As much as other full-size luxury SUVs has tried to take over the market, the Lincoln Navigator was the original offering in this class and continues to be a force to be reckoned with. By being the original in the class, the Navigator continues to offer amazing looks with luxury features that match well in each trim level making this SUV one that knows what class, capability, and luxury are all about in a full package. With the additions that have been added for the new model year the competition, which comes in the form of the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Infiniti QX80 should all be shaking in their boots.
Having a comfortable ride and an excellent towing capacity the Navigator is still one of the best SUVs for any shopper looking for a large luxury SUV. For 2015 the Navigator adds a new exterior design, new interior upgrades with premium leather and wood trim. The 5.3-liter V8 engine has been replaced by a 3.5-liter V6 and a new continuously variable suspension the offers a choice of three settings for optimal driving performance.
Driving the Navigator offers what has always been a comfortable and pleasant ride. The suspension which offers three settings, Comfort, Normal and Sport allow drivers to select how they want the vehicle to perform and give feedback. The steering system is adequately weighted for balance and helps to lower body throw, which keeps all occupants well-positioned in the vehicle. With a quiet cabin that is the result of the noise deadening technology on board the Navigator is a great place to lull a baby to sleep as well as being the perfect oasis away from the road and workplace outside the vehicle.
With the three suspension modes, the Comfort mode offers the softest ride, which can sometimes not give the feedback desired. For a more controlled ride that offers the right amount of feedback the best choices are either the Normal or Sport settings. Adding to this the Navigators continues to offer exceptional features which includes a best in class towing of up to 9,000 pounds, making it a vehicle that can take the family and some fun toys to the lake or up to the woods for a great camping weekend.
Only one engine is present on the Navigator and it is an outstanding 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. This engine would seem to be too little normally, for such a large vehicle, but it offers up a strong 380 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission which has a manual shift mode included. the four-wheel drive system used by the Navigator is one that uses a two-speed transfer case that can be shifted on the fly. The fuel numbers offered for the Navigator come in at 16 city/22 hwy mpg for the short wheel base in RWD, 15 city/20 hwy mpg for the long wheel base in RWD, 15 city/20 hwy mpg for the short wheel base in 4WD and 15 city/19 hwy mpg for the long wheel base in 4WD.
With the upgraded interior the Navigator takes on a whole new look. There is stitched leather available along the dashboard and Ziricote wood trim in other areas. With these features alone the Navigator takes on the air of being an SUV capable and full of luxury to be experienced, but the inclusion of excellent high-end technology continues to take this SUV beyond others that have preceded it. With seating for up to eight and a huge amount of cargo space, especially in the long wheel base, the Navigator is the perfect getaway vehicle for a weekend vacation.
On the outside the Navigator continues to be an improvement over previous models. The high and haughty stance gives the SUV the overall look and feel of a vehicle that is meant for the rich. The large box on frame look of the Navigator is something to behold as it appears as one of the most attractive vehicles of this type in its class. Riding on 20 to 22 inch wheels makes the Navigator a challenge for some to climb in and out of and motorized running boards are available to handle this need.
The base model of the Navigator is well-equipped and comes with push button starting, SYNC with MyLincoln Touch, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alerts, a rearview camera, a brand new instrument cluster, a 4.2-inch LCD display between the gauges, an eight-inch display on the dashboard, Nivomat (a self-leveling system that ensure the ride height is optimal), a puddle light under the outside mirrors, and many more awesome features to make even the base model one to cherish.
Of course a vehicle of this caliber is going to have some optional features to enjoy and the Navigator has many to ensure any owner can add what they want to this large SUV. These optional features include the four-wheel drive, the choice between a short or long wheel base, a Reserve Package which adds premium leather on all rows of seats, armrests and the dashboard, Ziricote wood trim added to the dashboard, and polished 22-inch wheels. Some stand-alone options include the Lincoln Drive Control which adjusts the suspension for a controlled ride. Some items often found but not available are adaptive cruise control, a foot-activated liftgate and parallel parking assistance.
The Lincoln Navigator starts the pricing of this upgraded and classy SUV at $62,500 for the short wheel base. The longer wheel base will ask for $64,500 while adding the Reserve Package move the price up to just below $70,000. Adding the four-wheel drive to either model brings the price up by $3,000 and gives the SUV the ability to navigate some trails and hills in style and luxury. The Navigator has been a staple in the luxury SUV category and offers drivers necessary ride enjoyment.