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in 2012 Luxury Large SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $37,780 - $41,688
Original MSRP: $57,775 - $62,840
MPG: 14 City / 20 Hwy
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2012 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. Despite these strengths, a few reviewers say the Navigator stumbles with down-market switchgear and materials.

  • "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

Overall, most test drivers are pleased with the seating in the Navigator, noting its spacious layout and easy-access third row. Several mention that the third-row seat is actually comfortable for adults, which is rare in this class. The Navigator has seven seats standard, but a no-cost optional second-row bench increases the seating capacity to eight. Additionally, reviewers say the standard heated and cooled, leather front seats are long-haul comfortable.

  • "(Front Seats) No shortage of room in any direction. The seats are generously sized and very supportive. …  (Rear seats) The 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

Interior Features

The Lincoln Navigator has retro-styled gauges that reviewers say are fussy and hard to read. Additionally, one test driver mentions that the touch-screen navigation system makes it complicated to use the audio system.

However, Lincoln’s voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system wins praise. SYNC uses voice commands to control the stereo, navigation and even Bluetooth-enabled phones. The Navigator comes relatively well-equipped for the class, with standard features that include leather seats, a rearview camera and heated rear seats.

  • "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
  • "Overly ornate gauges, interior trim pieces.” -- Cars.com

Cargo

The Lincoln Navigator is a particularly spacious large SUV, holding a maximum of 103.3 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third rows folded into the floor. With the second row in use, the Navigator has 54.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and behind the third row, it still has a respectable 18.1 cubic feet. The folding third-row seat gives the Navigator a distinct advantage over the Cadillac Escalade, which has a heavy third-row seat that must be manually removed for extra cargo space. Reviewers especially like the fact that the third row power folds with the touch of a button.

  • "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. A big glovebox, large center console, and sizable door pockets furnish abundant small-item storage.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "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.” -- Edmunds

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