2015 Lincoln Navigator

2015 Lincoln Navigator
2015 Lincoln Navigator

2015 Lincoln Navigator


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 16 mpg City, 22 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 3.5 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 380 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 7
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Lincoln Navigator competes with the Cadillac Escalade. The Navigator features an extensive luxury-oriented standard-equipment list as well as an impressive list of available options. The Navigator features impressive cargo and towing capacity. Available 4-wheel drive makes the Lincoln a very capable vehicle that is also among the most luxurious rides available.

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What's New For 2015

The Navigator returns for 2015 with several notable changes. Externally, the car gets a new front fascia, bringing the look of the Navigator more in line with other vehicles in Lincoln's line up. The rear styling has also been revised, giving the whole vehicle a vastly different look despite most of the sheet metal being carried over from last year. There are several interior improvements as well, involving nicer materials around the center instrument stack.

The biggest mechanical change for 2015 is the addition of a new engine, a turbocharged V6 which replaces the old V8 engine as the only engine choice in the Navigator. The new engine is significantly more powerful than the one it replaces, despite this, fuel economy should also be improved with the new V6.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 6 Years / 70,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 3 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2015 Lincoln Navigator

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Advancetrac w/RSC Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
    • BLIS Blind Spot Sensor
    • and Cross Traffic Alert Rear Collision
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
    • Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Radio: HD w/Single CD/DVD Player -inc: THX II Certified 5.1 surround sound audio system w/14 speakers, MP3 capable, speed sensitive volume, input jack and rear audio controls
    • THX II w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System and 10 Gb Internal Memory
    • Performance Speakers
    • Premium Amplifier
    • Digital Signal Processor
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio -inc: Coverage N/A in AK & HI
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Turn-By-Turn Navigation Directions
    • Real-Time Traffic Display
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 20" Ultra Brite Machined Aluminum -inc: 18" steel spare wheel
    • Tires: P275/55R20 AS BSW -inc: P275/65R18 AT OWL spare tire
    • Steel Spare Wheel
    • Full-Size Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/2 Tow Hooks
    • Body-Colored Rear Step Bumper
    • Body-Colored Bodyside Cladding
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Chrome Door Handles
    • Chrome Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Flip-Up Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Composite/Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Power Running Boards
    • Metal-Look Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Directionally Adaptive Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
  • Interior Features
    • Full Folding Bucket Front Facing Heated Manual Reclining Tumble Forward Leather Rear Seat
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Seat Mounted Armrest
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Power Vented 3rd Row Windows
    • 7 Person Seating Capacity
    • Fixed 60-40 Split-Bench Vinyl 3rd Row Seat Front, Power Recline, Power Fold Into Floor and 2 Fixed Head Restraints
    • Leather/Genuine Wood Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cigar Lighter(s)
    • Ashtray
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Compass
    • Keypad
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Trunk/Hatch and Keyfob Rear Window
    • Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Headliner/Pillar Ducts
    • Illuminated Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Console Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents and Leather Upholstered Dashboard
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leather Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination, Driver And Passenger Auxiliary Mirror
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Full Overhead Console w/Storage, Conversation Mirror, 2 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel and Pedals
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Remote Engine Start
    • Integrated Navigation System w/Voice Activation
    • SYNC w/MyLincoln Touch -inc: voice-activated navigation system, 2 driver configurable 4.2" LCD displays in cluster, 8" LCD touch-screen in center-stack, media hub w/2 USB ports, SD card and RCA video input jacks and 5-way controls located on steering wheel, SYNC services receive a complimentary one year prepaid subscription (one phone/primary account)
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and Audio Media Storage
    • Power Adjustable Pedals
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
    • Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets and 1 AC Power Outlet
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 3.5L V6 EcoBoost
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/SelectShift
    • 3.73 Rear Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: TBD
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Oil Cooler
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • Engine Oil Cooler
    • 78-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • Class IV Towing w/Harness, Hitch and Trailer Sway Control
    • 1560# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Rear Auto-Leveling Suspension
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 28 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Short And Long Arm Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Brake ABS System (Second Line) - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.5
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.1
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - 86.9
    • Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - 86.9
    • Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - 49.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 103.3
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 54.4
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 18.1
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Order Code - 99T
    • Engine Type - Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
    • Displacement - 3.5 L/213
    • Fuel System - Direct Gasoline Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 380 @ 5250
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 460 @ 2750
    • Engine Oil Cooler - Regular
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 119
    • Length, Overall (in) - 207.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 78.8
    • Height, Overall (in) - 78.1
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 67
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 67.2
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 28
    • Fuel Tank Location - Midship
    • Aux Fuel Tank Location - Midship
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 39.5
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 63.3
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 60.2
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.7
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 39.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 63.7
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 59.9
    • Third Head Room (in) - 37.6
    • Third Leg Room (in) - 37.7
    • Third Shoulder Room (in) - 51.9
    • Third Hip Room (in) - 50.1
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 18
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 16
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 22
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 40.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Lincoln Navigator
    • Body Style - Sport Utility
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Short And Long Arm
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Axle Type - Front - Independent
    • Axle Type - Rear - Independent
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - 3.73
    • Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.73
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P275/55HR20
    • Rear Tire Size - P275/55HR20
    • Spare Tire Size - Full-Size
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 9000
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 900
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 9000
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 1350
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 9000
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 446
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.17
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.34
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.54
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.14
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.87
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.69
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.40
    • Trans PTO Access - No
    • Transfer Case Power Take Off - No
  • Vehicle Features
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 10.0 (Est)
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Full-Size
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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Available Colors

