2021 Lincoln Aviator Reviews

2021 Aviator New Car Test Drive

The following review is for a 2020 Model Year. There may be minor changes to current model you are looking at.


The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is a large, three-passenger crossover that wears styling that's more artful than trendy, and it boasts an interior to match. It's arguably one of the best products the brand has produced in decades. 

The new Aviator is based on the also-new 2020 Ford Explorer, though from a glance you wouldn't guess it. The Aviator differentiates itself with heaps of sound deadening, exclusive engines, and a far more upscale style inside and out. 

To prove they aren't playing around, Lincoln engineers have given the Aviator a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 as standard equipment. This engine pairs with a 10-speed automatic and will send power to the rear wheels, though all-wheel drive is available. 

In keeping with the times, a plug-in hybrid variant is also available. This version uses the same V-6 as the standard model but adds an electric motor and a battery pack. Power jumps to 494 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque, numbers which rival many performance vehicles. Stay light on the throttle, though, and there's up to 21 miles of electric range. 

Once the all-electric range runs out, drivers can expect the plug-in Aviator to return 56 MPGe and 26 mpg combined. Sticking with the base engine nets official EPA figures of 18 mpg city, 26 highway, 21 combined. Adding all-wheel drive to that setup drops ratings to 17/24/20 mpg. 

The Aviator is equipped with the latest in active-safety tech. Standard features include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and automatic high beams. Optional equipment includes a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, and park assist. 


All prices reflect rear-drive models and all applicable destination charges. 

The lineup begins with the base Aviator, which starts at $52,195. Standard equipment includes LED headlights, a power tailgate, remote start, 10-way power front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, a power-fold third-row seat, 10-speaker audio, and a 10.1-inch touchscreen with navigation. 

The $57,285 Aviator Reserve adds 20-inch wheels, 14-speaker Revel sound, a surround-view camera system, and premium leather. 

The $69,895 Aviator Grand Touring gets the hybrid powertrain, a panoramic roof, adaptive steering, and all-wheel drive, but is otherwise similarly equipped as the Reserve. 

The top-flight Aviator is the $78,780 Black Label. It boasts 22-inch wheels and an exclusive interior with three unique interior themes to choose from. The $88,895 Aviator Black Label Grand Touring is a hybridized version of the regular Black Label and rides on 21-inch wheels rather than 22s. 

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