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Rankings & Research

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Luxury Large SUVs category. Currently the Lincoln Navigator has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 12 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 9.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.0
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2018 Lincoln Navigator Review

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is one of the most well-rounded large luxury SUVs. It has a powerful engine and an opulent cabin with plenty of space.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engine
  • Luxurious cabin
  • Plenty of space
  • Intuitive technology
  • Rivals are more engaging to drive

Is the 2018 Lincoln Navigator a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Navigator is a good used large luxury SUV. It has one of the nicest cabins in this competitive high-end segment, and it boasts tons of passenger and cargo space. A 450-horsepower twin-turbo engine helps this Lincoln deliver class-leading towing and ample acceleration.

Among the Navigator’s strengths are:

  • Muscular engine
  • Plush ride quality
  • Long list of standard and available features
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Roomy, comfortable seats
  • Excellent cargo space
  • Outstanding towing capacity
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating

There are few weaknesses:

  • Less athletic than rivals
  • High ownership costs driven by depreciation
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 12 Lincoln Navigator reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars since 2007, and our team has decades of automotive industry experience combined. While we’re passionate about cars, we’re even more committed to providing helpful consumer advice. To ensure our reviews remain impartial, we refuse expensive gifts and trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2018 Lincoln Navigator?

Based on listings for the 2018 Lincoln Navigator on our site, the average list price is about $69,200. Prices range from about $59,200 to $88,600 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Lincoln Navigator Cost to Own?

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be around $29,700, or about $5,940 per year. That’s one of the lowest totals for a luxury large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Lincoln Navigator?

Lincoln made no major changes to the Navigator for the 2019 model year. You may be better off going with a similarly equipped 2018 model, which likely costs less than a new 2019 Navigator. Prices for a used 2018 Navigator range from around $59,000 to over $88,600, while a 2019 model starts at around $73,200 and can quickly climb into six figures.

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The Navigator was fully redesigned for the 2018 model year, and it features much nicer interior materials and a sleeker cabin design than the previous generation. Lincoln boosted horsepower in the twin-turbocharged V6 engine to 450 horsepower, up from 380 in the 2017 Navigator. The Navigator gained many available driver assistance features for 2018, like adaptive cruise control, collision prevention, a surround-view parking camera, and a head-up display. You can likely save money by going with an older 2017 Navigator, but you’ll miss out on the benefits of the new generation.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Lincoln Navigator?

The Lincoln Navigator has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Lincoln Navigator Recalls

At the time of writing, there are four safety recalls for the 2018 Lincoln Navigator:

  • The second-row center seat may be missing certain reinforcement brackets
  • Welds in the fuel pump assembly can crack and leak fuel
  • A missing roll pin in the transmission may prevent the vehicle from actually being in park despite the transmission being shifted into park
  • Second-row power windows may not automatically reverse from an obstruction

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Lincoln Navigator Trim Is Right for Me?

There are four trims of the 2018 Navigator: Premier, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. All models have a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive are available, along with standard and long-wheelbase body styles.

The Navigator has a long list of standard features, and nearly all seating and infotainment amenities are included in the base model, making it a great option. Or, you may want to jump up to the Navigator Select, which has a long list of available safety technologies.

  • Lincoln Navigator Premier: The 2018 Lincoln Navigator Premier comes standard with genuine leather first- and second-row seats, synthetic leather third-row seats, 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats, second-row heated captain’s chairs, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, a hands-free power liftgate, a rearview camera, MyKey driver monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system features a 10-inch touch screen, voice recognition, six USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and navigation. A second-row bench seat with heated outboard positions is available.
  • Lincoln Navigator Select: The Navigator Select adds a surround-view parking camera, a heated steering wheel, wireless device charging, and an adaptive suspension. Available features include a panoramic roof, a rear-seat entertainment system, ventilated 30-way power-adjustable front seats with a massaging function, and a trailering package. Models with the Technology package have adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a head-up display, lane departure warning, driver attention monitoring, automatic parking assist, and automatic high beams.
  • Lincoln Navigator Reserve: The Navigator Reserve comes standard with four-wheel drive, a panoramic roof, 24-way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, and a second-row center console. The Reserve is available with the same optional features as the Select trim.
  • Lincoln Navigator Black Label: The Black Label comes with pretty much every feature you can get in a Navigator, including all the driver assistance features. A rear-seat entertainment system and the 30-way seats are still available in this trim.

See 2018 Lincoln Navigator trims and specs »

What Does Lincoln’s Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Based on our research, Lincoln's CPO program can't compete with those of many other luxury brands. You'll get a more robust set of CPO benefits from Land Rover, Lexus, and Cadillac.

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How Safe Is the Navigator?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lincoln Navigator an overall rating of five out of five stars. The Navigator received five stars in the frontal and side crash tests. Rear-wheel-drive Navigator models earned three stars in the rollover test, while four-wheel-drive models earned four stars.  

