2012 Lincoln Navigator vs. Its Competition

2012 Lincoln Navigator
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

Loaded with tech and blinged out with chrome, the Lincoln Navigator is a more aggressive choice than the Lexus or Infiniti SUVs.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class meets it on much more even ground, and seriously steps up the quality and materials--for a price.

Cadillac's Escalade is the most direct competition for the Navigator, and it's more powerful and a bit nicer inside, too, though the Navigator remains more spacious, less expensive, and easier to drive on the road.

Land Rover's Range Rover is another one to consider, especially if you need serious off-road ability, though it's quite a bit smaller than the Navigator and more expensive, too.

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Quick Specs
7.4
Lavish and large, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator is luxury, American-style, but its powertrains are a step behind those of the competition.
8.6
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters.
8.4
Infiniti's civilized the full-sized SUV about as well as Land Rover has--but does the world still need big utes like this one?
8.8
With rugged styling, fairly nimble handling and diesel economy, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class can charm the mud right off a Land Rover Range Rover.
7.6
The 2011 Lexus LX 570 is no Range Rover or Escalade, and it isn't a serious trail crawler either; what's left is a luxurious and well equipped SUV, but one with limited appeal.
MSRP From    
$57,775$63,170$60,000$61,570$79,455
Gas Mileage    
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V8
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/A4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A
Style Name    
2WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door 7-passenger4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC4WD 4-Door
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
77778
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style    
Sport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport UtilitySport Utility4 Door SUV
Transmission    
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic