Without crash-test results from either of the major testing agencies, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator relies on some predicted rollover-protection scores and a host of standard safety features to make its case as a secure family luxury SUV.
The Navigator's impressive safety feature set is a good start. The usual assortment of dual front, side and curtain airbags are fitted, along with anti-lock brakes, traction, and stability control with roll mitigation. There's also trailer-sway control, which helps the vehicle correct for the swinging motion induced when it's towing.
The big Lincoln SUV also comes with front parking sensors and a rearview camera, as well as Ford's MyKey system, which lets drivers set governors on things like radio volume and overall vehicle speed.
These noted, the Navigator hasn't been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), or by the federal government's completely revised testing and rating system that began for 2011. But under the former system, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2010 Navigator a top five-star rating in both frontal and side-impact tests. Today, it receives just a mix of three and four stars for rollover protection, a mathematical rating inferred from its size and footprint.
Some drivers might find outward visibility challenging in the 2012 Navigator because of its sheer height.