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by Tony West and Daryl Payne
The 2015 Lincoln Navigator reemerges as the leader of the lux full-size SUVs. The new $65k big-body has more refined styled inside and out. And its cabin has high comfort for the family with added entertainment options, tons of storage, and optimal safety features. And the 2015 Navigator still boast a powerful well-balanced performance.
We reviewed the 2015 Lincoln Navigator that has a wealth of standard features like 22 inch polished aluminum wheels.
Polished New Exterior
The new Navigator adds the right touch of new swag to the stylish SUV. The 2015 Navigator has more chrome accents outside, a power running board, and HID headlights. The SUV is available in a 119 inch standard wheelbase and the extended model with a 131 inch wheelbase.
The 2015 Navigation also has a chromed-out new split-winged grille and a muscular new aluminum hood. A total of 222 LEDs illuminate the exterior and give the Navigator a distinct personality. HID adaptive headlights and HID adaptive daytime running lights are standard.
The big daddy SUV turned heads everywhere I went with its brawny and handsome design and Java Metallic paint job. The new swagged out grille is bigger with a 3D look.
And the jewel headlights mimic a chrome eye. The rear lights have a dope LED strip that stretches across the center tailgate and connects with the LED tail lights. The new whip also has a standard power tailgate and chrome door handles.
Navigator owners will want an upgrade.
Upscale Lux Interior Great for the Family
The swanky new 2015 Navigator gets even better on the inside. The leather trimmed cabin is great for the whole family. It’s upscale yet simplistic. And all 8 passengers have plenty of legroom. Captains Chairs are available for the second row at no extra charge.
The 8 passenger SUV has standard premium leather with premium Ziricote wood trim. Ziricote is a natural grain wood typically used in yachts.
A Wallsdorf leather wrapped wood trimmed steering wheel is dopeness. The instrument panel is hand wrapped in leather with contrast stitching.
Extended length models offer 128 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row, 86 cubic feet behind the second row, and 42 cubic feet behind the third row. The standard wheelbase model has 103 cubic feet behind the front row, 86 cubic feet behind the second row, and 18 cubic feet behind the third row.
I like the illuminated welcome mats in the front and the chrome lined shifter and center stack buttons.
The innovative dash has gauges and 2 digital multi info displays that keep the driver informed and undistracted. The driver’s left info display shows trip, fuel, towing info, off-road status and system warnings. The right info display shows entertainment, phone, climate, info, and navigation.
The driver sits like a king or queen in throne that’s heated, cooled and 10-way adjustable. The leather and wood trimmed steering wheel has controls for audio, phone, and cruise control, but the arrangement seemed bulky.
Power third row fold flat seating is standard along with an EZ entry system and second row heated seats. Also cool is adjustable pedal with memory and big heated power folding side mirrors.
Dual zone climate control and the rain sensing wipers are always on point.
Power and performance are delivered in a luxurious quiet cabin. Soundscreen, acoustic laminated glass, enhanced carpeting, and insulated door and floor panels all create a more tranquil environment.
I also dig the flushed center stack with its tough hide and 8 inch touchscreen with backup camera and MyLink technology. The 2015 Navigator also has Sirius XM Satellite radio with Travel Link.
Synch with My Lincoln Touch features hands free Bluetooth, voice command. Plus the new Navigator has a bangin THX audio system. Missing from the interior is an entertainment suite, reclining seats, and extendable leg cushions. Other SUVs offer this for a mere 2,000 more.
But the inside is plush with high-tech and max comfort. Motorsports Correspondent Daryl says he’s now a Navigator fan!
Pristine Powerful Performance
The Lincoln Navigator is well known for having a polished well-balanced aggressive road character. The big daddy SUV has fantastic damping able to cruise in tranquility or tip the road.
The 2015 Navigator has 3.5 liter V6 Ecoboost engine with direct injection and twin-turbocharging. The V6 has 380 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 460 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to Ecoboost technology, the Navigator can attack the road and still boast a combined EPA of 17 mpg (15 mpg highway/ 20 mpg highway.) And the Navigator has a smoother torque curve than some V8 SUVs plus more available low end torque. A 4.10:1 rear-axle is standard on the Navigator L model and helps multiply the torque for maximum acceleration and easier towing.
The V6 Ecoboost is matched to a SelectShift automatic transmission. The Navigator is available in rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. Control Trac four-wheel drive enhances traction on slippery surfaces and improves handling and enables off-road capability.
The 2015 Lincoln Navigation also offers best-in-class towing at 9,000 lbs and a max payload of 1,570 lbs.
The best part of the Navigator is light on its feet with tons of chutzpa on reserve. Electronic Power Assisted Steering is standard and allows for more precise turning and cornering, plus ease with parking.
Available Lincoln Drive Control features continuously controlled damping (CCD) that monitors multiple vehicle sensors and road conditions every two milliseconds and adjusts suspension needs accordingly.
CCD provides even smoother damping over any surface with normal, comfort, and sport drive modes. The Navigator’s independent rear suspension also adds to the ride’s tranquility.
Four-wheel drive Navigators are great for towing and offer Hill Descent Control and hill start assist. With Hill Descent Control, drivers set the speed and the system applies brake pressure to descend steep hills with controlled speed.
An optimal Select Package adds Nivomat, a load leveling system that raises the rear end of a loaded Navigator to optimize ride height and improved handling.
The engine, transmission, and the performance systems work together seamlessly to give the Navigator an exceptional versatile ride.
Safety features include Advanced Trac with Roll Stability Control, Blind Spot Information System, Cross Traffic Alert, Park Assist, Trailer Sway Control, and the rear vision camera. Park Assist is a little OCD – beeping alongside the backup sensor. This is distracting when I’m parking in tight spaces. And the front park aid sometimes beeped as I was cruising in traffic.
The 2015 Navigator, with its fresh new stylish chromed out exterior and plush interior with new performance tech has made a triumphant return to the superior SUV club. The SUV stands tall against the Lexus LX and Yukon Denali because its upscale luxury is more affordable.