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2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label: Pure Luxury in a SUV

I was driving the all-new redesigned 2018 Lincoln Navigator for a week. Having to hand the keys over at the end was brutal. Once you watch this video, you'll see how beautiful this SUV is! Could you give it up after driving it? The video walks you through all of the fabulous features, so please make sure to watch! 

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The 2018 Lincoln Navigator Black Label Edition is nothing but super posh. That intricate chrome grill stands out, but especially when the Lincoln emblem in the center of the grill glows. After you get inside, you feel like you’ve entered heaven. Lincoln’s Perfect Position 30-way heating, cooling, and massaging seats are no joke. I could live in these! 

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You are immediately drawn to the 12-inch touch display that runs Ford’s SYNC 3 platform and also includes Android Auto and Apple Car Play. Plus, the Navigator includes a “heads up display” that presents selected information on the windshield. Other cool tech features include wireless charging in the front, WiFi hotspot functionality for up to 10 devices, 6 USB ports, four 12-volt outlets and a 110-volt plug. 

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The 2nd row also has the controls for the audio, temperature and more.  The pure digital instrument cluster shows off beautiful graphics as you change the driving modes. And let’s not forget the 20-speaker Revel II sound system, which can mimic the experience of being in the audience at a concert hall.

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Some of the technology on the exterior include LED puddle lamps that light up as the driver approaches the car. Plus you have speed-dependent adaptive lighting which narrows the light beam as the car accelerates to reduce glare. 

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The trim I was driving was the Black Label Destination Edition and even though it has a hefty price tag of $96,150, you could feel that it was worth every pretty penny. 

*Photography by Weston Carls 

* Review vehicle provided on behalf of Ford Motor Company

One Wild & Powerful Ride: 2017 Ford Raptor

There's just something about trying to hoist myself up into a truck that gets me excited to head out on the road. You are riding higher than others and it starts to go to your head quickly when you realize the power this truck holds. Not only under the hood, but even in this styling. 

The 2017 Ford Raptor is based on the latest Ford F-150, and it's still an off-roader pickup with very muscular styling. The power under the hood comes from it's 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. And this beast can go from 0 to 60 in 5.3 seconds. And of course you get the sound of that engine roaring as you floor it. Try not to smile while you do -- trust me, it's nearly impossible. 

With the key in your pocket, as soon as you walk up to the truck, it automatically unlocks for you. Once you sit inside, you'll quickly take notice of all of the luxury features. Starting with the leather seats, they have both heating and cooling options. But when it comes to the infotainment center, Ford is truly leading the pack with Sync 3. To have the option of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is amazing. I'll plan on featuring a blog on Sync 3 alone as there are so many forward-thinking features. Another favorite part of the interior was the ability to change the ambient lighting. I immediately set it on purple which came out my favorite color of pink. My type of truck. 

No matter if you are cruising through the city or trying back roads for some fun, the Ford Raptor will give you an unforgettable experience. And you'll be turning heads everywhere you go. If we were to add a truck to our family, this would be a top choice. The styling alone won our hearts and then the power just melted them. 

*Photography by Weston Carls 

* Review vehicle provided on behalf of Ford Motor Company