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STYLING | 6 out of 10
strays from Expedition's large, clear presentation of gauges with a retro design of smaller, fussier, and harder-to-read shapes
massive grille attracts attention (for better or worse) like a Las Vegas marquee advertising a $5 steak dinner and Wayne Newton Live
The modern face of American luxury is a big toothy grin covered in braces.
Edmunds' Inside Line
World’s biggest cheese grater. World’s biggest BBQ grille. World’s biggest harmonica. Any analogy you come up with for the Navigator’s new front end always is prefaced by “world’s biggest.”
Not that the gallons of chrome slathered all over the Navigator are exactly subtle.
Still a big, two-box ute with lots of metallic trim and bejeweled details, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator hasn't changed its game much over the past decade. Does it need to? Of the buyers still left looking for big, blingy SUVs, the Navigator still gets its share, though it was eclipsed years ago by Cadillac's even more glitzy Escalade.
Unplug some of the Navigator's more overdrawn details--the Sixties-sized grille comes to mind--and the basic Navigator body shell is actually pretty conservative, themed as tastefully as Ford's own Expedition.Inside, there's a lot of inspiration from earlier Lincolns, this time with gauges modeled after those found in 1970s and '80s vehicles. There's a retro look, no doubt, but they're very visible and straightforward.
Is it a piece of American archaeology, or still a swinging king of bling? With the 2012 Lincoln Navigator, it can be hard to tell.