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2012 Lincoln Navigator Price, Review, Specs

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2012 Lincoln Navigator Price, Review, Specs, what car reviews, The Lincoln Navigator is Lincoln’s premium full-size SUV and was Lincoln’s first SUV, offering capabilities of an SUV and features of a luxury sedan. Navigator was redesigned for 2003 with a number of new luxury features and interior styling that combines design cues from the 1961 Lincoln Continental with modern lighting technology. For 2007 the Navigator received a major redesign and introduced the Navigator L, an extended version that has a 12-inch longer wheelbase and 25 cubic feet of additional cargo space.

Prior to the recession and volatile gas prices, the Lincoln Navigator was a seductive poster child for conspicuous consumption. While large, flashy SUVs have lost most of their hip-hop allure in these more modest days, vehicles like the 2012 Lincoln Navigator still have their place.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV offered in two sizes: regular and extended-wheelbase Navigator L. Both models have three-row, seven-passenger seating. The second-row bucket seats can be replaced with a three-person 40/20/40-split bench that increases seating capacity to eight.

Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, a power liftgate, power-folding running boards, a rearview camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear auxiliary controls, heated and ventilated power front seats, driver memory settings, leather upholstery, power-adjustable pedals, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated second-row seats and a power-folding third-row bench. Also standard are the Sync voice command system, Bluetooth, a navigation system, a touchscreen electronics interface and a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system with HD radio, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

If the glut of exterior chrome is too overwhelming for buttoned-down owners, Lincoln offers a Monochrome Appearance package that softens the Navigator’s attitude with body-colored elements. A similar Monochrome Limited Edition package includes unique leather upholstery and Olive Ash wood trim. Other options include 20-inch chromed wheels, a sunroof, a heavy-duty tow package and a rear-seat entertainment system with twin headrest-mounted screens.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator comes standard with a 5.4-liter V8 that’s rated at 310 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. It’s connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can choose between rear- and all-wheel-drive models, the latter featuring an electronically controlled single-speed transfer case.

EPA fuel economy estimates stand at 14 mpg city/20 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined for the 2WD model. The 4WD Navigator is rated at 13/18/15.

Safety

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator comes standard with stability control (with a rollover sensor), traction control, antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, three-row side curtain airbags and a post-crash alert system. Also standard is Trailer Sway Control, which uses the stability control sensors to detect and minimize a trailer’s tendency to weave in some situations. The programmable MyKey system is another nifty standard offering that allows parents to specify speed limits and stereo volumes for their teenage drivers.

Interior Design and Special Features

The Navigator comes with virtually every high-end feature imaginable, from heated and ventilated front seats to power-retractable running boards. You’ll definitely feel pampered, but its retro design lost its luster long ago and the materials used are subpar for the class. The silver-painted buttons in particular look quite cheap.

On the upside, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator offers one of the most accommodating interiors in the segment. Seating comfort is excellent, and the seats make way for cargo with ease. The second row folds down manually, but the power-folding third-row seat is easily stowed, opening up a flat load floor. (You must physically remove an Escalade’s third row.) The base Navigator holds a respectable 104 cubic feet of cargo. The longer Navigator L, thanks to its additional space behind the rear seats, offers a generous 128 cubic feet of cargo storage, and the extra length helps with access to the third-row seat when powered back to the up position.

The voice-operated Sync system is particularly useful; among other functions, it allows you to control your cell phone and iPod (or other MP3 player) without removing your hands from the steering wheel. And now the AppLink adds voice-command capability to select smartphone applications, and you can use apps like Pandora for your favorite music. Unfortunately, the Navigator’s small touchscreen isn’t as useful or user-friendly as the electronics interfaces found in competitor vehicles.

Driving Impressions

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator delivers what’s expected from a luxury vehicle: a supple ride quality and a hushed cabin that largely insulates its passengers from the outside world. Alas, it also exhibits the flaws of such a big SUV, with noticeable trucklike body roll in sharp turns. And since the Navigator L measures almost 19 feet long, it can be a handful in tight parking situations with its 44-foot turning circle. The regular-wheelbase model isn’t much better.

Acceleration seems satisfactory until you compare it to its significantly gutsier competition or fill it to the brim with people and gear. Ford’s 5.4-liter V8 never was the most spirited truck engine on the market, and towing a full load just reinforces the Navigator’s most glaring shortcoming.

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2012 Lincoln Navigator Price :

MSRP range: $57,775 – $62,840
Invoice price range: $54,301 – $59,011

2012 Lincoln Navigator Specs :

Drivetrain : Rear Wheel Drive
Curb Weight (lbs) : 5782
City (MPG) : 14
Hwy (MPG) : 20
Horsepower : 310@5100
Torque (lb-ft) : 365@3600
Wheelbase : 119.0
Length (in.) : 208.4
Width (in.) : 78.8
Height (in.) : 78.3

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