Occasionally, it works out that an auto journalist spends a second week in the same vehicle or a duplicate vehicle. It isn’t any sort of a big deal, rather just a timing and scheduling thing. I thought this was what had happened last week when I picked up a lovely, white 2015 Lincoln Navigator. It turns out that this Navi was actually a different package from the one I drove a few weeks ago and this package addressed a couple of gripes I had with the first.
This unit was the 101A package, which includes a number of luxury upgrades from the base model. The most visible are polished 22″ wheels, upgraded interior and Trevino leather wrapped everything inside.
The first thing that I noticed was the leather wrapped dash. In the brown unit I drove previously, I was not a big fan of the dual cowl dash. Wrapped in nicely stitched leather however and it looks fantastic. Same shape, different visual appeal and this time it works.
The change in wheels offers a more substantial change. Visually, I actually prefer the dark finish alloys on the first model I drove, but it is the drive experience that I noticed the most. In my original review, I mentioned that the Navigator wallowed on undulating pavement, as if the engineers had chosen the wrong shock valving. In the 101A equipped vehicle, that sensation was completely absent. It seems difficult to believe that switching from a P275/55R20 tire up to a P285/45R22 would make such a drastic change, but it makes for a totally different ride.
The 100 package Navigator starts at $75,110 in Canada, while the 101A rings in at $82,360. My experience in the 101A packaged vehicle was so much greater than the $7,000 difference would indicate. If a consumer can afford a vehicle at this price point, then making the choice to opt for the more expensive vehicle should be a no-brainer.
Read my full 2015 Lincoln Navigator review here.