The all-new, 2018 Lincoln Navigator SUV has won this year’s “North American Truck of the Year” award, as decided by a panel of more than 60 jurors from print, online, and broadcast media. The three-row Lincoln Navigator was completely redesigned from the ground up last year, inheriting the same capable, confident 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission as the 2018 Ford Expedition, except that in this application, the EcoBoost mill produces 450 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque.
“The 2018 Navigator received a more dramatic update than its Ford Expedition sibling and its impact for the brand will be stronger as a result,” says NACTOY juror Ron Sessions of the New York Daily News. “With its design now aligned with the Continental, the Navigator becomes an even more important image – and the profit-maker for Lincoln.”
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator’s road to North American Truck of the Year award winner began last April with its 2017 New York Auto Show debut. It and its full-frame competitors were evaluated for their innovation, design, safety, handling, driving satisfaction, value, and overall leadership in the segment.
The North American Truck of the Year award is part of NACTOY: the North American Car, Utility, and Truck of the Year awards. Winners in the Car and Utility categories were the Honda Accord and Volvo XC60, respectively.