Review and Test Drive: 2018 Lincoln Navigator Reserve and Black Label

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In order to experience the full Lincoln Navigator experience, we started with a Navigator Reserve – which is the third highest trim level after Premiere and Select – and then the Black Label edition.

Push the start/stop button and the powerful twin-turbocharged DOHC 3.5-liter V6, shared with the Ford F-150 Raptor, comes to life. The V6 develops 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque (which incidentally leaves the Escalade’s 420-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 in the dust).

Paired with a ten-speed automatic, the V6 is formidable and refined. It’s clearly been programmed for performance and was seemingly always able to select the right gear for the circumstance.


At first, we found the steering to be somewhat unexciting but I then found it was in Normal mode. Switching to Excite had the desired result and made for more aggressive handling and shifting as well.

In our two weeks of driving the two Navigators around the New York metropolitan area and one trip upstate, we averaged 15.5 mpg (15.2 l/100 km).

Lincoln took pains to clearly differentiate the Navigator from other lesser vehicles and it shows. In both editions, the materials – from perforated leather to faux suede – were excellent. The consoles include a selection of wood, piano-black trim, and some chrome. In fact, there’s more chrome inside the passenger compartment than outside. The interior layout is reminiscent of the new Continental and the 12” infotainment display – combined with the highly configurable 10” touchscreen that serves as the instrument cluster – is a remarkable experience in terms of the user interface.

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