2012 Lincoln Navigator

MSRP $57,775 - $60,675

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7.6

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2012 Lincoln Navigator Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Although many buyers have moved their attention towards SUVs with smaller and frugal engines in the wake of rising fuel prices, there is still a niche market for the full-size brawny SUVs with the classic American V8 engines at their heart. The Lincoln Navigator caters to this audience by being the premium sibling of the Ford Expedition SUV, with which it shares many of its components, including the powertrain. The plush ride quality, feature-loaded upmarket interior, and flashy exterior are what attract most buyers towards it. 

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Pros

Plush and comfortable ride quality

Premium feature-loaded cabin

Power folding third-row seat

Lower price as compared to competitors

Cons

V8 engine feels strained under load

Some cheap interior materials 

Aging infotainment system

What's New?

Integrated blind-spot mirrors are now standard

New AppLink for Sync system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$57775

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

top speed

131 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

330 cu.in.

horsepower

310 hp @ 5100 rpm

torque

365 lb.-ft. @ 3600 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

131 in.

length

221.3 in.

width

78.8 in.

height

78.1 in.

curb weight

6164 lbs.

ground clearance

9.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

168.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

130.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1590 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

14/17/20 mpg

highway range

670 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr./ 70,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$57,775 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Lincoln Navigator in Absolutely Red color
Absolutely Red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

6.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.0

7.6

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.6

Overall Rating


For the 2012 model year, the Lincoln Navigator has made the blind-spot mirrors as standard along with AppLink connectivity for the Sync interface. Ford has also done well to price the premium SUV aggressively as it begins at an MSRP of $58,770 before adding on the options, which undercuts the prices of other full-size SUVs Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX56, and the Mercedes-Benz GL 450. 


9.0/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2012 Lincoln Navigator Features

9.0/10

Lincoln has kept things very simple and clear and offered almost every feature that it has to offer, as standard with no trim bifurcations for the Navigator SUV. The only choice to be made is the drivetrain choice for either a rear-wheel drive or a 4-wheel drive drivetrain. There are many optional features to choose from as well and can be opted for to better spec the SUV to personal needs and preferences. 

Trims

Navigator

MSRP (RWD)

$58,770

MSRP (4WD)

$61,670

Key Features

Dusk Sensing Xenon HID Headlamps

 

Post-Collision Safety System

 

14-speaker 600W THX surround audio system w/1 subwoofer

 

6 Months Of Satellite Radio Service w/Real Time Traffic

 

Front And Rear Parking Sensors w/Rear View Camera

 

Leather, Wood, And Chrome Interior Trim

 

Dual Zone Front Climate Control w/Rear Ventilation Ducts and Fan Control

 

8-Way Power Heated/Ventilated Seats w/Heated Reclining Rear Seats

 

Premium Leather Upholstery

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As the 2012 Navigator comes packed with features to the brim with all the creature comforts available as standard, it is recommended to just opt for the 4WD drivetrain with the base trim and not spend additional money for optional packages. 

2012 Lincoln Navigator Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2012 Navigator is powered by a Ford sourced 5.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine under the hood that is paired with 6-speed automatic transmission that powers the rear wheels as standard and can be had with a 4WD option. There is no option available for either engine and transmission. The powertrain is powerful enough to tow a maximum of 9,000 lbs when properly specced. 

The acceleration performance is pretty strong too for a large SUV, as it manages a 0-60 mph sprint in 8 seconds flat while taking just over 16 seconds to cross the finish line at the end of the quarter-mile. The ride quality is quiet and supple but as is the case with large body-on-frame chassis SUVs, it too cannot get rid of the body roll. The steering too doesn’t offer much feedback but then it does what it was built to do rather well, ferrying people around comfortably.

