2021 Lincoln Navigator Crash Test Ratings

Safety Ratings

NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Ratings help consumers compare vehicle safety when searching for a car. More stars mean safer cars.

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Combines Side Barrier and Side Pole Star Ratings into a single side rating.

Combines the Side Barrier Driver and the Side Pole Star Ratings into a Front Seat rating. The Rear Seat rating is derived from the Side Barrier Rear Passenger rating.

The Side Barrier test simulates an intersection collision between a standing vehicle and moving barrier at 38.5 mph.

Combines Side Barrier and Side Pole Star Ratings into a single side rating.

The Rollover Resistance test measures the risk of rollover in a single-vehicle, loss-of-control scenario.

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Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2020-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2020 Ford Explorer XLT 4-door 4wd

The Ford Explorer was redesigned for the 2020 model year and the Lincoln Aviator was introduced in the same model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Ford as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation

G

Structure and safety cage

G

Driver injury measures
Head/neck

G

Chest

G

Leg/foot, left

G

Leg/foot, right

G

Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

G

Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side Test ID VTF1914 Footwell intrusion Footrest (cm) 2 Left (cm) 3 Center (cm) 4 Right (cm) 2 Brake pedal (cm) 2 Instrument panel rearward movement Left (cm) Right (cm) Steering column movement Upward (cm) -4 Rearward (cm) -9 A-pillar rearward movement (cm) Driver injury measures Test ID VTF1914 Head HIC-15 109 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 1.1 Extension bending moment (Nm) 13 Maximum Nij 0.21 Chest maximum compression (mm) 21 Legs Femur force – left (kN) 0.4 Femur force – right (kN) 0.4 Knee displacement – left (mm) 1 Knee displacement – right (mm) 1 Maximum tibia index – left 0.53 Maximum tibia index – right 0.31 Tibia axial force – left (kN) 1.2 Tibia axial force – right (kN) 1.7 Foot acceleration (g) Left 56 Right 49

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

What’s New for 2021?

Lincoln’s flagship SUV is now available for 2021 with an optional Monochromatic appearance package, which swaps out exterior chrome trim with darkened alternatives and replaces silver-painted wheels with black ones. Elsewhere, Lincoln has swapped out four of the Navigator’s exterior colors—Asher Gray, Flight Blue, Green Gem, and Signature Navy—for four new ones—Iced Mocha, Silver Jade, Blue Diamond, and Rhapsody Blue. Based on spy photos, we expect the 2022 Navigator to undergo a mid-cycle refresh that looks to include a larger touchscreen for its infotainment system.

Side: updated test

Rating applies to 2020-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2022 Ford Explorer XLT 4-door 4wd

The Ford Explorer was redesigned for the 2020 model year and the Lincoln Aviator was introduced in the same model year.

Overall evaluation

G

Structure and safety cage

G

Driver injury measures
Head/neck

G

Torso

G

Pelvis

A

Driver head protection

G

Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck

G

Torso

G

Pelvis

G

Rear passenger head protection

G

View of the vehicle just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy’s head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side airbags.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side Test ID CES2209 B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver’s seat (cm) -24.5 Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline. Driver injury measures Test ID CES2209 Head HIC-15 86 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 1.0 Compression (kN) 0.5 Shoulder Lateral deflection (mm) 23 Lateral force (kN) 0.6 Torso Maximum deflection (mm) 27 Average deflection (mm) 24 Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.19 Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.26 Pelvis Combined force (kN) 4.4 Passenger injury measures Test ID CES2209 Head HIC-15 168 Peak gs at hard contact no contact Neck Tension (kN) 1.2 Compression (kN) 0.1 Shoulder Lateral deflection (mm) 25 Lateral force (kN) 1.7 Torso Maximum deflection (mm) 34 Average deflection (mm) 25 Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.02 Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.69 Pelvis Combined force (kN) 3.7

How the side crash test is conducted

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

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The Navigator hasn’t been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given it a five-star safety rating. Lincoln also makes its Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assistance technology standard. Key safety features include:

  • Standard blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Available adaptive cruise control

Lincoln Dependability

The Lincoln Navigator is a dependable SUV with the tech to prove it. Like many Lincoln models, the Lincoln Navigator has a Phone As a Key function. There is no need to worry about losing your keys; just use your phone via Bluetooth® to unlock, start, and drive your Lincoln Navigator.

If your phone dies, no worries. You can unlock and start your vehicle with a code. With two ways to get into your SUV, you won’t have to worry about misplacing anything.

Another helpful dependability tool is the Lincoln Way™ App. This app allows you to perform several functions for your Lincoln, like:

  • Start/stop your vehicle
  • Lock/unlock your Lincoln

In addition to these functions, the app gives you important details to keep an eye on your car’s health, oil level, and tire pressure so that you know if your Lincoln Navigator needs attention. You can even contact roadside assistance.

The Lincoln Navigator’s NHTSA crash test ratings are better

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Both the 2021 Lincoln Navigator and the 2021 Cadillac Escalade were tested by the NHTSA. Crash test ratings are slightly better for the Lincoln Navigator. 

Overall frontal-crash testing measures how well a vehicle does in a head-on collision with another, similar vehicle at 35 MPH. The overall crash and overall frontal-crash, and overall frontal-crash passenger test ratings for the Cadillac Escalade are four stars, while the Lincoln Navigator has five stars. Both the Escalade and the Navigator have five stars for the overall frontal-crash, driver. 

2021 Cadillac Escalade | Cadillac
2021 Cadillac Escalade | Cadillac

Side-crash test ratings for both the Lincoln Navigator and the Cadillac Escalade are equal, at five stars for overall side-crash, side-crash driver, and side-crash rear passenger. The overall side-crash test rating combines results from the driver, left rear-seat passenger, and pole test. 

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