2012 Lincoln Navigator – Review

2012 Lincoln Navigator – Review
10 Apr 2012

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The 2012 Lincoln Navigator – a luxury SUV that has everything you would expect from a Lincoln, and more.

The 2012 Lincoln Navigator comes equipped with a 5.4L 3-valve V8 FFV engine, pushing out 310 HPs (@5100 rpm) and 365 lbs ft of torque (@3600 rpm). Fuel consumption is not too bad for a big truck like this… 16.4L/100kms city and 11.3L/100kms hwy, with a 106 litre fuel capacity, with Flex-Fuel capability (it can operate on E85 – 85% Ethanol / 15% gasoline, gasoline, or any blend of the two). A 6-speed automatic transmission with tow/haul mode and Control Trac® 4-Wheel-Drive (4WD) System is standard, as is power 4 wheel disc brakes and ABS.

The exterior: This vehicle was a head-turner! I felt like I was in an episode of Pimp My Ride… 20” 7 spoke polished aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust tips, chrome upper and lower grills, and my favourite feature… power deployable running boards (and this time I was ready for them). The power lift gate was also standard, which is a great feature when loading groceries. The vehicle I tested was finished in white platinum metallic tri-coat.

The interior: Now I am a big guy, but I did expect a bit more room in the cockpit. I found it a little tight on the sides, but the seats were super comfy. The 10-way power adjustments made adjusting to a perfect position quite easy, as did the power tilt steering column, and power adjustable brake and accelerator pedals. The colours were a bit weird… the seats were a canyon leather with charcoal black piping and embroidered Lincoln badges, and the centre console had a beautiful olive ash wood… but the colour of the panels on the doors and above the glovebox really didn’t match.

I did, however, like the placement of an analog clock above the navigation screen, reminiscent of vintage Lincolns.

The rear compartment had a ton of room! The rear seats fold down to give you extra cargo space. You would definitely have no problem packing up a week’s worth of groceries, or for those sports families… your kids sporting equipment.

The drive: For a big vehicle with large tires, it had a super-comfortable and quiet ride. During the week I tested this vehicle, it was dry, rainy and it even snowed, so I got to drive it in a variety of conditions. In all, it handled very well. Driving over railway tracks, I could barely feel them. The rearview camera was a nice touch, making it easier to back out of parking spots. This should be standard on all large vehicles, and I am happy to see Ford/Lincoln leading the way in that department.

Audio and Communication Systems: The Navigator comes equipped with a THX II Certified 5.1 Surround Sound Audio System, AM/FM stereo, CD/DVD/Jukebox, MP3 capability, and 14 speakers (including an 8” subwoofer), blasting out 600 watts of power! There is also a built-in 12-channel amplifier.

For communications, the Navigator has the standard Sync in-vehicle connectivity system, and a voice-activated navigation system. I would have loved to see the Sync + MyFord Touch system in this vehicle, but the Sync on it’s own is still pretty cool and easy to use.

With so many standard features, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator doesn’t disappoint.

Big Daddy

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Here are a few more of the pictures I took:

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Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.


  1. multitestingmommy : April 11, 2012 at 7:12 am

    I bet you felt GOOOOOD driving that baby around! Fun! GREAT vehicle :)

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