Checking the 2019 Lincoln Navigator's Sync 3 infotainment tech
Welcome to a tech check of the 2018 Lincoln Navigator, the redesigned full-size luxury SUV from the fancy pants division of Ford.
As such, when we're talking about Infotainment we're really talking about a reskinned version of Ford's excellent SYNC 3. It's all housed here on a large iPad sized screen, it's about ten inches, and it's operated only by touch.
Now that's kind of a bummer, as this is a really big vehicle.
So I really have to stretch in order to reach anything that's on the right-hand side of the screen.
If there ever were a vehicle that maybe called out for a dial in the center console, or little touch pads here on the steering wheel, like in Mercedes Benz products, the Lincoln Navigator is it.
Regardless, Think3 is an editor favorite here at Roadshow.
And on startup, you are lead to a configurable home screen, along with a myriad of shortcut buttons along the bottom to your favorite functions.
What I really like Like about audio, it's not only if there's Sirius XM radio, but it's also really easy to setup presets, just press and hold.
Now, that might seem like a little thing, but trust me, other manufacturers, that function is buried within menus and sub menus and it gets really annoying really quickly.
The next button is Phone, we've got everything that you need to make a phone call safely and easily from within the car.
When it comes to navigation it does have pinch to zoom capability.
It's pretty quick.
There's a little bit of lag, but it's not too bad.
What I really like is that it has a one box destination entry for either an address or you can search by category.
So I always know where the nearest ice cream stand is.
Apple car play and Android auto are both still Standard, so if you don't like the navigator's navigation, I suppose you can always use Apple Maps or Google Maps.
And when it comes to connectivity, there is a wireless hotspot that can support up to ten devices.
There's also six USB ports, four 12V outlets, as well as a 110V outlet scattered about the car.
And just so I don't forget, there's wireless charging in the center console.
Of course there's more to technology than just the infotainment system, so let's get on the road and see how these driver's aides do.
Now with a vehicle this big it's 17.5 feet long, blind spot monitoring is a must, and that is standard on the Navigator.
There is also lane keeping assist where you can set it to have either just a warning, or steering intervention, or both.
Adaptive cruise control can lock onto a lead car, bring you to a complete stop, but if you wanna keep going again, you've got to press the resume button.
Although I have found that in certain circumstances, like maybe you're waiting at a toll booth and you're moving Coming up just inch by inch.
The braking can be a little herky jerky.
Compared to the competition, the Cadillac Escalade and the Infinity QX80 both have a rear camera mirror, so you've got a digital read out for your mirror that gives you a wider field of view.
And the QX80 also has distance control so it keeps you from tailgating the person in front of you, but on the whole, the tech that this vehicle does have is really good.
You should definitely be taking a look at the 2018 Lincoln Navigator.
Now I've got a full review on this bad body over on broadshow.com so be sure to check it out.
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