A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Lincoln Navigator

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The Lincoln Navigator was the flagship luxury SUV which laid the roadmap for its followers such as the Cadillac Escalade and the Lexus LX. Lincoln truly adhered to a philosophy of “go big or go home” on this 8-passenger luxury dreamboat, and with added tech features in the 2012 model, this old faithful is newer and better than ever.

Key Features

Syncing Applink with voice-recognition software makes operating and integrating your favorite apps with your Navigator a breeze. Heated second row seats, rearview backup camera, and automatically extending and retracting running boards also make this ample SUV an enjoyable ride.

Changes for 2012

This model year brought the addition of Sync Applink as well as blind-spot side monitors on the outside mirrors.

What We Like

The Monotube shocks offer an extra comfortable ride, and the 14-speaker sound system leaves nothing to be desired for the audiophile. In addition, safety remains a focus in this massive vehicle, with added supervisory features for when those teen drivers are practicing their skills in the grocery-getter.

What Concerns Us

There are comparable luxury SUVs (granted, most only seat 7) in its class, so the gas mileage can be difficult to justify unless you really do have enough kids to fill the whole thing.

Available Models

The base model of the Navigator has a 5.4L V8 FFV 6-speed automatic with optional 4x4, 310 HP, 365 lb.-ft. torque, and 14/20 mpg for rear-wheel drive, 13/18 mpg for FWD.

The L models have the same engines and other specs, but boast an additional 15” of length, bringing the L to 221” as opposed to the standard’s 206”.

Major Recalls

In February of 2012 a recall was issued because of a potentially inadequate weld on the head restraint of the second row, right-hand seat. Ford issued a notice that they would replace the restraints at no cost.

In May of 2012 a recall was issued due to the possibility that a transmission range sensor could have been calibrated out of sync with reverse gear, resulting in the vehicle potentially not going into reverse when the gear shifter is moved to “R”. Ford remedied this by offering to replace the TRS for free.

Common Issues

The Lincoln Navigator has a very good overall reputation. Some rare complaints include the rear suspension failing, allowing the vehicle to bottom out causing potential damage, and in a separate owner/vehicle, a loud noise occurring when shifting to overdrive.

Lincoln Navigator 2012 Interior


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