Used 2015 Lincoln Navigator SUV
Used 2015 Lincoln Navigator SUV for Sale
Edmunds' Expert Review
Boasting updates in key areas, the 2015 Lincoln Navigator should be a solid choice for a traditional luxury SUV.
A large vehicle in a small niche segment, the Lincoln Navigator SUV has typically played second fiddle (or should we say second double bass) to its Cadillac rival. With a substantial refresh taking place this year, Lincoln's full-size luxury liner is putting up a stronger fight for first chair.
Chief among the key changes this year for the 2015 Lincoln Navigator is a turbocharged V6 engine that delivers stronger performance and promises better fuel economy than the anemic and old-tech V8 it replaces. Front-end styling adopts Lincoln's "split wing" grille, the rear gets a full-width taillight and an illuminated "welcome mat" lights up under both front doors when they're unlocked. Hidden from view is a newly optional suspension with adjustable dampers that, indeed, delivers greater comfort and stability when you need it.
Inside, the Navigator finally receives the latest version of the brand's infotainment interface (MyLincoln Touch) and adopts the company's latest touchscreen electronics interface that allows one to customize instrument panel displays. We never warmed to poking the capacitive-touch "virtual" buttons in previous applications, so it's nice to see the return of some tactile controls.
What remains unchanged are the Navigator's ability to carry up to eight passengers in comfort, transport the spoils of an overenthusiastic Costco shopping spree and tow a 9,000-pound trailer all in style. There simply aren't that many luxury vehicles out there that can do all that. There is a downside, however: sheer size. To assuage parking issues, there are parking sensors and a rearview camera equipped as standard, but somehow the Navigator still feels hard to handle at times. Not everyone will need something this big, though, so we recommend looking at some smaller three-row luxury crossover competitors if you aren't constantly hauling seven other people and their gear.
As for chief rivals, your shopping process will undoubtedly include the 2015 Cadillac Escalade (and its longer Escalade ESV sibling). Redesigned this year, the Escalade has a strong V8 engine and offers some features not found on the Lincoln such as LED headlights and adaptive cruise control. We'd also recommend checking out the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class because of its classy interior and its available fuel-efficient diesel power. Overall, the updated 2015 Navigator should be worth checking out, especially if you factor in its attractive pricing.
trim levels & features
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV that's available in two models: the standard Navigator and the extended-wheelbase Navigator L. Both feature three rows of seats that, with the standard second-row captain's chairs, can accommodate a total of seven passengers. An available three-person 40/20/40-split second-row bench seat increases seating capacity to eight.
The Navigator's list of standard equipment includes 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, foglights, a heavy-duty tow package, front and rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, rear privacy glass, a power liftgate, power-folding running boards, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear auxiliary controls, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated eight-way power front seats, power-adjustable pedals, driver seat memory settings, heated second-row captain's chairs and a power-folding 60/40-split third-row bench.
Also included are an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, the Sync voice command system, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera, multi-configurable instrument displays, a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen electronics interface and a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system with HD radio, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio input jack.
The optional Reserve package includes 22-inch alloy wheels, adaptive suspension dampers, a two-tone exterior paint scheme and upgraded leather trim (also covers the doors, dash and console). Other options include a sunroof, different wheels, a second-row console and a rear-seat entertainment system with twin, independent 7-inch headrest-mounted screens.
performance & mpg
Power for the 2015 Lincoln Navigator comes from a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard. A light-duty four-wheel-drive system (no low-range gearing) is optional.
At the Edmunds test track, a standard-wheelbase Navigator 4WD made the sprint to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, an average time for a luxury SUV.
The EPA's estimated fuel economy for the 2015 Navigator with two-wheel drive is 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway), and 17 mpg combined (15/20) with four-wheel drive. With a 4WD Navigator, we effectively matched those figures with a respectable 14 mpg around town and 17 mpg on our mixed-driving evaluation loop. The long-wheelbase versions come in at 17 mpg combined (15/20) and 16 mpg combined (15/19) for 2WD and 4WD, respectively.
Properly equipped, a rear-wheel-drive Navigator is capable of towing up to 9,000 pounds, outdoing many competitors.
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator comes standard with antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front-seat side airbags, three-row side curtain airbags and a post-crash alert system. Front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are also standard. The standard programmable MyKey system allows parents to specify speed limits and stereo volume limits for their teenage drivers.
In simulated panic stops from 60 mph, we measured 125 feet for a Navigator 4WD to come to a standstill. This distance is a bit better than average for a large SUV.
The revised 2015 Lincoln Navigator maintains the previous Navigator's personality, offering a quiet cabin and a smooth, unruffled ride. The significant boost in engine output, again, makes it feel lighter on its feet while carrying a full load of passengers and while tackling hills and/or pulling a trailer. You won't hear a V8 rumble, but you might feel as if there's one under the hood.
Thanks to its independent rear suspension (available with adaptive dampers all around), the ride, and particularly the body control, is excellent for such a big vehicle. The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is perhaps the best handling large SUV on the road that actually drives smaller than it is. The same cannot be said of the Cadillac Escalade. The ride quality is also smooth, and even with those big 22-inch wheels, nearly all road imperfections are smothered out.
