2020 Lincoln Aviator

Buyer's Guide

Lincoln is looking to be flying high with the arrival of its latest crossover utility model, the Aviator. This new three-row vehicle revives a name last attached to a Lincoln-badged version of the Ford Explorer in 2005. That's not the Aviator's only link to the mainstream Explorer: Lincoln's latest shares a platform with the redesigned 2020 version of that Ford SUV.

As we write this, Lincoln has yet to announce complete details on the Aviator, but we know enough to be able to say it sounds like a compelling vehicle.

Standard power will come from a turbocharged 3.0L V6 making 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. It's not unique to the Aviator, already being available in the Continental and MKZ sedans.

Even more interesting is the prospect of a plug-in hybrid powertrain for a Grand Touring trim level that will pair that engine with electricity. It'll make the Aviator capable of EV cruising, but also promises a combined power output of 450 hp and 600 lb-ft(!) of torque when working with the V6.

The Aviator, like the Explorer, is based on a rear-drive platform. However, all Aviators sold in Canada will be standard with AWD. Look for a 10-speed automatic transmission to put the engine's power to the wheels.

Aviator marks Lincoln's return to real names for its models, instead of the brand's current MK naming scheme. The Aviator replaces the aging MKT and joins the Nautilus (formerly the MKX) and the Navigator, which remains one of the most recognizable names among full-size SUVs.

Styling-wise, in profile the Aviator looks a lot like the Land Rover Range Rover Velar, which is not a bad vehicle to be compared to. Lincoln's more direct competitors include the Audi Q7, BMW X7, Cadillac XT6, Buick Enclave and Acura MDX.

Lincoln has built a lot of tech into the Aviator, like the ability to use a smartphone as a key. It will stand in for the fob that would normally activate the passive keyless entry and push-button engine start systems.

An adaptive air suspension will work with a forward-facing camera to adjust to road conditions in real time. That suspension also lowers the Aviator's ride height at highway speeds to improve aerodynamics and can raise the body up for better ground clearance.

There will also be 30-way adjustable front seats with massaging. An available 28-speaker stereo will play your favourite music, along with the Aviator's various warning chimes -- which were created with the help of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

2020 Lincoln Aviator Specifications

There is 1 available trim for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $69,000 MSRP
N/A
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
400 hp @N/A rpm
Number of seats 6
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style SUV
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
Reserve AWD $69,000 6 SUV
Reserve AWD 400 hp @0 rpm 400 ft-lb @0 rpm N/A All Wheel Drive
Reserve AWD N/A N/A N/A N/A
Reserve AWD
Reserve AWD Leather Seats
Reserve AWD
Reserve AWD

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Owner Reviews: 2020 Lincoln / Aviator

Average Rating

2003 Lincoln Aviator

by 82695 on 01-10-2013
A classy, comfortable SUV with excellent roadworthiness, fantastic acceleration for highway driving,
This SUV has excellent gas mileage, very smooth ride with comfortable seating, good back support, all-wheel drive,heat and air-conditioning. I can park this thing with no difficulty and I mean parallel parking. Pearl grey exterior, leather seating and lots of leg room for passengers. Plenty of room for dogs, children, parcels and anything else. Comfortable long-distance driving with cruise control. Low mileage too. In order to maintain my vehicle, I have service it regularly and emission testing has always been spot on.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2008 Lincoln Aviator

Trim: pale green
by dill on 12-30-2012
Car gos hot
although this is a nice looking car, it rides smoothly and is more effecient than any other veacle i know. It is kindly disighned to look nice enough to be able to ride up to the right speed, unlike other cars that must be put spot on with the wheel and pedal.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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2004 Lincoln Aviator

by Daniel1919 on 11-04-2012
nice ride
this car is a good ride it is nice stylish and is discontinued from production. It is really fast under the hood is a beautiful V-8 engine and has a tv.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
2/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
4/5
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