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STYLING | 8 out of 10
The Navigator's basic shape is clean, if slightly bland
It might as well be called the Blingmobile
The 2008 Lincoln Navigator is about as big, bold and flashy as they come
Kelley Blue Book
Other than it being just a smidge pretentious, I like the way it looks
The 2008 Lincoln Navigator is bold, flashy—maybe even a little pretentious, according to the reviews consulted by TheCarConnection.com.
Some editors at TheCarConnection.com like the look of this full-size SUV, as it recalls the grille work of the classic Lincoln Continental models from the early 1960s. Other editors think the style can be classified as "overkill in chrome."
Automotive.com gives the most neutral opinion on the big Lincoln’s style: "the Navigator's basic shape is clean, if slightly bland...the profile is tidy for such a big vehicle, almost lean.” More typical is the assessment from Cars.com, which says the Lincoln Navigator "might as well be called the Blingmobile, thanks to its giant, diamond-cut chrome grille." Edmunds reports that the Lincoln Navigator 2008 has the "most amount of chrome available on the nose of any current production vehicle." However, in this era of cost-cutting, Cars.com points out that chrome "is very expensive these days and is rarely used on new cars and trucks," revealing that the Lincoln Navigator 2008 "grille is actually painted plastic, and when you get up close you can tell it isn't substantial." However, they also say "it sure looks real from far away, though, and will look that way to the people and drivers you pass on the street." In any event, they point out that the "2008 Lincoln Navigator is about as big, bold and flashy as they come." The reviewer at Mother Proof quips "other than it being just a smidge pretentious, I like the way it looks...it is distinctive, stylish, and decidedly Lincoln...discreet, however, it is not."
When it comes to the Lincoln Navigator's interior design, Automotive.com says that "if you like the retro design you won't be disappointed with the finish, particularly with the lighter Anigre wood trim, the square-ish shapes and flat switch clusters inside the Navigator generate a kind of post-modern, Scandinavian feel." The test driver at Cars.com loves "the retro gauges," which bring to mind his grandfather's "Cadillacs of the 1970s and early '80s," and says they're "easy to read and extremely distinctive, the gauges make an elegant statement." According to Kelley Blue Book, the design influence goes back even further: "The instrument bezels, 'inspired by popular rectangular fashion eyewear,' have a '50s retro look."
The 2008 Lincoln Navigator may indeed be the ultimate "Blingmobile."