Lincoln's flagship SUV has always been favorably priced, offering a boatload of luxury for fewer dollars than similar-sized competitors. Because sales can't live on price alone, Lincoln has given the Navigator its first significant makeover in years while preserving its value proposition.
What's New for 2015
The Navigator gets new front and rear styling and updated cockpit controls. A turbocharged V6 now powers all models.
Choosing Your Lincoln Navigator
V8 engines are the rule in full-size SUVs, which makes the Navigator's new powerplant all the more significant. The 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 develops 380 horsepower, which actually makes it more powerful than last year's V8. Towing capacity hasn't suffered at all in the transition -- you're still good to haul up to 9,000 pounds with the standard heavy-duty towing package. As before, a six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a four-wheel drive system is available for about $4,000. The benefit of the V6 engine really shows on the highway, where the Navigator achieves 22 mpg, quite an accomplishment for a truck-based SUV of this magnitude.
The Navigator is offered in two trim levels, both of which are lavishly equipped:
Among the few individual options are a rear entertainment system with dual screens, a sunroof and different wheel finishes.
The Navigator needs nothing extra to be a complete luxury vehicle, although we suspect most buyers will spring for the sunroof ($995). At first glance, the Reserve package seems rather expensive -- and it would be without the Lincoln Drive Control system. The ability to adjust how the vehicle behaves over the road is a very worthy feature in something so large and heavy as the Navigator.