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • MyKey driver monitoring
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert

Available advanced safety features:

  • surround-view parking camera
  • adaptive cruise control
  • pedestrian detection
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • head-up display
  • lane departure warning
  • driver attention monitoring
  • automatic parking assist
  • automatic high beams

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2018 Lincoln Navigator Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Lincoln Navigator or 2018 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2018 Cadillac Escalade ranks low in the class and can't measure up to the Navigator. Though it has a powerful 6.2-liter V8 under the hood, the Escalade has dull handling compared to the Navigator, and it's ride is less cushy. It also has a lower towing limit and slightly worse fuel economy. Inside, both of these SUVs boast high-end materials, but the Escalade’s infotainment system can be cumbersome to operate. You’ll get less cargo space and a smaller third row with the Escalade as well. The Cadillac has a lower range of prices, but we still think the Lincoln is the better buy. Plus, the Navigator will save you around $4,600 in five-year operating costs.

Which Is Better: 2018 Lincoln Navigator or 2018 Ford Expedition

The 2018 Ford Expedition shares its platform with the Navigator, and the two were fully redesigned together. Just as the Navigator ranks highly among luxury large SUVs, the Expedition sits near the top of our nonluxury large SUV rankings. Your choice will probably come down to your budget. On average, buying an Expedition costs $19,000 less than the Navigator. Both SUVs have comparable passenger and cargo space, as well as similar lists of features. As a luxury vehicle, though, the Navigator comes with many more standard amenities and offers some exclusive high-end options. Both SUVs have a twin-turbocharged V6 engine – the Expedition's puts out 375 or 400 horsepower, and the Navigator's V6 makes 450. Despite that difference in power, the Ford can tow up to 9,300 pounds compared to the Lincoln’s 8,700 capacity.

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2018 Navigator Performance

How Does the 2018 Lincoln Navigator Drive?

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator has more muscle under the hood than most other large SUVs. A twin-turbocharged V6 engine gets the Navigator moving with ease, even from a stop and when loaded up with people or cargo. Shifts from the 10-speed automatic transmission are smooth and precise. The Navigator soaks up bumps in the road and delivers a plush ride overall. Despite its large size, this SUV has a decent turning radius and good maneuverability in tight spaces. Around turns, the Navigator's body motions are mostly controlled.

  • Base engine: 450-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic transmission
Does the 2018 Lincoln Navigator Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Navigator gets decent fuel economy for a luxury large SUV, and gas mileage doesn’t change much between body styles or drivetrain.

  • RWD, short wheelbase: 16/23 mpg city/highway
  • RWD, long wheelbase: 16/22 mpg
  • 4WD: 16/21 mpg
2018 Lincoln Navigator Towing Capacity

The Navigator can tow up to 8,700 pounds when properly equipped, which is among the highest trailering capacitates in the class.

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2018 Navigator Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Navigator Seat?

The Lincoln Navigator seats up to eight people. All three rows have enough space for adults to ride comfortably, but long-wheelbase versions don’t actually add any extra passenger space. Instead these models provide more cargo space. Passengers in any seat should have enough support for long trips. The available 30-way power-adjustable front seats are among the best offered in any vehicle on the market.

Standard seating features:

  • 10-way power-adjustable, heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • genuine leather first- and second-row seats
  • second-row heated captain’s chairs
  • synthetic leather third-row seats

Available seating features:

  • 24-way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats
  • 30-way power-adjustable, ventilated, and massaging front seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • second-row heated bench seat
  • second-row center console
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Lincoln Navigator?

The Navigator features LATCH child-seat connectors for all second-row seating positions, as well as for the third-row outboard seats. In both rows, the lower anchors are easy to reach, and the tether anchors are clearly marked. Lots of space makes it easy to put in and take out a car seat.

2018 Lincoln Navigator Features

The 2018 Navigator comes standard with the SYNC 3 infotainment interface, which is regarded as one of the more user-friendly interfaces on the market. The graphics are a little underwhelming, but all of the buttons and knobs are easy to reach from the driver’s seat, and the whole system responds quickly to your inputs.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 10-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, voice recognition, six USB ports, HD Radio, satellite radio, and navigation
  • Available infotainment features: wireless device charging and a rear-seat entertainment system
  • Additional standard features: tri-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and a 110-volt household-style power outlet
  • Other available features: a panoramic roof

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2018 Lincoln Navigator Dimensions

Lincoln Navigator Cargo Space

The standard 2018 Lincoln Navigator has 19.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind its third row, 57.5 cubic feet with the third row folded down, and 103.3 cubic feet with both the second and third rows folded. All of those values are the best in the class. The extended-wheelbase Navigator L has 34.3 cubic feet behind the third row, 73.3 cubic feet with the third row down, and 120.2 with both back rows folded.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Lincoln Navigator Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 6 inches to 18 feet, 6 inches
  • Curb weight: 5,685 to 6,056 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Lincoln Navigator Built?

Lincoln built the Navigator at Ford's Kentucky truck plant.

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