Model

Lincoln Navigator Base

Cadillac Escalade Base

Infiniti QX56 Base

Mercedes-Benz GL 450 4MATIC

MSRP

$58,770

$64,165

$60,990

$62,570

Engine

5.4L, Naturally Aspirated V8

6.2L, Naturally Aspirated V8

5.6L, Naturally Aspirated V8

4.6L, Naturally Aspirated V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power

310 hp @ 5,100 rpm

403 hp @ 5,700 rpm

400 hp @ 5,800 rpm

335 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

365 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

417 lb-ft @ 4,300 rpm

413 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

339 lb-ft @ 2,700 rpm

0-60 mph (sec)

8.0

6.8

6.1

6.7

Quarter Mile (sec)

16.3

15.3

14.8

15.0

Top Speed (mph)

122

142

135

128

Towing Capacity (lbs)

9,000

7,700

8,500

7,500

Lincoln Navigator’s direct rival, the Cadillac Escalade costs a premium over what the Navigator charges and in return offers class-leading engine output, which makes it considerably quicker than the Lincoln. The Infiniti QX56 on the other hand only costs a bit more than the Lincoln and with the engine output similar to that of the Caddy, it is the quickest of the lot, that too by a huge margin. 

2012 Lincoln Navigator Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The large brawny V8 engine under the hood of the 2012 Navigator is built for power and not for saving mother nature, in fact, none of the large SUVs were intended to be frugal. Therefore, the 16 mpg of EPA-rated fuel economy figures are on par with the segment. Opting for the 4WD drivetrain will further reduce the fuel efficiency rating by another mpg in each aspect. Thankfully, the large 28 gallon fuel tank aids in offering a pretty decent driving range of over 400 miles between gas station visits.

Model

Lincoln Navigator

Cadillac Escalade

Infiniti QX56

Mercedes-Benz GL 450 4MATIC

MPG (City)

14

14

14

13

MPG (Highway)

20

18

20

18

MPG (Combined)

16

16

16

15

Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)

28.0

26.0

26.0

26.4

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

392 / 560 / 448

364 / 468 / 416

364 / 520 / 416

343 / 475 / 396

There is hardly anything to differentiate between most of the SUVs of the segment regarding the fuel economy figures and that can be seen in this comparison as well. Both the American and the Japanese Infiniti SUVs have very similar fuel efficiency ratings while the Mercedes GL 450 has a marginally higher fuel consumption. The Navigator has the largest gas tank while all others have similar smaller gas tank capacity and hence offer similar driving ranges. 

2012 Lincoln Navigator Interior

6.0/10

Lincoln has baked in almost all the premium features that it could offer with the SUV right into the 2012 Navigator. And although the cabin design may not be the most modern and while the materials quality too isn’t the greatest, the feature loaded nature makes it worth the price tag. The power folding third row of seat folds flat into the floor and the power and the premium leather upholstery with wood and bronze accents all feel particularly plush.

There is no shortage of space for any passenger whatsoever inside the cabin of the Navigator, no matter where you are seated. Both the front and second row of seats offer heating functionality while the front seats are also offered with a cooling function. While the third row of seat is also spacious enough to accommodate an adult rather comfortably. The 18.1 cu-ft luggage space at the back can be extended to 54.4 cu-ft by folding the third row down with the maximum cargo space rated at a whopping 103.3 cu-ft.. 

Model

Lincoln Navigator

Cadillac Escalade

Infiniti QX56

Mercedes-Benz GL 450 4MATIC

Seating Capacity

7

7

7

7

Front Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.5 / 63.3 / 41.1

41.1 / 65.2 / 41.3

39.9 / 63.8 / 39.6

40.1 / 58.3 / 40.3

Second Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

39.7 / 63.7 / 39.1

39.2 / 65.2 / 39.0

40.0 / 63.5 / 41.0

40.6 / 58.3 / 39.5

Third Row (Head / Shoulder / Leg) (in)

37.6 / 51.9 / 37.7

37.9 / 61.7 / 25.6

36.4 / 60.5 / 28.3

39.2 / 50.5 / 34.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.1

16.9

16.6

18.9

There is no competition to the space offered inside the cabin of the Lincoln Navigator. The Mercedes-Benz GL 450 comes in close at second with a decent amount of space in the third row but the other two offer seats that just aren’t useful enough. In fact the third row in the Cadillac can hardly fit in even the kids and needs to be removed by hand as they do not fold into the floor. 

