Lincoln Navigator Interior
Reviewers say that while luxuriously-styled and well-equipped, the Navigator falls short of rivals, especially when compared with newer competitors. Critics also complain about the Navigator’s subpar interior material quality, which they say includes painted plastic panels and cheap-looking switchgear.
- "You'll definitely feel pampered, but its retro design lost its luster long ago and the materials used are subpar for the class. The silver-painted buttons in particular look quite cheap." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "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 (2012)
- "Though luxurious, the Navigator's interior design lags behind that of the newer Lincoln sedans and crossovers as well as its competitors." -- Motor Trend (2012)
The 2013 Lincoln Navigator has standard seating for seven. Second-row bench seats are optional, which increases seating capacity to eight. Leather upholstery is standard, along with heated and cooled front seats and a heated second row. Front seats are power-adjustable, with the driver’s seat having memory functions.
A few critics agree that the Navigator’s spacious interior allows for comfortable seating in all positions, including the third row. Another critic appreciates the power-adjustable pedals, which help the driver find an ideal seating position.
- "The Navigator's strong point is a luxurious interior with ample space for passengers in all three rows. ..." -- Left Lane News
- "The leather-upholstered heated-and-cooled front seats include power adjustments, and there are adjustable pedals to add to driver comfort." -- Cars.com
- "The Navigator's expansive interior (and the overall bulk necessary to enclose such a space) begins to make sense if you frequently fill all those seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Seating comfort is excellent, and the seats make way for cargo with ease." -- Edmunds (2012)
The 2013 Navigator comes with a 14-speaker THX sound system, HD Radio, voice-activated navigation, Lincoln’s voice-activated SYNC system with AppLink, which allows users to control smartphone apps with voice commands, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors and a backup camera. Options include a power moonroof and DVD LCD displays on the back of the front-seat headrests.
One reviewer says that gauges are hard to read because of their retro design, but says that the climate and audio controls are logically placed. He also notes that the navigation system is difficult to use and washes out in certain light conditions. One test driver says the voice-controlled SYNC system works well and allows the driver to focus on the road.
- "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 (2012)
- "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 (2012)
The 2013 Lincoln Navigator has 18.1 cubic feet of cargo space when all seats are occupied. This number grows to 54.4 cubic feet with the third row stowed and 103.3 cubic feet of total space behind the first row. The longer Navigator L increases cargo space to 42.6, 86.3 and 128.2 cubic feet behind the third, second and first rows. A power liftgate is standard. Reviewers say the Navigator has a good amount of space and appreciate its power-folding third row, which creates a flat loading floor. Test drivers also like the Navigator’s abundant small-item storage capacity. One critic says the Navigator’s height makes loading cargo difficult though.
- "Although the power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats help, the Navigator's tall load-in height can make packing cargo a little challenging." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The second row folds down manually, but the power-folding third-row seat is easily stowed, opening up a flat load floor. (You must physically remove an Escalade's third row.) The base Navigator holds a respectable 104 cubic feet of cargo." -- Edmunds (2012)
- "A big glovebox, large center console, and sizable door pockets furnish abundant small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide (2012)
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