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MSRP: $56,165 - $61,230
Invoice: $53,357 - $58,168
MPG: 13 City / 18 Hwy
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Lincoln Navigator Interior

Test drivers report that the 2014 Lincoln Navigator's interior has a stale, outdated look and note that material quality is a step behind that of most class rivals. Reviewers complain that the switchgear feels cheap and note that too many surfaces lack sufficient padding. Still, reviewers appreciate that the Navigator's cabin is very quiet and like that it offers very generous cargo and passenger space.

  • "While the overall effect is pleasant enough, the design looks a bit stodgy and the quality of some of the materials doesn't measure up to the furnishings in many competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "Both are uncannily quiet inside due to an acoustic windshield, thick side glass and superb sound insulation." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Navigator's extensive use of laminated glass and acoustic soundproofing results in a cabin that is so quiet that one can hold a conversation with the rear passengers at highway speed without having to shout." -- AutoTrader
  • "Standard high-end leather upholstery and real-wood interior trim give the interior an upscale feel. However, the premium ambiance is compromised by low-budget switchgear feel, painted plastic panels, and a few too many unpadded surfaces." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

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The Navigator has seating for seven people with standard middle-row bucket seats, though an optional bench seat in the middle row increases seating capacity to eight. Leather upholstery, heated, cooled and power-adjustable front seats and heated second-row seats are standard. Reviewers say the front seats are comfortable and spacious. Some mention that the steering wheel is not telescopic, but standard power-adjustable pedals help the driver find a comfortable position behind the wheel. Critics also mention that the standard backup camera makes up for otherwise poor rearward visibility. Auto journalists say that the Navigator's large interior means that passengers in the second and third row have plenty of space, though one remarks that it can be tricky to climb into the third row.

  • "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. Even the third row feels relatively spacious, though the climb to get back there is best left to the young and limber." -- Edmunds
  • "The Navigator's strong point is a luxurious interior with ample space for passengers in all three rows in part due to an independent rear suspension which frees up third row legroom and also pays dividends for handling." -- Left Lane News
  • "Passenger space is expansive by most every measure. The seats are supportive and generously sized. The steering wheel doesn't telescope, but it has power tilt, and standard power-adjustable pedals help situate the driver well. High step-in is a negative that Lincoln addresses by making power running boards standard. The thick roof pillars and rear headrests hamper rear visibility, but the standard rearview camera helps." -- Consumer Guide (2013)+"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 (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the Navigator include navigation, a 14-speaker THX stereo system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a backup camera, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control and Ford's SYNC voice command system with Bluetooth and a USB port for phone and audio controls. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional.

Some test drivers report that the Navigator's stereo and climate controls are easy to use, though others have difficulty reading the gauges. They like that the SYNC system responds to simple voice commands, which allows the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road. Critics mention that the touch screen for the navigation system is small and hard to see in bright sunlight.

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  • "Gauges and controls are straightforward and intuitive. Ford's Sync system allows you to make calls and play the music stored on your iPod or smartphone with simple voice commands without having to take your eyes off the road. … One notable negative is the small touchscreen display, which isn't as easy to use as the interfaces in competitors or the rest of the Lincoln lineup." -- Edmunds
  • "Some testers complain that the Navigator's dashboard design favors retro style over ergonomics and gauge readability. The navigation system's touch screen is prone to washout in bright-light conditions." -- Consumer Guide (2013)


The Navigator has 18.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 54.4 cubic feet behind the second row and a maximum capacity of 103.3 cubic feet. The long-wheelbase Navigator L offers even more, with 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row, 86.3 with the third row folded and up to 128.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats. Both models have very good cargo space for the class. Reviewers are impressed with the Navigator's cargo space, and appreciate that the third row folds easily with the press of a button. Test drivers also mention that the Navigator has good small-item storage, with a large console and door pockets.

  • "When it comes to hauling cargo, both Navigator models excel. With all the rear seats folded, the shorter-wheelbase version offers a healthy 104 cubic feet of cargo room, while the extended Navigator L comes in at an expansive 128 cubic feet. More importantly, the standard power-folding third-row seat stows neatly beneath the floor with the touch of a button, a huge advantage over the Cadillac Escalade, which requires you to remove and store its heavy third-row seats." -- Edmunds
  • "… the 2014 Lincoln Navigator can accommodate up to eight passengers as well as enough gear to stage a big family picnic." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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