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  • Bronze Fire Metallic Bronze Fire Metallic Ingot Silver Metallic Ingot Silver Metallic Java Metallic Java Metallic Magnetic Metallic Magnetic Metallic Midnight Sapphire Metallic Midnight Sapphire Metallic Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Tuxedo Black Metallic Tuxedo Black Metallic White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Bronze Fire Metallic
  • Bronze Fire Metallic
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Java Metallic
  • Java Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Midnight Sapphire Metallic
  • Midnight Sapphire Metallic
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Tuxedo Black Metallic
  • Tuxedo Black Metallic
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Lincoln Navigator is a three-row luxury SUV with the towing potential of a full-size pickup and the cargo volume of a van, with comfortable room for up to eight adults, and the features and conveniences of a luxury sedan.

The 2015 Navigator features a more powerful, more fuel-efficient engine. The new Ecoboost 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is smaller than the V8 it replaced, but it delivers more power and better fuel economy, rated at 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, while attaining an EPA-estimated 16/22 mpg City/Highway on Premium gasoline. It pairs well to a 6-speed automatic transmission and comes with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or electronically engaged four-wheel drive (4WD). The four-wheel drive can be used on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. Unless you live in the Sun Belt we recommend the four-wheel drive.

Also new for the 2015 Navigator is Lincoln Drive Control, continuously controlled dampers, 22-inch wheels, and blind-spot warning with rear cross-path detection. The dashboard is updated for 2015, including a new instrument panel that flanks the speedometer with a pair of four-inch screens, as has MyLincoln Touch.

While a Navigator can mimic a pickup in work capacity, it is smooth and quiet on the road, with a compliant, fully independent rear suspension that smoothes over the roughest of pavement. It uses a ladder-type truck frame adapted from Ford’s F-150 and separate body, giving it towing capability and off-pavement durability. For this reason, the Navigator is not as responsive as the Lincoln MKX crossover utility.

Lincoln Navigator is available in two lengths, standard and a long-wheelbase version dubbed Navigator L. Both can seat seven or eight passengers, depending on the configuration ordered, with essentially identical passenger accommodations. Navigator L is 15 inches longer overall, adding a substantial amount of cargo space, and it is 12 inches longer in wheelbase, aiding towing stability.

Of course the Navigator also offers all the infotainment electronics you’d expect in this price class. Voice-controlled navigation, HD radio, and Sirius Travel Link are just a few of the Navigator’s standard features; a dual-screen DVD system is available. Lincoln’s corporate SYNC system includes voice activation with standard operator assist and SOS post-crash alert, while SYNC AppLink software provides hands-free voice control of select smartphone apps. Navigator does not offer a head-up display or automatic cruise control/forward collision warning system many alternatives do.


The 2015 Lincoln Navigator 2WD ($61480), Navigator 4WD ($65,055), long-wheelbase L 2WD ($63,645) and 4WD ($67,220) all come with a turbocharged V6 engine and automatic transmission.

Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, rear climate control, 10-way power heated/cooled front seats, heated second-row bucket seats (captain’s chairs or a split-fold bench are no-cost options), power folding 60/40 third-row seat, power liftgate, power-deploy running boards, power folding heated mirrors with auto-dim driver side, voice-control navigation with HD and XM (6-month subscription) radio and Sirius XM Traffic and Travel Link (72 month subscription), 14-speaker THX II certified 5.1 surround sound, genuine wood trim, leather-and-wood power tilt steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, park sensors front and rear, rearview camera, bi-xenon headlights, LED running and tail lights, rain-sensing wipers, six power windows, trip computer, 110 VAC outlet, front tow hooks, receiver hitch with vanity cover, and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels. Navigator L also gets a 4.10:1 axle ratio (optional on standard-wheelbase) and a double-deck cargo management system.

Primary options are a Reserve package ($6850 4WD, $7500 2WD) with polished 22-inch wheels, Lincoln Drive Control adjustable dampers, two-tone exterior paint, unique cabin features and Ziricote wood; moonroof ($995); special paints ($495-695); dual-screen DVD rear entertainment ($1995) and second-row seat configurations.

Safety features include dual-stage front airbags, front-seat side-impact airbags, and curtain-style head-protection airbags with rollover sensor for all outboard seats. All Navigators are equipped with Lincoln’s AdvanceTrac electronic stability program with roll stability and trailer sway control, blind-spot warning, MyKey, perimeter alarm, keypad entry/lock, SOS post-crash alert, rearview camera, and tire-pressure monitors.


The Lincoln Navigator is a truck. But unlike most truck-based vehicles, the Navigator features a fully independent rear suspension, which contributes to a smoother ride and better handling than the solid rear axle design shared by some competitors and all full-size pickup trucks.

Lincoln’s familiar wings adorn the grille and align with lighting elements, though the five big cross bars aren’t as sleekly sophisticated as the more numerous, slender designs on Lincoln’s cars. Maybe it’s a utility thing, like the new MKC, and two bars better than Ford’s Expedition. It is ready to brand anything it runs into with the Lincoln logo centered on the bow, and to our eyes the front looks more cohesive in dark colors where lower ducting doesn’t break up the lines so much.

The Navigator L is nearly 15 inches longer than the standard model, extending its full length to almost 19 feet. The extra length yields only two significant changes to cabin space: Considerably more third-row shoulder room, and an additional 24 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third seat (an extra 32 behind the second row). For comparison Lincoln’s MKC crossover has 25 cubic feet total behind the seats and Audi’s big A7 hatchback 24.5 cubic feet. The additional overall length makes this big sport-utility a little more challenging to park, however, requiring an extra four feet of space for a U-turn.

Navigator’s profile view is classic SUV, long and horizontal with a near-vertical hatch, almost like a big passenger van towards the rear. The window line is level front to rear yielding side windows as tall as they are long and expansive glass area, and all the side windows open one way or another. Navigator isn’t especially sleek and we think the side cladding unnecessary, nor do we find it offensively dull.

New full-width tail lights appear a wider, flatter version of Dodge’s Durango, and all the horizontal lines amplify the Navigator’s already broad beam. The rear bumper blends in clean, while the solo chrome tailpipe optional on most competitors looks a bit lonely and the first thing you’ll back into.

Twenty-inch wheels are standard, 22-inch 22-spoke wheels available in conjunction with Lincoln Drive Control. We tend to prefer smaller-diameter wheels for trucks that see use off-highway or on poor infrastructure, and might go so far as to swap an Expedition owner for their 17s or 18s. That said, the suspension package that goes with the 22s helps minimize the detriment to ride quality from low-profile tires.

Two exterior features have definite benefits. The outside mirrors are large, with . integrated spotter mirrors to help cover the usual blind spots. They also feature repeating turn signals along the bottom edge and approach lamps underneath. The lamps light when the doors are unlocked with the remote key fob, and cast a Lincoln logo and some ambient light on the area beneath the doors. More than that, the big mirrors retract against the windows with the touch of a button. That’s handy when parking in tight confines.

The Navigator comes standard with retractable running boards. When the doors open, the running boards drop and extend, creating a step that makes climbing in and out easier. They are artfully integrated into the overall exterior design, and are almost impossible to detect when the doors are closed. Look before you step if you leave it outside in icy conditions.


