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in 2011 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $33,998 - $37,798
Original MSRP: $57,630 - $62,695
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2011 Lincoln Navigator Interior

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Reviewers say the Lincoln Navigator has a spacious and comfortable interior, superior cargo room and a long list of standard features. The third-row seat, according to most, is even comfortable enough for adults. A few reviewers say the Navigator stumbles with down-market materials and switchgear.

  • "Buyers looking for a posh way to get between Points A and B will feel right at home in the Navigator's handsome passenger cabin. Quality materials and virtually every high-end feature imaginable, from heated and ventilated front seats to power-retractable running boards, only increase the coddling factor." -- Edmunds
  • "Luxuriously soft leather upholstery and real-wood interior trim are standard. The premium ambiance is let down by low-budget switchgear feel, painted plastic panels, and a few too many unpadded surfaces." -- Consumer Guide

Seating

On balance, most test drivers were pleased with the seating in the Navigator, noting its spacious layout with room to spare in almost every direction. Several mentioned that the third row seat is actually comfortable for adults – a rare thing in this class. The Navigator seats seven standard, but a no-cost optional second-row bench increases the seating capacity to eight.

  • "No shortage of room in any direction. The seats are generously sized and very supportive.... The [second row] buckets fold forward for good access to one of the best 3rd-row accommodations among SUVs. The seatback could use more angle, but two adults are surprisingly comfortable thanks to a chair-height bench and good headroom and foot space." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The non-telescoping wheel made it difficult to find a truly comfortable driving position. Sure, movable pedals may help shorter drivers fit better, but when you're over 6' tall and prefer to sit close to the wheel, there isn't much room for your legs. My complaint applies to pretty much all modern Ford products, but it felt especially cramped in this Navigator given its prodigious dimensions." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The Lincoln Navigator has retro-styled gauges that are not well-liked by reviewers. However, Ford's SYNC infotainment system wins praise. The system allows drivers to control the stereo, navigation, and even their Bluetooth-enabled phones through voice commands. Plenty of other features, like leather, a rearview camera, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats, are standard. Newly standard for 2011 is a voice-controlled Navigation system. Options include a DVD entertainment system, which features two screens mounted in the headrests of the front seats. Each screen can show a different DVD, which should help limit backseat squabbles over what to watch.

  • "The voice-operated Sync system is particularly useful; among other functions, it allows you to control your cell phone and iPod (or other MP3 player) without removing your hands from the steering wheel." -- Edmunds
  • "Soon the whole world will be singing my tune about the wonders of Sync!" -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Navigator strays from Expedition's large, clear presentation of gauges with a retro design of smaller, fussier, and harder-to-read shapes. The dashboard otherwise shares the Ford's straight-forward arrangement of controls. The navigation system combines push-button and touchscreen operation, governs too many audio functions, and loses legibility in many light conditions." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

Cargo space in the Lincoln Navigator is abundant. With the second and third-row seats folded down, the Navigator delivers 103.3 cu. ft. of storage space. With only the third row folded, the vehicle maintains 54.4 cu. ft. of cargo room. When all the seats are placed in their upright positions, the Navigator still maintains a respectful 18.1 cu. ft. of space. The folding third-row seat gives the Navigator a distinct advantage over the Cadillac Escalade, which has a heavy third-row seat that must manually be removed for extra cargo space. Reviewers especially like the fact that the third row power folds with just the touch of a button.

  • "When passengers need to make way for cargo, the manually operated second row and power-folding third-row seats are easily stowed, providing a flat floor for easy loading. In this configuration, the base Navigator can hold a respectable 104 cubic feet of cargo. The longer Navigator L, thanks to its additional space behind the rear seats, has a total cargo capacity of 128 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2nd- and 3rd-row seatbacks fold flat into the floor, creating a vast storage area. The available power-folding 3rd row is a terrific feature as it saves awkward stretching." -- Consumer Guide

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