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2019 Lincoln Navigator Review

With its expansive cabin, comfortable ride, lengthy list of standard features, and outstanding towing capacity, the 2019 Lincoln Navigator easily finishes near the top of our luxury large SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Relaxed ride
  • Exceptional passenger and cargo space
  • Above-average towing capacity
  • Long standard features list
  • Long-item cargo is limited in models with a rear center console

Is the Lincoln Navigator a Good SUV?

The Lincoln Navigator is one of the best vehicles in the luxury large SUV class. The Navigator has everything large-SUV shoppers are looking for. It features three spacious rows of seats, one of the roomiest cargo areas in the class, and plenty of standard features. It also maintains a fairly composed ride for such a large vehicle.

Should I Buy the Lincoln Navigator?

The Navigator should definitely be on your short list of luxury SUVs with three rows. Its relatively low starting price, coupled with the fact that it has practically no faults, makes it a great value. Still, there are other SUVs that may pique your interest. The Cadillac Escalade's great towing capability, strong V8 engine, and high-quality cabin make it an appealing option, while the Ford Expedition is a more affordable and less luxurious version of the Navigator.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lincoln Navigator?

The Navigator's current generation launched with the completely redesigned 2018 model. The redesign added several driver assistance features, including forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a 360-degree camera, and parallel and perpendicular park assist. Lincoln also increased the power output in the twin-turbo V6 – taking it from 380 horsepower to 450 horsepower – and replaced the old six-speed automatic transmission with a new 10-speed. Despite the increase in power, fuel economy improved slightly.

We recommend opting for the 2018 Navigator, which is practically identical to the new Navigator but probably less expensive. Shopping for a used model from the previous generation will likely save you a lot of money, but you won't enjoy the benefits from the 2018 redesign. If you're considering a used model, check out our 2016 and 2017 Navigator reviews for more information.

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We Did the Research for You: 14 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 14 Lincoln Navigator reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, performance specs, safety features, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Lincoln Navigator generation, which runs from 2018 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Lincoln Navigator Cost?

The base 2019 Lincoln Navigator starts at around $73,200. The Navigator comes in three additional trims with starting prices ranging from about $77,500 for the Navigator Select to nearly $100,000 for the top-of-the-line long-wheelbase Black Label trim.

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Lincoln Navigator Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lincoln Navigator or Cadillac Escalade?

The Cadillac Escalade and the Navigator are neck and neck in terms of interior refinement. Both come with plenty of standard comfort features, including leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and heated front- and second-row seats. The Escalade also comes standard with ventilated front seats (optional in the Navigator). Both models are available in a long-wheelbase version: The Escalade ESV is roughly 10.8 feet long, and the Navigator L is about 10.9 feet long. Towing and cargo capacity estimates are similar, though the Navigator has the edge in both. The Lincoln, however, has significantly more third-row passenger room, better fuel economy estimates, and a stronger engine than the Cadillac. The Navigator is the better SUV.

Which Is Better: Lincoln Navigator or Ford Expedition?

Choosing between the Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator ultimately comes down to how luxurious you want your vehicle to be. The Expedition features a handsome interior with quality materials, but it can't touch the Navigator, which has one of the most exquisite cabins out there. Ford Motor Company builds both large SUVs, and there's only slight performance differences between them, including an extra 50 to 75 horsepower from the Navigator's powertrain and a higher towing capacity from the Expedition. Both models do well in our rankings, so you can't go wrong with either. If you want an SUV that's just as capable as the Navigator but for significantly less money, you'll want the Expedition. If luxury is what you’re after, the Navigator is a better option.

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Navigator Interior

How Many People Does the Navigator Seat?

There's seating for seven or eight people in the Navigator depending on whether you opt for a bench seat or captain's chairs in the second row. Regardless of setup, adults will have a good amount of space and comfort in all three rows of the cabin.

Navigator and Car Seats

Depending on the seating configuration, there are two or three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the second row of the Navigator. The third-row outboard seats each have full LATCH systems.

Navigator Interior Quality

The Navigator features plush leather upholstery and wood accents throughout the modern, well-designed cabin. Most reviewers praise the Navigator for its top-notch interior materials, but some mention that a few surfaces aren't as nice.

Navigator Cargo Space

You won’t lack cargo space in the Navigator. It has 19.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 63.6 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 103.3 cubic feet behind the first row. This is more space than you'll find in most class rivals. Some reviewers complain that the second-row center console limits cargo flexibility. All models feature a hands-free power liftgate and power-folding seats in all rows. A long-wheelbase body style is available and adds an additional 15 cubic feet of cargo space.

