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2015 Lincoln Navigator Introduction

Navigator is a three-row luxury SUV with the towing potential of a full-size pickup and the cargo volume of a van, with comfortable room for up to eight adults, and the features and conveniences of a luxury sedan.

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator features a more powerful, more fuel-efficient engine. The new Ecoboost 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine is smaller than the V8 it replaced, but it delivers more power and better fuel economy, rated at 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, while attaining an EPA-estimated 16/22 mpg City/Highway on Premium gasoline. It pairs well to a 6-speed automatic transmission and comes with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or electronically engaged four-wheel drive (4WD). The four-wheel drive can be used on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. Unless you live in the Sun Belt we recommend the four-wheel drive.

Also new for the 2015 Lincoln Navigator is Lincoln Drive Control, continuously controlled dampers, 22-inch wheels, and blind-spot warning with rear cross-path detection. The dashboard is updated for 2015, including a new instrument panel that flanks the speedometer with a pair of four-inch screens, as has MyLincoln Touch.

While a Lincoln Navigator can mimic a pickup in work capacity, it is smooth and quiet on the road, with a compliant, fully independent rear suspension that smoothes over the roughest of pavement. It uses a ladder-type truck frame adapted from Ford’s F-150 and separate body, giving it towing capability and off-pavement durability. For this reason, the Lincoln Navigator is not as responsive as the Lincoln MKX crossover utility.

Navigator is available in two lengths, standard and a long-wheelbase version dubbed Lincoln Navigator L. Both can seat seven or eight passengers, depending on the configuration ordered, with essentially identical passenger accommodations. Lincoln Navigator L is 15 inches longer overall, adding a substantial amount of cargo space, and it is 12 inches longer in wheelbase, aiding towing stability.

Of course the Lincoln Navigator also offers all the infotainment electronics you’d expect in this price class. Voice-controlled navigation, HD radio, and Sirius Travel Link are just a few of the Lincoln Navigator’s standard features; a dual-screen DVD system is available. Lincoln’s corporate SYNC system includes voice activation with standard operator assist and SOS post-crash alert, while SYNC AppLink software provides hands-free voice control of select smartphone apps. Lincoln Navigator does not offer a head-up display or automatic cruise control/forward collision warning system many alternatives do.

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