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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.
It's been more than five years since the Lincoln Navigator at all changed its game; and while this full-size SUV is now at the point where it looks a little unintentionally retro, its very traditional luxury-vehicle look and feel could be an asset to some who simply don't want to go modern.
The 2013 Navigator remains a huge two-box ute with lots of metallic trim and bejeweled details. That said, it's slightly less flashy on the outside than the Cadillac Escalade, a model that eclipsed it years ago and became the choice for those looking to show off their glitz and gluttony.
Take a step back, and while the Navigator definitely has its share of overdrawn details--like the somewhat over-the-top Sixties-sized grille, and oversized taillamps--and the body shell is at the least tastefully proportioned. On the down side, Ford has failed to touch up either the Navigator or its Ford sibling, the Expedition, with the somewhat brawnier, more chiseled update that the F-150 pickup (which both models are somewhat related to) received.On the inside, there's a similar story. The Navigator's cabin feels part unintentionally retro from the last decade, and part inspired from earlier Lincolns of the 1970s and '80s. The Navigator really bears little semblance in its interior details or design to newer Lincoln models like the new MKZ or MKS sedans, or the MKX crossover. It's effective though, as well as straightforward and perhaps a little trucklike, but with soft detailing.
The 2013 Lincoln Navigator's styling is behind the times--though depending on your aesthetic sense, that could be a good thing.