Navigator Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Navigator comes standard with the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes a 10-inch touch screen, navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, satellite radio, six USB ports, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. The infotainment system has intuitive and easy-to-use menus, but its graphics could use an update. Available features include a 20-speaker Revel Ultimate audio system and a rear-seat entertainment system.

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

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Navigator Performance

Navigator Engine: 1 Engine Choice Is All You Need

The 2019 Lincoln Navigator only has one available engine, but it has more than enough power to satisfy most drivers. The Navigator's 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 has more power than many of its V8-powered rivals. The Navigator gets up to speed quickly, and its 10-speed automatic transmission delivers relatively quick and smooth shifts. However, the transmission may sometimes hesitant to downshift.

Navigator Gas Mileage: Good for Its Size

At the time of this writing, there are no fuel economy estimates for the 2019 Navigator. The nearly identical 2018 Navigator delivers 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, which are good estimates in the luxury large SUV class. You'll also be happy to know that the Navigator doesn't require premium gasoline.

Navigator Ride and Handling: Smooth Cruiser

For such a large vehicle, the Navigator feels pretty composed around corners, and its ride is comfortable and relaxed over both bumpy and smooth roads. There's also an available adaptive suspension with various driving modes, but the differences between the modes are negligible. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

Navigator Towing Capacity

With a towing capacity of 8,700 pounds, the Lincoln Navigator can carry more weight than most competitors.

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Navigator Reliability

Is the Lincoln Navigator Reliable?

The 2019 Navigator earns a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

Lincoln Navigator Warranty

The Lincoln Navigator comes with a four-year/50,000-mile basic warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. Some of its competitors don't cover the powertrain for this long.

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Navigator Safety

Navigator Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Lincoln Navigator a five-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating.

Navigator Safety Features

Standard advanced safety features include a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and front and rear parking sensors. It also comes with MyKey, which allows parents to set audio and speed limits for teen drivers. Available features include a 360-degree camera, emergency brake assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, a head-up display, parallel and perpendicular park assist, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

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Which Lincoln Navigator Model Is Right for Me?

The Navigator comes in four trim levels: Base, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. All trims come with a 450-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Four-wheel drive is available in the first two trim levels and standard in the Reserve and Black Label trims. The base trim comes with plenty of features and should satisfy most shoppers. If you're looking for a long-wheelbase model, however, you'll have to move up to at least the Select trim. The Black Label trim is a good choice for those looking for ultimate refinement. It features enhanced styling and several more advanced safety features, but it costs significantly more.

Lincoln Navigator Base

The base Lincoln Navigator starts at about $73,200 and comes with heated, leather first- and second-row seats, as well as 10-way power-adjustable front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, MyKey, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. The SYNC 3 infotainment system is also standard. It comes with a 10-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, satellite radio, and six USB ports. You can add four-wheel drive to this model for an additional cost.

Lincoln Navigator Select

Starting at $77,555, the Select trim adds a 360-degree camera, an adaptive suspension system, a heated steering wheel, and wireless device charging. Four-wheel drive is available. There's also an available Technology package that adds features like active park assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, a head-up display, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Plus, you can add a rear-seat entertainment system and 30-way, power-adjustable, massaging front seats for an additional cost. There is also a long wheelbase model available for an extra $3,200.

Lincoln Navigator Reserve

The Reserve trim has a starting price of $85,205. It features 24-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and four-wheel drive. The same features and packages in the Select trim are also available for the Reserve trim. You can also add a 20-speaker Revel Ultimate audio system. The long wheelbase version will cost you an additional $3,200.

Lincoln Navigator Black Label

The top-of-the-line Black Label trim starts at $96,395. It features unique exterior and interior styling, adaptive cruise control, parallel and perpendicular park assist, a head-up display, collision mitigation, and lane departure warning. You can also add the 30-way power-adjustable seats, the rear-seat entertainment system, and a long wheelbase to this trim.

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The Final Call

There's a lot to like about the 2019 Lincoln Navigator. This luxury large SUV gleams upscale and refinement from the inside out. It boasts abundant passenger and cargo space, a rich list of standard features, a cushioned ride, and excellent towing capability.

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

  • "Here's all you really need to know: The 2019 Lincoln Navigator is one of our favorite luxury SUVs. Last year's redesign enhanced the Navigator's already impressive capability to carry people and tow heavy loads. It also ushered in fresh styling and new features. This new Lincoln is at the head of the class against its American counterparts and likely earns front-row status with valet attendants, 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)


Expert Advice

Last Updated: June 21, 2019

Consistent Demand: Navigator sales have remained steady so far this year compared to 2018. Still, the Cadillac Escalade is currently outselling the Navigator by about 76%.

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