Navigator excels at the basics of full-size luxury vehicles. Assuming lots of passenger room and cargo space top your priorities, no production SUV offers more. For that you need a van.

Leather comes standard, the wood trim is real and the finishes are for the most part appropriate; the steering wheel feels the part but a few pieces like vents and upper speaker covers seem more work-ute than luxury-ute. Front seats are large and well padded, fairly adjustable and heated and ventilated: Building an armchair suitable for driving is nothing new to Lincoln. Power-adjustable pedals, power tilt and telescope column and broad adjustment range ensure virtually everyone can get comfortable. Unlike some brands the auto-exit seat runs at the standard adjustment speed.

Vaguely echoing Lincoln’s wings grille the center console rises to clearly segment the instrument panel. New for 2015 the analog speedometer is dead ahead, flanked by 4-inch screens. The right display echoes the navigation, phone and entertainment of the large central screen, while the left covers vehicle settings, fuel use and range, and the adjustable suspension when fitted. All are run through the revised steering wheel and will be familiar to recent Lincoln or Ford owners, though changing suspension to soft for a section of bad road requires more scroll/click than we like.

The revised center panels includes a large rearview camera image. Various personal electronics inputs are offered, more with the optional DVD entertainment, but can’t match the quantity on some competitors..

MyLincoln Touch with SYNC controls all infotainment and hands-free communication, and uses real knobs and rockers for things like volume, temperature, seek tuning, fan and so forth, rather than finicky touch-sensitive sliders. The 14-speaker sound system is certified for THXII 5.1 surround sound and SiriusXM radio carries a six-month subscription but SiriusXM Traffic and TravelLink include a six-year subscription, years longer than competitors. A 110-volt outlet for charging tablets is standard, while Invision’s headrest mounted dual-screen DVD rear entertainment is optional and includes screens that tilt down for easier kids’ viewing, dual wireless headphones, USB and RCA inputs and run can run independent movies or games.

Cabin storage is reasonably good with deep cupholders for all riders and a big center console bin. The door pockets are on the narrow side of the spectrum.

Default second-row seating is two heated captain’s chairs with climate control and overhead and floor vents; a center console is available. Individual, adjustable seats offer advantages even if they are flat and firm relative many competitors. However, for maximum capacity a 40/20/40 split bench seat is a no-cost choice and has a fold-down center section that slides forward to the front seats for baby-seat proximity and folds for flat cargo floor. All outboard rear seats have full-size headrests that drop down for better no-passenger rear visibility.

Large door openings, especially on the L, ease access to the third row and you’ll appreciate it since the third row seat accommodates adults. Styled and contoured much like the second row but split 60/40, the third row’s outboard headrests fold-flat for better rear vision. Every seat in Navigator is a step up but power-deploy running boards are standard; just be sure to step carefully in icy conditions and clean them at the car wash.

The various interior dimensions of Navigator and targets Escalade/Denali, and their respective L and ESV/XL long-wheelbase versions, have nominal differences (typically within an inch) with notable exceptions. In the third row the Navigator has 13 inches more legroom than Escalade, and the L three inches more legroom and about four inches of extra shoulder room.

Navigator’s third-row seats power down and up at the touch of a button; second –row seats fold easily by lever. The open cargo floor is flat, horizontal, level with the hatch aperture to slide awkward items in easier and a bumper cover minimizes scratching. Navigator’s cargo volume behind the various seating rows is about 10-20% larger than the competitive Escalade or Denali, and nothing has more space than the Navigator L. Infiniti’s QX80 compares favorably to the Navigator. A full-size spare is carried beneath the rear.

Cargo capacity is the Navigator’s forte, in most configurations class-leading: 18.1/54.4/103.3 cubic feet behind the third, second and first rows of seats respectively. The larger L boasts 42.6/86.3/128.2 cubic feet, a rough average of 10-percent greater cargo volume than Escalade/Denali. Navigator’s cargo area is accessed by power hatch or separate glass opening, with a flat, horizontal floor from the hatch aperture forward.

Navigator L includes a double-deck cargo management system for stack and side-by-side loading so smaller items don’t slide about the big cargo hold. We didn’t have the product to verify the L’s ability to carry 4×8 sheets of building materials.

