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2012 Lincoln Navigator L KBB Expert Review
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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
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)
The 2012 Lincoln Navigator's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starts just shy of $59,000, while the L model and its additional 15 inches will tack another $2,000 to the bottom line. Opting for 4-wheel drive adds nearly $3,000. Both Navigator models are considerably less expensive than the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, yet Kelley Blue Book projects the standard and stretched Navigators' 5-year residual values to be nearly identical to the pricier Escalades. Navigator transaction prices may vary, so be sure to check KBB's Fair Purchase Price to see what people are actually paying for their Navigators in your area.
Lincoln Navigator L Consumer Reviews
August 23, 2018
Great and reliable car
Great and reliable car for almost 11 years and 136,000 miles
August 09, 2018
Our 2015 Lincoln Navigator is a pleasure to drive, has plenty of room, power, comfort and options. For such a large vehicle it...
July 29, 2018
Great reliable SUV
I dont normally keep cars this long but we have two SUVs now that we just cant justify selling - an Acura MDX and Lincoln Navigator. ...
July 24, 2017
Great SUV, best luxury SUV on market.
This is the third Navigator in my life and by far it is the best. Im extremely happy with the EcoBoost engine & its power and handling. ...
June 20, 2017
Bought brand new in 2012 and now driven over 70,000. The car is a joy to drive.
May 04, 2017
This is my second Navigator....
We purchased our 2003 Navigator with 65k miles on it and we made another 65k+ during five years. During that time we replaced air...
March 25, 2017
Greatly improved car over earlier Navigators.
This is a good SUV and a great saving over the Escalade for 90% the same specs. Comes complete - very few possible options. The front...
January 03, 2017
Most dependable vehicle I've ever owned!
I have a 2000 Lincoln Navigator that I purchased in 2007 for around $13,500.00. It had 90,000 miles at that time and now the odometer...
November 19, 2016
Love this SUV!
Comfortable, nice-looking, and can hold lots of cargo.
August 24, 2016
This was my 2nd Navigator
I had my 1st Navigator for 10 years and my 2nd Navigator for 8 years. They were both fantastic but my 1st one held up a little better....