To save a ZIP code, allow your browser to accept cookies.

Enter Your ZIP Code

ZIP Code:
Save
ZIP Code Lookup

Why do we need your ZIP code?

Kelley Blue Book® Values and pricing are based in part on transactions in your area. Your ZIP code also helps us find local deals and highlight other available offers.

Advertisement
Please enter a valid 5-digit ZIP code.

2018 Lincoln Navigator KBB Expert Review

look up another car

Look Up Another Car

See this week's price for a:
Go

e.g. Honda e.g. Accord

Advertisement
Advertisement

Buyer's Resources

Calculate your monthly payment
Advertisement
Advertisement

KBB Expert Review

KBB Editors' Overview

By Keith Buglewicz


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. While sharing many parts under the skin -- a skin made of aluminum, by the way -- the Navigator sets itself apart with a sense of luxury and style that the Ford can't match, whether you're talking about the standard or long-wheelbase Navigator L, with its additional cargo space. Beyond that, the Navigator can go head-to-head with other high-end 3-row luxury SUVs with its head held high. The Cadillac Escalade is no match, and even vehicles like the Lexus LX 570, Infiniti QX80 and Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class have a hard time matching this big Lincoln's combination of luxury, style and capability.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a high-end off-road-capable family hauler that offers virtually every luxury you can think of, this big Lincoln fits the bill perfectly. Its powerful twin-turbo V6 engine, plentiful technology, and comfortable and distinctive interior combine to make this the most luxurious Lincoln yet, maybe ever.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Stylistically, the Lincoln Navigator will not be everyone's cup of tea...that is one huge grille, after all. Alternatives include the ever-present Cadillac Escalade, the Lexus LX 570, and the newly refreshed Infiniti QX80. All offer their own distinctive looks, and they also offer V8 engines, although none out-power the Lincoln.

What's New for 2018

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is all-new, with virtually nothing carried over from past models. The drivetrain gets a power upgrade, the body uses aluminum panels atop a steel frame, and the interior is as distinct from the Ford Expedition as black is to white.

Driving It Driving Impressions

This is a big, full-size luxury SUV, and as such it's not the happiest city dweller. An available 360-degree camera system, parking sensors and a self-parking feature help, but the short version is more than 17 feet long, the Navigator L is a foot longer, and tight parking lots and low-ceilinged parking structures are a hassle. On the open road, it's a different story. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine puts out 450 horsepower, plenty to move this big box around, and the 10-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly and quickly; we suggest leaving it in Drive and skipping the paddles. The suspension features active shocks for a smooth ride, and the big Lincoln had little issue with the kinds of beat-up roads we encounter here in Los Angeles. Inside it's quiet, with very little wind noise despite the blocky shape, an exception being the constant growl of the exhaust.

Favorite Features

DISTINCTIVE STYLE
The Navigator shares a lot of its mechanical bits with the Ford Expedition and always has. That's true this time as well, but with an important twist: The 2018 Navigator never lets you know it. The interior is unique, right down to the window switches, with virtually nothing shared between the two.

REVEL ULTIMA
The Revel Ultima audio system by Harman that's available in the new Navigator should be reason enough for audiophiles to buy this full-size SUV. With 20 speakers there's good separation, and the sound quality was superb whether you're listening to rock, classical or anything in between.


For vehicle details and pricing notes… Read More
Advertisement
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
Thanks for Supporting
Kelley Blue Book.
We deliver up-to-date car values, expert reviews and unbiased reporting at no
cost to you. To do this, we display ads from only trusted automotive partners.

To continue on our site, simply turn off your ad blocker and refresh the page.