STYLE + TIMES: ON THE ROAD WITH THE 2015 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR

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This past weekend, our friends at Lincoln Motor Company tossed us the keys to a 2015 Navigator, a refresh of the iconic SUV that pioneered the full-size luxury SUV movement. The color of choice was the head turning Magnetic Metallic. This is definitely a vehicle for the individual that has a refind palette, but isn’t afraid to host a good tailgate party.

Upon delivery, one of the first things we noticed when we stepped into the well-appointed interior was just how luxurious and technically equipped the vehicle was. Anything that you need to ensure a comfortable ride is at your fingertips and just a button touch away.  From the butter-soft leather to the Zircote wood trimmed interior, the 2015 Navigator delivers on every level.

Push to Start

After getting familiar with the interior, we pushed the start button and heard the quiet rumble of the Navigator’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers power on demand while providing best-in-class fuel economy. The twin-turbocharged, direct-injected engine weighs in at 380 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Creature Comforts

The easy to navigate 8-inch, center-stacked  touchscreen system incorporates SYNC with MyLincoln Touch.  Pairing our iPhones with the entertainment system was a snap which meant hands free capabilities and our play lists were now ready for the ride. There was plenty of storage for our iPads, laptops and just about anything we needed for our trip.

Once on the road you immediately notice how smooth and quiet the ride is.  The leather-wrapped, wood-trimmed steering wheel added just the right amount of luxury with its soft touch and thick grip. When it comes to safety, this is hands down one of the safest automobiles that we have ever been in.  From the rear view camera to the alert that you receive when changing lanes and the way it handles on the highway, wherever we found ourselves, we knew that we were always safe.

The Journey Begins

Our journey with the Navigator took us about 2 hours north to Atlantic Beach, a small quaint place just outside of Jacksonville, FL with a population of about 13,000.

Accommodations for the weekend came courtesy of the One Ocean Resort. A beautiful 193 room resort. The resort is steps away from gorgeous beaches with endless dining and shopping options just minutes away. Everything that we could have possible needed to enjoy our weekend was within reach.

Upon our arrival we were immediately welcomed with open arms.  There was no going to the front desk and checking in.  When the staff came to get our bags, we were already checked in and our room keys immediately handed to us. After getting settled, we headed out to enjoy some local fare and what the city had to offer. Unfortunately, it rained all weekend, but we still made the most of our visit and enjoyed our stay.

Reflections

As we started our journey back home, we couldn’t help but talk about the compliments and the looks the 2015 Navigator received. In the middle of taking photos for this editorial one of the local police officers approached us and we thought we were for sure going to get in trouble for taking photos too close to the beach.  Not the case at all.  He just wanted to get a closer look at the Navigator and was really intrigued by how good it looked and how far this version had come from the original. We had a great time, and couldn’t have been more honored to have had the opportunity to enjoy the luxurious 2015 Lincoln Navigator.

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