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2015 Lincoln Navigator Review

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator finishes near the bottom of our luxury large SUV rankings. It's spacious and reasonably powerful, but it doesn't deliver the level of luxury or ride refinement one expects from an upscale vehicle.

Pros & Cons

  • Good reliability rating
  • Spacious third row
  • Great towing capacity
  • Brisk acceleration
  • Awkward handling
  • Inferior cabin materials
  • Tricky infotainment system
  • Rivals have more driver assistance features




Critics' Rating: 6.0
Performance: 5.9
Interior: 6.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2015 Lincoln Navigator Overview

Is the 2015 Lincoln Navigator a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator is not a very good used SUV. Though it has a potent engine and good towing capabilities, its handling is less refined than its rivals. The Navigator's three rows of seats are spacious, and it has a good reliability rating, but other flaws take the shine off this Lincoln. Many rivals in the luxury large SUV class have richer interiors with more features and easier-to-use infotainment systems.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lincoln Navigator?

There are about 235 listings for the 2015 Lincoln Navigator on our site, with an average list price of $35,900. Prices range from $29,000 to $42,900 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lincoln Navigator Cost to Own?

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator's five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $30,700, or $6,140 per year. That’s below average for a luxury large SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Navigator?

The 2019 Navigator, which starts around $73,000, is a far cry from the 2015 model. That's because Lincoln redesigned the Navigator for 2018. The 2019 model gives you all the perks of that redesign, including driver assistance features like forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, a 360-degree parking camera, and parallel and perpendicular park assist. Lincoln also increased the power output of the standard twin-turbo V6 – taking it from 380 horsepower to 450 horsepower – and replaced the old six-speed automatic transmission with a 10-speed. Despite the increase in power, fuel economy improved only slightly.

A brand new Navigator will obviously cost substantially more than a 2015 model, so it's up to you to decide if the many updates are worth the extra money.

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The high end of the 2015 Navigator's price range sits around $43,000. You simply can't buy a new luxury large SUV for close to that price. The least expensive new vehicles in the class have starting prices in the mid-$60,000s.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln Navigator Is Best?

The 2015 Navigator is part of a generation that ran from 2007 to 2017, but we only recommend 2015-and-newer models. Prior models had a V8 engine, but it made 70 less horsepower than the twin-turbo V6 that Lincoln introduced for 2015. The 2015 model also received an exterior and interior refresh.

For 2016, the SYNC 3 infotainment system became standard. That’s a big deal, though, as it's considerably easier to use than the 2015 Lincoln's setup. The 2017 model was the first to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Lincoln redesigned the Navigator for 2018, and it’s a significant improvement over earlier models. It comes with numerous advanced safety features, a stronger engine, and an improved transmission (all are described in the Is It Better to Buy A New or Used Navigator? section above). If it’s in your budget, this is a better SUV than a used 2015.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lincoln Navigator?

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator has a good reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lincoln Navigator Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2015 Lincoln Navigator. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Lincoln Navigator Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator comes in two trims: Select and Reserve. The extended-wheelbase Navigator L is also available. It gains more than a foot in overall length. All models come with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive is available.

The Select trim is well-equipped, while the Reserve trim ups the luxury factor with leather upholstery and other high-end touches.

The Lincoln Navigator Select comes standard with a power tailgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry, remote start, adaptive headlamps, Ford's MyKey controls for secondary drivers, forward-and-reverse sensing systems, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and a rearview camera. The standard 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system features a 14-speaker THX surround-sound audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, and voice-activated navigation. The Select also comes standard with leather upholstery in the first two rows and 10-way-power-adjustable heated and cooled front seats.

The Lincoln Navigator Reserve adds leather upholstery in all three rows, wood trim, a hand-wrapped leather dashboard, and an adaptive suspension with continuously controlled damping. Some used Navigator models may also come with a moonroof and a dual-screen rear-seat DVD system.

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the Navigator?

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator earned an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also got five stars in the frontal and side crash tests. Rear-wheel-drive models received three stars in the rollover test, and four-wheel-drive models got four stars in that same test.

Standard driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. There aren't any notable optional active safety features. Rivals like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL and 2015 Infiniti QX80 offer many more features than the Navigator, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and a surround-view parking camera system.

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2015 Lincoln Navigator Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln Navigator or 2015 Cadillac Escalade?

The 2015 Cadillac Escalade is one of the best choices in the luxury large SUV class. It has a powerful V8 engine, a comfortable ride, and one of the most upscale cabins in the class. It also offers many tech features that you won't find in a Navigator, such as a Wi-Fi hot spot and a hands-free power liftgate. There's not really much of a reason to choose the Lincoln over this Cadillac.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln Navigator or 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL?

While the Navigator only has one powertrain, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL offers several, including a turbodiesel and a high-performance V8. The GL is more powerful and better on gas than the Navigator, and it's much more luxurious inside. The Lincoln has more cargo space and a better reliability rating, but those are its only real advantages over its Mercedes-Benz rival.

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2015 Navigator Performance

How Does the 2015 Lincoln Navigator Drive?

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator features a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 380 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Though it's a bit noisy for a luxury vehicle, this powertrain has enough juice to get this big SUV moving quickly, and highway passing maneuvers are no problem either.

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator comes standard with rear-wheel drive, and four-wheel drive is optional. On winding roads, the Navigator can feel unwieldy, and the available adaptive suspension does little to improve the situation. The ride is generally smooth, however.

Does the 2015 Lincoln Navigator Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Navigator gets good gas mileage for a luxury large SUV, returning 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel-drive and Navigator L models get marginally worse ratings.

2015 Lincoln Navigator Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Navigator can tow up to 9,000 pounds. That's more than most class rivals.

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2015 Navigator Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Navigator Seat?

The 2015 Lincoln Navigator seats seven with standard second-row bucket seats. An optional second-row bench seat increases the seating capacity to eight.

The first two rows provide plenty of head- and legroom for passengers, and these seats are quite comfortable. The third row is also spacious, which isn’t always the case in other three-row SUVs. The seats may be great, but the cabin quality fails to impress, as there are too many low-rent materials for a luxury SUV.

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 deploy to help you step into the vehicle.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lincoln Navigator?

The 2015 Navigator has three full sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors. Two are in the second row, and there is one tether anchor in the third row. Most types of car seats fit easily into the Navigator, and the second-row LATCH connectors are easy to use. The third-row tether anchor is hard to find, though.

2015 Lincoln Navigator Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, Lincoln’s voice-activated SYNC system, and Ford's MyKey, which allows monitoring of secondary drivers and gives you the ability set limits on audio volume and vehicle speed.

The standard MyLincoln Touch infotainment system has an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, Bluetooth, and a 14-speaker THX surround-sound audio system. A moonroof and a dual-screen rear-seat DVD system are available.

The Navigator's infotainment system features physical controls in addition to a touch screen, but that doesn't mean it's easy to use. There's a learning curve even for adjusting the most basic settings, and the voice command system responds slowly.

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2015 Lincoln Navigator Dimensions

Lincoln Navigator Cargo Space

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 long-wheelbase 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. Both models have above-average cargo space for the luxury large SUV class.

A power liftgate and power-folding third-row seats come standard.

2015 Navigator Length and Weight

The 2015 Navigator is 17 feet, 3 inches long. Navigator L models are 18 feet, 6 inches long. The Navigator's curb weight ranges from 5,830 to 6,297 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lincoln Navigator Built?

Lincoln built the 2015 Navigator in Kentucky.

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