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Lincoln Navigator Interior

Most reviewers think that the 2015 Lincoln Navigator’s cabin is nicer than the 2014 model’s thanks to softer leather and more elegant wood trim. However, several complain that there’s still too much cheap plastic on the dashboard and doors, and they note that some interior panels aren’t fitted together well. The infotainment system was also revised, and while some critics think it’s easier to use, others complain that it’s complicated and has a frustrating voice control system. The size of the Navigator’s interior receives universal praise, with critics noting that there’s abundant cargo and passenger space in all three rows.

  • "It may be true that the Reserve trim level, which stands above Select and tops out at $75,065 (including shipping and handling), includes plenty of wood and leather, including a wrapped dash. But there's still pebbly plastic within sight, and the fit of that trim between A-pillars and door lowers in our test – ‘still a truck’ could have been more precise." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The cheap plastics on the doors and center stack, meanwhile, overshadow the cabin additions." -- Autoblog
  • "The Navigator's interior is substantially improved over last year's model. Much of the down-market and dated plastics and design are gone. In their place are soft leathers, better-quality woods and modern instrumentation." -- Edmunds
  • "The previous Lincoln Navigator was plenty luxurious...for 2007. Times have changed though, and the new upscale leather and Ziricote wood trim bring this big SUV into decidedly more modern times." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Seating

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator seats seven with standard second-row bucket seats, and an optional second-row bench seat increases seating capacity to eight. Standard features include leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, heated and cooled front seats, power-adjustable pedals, heated second-row seats and power running boards, which automatically extend to help you step into the vehicle. Test drivers agree that the first- and second-row seats are quite comfortable and extremely roomy. They also note that the Navigator’s third-row seat is more spacious and comfortable than the third-row seats in most competitors.

  • "Perhaps this interior's greatest strength is its sheer size. Passengers in the standard first- and second-row captain's chairs enjoy comfortable accommodations with plenty of room to stretch out." -- Edmunds
  • "The third row is more accommodating than most rivals, thanks to the vehicle's independent rear suspension." -- Autoblog
  • "And speaking of the 3rd row, the Navigator's is about the roomiest and most comfortable around, as even adults fit without adopting a knees-in-chest posture." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Lincoln Navigator include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, an auxiliary input jack, two USB ports, Bluetooth, a 14-speaker THX surround-sound audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, MyKey (which lets parents set limits on audio volume and vehicle speed), Lincoln’s voice-activated SYNC system (which connects to your smartphone with USB or Bluetooth) and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system (which includes an 8-inch touch screen). Optional features include a moonroof and a dual-screen rear-seat DVD system. The Navigator is not available with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning or a surround-view parking camera system, which are all available in rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class and Infiniti QX80.

Most reviewers appreciate the improvements that have been made to the Navigator’s infotainment system for 2015, especially the addition of more physical buttons and knobs that are easier to use. However, many say it still takes a while to learn how to change the most basic settings, and they complain that SYNC can be slow to react to voice commands.

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  • "Other new interior tech includes the latest version of MyLincoln Touch, which teams an eight-inch touchscreen with redundant knobs and buttons that, in our opinion, are far and away more intuitive than the touch-sensitive sliders that plagued earlier iterations of the infotainment system." -- Left Lane News
  • "Improvements have also been made to the MyLincoln Touch system, which now features more hard buttons and rotary knobs for controlling audio and temperature settings as well as a simplified menu selection." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Backed by many redundant voice commands, MyLincoln Touch can be a powerful tool for configuring and controlling the vehicle and your smartphone. But there's still a learning curve for getting accustomed to even basic functions." -- Edmunds
  • "There are more physical buttons than virtual ones to control climate settings, but many are tedious repetitive-step pushbuttons. And while all controls are clear in function, all are recessed into the dash out of easy reach, with some being quite a stretch. This is mitigated somewhat by the ability to use voice commands, but that's not always quick or intuitive." -- Consumer Guide

Cargo

Both the 2015 Lincoln Navigator and the long-wheelbase Navigator L have very spacious cargo areas for the class. The Navigator has 18.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third-row seats, 54.4 cubic feet behind the second row and 103.3 cubic feet behind the front seats. The Navigator L offers 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 86.3 behind the second row and 128.2 cubic feet behind the front seats. Critics note that the Navigator’s standard power-folding third-row seat makes it easy to load cargo. A power liftgate is also standard.

  • "You'd expect a vehicle of this size and status to provide lots of cargo space and comfortable passenger room, and it does." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Easing cargo-loading chores is the standard power-folding third-row seat that stows neatly beneath the floor with the touch of a button." -- Edmunds
  • "Thanks to its independent rear suspension, the 2015 Navigator continues to offer the convenience of a flush-folding third-row seat and class-leading rear cargo space of 54.4 cubic feet (86.3 for the L)." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 3/31/15

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