However, given all of these remarkable dynamic qualities, the Navigator's imposing dimensions, especially those of the long-wheelbase version, make it a handful in crowded parking lots and garages.
Step inside the 2015 Lincoln Navigator and you'll find an upscale environment filled with a long list of standard amenities, from heated and ventilated front seats to a 14-speaker surround-sound audio system. Perhaps this interior's greatest strength is its sheer size. Passengers in the standard first- and second-row captain's chairs enjoy comfortable accommodations with plenty of room to stretch out. Even in the standard-wheelbase version, the third row feels remarkably spacious with true, adult-sized legroom.
Although the climb to that third row is a little awkward, optional motorized running boards (that retract when the vehicle is in motion) and the abundance of headroom once inside certainly help with this challenge. Part of the credit here is due to the Navigator's independent rear suspension (rather than a solid axle) that allows the third row to be packaged more effectively.
When it comes to hauling cargo, both Navigator models excel. With all the rear seats folded, the shorter-wheelbase version offers a healthy 103 cubic feet of cargo room, while the extended Navigator L comes in at an expansive 128 cubic feet. Easing cargo-loading chores is the standard power-folding third-row seat that folds flat into the floor with the touch of a button, and returns upright just as effortlessly.
Gauges and controls are straightforward and intuitive. The central, multifunction touchscreen offers a clean, logical layout for navigation, audio, phone and climate controls. Backed by many redundant voice commands, MyLincoln Touch can be a powerful tool for configuring and controlling the vehicle and your smartphone. But there's still a learning curve for getting accustomed to even basic functions.
Features & Specs
More About This Model
Lincoln's largest vehicle, the Navigator receives a mild freshening that includes a more efficient twin-turbo V6 that easily out-muscles the previous model year's V8. The Navigator's interior has been redesigned to look and feel more upscale. Combined with a new adaptive suspension option and electrically assisted steering, it delivers a more pampered driving experience.
What Is It?
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is a full-size luxury SUV based on the Ford F-150's truck chassis and is available with a short (119-inch) or a longer (L) 131-inch wheelbase. Both models can seat up to eight people and come with a smooth-riding independent rear suspension system.
The Lincoln Navigator might be luxurious, but like its more pedestrian brother the Ford Expedition, this truck doesn't mind hard work. That's the advantage of driving a vehicle that has a pickup truck frame at its core. The Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds and handle a maximum payload of 1,560 pounds. So assuming for example you'd like to carry five 200-pound adults, the Navigator can still handle another 560 pounds in the cargo hold.
Speaking of hauling, the shorter Navigator can swallow 18.1 cubic feet of luggage or gear with all the seats in place and the L model can take on 42.6 cubic feet. You'd have to fold down the backseats of many crossovers to get that level of cargo hauling ability. So that makes these rigs outstanding road trip vehicles for a large family.
Gone is the old 5.4-liter V8, replaced with a more gas-pump-friendly 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. The Navigator gets the most powerful version of this engine (Ford calls it EcoBoost) with 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. Compared to the old V8, this V6 not only makes 70 more horses and 95 more lb-ft of torque, but that torque is available at lower engine speeds, too. The EcoBoost is the only engine choice and it comes paired to a six-speed automatic.
Buyers can choose between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive; the latter includes a new adjustable shock absorber system that allows the driver to toggle among "Normal," "Comfort" and "Sport" settings. Opting for 4WD also brings a hill-descent control system. Should you ever choose to point the tires of this $60,000-plus vehicle down a steep, muddy trail, the brake-based system will help slow the vehicle down without the driver needing to touch the brake pedal.
Capability aside, Lincoln has made enhancements to the SUV both inside and out to make it quieter — new acoustic glass and additional noise-reducing foams, seals and padding beneath the carpets, dash and plastics around the cabin.
What Body Styles and Trim Levels Does It Come in?
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is available with three rows of seating standard and comes in two lengths (Navigator and Navigator L). Buyers can select from two option packages: Select and Reserve. But this is a Lincoln, so even the standard Select trim offers a full lineup of luxury features including 20-inch wheels, leather interior with front and rear heated and cooled seats, HID headlamps and a power-folding third row of seats.
Lighting in modern luxury vehicles has become much more upscale and distinct, and this Lincoln is no exception. The truck uses 222 LED lights surrounding the front and rear lighting clusters. And as the driver approaches the Navigator at night, a "welcome mat" of light in the shape of the Lincoln logo is projected on the ground.
The upscale Reserve trim package adds exactly $7,500 to the $62,475 window sticker of a two-wheel-drive Navigator and $6,850 to a 4WD model. For the added investment, buyers are treated to upgraded leathers, new (and fancier) Ziricote wood, the adjustable shock absorber system, 22-inch wheels and power-extending and -retracting running boards. And perhaps most importantly for family buyers, there's a headrest DVD system to keep second-row passengers entertained.
How Does It Drive?
Slide into the soft leather thrones of a 2015 Lincoln Navigator and the view through the windshield is expansive. It's an addicting experience to ride so high above traffic with such great visibility, completely isolated from...everything. And that's a big part of the draw behind full-size luxury SUVs like the Navigator.
