Ford Motor Company’s luxury vehicle arm, Lincoln, posted a 3 percent decline in year-over-year sales results in March 2015. Outside of the hot-selling MKC, the only other Lincoln model to post a year-over-year sales gain was the full-size and recently-refreshed 2015 Navigator, which reported a 47 percent increase in sales to 1,097 units. And here comes a little more good news for the brand: the refreshed, 2015 Lincoln Navigator has collected an accolade from The Center for Auto Safety, a U.S. lobbying group that looks to enhance automotive safety measures in the country.
Every year, the group releases The Car Book‘s Best Bets, its collection of the best vehicles based on nine parameters that include:
- Combined crash rating
- Safety features
- Preventative maintenance
- Repair costs
- Fuel economy
- Insurance costs
The group places the most emphasis on safety.
Over 30 vehicles received awards, but the Navigator was the “only large premium utility to achieve this honor”, according to Lincoln. That’s a slightly peculiar musing, considering that the Toyota Highlander, Buick Enclave, GMC Traverse and even Ford’s own Expedition all walked away with a ‘best bet’ nod, but it’s worth noting that those are all car-based crossovers, whereas the Navi is still based on the truck chassis of the last-generation Ford F-150.