Pros: This is the largest, most comfortable and most capable Lincoln in the fleet, yet is typically less expensive than comparable rivals. Plus, of the full-size SUVs on the market, Lincoln arguably has the most balanced design. Eight people can lounge in sumptuous comfort in the Navigator or stretch out even more in the long-wheelbase Navigator L. The new EcoBoost should give sales, well, a boost.
Cons: The Navigator feels big from the driver seat and as such proves difficult to manoeuvre. The transmission is a 6-speed unit while competitors are moving towards seven or more gears.
2015 Lincoln Navigator Price: The base MSRP is listed as $75,110, while the Navigator L carries a sticker price of $78,110.
2015 Lincoln Navigator Fuel Economy: The Navigator achieves 16.2L/100km in the city and 11.8L/100km on the highway. In the case of the Navigator L, the last number jumps to 12.3L/100km.
Improvements and Changes: The redesigned 2015 Lincoln Navigator features new front and rear styling as well as a refreshed interior. More importantly, perhaps, it replaces the obsolete 5.4L SOHC V8 with a new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that improves both power and fuel economy.
Maximum towing capacity is listed as 3,946 kg (8,860 lb).
Maximum volume behind the third row is 513 litres, and with the third-row folded down is 1,541 litres.
• Navigator L:
Maximum towing capacity is 3,810 kg (8,555 lb).
Maximum volume behind the third row is 1,206 litres, and with the third-row folded down is 2,443 litres.
Powertrain: The 2015 Lincoln Navigator uses a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that produces 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic transmission with four-wheel drive is the only drivetrain option with the Navigator.
Safety: Dual front, front-seat side impact and full-length side curtain airbags are standard along with four-wheel disc brakes, ABS, traction control, stability control, roll mitigation control, hill-start and hill-descent assist systems. Forward and reverse sensing systems alert the driver of impending dangers. Adaptive cruise control, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, and rear door child-proof locks, as well as the LATCH system to anchor child seats are all standard.
Comparing the 2015 Lincoln Navigator: Alternatives include the Land Rover Range Rover, Lexus LX, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, Infiniti QX80, and Cadillac Escalade.