2012 Lincoln Navigator L vs. Its Competition

2012 Lincoln Navigator
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Blinged out with chrome and laden with high-tech features, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator L sides with the Cadillac and Infiniti full-size SUVs when it comes to being showy.

The Escalade is priced much higher, though it's pretty much usurped the Navigator as the domestic image SUV of choice--and the Escalade comes in Hybrid trim if your conscience weighs as heavily on you as these trucks do on the planet.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is close in size and in price to the Navigator, and its diesel edition is our favorite big luxury ute, bar none.

The Infiniti QX is one hefty, quiet shuttle for seven, but some of its styling cues are awkward.

The Lexus LX 570 is, if anything, less efficient with space and fuel than the Navigator.

There's also the class benchmark, the five-seat Range Rover, which comes up short on value and on seats, but wins hugely on prestige, looks, and craftsmanship.

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Quick Specs
Big, brash, and unabashedly American, the 2012 Lincoln Navigator L is one of the biggest SUVs you can buy--for better and for worse.
The 2012 Cadillac Escalade models still rank among the most luxurious, spacious vehicles at any price—especially if towing capability matters.
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?
It can't rightly be called a value, but the 2012 Land Rover Range Rover delivers a truckload of ability and exclusivity along with its admittedly huge Monroney.
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.
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.
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Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Gas/Ethanol V8Gas/Ethanol V8Gas V8Gas V8Turbocharged Diesel V6Gas V8
EPA Class     
N/AN/AN/A4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/A
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door2WD 4-Door Base2WD 4-Door 7-passenger4WD 4-Door HSE4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTEC4WD 4-Door
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility4 DoorSport Utility4 Door SUV
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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