  • 10-way power heated/cooled low-back front bucket seats w/power lumbar & driver seat memory
  • Heated Second row bucket seats
  • Third row PowerFold 60/40 split fold-flat bench seat
  • Premium leather seating surfaces w/perforated front row seats and third row vinyl
  • Power tilt steering wheel w/leather & wood trim and memory
  • Power adjustable pedals w/memory
  • Automatic front dual zone w/separate rear climate control
  • Genuine walnut swirl w/alloy & burnished bronze accents
  • Universal garage door opener

How intuitive is the 2012 Lincoln Navigator’s infotainment unit?

The Ford sourced SYNC infotainment system is one of the best and most intuitive units in the market today and it does its job well even in the Navigator, offering tremendous functionality with its voice commands, AppLink and iPod connectivity. The only negative would be the small screen size that makes it difficult to use while on the move. Inclusion of AppLink for this year adds a lot more features to the mix which includes Pandora internet radio and voice commands for select smartphone applications.

  • SYNC communications & entertainment system
  • 14-speaker THX II 5.1 stereo system
  • Voice-activated turn-by-turn navigation
  • Real-time traffic
  • AppLink and 911 assist
  • SIRIUS satellite radio and HD Radio
  • Rear seat audio controls

2012 Lincoln Navigator Exterior

9.0/10

The exterior too, similar to that of the cabin design, has started to show its age. Being the oldest in the segment, the Navigator feels right out of the old Hollywood mafia movies. The busy front grille flanked by old-school rectangular headlights on either side reminds you of the age while the boxy design does not help in this regard either. That being said, features like power running boards and liftgates are features that we hardly see even on modern-day SUVs. 

Model

Lincoln Navigator

Cadillac Escalade

Infiniti QX56

Mercedes-Benz GL 450 4MATIC

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,818

5,488

5,590

5,346

Length (in)

208.4

202.5

208.3

200.7

Width (in)

78.8

79.0

79.9

78.3

Height (in)

78.3

75.9

75.8

72.4

Ground Clearance (in)

9.1

9.0

9.2

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

119.0

116.0

121.1

121.1

The abundant space on offer inside the Navigator’s cabin is due to the extra-large dimensions of the SUV. The Cadillac Escalade is comparatively smaller and hence has a tight cabin to offer. Mercedes has done a fantastic job here to open up abundant space on the inside by extending the wheelbase in spite of its shorter dimensions. All the SUVs here offer similar ground clearances except for the GL 450 which rides considerably lower to the ground. 

  • Automatic HID headlamps w/rain lamps
  • Rain-sensing speed-sensitive intermittent windshield wipers
  • Power liftgate
  • Chrome capped heated power mirrors w/turn signal indicators, memory, spotter, driver side auto-dim, puddle lamps
  • Chrome upper/lower grille
  • Color-keyed power running boards
  • Luggage rack w/chrome side rails and black crossbars
  • 18-inch 7-spoke bright machined aluminum wheels

2012 Lincoln Navigator Safety

8.0/10

The IIHS is yet to crash-test the 2012 Lincoln Navigator yet, but the NHTSA has rated the Navigator with an overall 4-star safety rating which showcases its safety standards. Add to that the plenty of safety features that come in as standard with the 2012 Navigator, there should be no reason to doubt the safety parameters of this aging Lincoln. A highlight of the most prominent safety features on offer has been listed below. 

  • AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (RSC) and Trailer Sway Control
  • SOS post-crash alert
  • Forward sensing system
  • Reverse camera w/sensing system
  • MyKey System
  • Safety Canopy w/1st/2nd/3rd-row side curtain airbags
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

2012 Lincoln Navigator Final Verdict

The Lincoln Navigator is the old-school mafia that might have lost its hold in certain areas but still has its dominance in the segment. The engine might not be the most lively and the cabin might not be the most appealing to look at, but the plush ride quality, plenty of features, and acres of space on the inside do make a strong point for the SUV. Add to that the lower price tag and Ford’s reliability, the 2012 Navigator is still a viable option if you are looking for a large family SUV. 

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