2018 Lincoln Navigator Earns 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from NHTSA
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator has been a consistent bright spot in what has otherwise been a down sales year for The Lincoln Motor Company. It’s selling at a high clip, commanding higher transaction prices, earning the affection of younger drivers, and pulling more drivers away from other luxury brands. The Navigator’s latest accolade — the National Traffic Safety Administration’s 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score in its New Car Assessment Program — should only make the Navigator a brighter spot for the brand by increasing its appeal among parents.
“We want our Lincoln clients to feel at ease and confident behind the wheel for an ultimately enjoyable driving experience,” said Andrew Kernahan, Lincoln Navigator chief engineer. “Our innovative technology allows us to enhance that experience while also improving the vehicle’s overall safety.”
All iterations of the Lincoln Navigator — the standard-wheelbase 4×2 and 4×4 and extended-length Navigator L 4×2 and 4×4 — earned top honors from NHTSA in terms of overall rating, frontal crash rating, and side crash rating. The 4×4 models scored four stars in rollover testing, surpassing the 4×2 model’s three-star scores.
All 5-Star Overall Vehicle Scores are contingent on the inclusion of driver-assist safety technologies such as Blind Spot Information System, lane keeping system, auto high beams, enhanced active park assist, 360-degree camera, and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability.
The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is no stranger to major accolades, having earned the title of 2018 North American Truck of the Year in Detroit in January and getting the rub from tennis legend Serena Williams in a digital ad campaign earlier this year.