2015 Lincoln Navigator: Real-World Cargo Space

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The 2015 Lincoln Navigator's list of changes includes a new engine with improved fuel economy, a high-end Reserve Package and mild interior and exterior styling updates. What hasn't changed, however, is the Navigator's cargo space of which there are two sizes: the standard wheelbase model and supersized extended-wheelbase Navigator.

Related: 2015 Lincoln Navigator: First Look

The standard-wheelbase Navigator we tested offers 18.1 cubic feet of storage space behind the third row, 54.4 cubic feet behind the second row and a grand total of 103.3 cubic feet of cargo room with the seats folded. We found the 18.1 cubic feet small given the Navigator's massive exterior size and that many crossover SUVs with a smaller footprint provide similar space in the back. However, the Navigator still offers more space than the Chevrolet Tahoe's 15.3 cubic feet, and folding the third row flat is easy thanks to its power operation. Extended-wheelbase Navigator L models provide a huge leap with 42.6 cubic feet behind the third row.

See how well common items fit in the standard-wheelbase Navigator's cargo area below.

By Joe Bruzek | December 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: Car Seat Check

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Lincoln's largest SUV got refreshed for 2015, but the Navigator's passenger and cargo volume are unchanged this year. Seating for eight is standard again, but our test model's optional second-row captain's chairs reduced capacity to seven. Accessible Latch anchors make the second row car-seat friendly, but the third row’s tether anchor position and lack of room complicated installation of our booster and forward-facing convertible.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Lincoln Navigator Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

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A few exterior styling details aside, it wouldn't be hard to lose the redesigned 2015 Lincoln Navigator in a crowd of the luxury SUV's previous generation. We got a close look as the Navigator found its way this week to the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. The main exterior differences are a new grille, bumpers, hood headlights and taillights, all in line with the current Lincoln aesthetic, while the fenders, doors, windows and roof resemble those of the outgoing model.

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The even-more-mildly revised cabin offers a new dashboard covered in stitched leather and the latest version of the MyLincoln Touch multimedia system with Sync and an 8-inch touch-screen. The powertrain receives the biggest change, dropping to a 3.5-liter V-6 from a 5.4-liter V-8, but it gains horsepower and torque. Check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Matt Schmitz | February 7, 2014 | Comments (6)

2015 Lincoln Navigator: First Look

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Competes with: Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, Lexus LX 570

Looks like: The old Navigator with a new grille and headlights

Drivetrain: 370-plus-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6; six-speed automatic transmission; optional four-wheel drive.

Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

There isn't a rabid large-luxury SUV following begging for new products, but with Cadillac unveiling the heavily revised 2015 Escalade late last year, those in the market may have wondered when the next Lincoln Navigator, the Escalade's main rival and the original American luxury truck, would arrive. Lincoln has just revealed its new 2015 Navigator ahead of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, where the SUV will make its public debut, and we have the details.

By Aaron Bragman | January 22, 2014 | Comments (24)

Recall Alert: 10,500 Ford Vehicles

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Ford is recalling more than 10,000 vehicles because the transmission range sensor may be improperly calibrated for Reverse gear, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects the vehicles listed below:

In the affected vehicles, the transmission may not go into Reverse, or the vehicle may go into Reverse but the "R" may not illuminate on the dashboard when the driver pushes the shift lever into Reverse in the F-150, Expedition or Navigator. In certain cases, the backup lamp may not illuminate in the F-150, Expedition, Navigator or Mustang. This condition increases the risk of a crash or a pedestrian being struck.

Ford will begin notifying owners June 25, and dealers will inspect and repair the transmission range sensor for free. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Dave Lee | May 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

Incentives Diet: Buy This, Not That

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With new models coming fast and furious via announcements at the four major auto shows —  L.A., Detroit, Chicago and New York — of the season, we thought we'd focus our incentives breakdown on some older, proven models that are still around for the time being.