Driving Impressions

The Lincoln Navigator rides like a big, heavy vehicle, but not like a pickup. It need not be loaded to deliver a smooth ride, and in a similar vein, loading it does not degrade the dynamics. By classic SUV definition it is all utility, not sporty.

A twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, adapted from the F-150, is the only engine. On premium fuel it rates 380 horsepower at 5250 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque at just 2750 rpm, and on regular fuel 15-16 EPA city and 19-22 EPA highway miles per gallon depending on wheelbase and driven wheels. Many vehicles rate power on higher-octane fuel and mileage on lower octane, and a Navigator may be driven on regular unleaded. Escalade’s 6.2-liter V8 makes 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, at higher revs and deliver 14-15 city and 20/21 highway.

Don’t let number of cylinders concern you since the V6 is more relaxed than the old V8, has a better exhaust note, and forced-induction V6 power is used by Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Range Rover SUVs.

The 6-speed automatic sorts out gears and situations well, using the engine’s deep torque curve to good effect and the power only when needed. It come in rear or all-wheel drive; the latter can be used on highway but does not include low-range gearing. Unlike the sister-vehicle Ford Expeiditon, Navigator axle ratios are chosen more for performance than fuel economy but it still lopes along at freeway speeds turning less than 2000 rpm. The engine makes little fuss, delivering effortless performance without racket despite three tons to haul around, but remember the EcoBoost tag is more an either/or proposition: If you’re on boost making big power you’re going to use gas.

Navigator is rated to tow from 8300-9000 pounds model-dependent, 200 to 700 more than Escalade. But take these numbers with a grain of salt since none are quoted to the industry accepted standard. Navigator weighs a bit more than the Cadillac but carries nearly 1600 pounds of cargo, people and tow ball weight on the most capable version. If you can keep your Navigator, trailer and any loads less than 15,000 pounds it should tow just fine.

Self-leveling rear suspension is standard and it’s independent so there is no heavy solid axle to control underneath. Rough roads and bumps don’t make the back tires want to skip or skate like a pickup, and headlights aren’t astray in trees with a big load on board.

Most Navigators come with or can be equipped with Lincoln Drive Control, adaptive shock damping that offers sport, normal and comfort ride modes. Sport leans to the firm side, best if you’re in a hurry on a meandering road with decent pavement. Comfort emphasizes softness, so much so that we’d recommend it only for sub-expressway speeds. Unless you know better and want to scroll through settings, leave it in Normal and Navigator takes care of what it does best. While Navigator always remained stable and predictable, this much mass this far off the ground isn’t ideal for making quick transitions or late decisions so use the high seating and visibility to your advantage.

For 2015 electric-assist steering is used. Effort is very light at maneuvering speeds and ramps up a bit in motion, aiming the Navigator directly and isolating bumps road surfaces irregularities. Brakes feel fine but we’d use the transmission for speed control on steep surfaces; it has more engine braking than we expected.

Noise is generally well controlled, with wind noise from the mirrors beginning to seep in at freeway speeds and it can’t compare to the Escalade’s hushed cabin. Road noise depends heavily on tires and the Navigator offers a few choices; the 22-inch Pirelli Scorpion Verdes an all the vehicles we drove didn’t stand out as noisy or quiet but no passengers will complain. Standard 20-inch tires are likely to be slightly better regarding noise and ride comfort, the ideal pairing 20s and the Lincoln Drive Control.

Relative its size Navigator is reasonably maneuverable. Slab sides, deep windows, park sensors at both ends and a rearview camera ease parking. The 43.9 feet a long-wheelbase Navigator L requires for a U-turn is typical for this size vehicle. The standard-length Navigator needs 39.0 feet to perform the same task, nearly five feet less.

Blind-spot and cross-path warnings gave no false alarms, though Navigator does not offer the active cruise control/forward collision alert and lane departure warning most competitors do.


The Lincoln Navigator is why you buy a large or extra-large luxury SUV: a roomy, comfortable cabin with plenty of features, excellent cargo capacity, pickup-like towing ability, substantial thrust and a good view. It’s not for everyone…those not towing could consider a loaded van, but when style, power and space trump fuel economy and sportiness, it’s a viable competitor.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent G.R. Whale contributed to this report after his test drives in Appalachia. With Mitch McCullough reporting from Los Angeles, Kirk Bell in Chicago and J.P. Vettraino in Detroit.

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