KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz
- Updated Date: 5/28/2014
The Lincoln Navigator was the first full-size luxury SUV introduced to Americans, and it continues to be a force to contend with. Lincoln's 2015 Navigator SUV isn't all-new, but it gets a comprehensive update that covers the exterior, interior, suspension and powertrain. The good news is that while Lincoln has added more luxury, it hasn't taken anything away. Both short-wheelbase (SWB) and long-wheelbase (LWB) L models get a new twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine offering more power and torque and better fuel economy than the old V8, while still offering best-in-class towing capacity of up to 9,000 pounds. With new technology and a substantially upgraded interior, the new Navigator should still be able to hold its own against similarly upscale SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Infiniti QX80.
You'll Like This Car If...
Lincoln's 2015 Navigator offers up a comfortable ride, excellent tow ratings, impressive power and decent fuel economy. Unlike others, the Navigator's 3rd-row seat can comfortably hold two adults, while a long list of premium features ensures its place among the best luxury SUVs.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If your need for good fuel economy, maneuverability or casting a smaller shadow trump your needs for towing and hauling, a smaller SUV like the Audi Q7 or Infiniti QX60 makes a better choice.
What's New for 2015
2015 sees the Lincoln Navigator receive a refreshed exterior design and a new interior with premium leather and wood trim. The old 5.4-liter V8 is replaced with a new 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and a new continuously variable dampening suspension allows drivers a choice of three settings.
After just a few hours driving the 2015 Lincoln Navigator luxury SUV, we came away mightily impressed. The new twin-turbo V6 delivers ample power, even at lower rpms, and instantaneous muscle on demand. The peak 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, however, come only when using premium fuel. The Navigator's available 3-mode suspension dampening allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Normal and Sport settings. We found the Comfort setting to be a bit too soft, preferring the Normal or Sport modes. An independent rear suspension helps the Navigator to feel more planted in the turns, but the handling isn't as good as one might imagine. We also found the electric power steering felt a bit vague at times, missing the kind of feedback you'd want when negotiating twisting turns on narrow roads. As for hauling ability, the Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds, a best-in-class stat.
While the new 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 EcoBoost engine may not be the first thing you notice about the Lincoln's Navigator for 2015, it's arguably the most important change to this SUV. With more power and torque, plus better fuel economy, it's an uncompromised improvement.
The previous Lincoln Navigator was plenty luxurious...for 2007. Times have changed though, and the new upscale leather and Ziricote wood trim bring this big SUV into decidedly more modern times.
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