In this latest round of Buy This, Not That, we focused on midsize sedans, full-sized luxury SUVs and large family sedans. Included in this rundown are the Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Malibu, which both have new models entering the market now or in the near future.

All the trim levels picked for these comparisons included an automatic transmission, air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port, and power locks, windows and side mirrors. Final price includes destination charges.

By Colin Bird | April 18, 2012 | Comments (4)

Recall Alert: 2012 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator

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Ford is recalling 569 Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs from the 2012 model year because the head restraints may have inadequate welds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the affected vehicles, which were built from Nov. 19 to Dec. 2, 2011, the welds on the second-row head restraint’s support brackets in the right-hand seat may not provide enough strength, increasing the risk of injury in a crash. You can find the vehicle's build date on a label affixed to the driver-side doorjamb.

The recall is expected to begin around Feb. 20, and dealers will replace the head restraint if necessary at no charge. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Dave Lee | February 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

Lincoln Sticking with MK-Lettered Nameplates

Lincoln MKZ ConceptLike them or not, the Lincoln brand's nameplate nomenclatures of "MKT," “MKZ," "MKX," and "MKS" are here to say, according to USA Today.

Last year, Ford CEO Alan Mulally intimated that the carmaker was considering a switch from the MK naming to something more traditional, like Continental.

For the hopeful, those dreams have officially been dashed. At the 2012 Detroit auto show, Lincoln introduced the MKZ Concept, indicating the Zephyr name probably wouldn't be revived.

Jim Farley, Ford's marketing chief, also hinted that the names would stick. "What I've learned in my career is it's product that matters, not the name," Farley told reporters at the show. In a separate interview, Mulally also told reporters he had come to terms with the current naming structure at Lincoln.

No word on if this spells the end of the only model still holding a proper name at Lincoln: the Navigator full-size SUV.

No change: Lincoln Is Stuck With Alphabet Soup Names (USA Today)

By Colin Bird | January 17, 2012 | Comments (9)

Ford Limits Orders on Black and Red Paint Colors

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Since Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, we’ve learned a little more each day about where many of the materials for our cars come from. Even the paint that coats cars and trucks is impacted, at least on Ford and Nissan vehicles.

Ford is telling its dealers not to order vehicles in Tuxedo Black paint or in three variations of red, according to USA Today.

The pigments for those paints come from a Japanese supplier. Vehicles optioned with these colors are the Ford F-150, Super Duty pickups, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, Focus and Lincoln Navigator and MKS, according to a Ford spokesman.

Nissan also might experience shortages of some exterior color options, according to reports.

Ford to dealers: No more black, red paint due to Japan crisis (USA Today, via Bloomberg News)

By Colin Bird | March 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

Incentives on Defunct Mercury Brand Tick Upward

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Retail production of Mercury vehicles ceased nearly a month ago, and now Ford is getting down to the business of ridding itself of any leftover inventory for the defunct brand. The remaining Mercury dealerships are on a deadline to move the metal before the end of 2010 when their Mercury franchise agreements will be terminated.

To flush out the remaining inventory, Ford has increased retail incentives for the Mercury brand drastically for November. Until this month, the 2010 and 2011 Milan, Milan Hybrid and Mariner all offered $2,000 cash on the hood, which was the same as its Ford counterparts. Now all three have up to $3,500 on the hood, nearly 60% more money back than what’s offered on the identical Ford Fusion and Escape. The 2010 and 2011 Grand Marquis now get upward of $5,500 cash back.

The aggressive incentives are supposed to help Ford expedite the shutdown of Mercury by the Dec. 31 deadline, according to Automotive News. Ford spokesman George Pipas told Automotive News that there are fewer than 10,000 Mercurys left in the inventory, which amounts to a 35-day supply. Currently there are nearly 4,000 Mercurys on sale on Cars.com. Below you’ll find the remaining deals on all Mercury and Lincoln inventory. Most of these incentives are good until Dec. 31.

By Colin Bird | November 10, 2010 | Comments (2)

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