stereo, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging.

Optional equipment includes a 20-speaker stereo, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a panoramic sunroof.

Critics praise the SYNC 3 infotainment system for its easy-to-read menus and responsive touch screen, but some wish its graphics were different from those found in other Ford products. Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto lets you display your smartphone apps on the touch screen. 

For more information, read What is Apple CarPlay? and What is Android Auto?

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Navigator Performance

Navigator Engine: Who Needs a V8?

The sole engine available in this Lincoln is a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that makes 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The V6 engine makes enough power to haul this bulky SUV with ease. The turbo V6 is more than robust enough for easy highway passing and towing large loads. However, the 10-speed automatic transmission can make coarse downshifts at very low speeds.

Navigator Gas Mileage: No Complaints Here

The 2020 Navigator hasn’t been evaluated by the EPA as of this writing, but the mechanically similar 2019 Navigator earns good fuel economy estimates of up to 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Navigator Ride and Handling: In a Word, Decent

This full-size SUV may not be agile, but it takes turns and corners with poise. Perhaps more importantly, it provides a cushioned ride, and few road flaws are felt in the cabin. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while four-wheel drive is available.

Navigator Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the 2020 Lincoln Navigator can tow up to 8,700 pounds.

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Navigator Reliability

Is the Lincoln Navigator Reliable?

The 2020 Navigator has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Lincoln Navigator Warranty

Lincoln covers the Navigator with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Navigator Safety

Navigator Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Navigator an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Navigator earned five stars in the side and frontal crash tests. Four-wheel-drive Navigators received four stars in the rollover evaluation, while two-wheel-drive models got three stars.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2020 Navigator.

Navigator Safety Features

Several safety features come standard in this Lincoln, including a pre-collision warning and braking system with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beam headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and lane keep assist. It also comes with Ford’s MyKey, which lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers.

Available active driver aids include a parallel and perpendicular park assist system, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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Lincoln Navigator Dimensions and Weight

The Navigator is between 17.5 and 18.5 feet long, depending on which wheelbase you choose. Its curb weight ranges from 5,685 to 6,056 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Lincoln Navigator Built?

Lincoln builds the 2020 Navigator in Kentucky.

Which Lincoln Navigator Model Is Right for Me?

Lincoln offers the Navigator in three trim levels: Base, Reserve, and Black Label. The Select trim was discontinued for 2020. In addition to the standard-wheelbase edition, Lincoln offers a long-wheelbase Navigator L. It comes in two trims: Reserve and Black Label.

There's only one available powertrain for this Lincoln, so the main difference between the trims is features. Lincoln made several safety and comfort features standard for 2020, making the base model a great choice for many shoppers.

As of this writing, Lincoln has not provided official pricing information for the 2020 Navigator. Estimates below are based on 2019 pricing.

Lincoln Navigator

As you might expect from a full-size luxury vehicle, the entry-level Navigator (starting at roughly $73,200) comes well-equipped. Its roster includes the SYNC 3 infotainment system, a 10-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, a 14-speaker Revel stereo, six USB ports, and satellite radio.

Other standard features include heated and ventilated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated second-row seats, leather upholstery, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, proximity keyless entry, a hands-free liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, MyKey, and a rearview camera.

Also standard is the Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features, which comes with blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and automatic high-beam headlights.

You can swap the second-row captain’s chairs for a bench seat at no extra charge. Four-wheel drive is available for around $2,700.

Lincoln Navigator Reserve

The Navigator Reserve will likely have an MSRP of around $85,200. It adds 24-way power-adjustable front seats, a surround-view parking camera system, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, automatic park assist, larger alloy wheels, and a panoramic sunroof.

The Reserve is the first trim available with the long-wheelbase L body type, which costs roughly $3,200 more. You can also opt for the Luxury package, which adds a 20-speaker stereo and 30-way power-adjustable front seats. Four-wheel drive is available too.

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

The high-end Navigator Black Label is expected to start at around $96,400. It comes standard with just about everything you can get in this Lincoln, including four-wheel drive.

A rear-seat entertainment system with dual 10-inch touch screens is available for around $2,000. The long-wheelbase L style is a $3,200 upgrade.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator is an excellent luxury large SUV that boasts an extravagant, spacious cabin and a massive cargo hold. Add in a muscular V6 engine and serene ride, and it’s easy see why this Lincoln stands out from the pack.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "The Navigator looks and feels like it's worth the money, especially from the inside. Design has brought Lincoln a long way. The floating center console, touchscreen arrangement and wrapped dash elevate the Navigator's appeal to new heights. And when compared to others in the segment, the Navigator stands out as a smart choice overall. Considering what you get for the money, the Navigator undercuts the competition. It has slightly better warranty coverage than luxury competitors too." -- Edmunds
  • "The Navigator is a wonderfully powerful, comfortable and beautifully furnished full-size luxury SUV. Yes, the price has jumped. And yes, to have all the goodies found on our Black Label you'll need to withdraw nearly six figures from the bank account. But this is easily the very best vehicle Lincoln makes. And more importantly, after spending some time behind the wheel, all the Navigator's competitors now seem a bit dated." -- Autoweek (2018)
  • "The all-new 2018 Lincoln Navigator isn't just the best Navigator ever, it may be the best vehicle Lincoln currently makes. Why? Because it's completely distinct from its Ford counterpart, the Expedition." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 18, 2019

Consistent Demand: Navigator sales have remained steady through the third quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2018. Still, the class sales leading Cadillac Escalade is currently outselling the Navigator by about 2 to 1.

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