Lincoln Aviator

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Pay attention. We're witnessing the rebirth of an automotive brand. After decades without a path or purpose, Lincoln is poised to make a comeback, with the new Aviator three-row utility vehicle taking it to heights unimagined just a few years ago. 

In the recent past, if you thought of Lincoln -- assuming you spent any time at all contemplating Ford's luxury division -- things like airport shuttles, podiatrist appointments and Lawrence Welk reruns likely came to mind. It was a brand that appealed to fleet customers, geriatric drivers and just about nobody else.

But what a difference some time and a little attention can make. Lincoln's latest crop of vehicles is nicely differentiated from rivals, provides a unique luxury experience and brings real substance to the market. The Aviator is a perfect example of Lincoln's new direction.

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The Good The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is quiet inside, goes down the road smoothly, is unexpectedly fleet and comes with a spacious, high-quality interior.

The Bad It's by no means sloppy, but this Lincoln is still is a boulevard-cruiser, not a canyon-carver. Also, the steering and transmission tuning could be improved, plus it's not necessarily a value.

The Bottom Line Lincoln's reborn Aviator is a compelling and, more importantly, competitive offering in the three-row, luxury-SUV segment.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 8.5
  • Design 8
  • Media 8

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