2020 Lincoln Aviator for sale or lease in Fort Pierce, Fl
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is all new; along with its big sibling, the Navigator, it further solidifies Lincoln's return to the vanguard of American luxury. Borrowing styling cues and luxury features from the revived Continental sedan and the redesigned Navigator SUV, the Aviator has a presence that's hard to miss. That posturing is backed up by a strong twin-turbo V-6 engine and a laundry list of tech features. The three-row Aviator gives more priority to cargo than to the rearmost passengers, while spoiling the front-seat occupants with available options such as 30-way massaging seats and a 28-speaker audio system.

What's New for 2020?

As with that earlier Aviator, the new one is based on the same architecture as the Ford Explorer. This isn't a badge-engineered poseur, though. The Aviator is convincingly upscale thanks to its unique sheet metal and interior, sophisticated chassis hardware, and lively standard engine.

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Pricing and Which One to Buy

  • Aviator: $52,195
  • Reserve: $57,285
  • Grand Touring: $69,895
  • Black Label: $78,790
  • Grand Touring Black Label: $88,895

The mid-level Reserve trim is the sweet spot in the lineup, providing all the luxury most buyers need and want without breaking the bank. Standard equipment on the Reserve trim includes four-zone climate control, a 360-degree camera system, and a 14-speaker sound system. Rear-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available for an extra $2510.

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Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Lincoln Aviator's 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 is among the most powerful standard engines in the mid-size luxury SUV segment. The refined 3.0-liter V-6 works with a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver both serene cruising and authoritative acceleration. While we have yet to perform instrumented testing on the Aviator, we estimate it will hustle to 60 mph in the low five-second range.

In place of a more powerful V-8 engine as an option, Lincoln offers a plug-in-hybrid model that's known as the Aviator Grand Touring. Using the same V-6 and 10-speed transmission as the standard Aviator, the Grand Touring adds a 100-hp electric motor and a 13.6-kWh battery. The two propulsion sources combine for 494 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque, but the refinement isn't quite up to snuff, with occasional thunks when the drive-line reengages the gas engine. The battery allows the plug-in Aviator to cover about 18 miles in the Pure EV driving mode without using the gas engine, but the 100-hp motor is slow to accelerate the Aviator's heft without help from the engine. Most buyers will use one of the alternative drive modes that rely heavily on the V-6.

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Fuel Economy

The EPA rates the rear-wheel-drive Lincoln Aviator at 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway; the all-wheel-drive model delivers 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Those numbers place the Aviator's fuel economy just slightly behind that of all-wheel-drive competitors such as the BMW X7 xDrive40i, the Audi Q7 55, and the Volvo XC90 T6. Fuel-economy information for the plug-in-hybrid Grand Touring hasn't been released.

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Interior, Comfort, and Cargo Space

The 2020 Aviator is available in six- or seven-seat configurations. Buyers who opt for second-row captain's chairs will have a choice of two different center consoles between those seats, one of which allows for easier pass-through to the third-row seats. The third row is only suitable for small children on trips longer than a few minutes, but that compromise means there's more room for cargo with all seats in their upright position. At 18 cubic feet, the Lincoln offers more storage space than the BMW X7 and Cadillac XT6. Up front, the optional Perfect Position seats offer 30-way adjust-ability and massaging capability. If you're willing to spend extra for it, a camera behind the windshield scans the road for potholes and other imperfections and sends instructions to the adaptive dampers in order to improve ride quality.

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Infotainment and Connectivity

A 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are all standard on the Lincoln Aviator. Compared with other manufacturers that use rotary controllers or multiple touchscreens, Lincoln's single-screen configuration and traditional climate controls are easy to learn and use. On higher trims, a smartphone's Bluetooth signal can be used to unlock and start the Aviator in place of the key. The top-end Revel Ultima 3D audio system has 28 speakers (including some in the headliner) and technology to add back in the audio details of music that has been digitally compressed.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Aviator's standard Co-Pilot 360 system of driver-assistance technologies includes forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, automatic high-beams, and a rear-view camera. The optional Co-Pilot 360 Plus adds adaptive cruise control, traffic-sign recognition, and a self-parking system that will steer the vehicle into both parallel and perpendicular spots. Key safety features include:

  • Standard forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking
  • Standard blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance
  • Available lane-centering assist, adaptive cruise control, and automated parking assistance.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

With powertrain coverage that extends beyond its four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, the Aviator offers a better warranty than most of its competitors. The Grand Touring plug-in hybrid's unique electric components, such as the motor and battery pack are covered with an eight-year, 100,000-mile guarantee. Buyers that spring for the full Black Label trim also receive complimentary scheduled maintenance for four years or 50,000 miles.

  • Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 6 years or 70,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 4 years or 50,000 miles on Black Label models
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