Then again, a high-riding truck-based luxury SUV will never be mistaken for a light and nimble crossover. This is a big machine that weighs nearly 3 tons. The new electric-assist power steering requires less effort to turn at parking lot speeds and feels more fluid out on the road. After several hours behind the wheel of a 4WD Reserve model, it was also clear that the new adaptive damper system does a good job of offering noticeably different driving modes.
The Sport setting makes the truck feel more athletic. It's soft enough to dampen out even the largest potholes and yet helps the Navigator corner more flatly. The Comfort setting is perhaps best suited to straight rough roads because when the road bends, the setting allows the suspension to gently roll — like Lincolns did decades ago. The frustrating part about this system is that you've got to go fairly deep into menus to switch between settings. So if you were using the trip menu and wanted to change shock settings, the safest option would be to pull to the side of the road to make the switch. A simple rotary knob on the console would make more sense.
The new EcoBoost V6 is a great addition, as it really moves the 3-ton SUV along briskly. In other words, the Navigator's plentiful low-end torque means you won't need to dig very deeply into the throttle very often. The six-speed transmission operates smoothly, but it doesn't shift responsively when the Navigator is pushed hard. Oftentimes it felt like it was in a gear too high for the situation, the calibration likely focused more on fuel economy than fun. Although there are manual shift controls the driver can use on the side of the shift lever, a sportier calibration for the transmission would keep it in the right gear and make it more pleasant to drive this big beast on a curvy road.
How Does It Rate in Terms of Interior Comfort?
The Navigator's interior is substantially improved over last year's model. Much of the down-market and dated plastics and design are gone. In their place are soft leathers, better-quality woods and modern instrumentation. The improvements in sound insulation have, with the exception of some sideview mirror noise, made the cabin nearly silent at freeway speeds.
But this is certainly not a clean sheet redesign. That gauge cluster looks to have come directly from other current Ford products, and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment center is largely the same as the ones found in other Fords. There's nothing in the cabin that pushes interior design forward, but some might find it refreshingly retro. Unlike the capacitive touch buttons that control functions on other Ford products, here Lincoln has wisely included two big chrome knobs to handle the most commonly used volume and tuning functions.
Seat comfort is very good in all three rows. There's abundant space for every passenger, no matter his or her size. And that's particularly true in the third row, where a 6-footer will find just enough knee and headroom to ride for moderate length trips. The third row seat conveniently folds electrically, but Lincoln doesn't provide the same electric folding system for the second row that some competitors do.
What Kind of Mileage Does It Deliver?
Lincoln has improved the fuel economy of the Navigator thanks to the new V6 engine, but not by much. The 2014 Navigator 2WD delivered 16 mpg in combined driving (14 city/20 highway). For 2015, Navigators with 2WD are rated to deliver 18 mpg combined (16 city/22 highway). However, adding 4WD drops that number to 17 mpg combined. The 2WD Navigator L is also rated to deliver 17 mpg in combined driving, while the 4WD Navigator L earns a rating of 16 mpg combined.
What Are Its Closest Competitors?
The Lincoln Navigator's class of large, expensive luxury SUVs is a small one. But here are some of its main foes.
The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is the Navigator's main rival and it benefits from an extensive redesign that includes not only a new V8 engine but also an eight-speed transmission as well as a new chassis and bodywork. Interestingly, the Cadillac with its robust 420-hp 6.2-liter V8 delivers 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway — very close to the Navigator's numbers. However, the Cadillac starts at just under $72,000 and with every option added can reach past $90,000. That's considerably more expensive than the Lincoln.
The next closest competitor would be the GMC Yukon Denali. It offers the same powertrain as the Cadillac, including the eight-speed automatic and the same level of power, but it comes priced more like the Lincoln, starting in the mid-$60,000 range. The GMC might not feel quite as exclusive and luxurious as the Lincoln, but if power and performance are more important to you than status, it's a good deal.
The Lexus LX 570 is another large luxury SUV that packs a strong V8 and trucklike hauling capabilities on a slightly lower level. Thanks to its 383-hp V8 and six-speed automatic, the LX can tow 7,000 pounds, which is less than the Cadillac, GMC or Lincoln. But because the LX 570 is based on Toyota's robust Land Cruiser, it has inherent 4WD capability that makes it far better suited for rough road travel than any of the others.
Why Should You Consider This Car?
Have a large family, a large trailer in the driveway or both? The Navigator is an excellent choice because there are few vehicles that can handle a trailer and coddle as many passengers as comfortably as this Lincoln can. Though it might be less extensively redesigned and less powerful than some of its chief competitors for 2015, it's also less expensive, too.
Why Should You Think Twice About This Car?
If the Navigator doesn't get used to the fullest of its capabilities, then it's probably not the most efficient choice. A truck like the Navigator is difficult to park in an urban environment, and if all the Navigator's interior space isn't needed, a smaller luxury crossover like Lincoln's own MKC would be quicker, handle better and deliver better fuel economy. And of course it would fit in those compact parking spaces, too.
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