Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve

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The Aviator comes with the Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assistance tech that includes forward-collision warning with automated emergency braking and pedestrian detection; blind-spot monitoring; lane-keeping assistant; automatic high beams; and an excellent rearview camera.  The optional Co-Pilot 360 Plus adds an excellent adaptive radar cruise control system, traffic-sign recognition, and a self-park system that we found handles parallel and perpendicular parking spots with aplomb.

The EPA rating for the rear-wheel drive Aviator is 18 mpg in town (13 l/100 km) and 26 (9) on the highway, the all-wheel drive model is rated at 17 (13.8) and 24 (9.8), placing the Aviator slightly behind the competition including the BMW X7 xDrive40i and the Volvo XC90 T6.  In our ten days with the Aviator, our rear-wheel drive model hit the EPA figures for the all-wheel driver variant, which were lower but about what we expected. We expect figures for the Grand Touring plug-in hybrid to be in line with others in its class.

BOTTOM LINE

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator provides an extremely refined driving experience and an equally refined interior cabin, combined with excellent driving dynamics and driver-assistance tech. For that, we recognize it with our first 2020 “King of the Hill” award.

THE DETAILS

 

2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve
Base price/price-as-tested $56,190/$67,860
Drivetrain Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine Turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
Horsepower/Torque 400 / 415
Transmission 10-speed
Curb weight (lbs) 4,742
Wheelbase (inches) 119.1
Length x width x height (inches) 199.3 x 69.6 x 79.6
0-60 mph (seconds) (est.) 5.4
Fuel economy(mpg) (city/hwy) 18/26

 

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

 

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