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2018 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR IS ULTIMATE NO-FRILLS WORKHORSE

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It is the first American vehicle ever to dominate the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study. The top ranking, deservedly so, is thanks to customers who praised the SUVs technology to seat comfort, surpassing other brand nameplates.
Totally redesigned for 2018, the Lincoln Navigator is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which cranks out 450 horsepower (up 70 hp from its predecessor) @ 5500 rpm and 510 pounds-feet (increase of 50) @ 3000 rpm. Transmission goes up from the previous 6-speed to a 10-speed automatic. The full-size SUV gets an independent short- and long-arm front and a multilink rear suspension for a secure ride, regardless of road and weather conditions. When you need to stop, 13.8-inch vented front and rear discs come into play. Tow capacity is remarkable at 8,700 pounds.

Head out toward the Navigator with key in pocket and the chrome Lincoln star logo, surrounded by horizontal LED headlights on the huge mesh grille, will illuminate. If coziness is of significance, be assured that you are traveling in a lap of luxury. Everyone aboard is treated to royalty, starting with the 24-way power and heated/cooled front seats. The user-friendly Sync3 interface controls audio, phone and navigation systems via voice, touch or both. Total passenger volume is an admiring 172 cubic feet with rear-seat occupants treated to royalty. Audiophiles will thrill to the Revel 20-speaker sound system. Tri-zone auto a/c, panoramic sun roof, power second- and third-row seats, head-up display, 12-inch configurable instrument cluster, power tilt/telescope steering column and lift gate, and the Lincoln welcome mat come at no extra cost. 

Dual front and side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic stability and traction control, blind spot monitor with cross-traffic alert, rearview camera, front and rear three-point seatbelts, remote start, tire pressure monitor and daytime running lights are standard.

It may be nearly 5,900 pounds but the full-size SUV packs tons of power. In fact, the gas pedal unleashes robust acceleration to make the Navigator an elegant, pleasing and easy-riding companion. Lest we forget, the North American Truck of the Year (that is another well-earned honor) is also the ultimate utilitarian workhorse.

NAVIGATOR (RESERVE)
Tires: 275/55HR20
Wheelbase: 122.5 inches
Length: 210 inches
Steering: adaptive, variable power
Fuel capacity: 23 gallons
City: 16 mpg
Highway: 21 mpg
Base price: $81,205
Web site: www.lincoln.com

CALLING ALL LINCOLN DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com