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Consumer Reports Says Lincoln Navigator Should Be Avoided

Consumer Reports recently released its luxury SUV shopping guide. Unfortunately, the publication didn’t have good news for buyers interested in shopping for the Lincoln Aviator and suggested shoppers opt for the Acura MDX instead. It also recommended staying away from another of the marque’s vehicles: the Lincoln Navigator.

The CR’s guide calls the Navigator the “Luxury Large SUV to Avoid,” citing its disappointing road test, poor predicted reliability, and subpar predicted owner satisfaction. The publication remarks that the “Navigator is virtually a Ford Expedition with luxury features layered on,” and while it does feature quite a few luxurious aspects, there are some issues that detract from its desirability.

A test drive revealed that the luxury SUV’s twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine can get the large vehicle from zero to 60 in just 6.2 seconds. That’s not too shabby, considering its heft, but it pays for that speed with a mediocre 16 mpg fuel economy rating. The handling isn’t stellar, either, and feels “floaty and disconnected” in turns, and also feels like it rocks back and forth at low speeds.

Additionally, the vehicle’s “imposing width” makes it a challenge to guide the Navigator through spaces where other SUVs may not have issues, although all three rows are quite spacious because of its size. Some controls, like the pushbutton gear selector, are clunky to use. Its low predicted reliability means that buyers in the market for a luxury SUV should look elsewhere. In fact, CR recommends the BMW X7 over the Navigator, as its road test and increased predicted reliability make it a much more solid choice in the segment.

However, looking ahead, a refresh is inbound for the Lincoln Navigator for the 2025 model year. The luxury SUV will benefit from a restyled exterior among other yet-to-be-revealed improvements, which could make the 2025 Navigator a more formidable competitor and potentially solve its current issues.

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Alexandra is a Colorado-based journalist with a passion for all things involving horsepower, be it automotive or equestrian.

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  1. Mackie

    CR thinks you should buy a massive, full size SUV for handling and fuel economy?

  2. Z71surgeon

    I’m very curious about who they’re trying to convince a BMW is more reliable than a Ford.

  3. Dwayne D

    Bmw? Money pits. C R is not what they used to be.

  4. Dave

    CR is payoff by all the foreign car companies to give them better buys the domestic manufacturers.
    It has been this way for years , along with Motor Trend , Car and Driver , ect ..
    I agree , who buys a big SUV for fuel mileage ???
    If BMW is so good , why are all the soccer Moms driving Navigators , Tahoes , Suburban’s , ect . ??

    1. The Retired Viking

      Yep. GM’s and Ford’s Chinese cars are so far superior to US made Hondas and Toyotas yessir.

      1. John Q Public

        The Expedition/Navigator are designed and assembled in the U.S.

  5. wjtinfwb

    Having owned two BMW’s and lots of Ford’s. The BMW is generally a superior machine. Up to about 80k miles. After that you need to dump it for whatever you can afford at that point. Out of warranty on a BMW is a nightmare of absurd mainenance costs, never ending repairs and getting your pocket picked by BMW dealers and Indy shops. Everything said about the Nav can also be said about the Escalade and Grand Wagoneer. Lots of Navigators in Livery service in big cities, ask those guys about their experience.

  6. Mick1

    CR wouldn’t know a Ford, I mean Lincoln, if it got run over by one. You lease a BMW, you buy the Lincoln.

  7. Martin P. Teem

    In no way does the X7 favorably compare to my Navigator L Black Label.

  8. Vee

    American..piece of hyped junk..all that glitters is not what the Navigator are…I bought a used 2021..Reserve..only drove it a week..numerous the dealer for the past 4 weeks getting repaired.

  9. J. Titus-A Ford Enthusiast

    When i seen a Ford expedition ( Lincoln Navigator domestic copy); everything that Consumers Reports comes forth with: Us customizers, builders alike keep maintaining. But, those folk’s with close to zero knowlege are the ones who cry wolf.

    1. The Retired Viking

      Just pretend it’s German.

  10. Sue

    I am on my second Navigator and I love them. I had 3 expeditions and I have loved my Navigators much more. No problems with any of them. I would buy another one if I wanted to but at my age I don’t why I would. In fact my first one went to my daughter and the one I have now will go to my granddaughter.

  11. Jason D

    CR has always been biased against American car brands

  12. Willie mixon

    I own a Lincoln aviator.
    Best vehicle I’ve ever had. I’ve owned 2 navigators and there’s nothing in the world like what I won’t be buying it.Consumer reports magazine was that biased opinions against american vehicles

  13. Cigna

    Under Failure Farley, Ford’s quality control is the same as Alfa Romeo’s, it’s no surprise that no one should spend $100,000 on this shoddy vehicle. The odds are that there is a 90% chance a new Ford will be recalled.


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