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2012 Lincoln Navigator L

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2012 Lincoln Navigator L Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.2

As America's first full-size luxury SUV, the 8-passenger Lincoln Navigator's immediate success subsequently paved the way for additional challengers such as the Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX56, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes-Benz GL. Big and capable, the Navigator can now add "high-tech" to its list of superlatives thanks to the addition of Lincoln's new smartphone integration software, Sync Applink. Although skyrocketing gasoline prices have forced a market shift towards smaller, more-efficient crossovers, those still craving a traditional SUV will appreciate the 2012 Lincoln Navigator's luxurious amenities, extraordinary cargo capacity and intimidating stature.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you are looking for a luxurious family hauler with the lowest starting price in its class along with an excessively spacious cabin capable of accommodating eight passengers and their gear, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator is worth your consideration.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Unless your next luxury SUV must possess an eighth seat, you may find the 7-passenger Infiniti JX, Acura MDX and Buick Enclave more appealing with their superior agility, fuel efficiency and pricing.

What's New for 2012

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator adds a blind-spot side monitor for the outside mirrors and Lincoln's Sync Applink mobile app integration feature.

Driving the Navigator L

Driving Impressions This 2012 Lincoln Navigator boasts a stiff structure and fully independent front and rear suspensions. Monotube shocks all around improve the ride and enable more precise tuning, while a variable-boost...

power steering pump reduces low-speed effort and improves higher-speed feel and feedback. The Navigator is rock-solid yet surprisingly agile and comfortable on the road, even on rough surfaces. Performance is more than adequate, with a robust 5.4-liter V8 engine and appropriately large brakes to haul it down with authority. The extra-long L version feels heavier (because it is), yet drives smaller than it looks. Both are uncannily quiet inside due to an acoustic windshield, thick side glass and superb sound insulation throughout.

LINCOLN SYNC APPLINK
Sync Applink is a new feature designed to control popular mobile applications on your smartphone through voice commands. Simply download the compatible apps and connect your smartphone to the vehicle via Bluetooth to manage applications like Pandora, Stitcher or NPR News.

POWER-DEPLOYABLE RUNNING BOARDS
To facilitate ingress and egress of this lofty SUV, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator offers standard power running boards that automatically extend when any door is ajar and retract once all doors are closed.

2012 Lincoln Navigator L Details
Interior

Depending on the configuration, the Lincoln Navigator can seat up to eight passengers as well as enough cargo space to host a family picnic. Opting for the second-row captain's chairs drops the Navigator's seating capacity to seven but gains a convenient center console nestled between the two seats. The Navigator's expansive interior begins to make sense if you are planning to consistently fill all three rows of seats. To help combat some of the frustration associated with today's intricate infotainment systems, the Lincoln Navigator employs Sync voice-recognition software with over 10,000 commands for simpler operation over a variety of multimedia functions.

Exterior

Big and bold, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator makes its presence felt on the road. The Navigator's flashy exterior is characterized by a massive chrome front grille placed between large xenon headlamps and scores of chrome accents. The Navigator rides on standard 18-inch bright-machined alloy wheels, with fender-filling 20-inch chrome wheels available as an option. Though the power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats help, the Navigator's tall load-in height can make packing cargo difficult. The elevated step-in height is mitigated by power-assisted running boards that extend and retract automatically.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2012 Navigator's standard feature list is generous. Among the major items are automatic xenon headlamps that are nearly three times brighter than conventional halogen bulbs, 10-way power adjustable front seats with heating and cooling, heated second row seats, a power-foldable 60/40-split third-row seat, rear backup camera, keyless entry keypad for the driver's door, and power-adjustable pedals. Multimedia is supplied via voice-activated navigation with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Travel Link, HD Radio, and a 14-speaker THX II-certified audio system. Standard safety features include a full complement of airbags, trailer sway control, Lincoln's MyKey system, and a host of supervisory features for inexperienced drivers.

