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The 2018 Navigator is one Lincoln that lives large

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Europeans and car snobs scoff at cars that put a premium on space, comfort and convenience over Nurburgring lap times, not understanding that most people drive because they have to, not because they want to. Most drivers favor cars and trucks that pamper rather than enthusiastically perform.

This is why Cadillac buyers are content to buy an Escalade for six figures but won’t consider a Cadillac sedan at half the price.

As the Sentinel Source writes "Lincoln understands what Cadillac does not. It’s fine to modernize your heritage, but you don’t trample it underfoot. Not that Lincoln didn’t do just that by offering such models as the MK-S sedan, a vehicle so utterly lacking in luxury, it’s no mystery what the “S” in its name stood for. But in its place is the Continental, a real luxury car with a real name, followed on its heels by the lavish new 2018 Navigator SUV, a vehicle that finally gives the Escalade a run for its money."

Pushing all of this extravagance to 60 mph is a twin-turbocharged V-6 and 10-speed automatic that provides plentiful power, just as it does in the Ford F-150 Raptor through the rear wheels or all four. The real star here, however, is the transmission, which always seems to respond exactly as you want it to, and always seems to be in the proper gear. Fuel economy came in at slightly more than 18 mpg in mixed driving. A drive mode selector can change its personality somewhat, adjusting for inclement weather, or conserving fuel, but most drivers will rarely fuss with it. The ride is very comfortable, although it’s not entirely isolated. The worst road shocks make their presence known, and there are some body motions, as you’d expect. Yet the Navigator handles corners far better than you’d presume for a vehicle of its size, although maneuvering in narrow spots calls for patience, like any large vehicle.
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