The redesigned Navigator differentiates itself from its Ford Expedition sibling by piling on the luxury touches. This hulking SUV can accommodate up to eight people, although it’s so large it’s probably overkill for most buyers—unless they need to tow upward of 4 tons.

The turbo V6 packs 411 hp on regular gas, and it’s mated to a mostly smooth 10-speed automatic transmission. That abundant power scoots our four-wheel-drive Navigator to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Its 16 mpg overall is on par with similar SUVs.

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The continuously adjustable suspension handles bumps quite well except for some low-speed rocking, and the cabin stays whisper quiet. But its handling feels floaty and disconnected in turns. The SUV’s imposing width means drivers need to take extra care on narrow streets.

The opulent cabin is full of leather, wood, and chrome, but we found the modern-looking front seats to be uncomfortable. In the back, however, the second-row captain’s chairs are large and accommodating, and even the third row is spacious enough for adults.

Beginning any trip in the Navigator requires fiddling with the gear selector, an unintuitive row of chrome buttons on the dash. Most other controls are easy to use, including the Sync 3 infotainment system.

Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking aren’t available on the Navigator’s base trim. 

Read the complete Lincoln Navigator road test.

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HIGHS: Quietness, acceleration, second- and third-row seat room
LOWS: Front-seat comfort, unintuitive gear selector, clumsy handling, access
POWERTRAIN: 411-hp, 3.5-liter V6 turbo engine; 10-speed automatic transmission; four-wheel drive
FUEL: 16 mpg on regular fuel

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the May 2018 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.