Optional Equipment

Options for the Navigator include a power moonroof, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and the Monochrome Limited Edition Package, which adds monochromatic accents, olive ash interior wood trim and premium leather seats with black inserts and piping. Additional standalone options include a Class IV trailer towing package, remote starting system and 20-inch chrome alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

The 2012 Navigator is powered by a SOHC 5.4-liter V8 that delivers a smooth 310 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque through a 6-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode. The available 4-wheel drive (4WD) system uses a 2-speed transfer case with optional electronic shift-on-the-fly capability. In low range it shifts the engine's electronic throttle control to a special off-road calibration for more precise torque management in the worst conditions, such as climbing hills under slippery conditions.

2012 Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L
5.4-liter V8
310 horsepower @ 5,100 rpm
365 lb-ft of torque @ 3,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg (gasoline, 2WD), 10/14 mpg (E85, 2WD), 13/18 mpg (gasoline, 4WD), 9/13 mpg (E85, 4WD)

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2012 Lincoln Navigator L Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 106 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

I love My Navigator

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "lots of room, plenty of cup holders, stylish"

Cons: "there is some blind spots"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my Navigator just over 2 years ago. It had 67000 miles on it when I bought it...it now has 90000 miles on it. This vehicle lives in the garage and I baby it everyday. It has all the bells and whistles except 4wd. It has all the power I need and great towing. I've been to Tennessee ,Florida, Louisiana, Alabama with my family and never had any problems. It rides really good with the air suspension. It looks awesome with the wood grain and leather seats, and just enough crome to turn heads. I had to replace the back hatch motor...other than that, I will have this vehicle years to come."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I don't think they could have designed any better!

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Beautiful and fun to drive."

Cons: "A bit pricey but you get what you pay for"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is absolutely the best family vehicle we've ever owned. We have 5 children. Room for everyone plus storage. Vehicle handles well, looks great, and rides comfortably. Nothing like having heated or cooled seats in 1st and 2nd rows for travel. We keep ethanol free fuel in this vehicle and kept a constant 22 mpg in town. Got great gas mileage on vacations with about 24 on the highway. Travels GREAT in snow with 4WD. We always feel secure in this Navigator. Lincoln Navigator is an all time favorite vehicle for us."

Great road trip vehicle and kid cargo machine!

By on Monday, August 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 118,900

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, strong motor, beautiful vehicle"

Cons: "power windows and running board failure"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Beast

"This truck has been a blast to drive. Classy head turner vehicle that has always been reliable for my busy family. It can tow the largest camper on the market without any difficulty or strain on the engine. The only issue I have had since I purchased it has been the automatic running boards only work when they feel like it and I chose to leave them in the closed position. Power window motors failed early on as well. I can't believe these two problems have not been recalls because almost every one I drive by has the running boards stuck down during driving. All the bells and whistles make it a pleasure to cruise long distance in."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Beast

Best vehicle I have ever drivin.

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,920

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A pleasure to drive"

Cons: "Bad Headrest. Not adjustable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I own a 2013 Lincoln Navigator, and I LOVE it, can't say any thing more than that. My only complaint is the Headrest tilts to far forward, can't adjust. It might work for driving dummies, but not for me. I have been driving for 55 Years and had a lot of vehicles, this is with out a doubt the best. My first car was a 1950 Ford custom. I have purchased at least twenty nine cars in that time, Cadillac, Pontiac. Mercury, Chrysler, and then the Navigator. A really nice machine. Thanks for listening."

17 people out of 30 found this review helpful

Love this vehicle.. Looking to buy a new navagator

By on Friday, June 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great vehicle and reliable."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love this vehicle. I want a new navigator with more safety features and better gas mileage. I was hoping to get a better trade in than $15,000. I will keep my 2007 a while longer.."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great vehicle - enjoy driving - safe - comfortable

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 115,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great driver, luxurious, American made."

Cons: "Mileage, but heh, it's a big vehicle."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great luxury SUV that beats Escalade in every category except one: sales. Snappy for a large vehicle, comfortable for big people, easy to drive, and has all the bells and whistles. Can't say enough about this SUV!"

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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