Lincoln Navigator Gets 5-Star Government Crash Test Rating

The all-new Lincoln Navigator has been heralded for its style, sophistication — and most importantly — its safety, and now it has even more credentials to back it up.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 2018 Lincoln Navigator for its commitment to keeping passengers safe, giving it a five-star “Overall Vehicle Score” in its New Car Assessment Program, which is the highest rating possible in the category.

The Lincoln Navigator is the only vehicle in its class to earn a five-star rating for its overall vehicle score, according to Lincoln. The all-new Lincoln vehicle also received a five-star “Overall Front Star Rating” thanks to five-star ratings in both front driver side and passenger side safety. It also received the same five-star rating for “Overall Side Star Rating.”

Any new passenger vehicle must be given a safety rating by the NHTSA due to a provision of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users. This provision requires that vehicles manufactured after September 2007 must be labeled through the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program, which sets requirements and guidelines that such labels must follow.

The chief engineer of the Lincoln Navigator, Andrew Kernahan, said safety was a cornerstone of the Lincoln Navigator’s development.

“We want our Lincoln clients to feel at ease and confident behind the wheel for an ultimately enjoyable driving experience,” Kernahan said. “Our innovative technology allows us to enhance that experience while also improving the vehicle’s overall safety.”

Lincoln attributed the Lincoln Navigator’s high safety ratings to the vehicle’s aluminum body, fully boxed steel frame, driver-assist technologies and other features.

Lincoln said in a press release that the driver-assist technologies are especially crucial for inspiring confidence and creating a safe driving experience.

“The all-new Lincoln Navigator offers a host of driver-assist technologies designed to inspire driver confidence,” the company said in a statement. “These include Blind Spot Information System, a lane keeping system, enhanced active park assist, auto high beams, 360-degree camera and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability.”

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