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2020 Standard 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $51,100
2020 Standard 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $53,600
2020 Reserve 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $56,190
2020 Reserve 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $58,700
2020 Grand Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $68,800
2020 Black Label 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $77,695
2020 Black Label Grand Touring 4dr All-Wheel Drive Price:   -  From $87,800


For 2020, Lincoln is ditching the MKT nameplate that adorned its mid-size SUV. Gone along with it is the polarizing baleen grille at the front. In their place is the sleek all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator. It’s still based on the Ford Explorer, but Lincoln has gone out of its way to make the SUV deliver a true luxury experience.

What's New for 2020

The Lincoln Aviator is a new model.

Choosing Your Lincoln Aviator

Choosing an Aviator means choosing between hybrid and gas-powered drivetrains – but performance doesn’t run in the order you think.

The base engine is a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 producing an even 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Rear-wheel drive is standard with this powertrain, but all-wheel drive is a $2,500 option.

The other choice is a plug-in hybrid powertrain that adds electric motors for a total of 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, and the hybrid gets various drive modes to use more or less electric power.

Both setups use a 10-speed automatic transmission, but the EPA hasn’t released fuel economy estimates for either. Towing capacity is best with the gas engine, which can pull up to 6,700 pounds.

The Aviator will seat up to seven, and cargo capacity is strong for the class. Even with the third row in place, the back can hold 18.5 cubic feet of cargo. That volume jumps to 41.8 cu. ft. with the third row folded, or 77.7 with all seats down.

Lincoln has gone the extra mile to make every Aviator feel like a special experience. The various chimes and notifications were designed and recorded by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. With the right options, the car will automatically lower its suspension to make ingress and egress easier.

Luxury features are in no short supply either. They’re divided across the Aviator’s five trims:

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The cheapest Aviator starts at $52,195 (all prices include the $1,095 destination charge) and comes with the base engine. Standard features are plentiful, starting on the exterior with 19-inch alloy rims, a power liftgate, LED headlights and taillights, automatic high beams, power-folding side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and proximity lighting.

The interior gets remote start, keyless entry, push-button start, heated 12-way power-adjustable front seats with memory settings, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and three-zone climate control (with a second-row touchscreen for control). The dash has a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10.1-inch infotainment screen running Ford’s latest Sync 3 system. This includes satellite radio, navigation, in-car Wi-Fi, USB charging ports for the first two rows, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Safety features like automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitoring are also standard.

The Standard trim comes with just one optional package, the Elements Package ($1,000), which adds heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a windshield de-icer, and heated windshield wipers.

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Moving up to the Reserve trim bumps the starting cost to $57,285 but includes 20-inch wheels, a premium 14-speaker audio system, a surround-view camera, four-zone climate control, a hands-free liftgate, and ambient lighting. Perforated leather upholstery is included as well.

This trim opens up the package selection as well. The Elements Package is gone, replaced by the Elements Package Plus ($1,180), which adds both heating and ventilation to the first two rows, in addition to the heated steering wheel and wipers. Next is a Convenience Package ($2,000), which includes a head-up display, wireless charging, soft-close doors, and the ability to use your smartphone as a key. The interior can also see a Luxury Package ($3,300) with 30-way adjustable and massage-capable front seats, a 28-speaker audio system, and rear sunshades. Finally, the Class IV Trailer Tow Package ($500) outfits the Aviator for towing duty.

To bundle features, the Reserved is also offered with two equipment collections. The Reserve I ($4,930) includes a panoramic roof along with the Elements Package Plus and Lincoln’s Co-Pilot suite of safety technologies, which includes adaptive cruise control, active parking assistance, and evasive steering assistance.

The Reserve II package ($11,625) includes all of the above plus the Luxury Package, the Tow Package, 22-inch wheels, adaptive headlights, and a light-up grille emblem. Adding Reserve II requires selecting all-wheel drive, but with it equipped, buyers can also add a Dynamic Handling Package ($3,000) for the adaptive air suspension, road scanning, and adaptive steering.

With either equipment collection, the second-row captain’s chairs may be switched out for a folding bench.

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Grand Touring

The Grand Touring trim is similar to the Reserve trim, but comes with all-wheel drive and the plug-in hybrid powertrain, all for a starting price of $69,895. Also standard are 20-inch wheels, the panoramic roof, and unique exterior accents.

This trim gets the same basic packages as the Reserve trim, but with different equipment collections. The Grand Touring I ($7,680) includes the Elements Package Plus, the Convenience Package, the Co-Pilot 360 safety features, the adaptive headlights, and the light-up emblem. The Grand Touring II ($14,750) adds all of the above plus 21-inch rims, the Luxury Package, the Tow Package, and the adaptive suspension gear.

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Black Label

Lincoln’s Black Label trim starts from $78,790 for the base engine. Twenty-two-inch wheels are standard, along with the Luxury Package, the Convenience Package, the lighting upgrades, and the panoramic roof. Opting for a Black Label car also opens up Lincoln’s interior “themes,” which bring dramatic interior trim and upholstery designs with names like “Chalet” and “Flight.”

The only remaining packages are the Tow Package and the adaptive suspension, which can be added as part of the Dynamic Handling Package for $3,000.

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Black Label Grand Touring

To top it all off, the Black Label Grand Touring trim starts at $88,895. Along with the plug-in hybrid power and all-wheel drive, this trim gets 21-inch wheels, the adaptive suspension, unique exterior accents, and all the features of the Black Label trim. The only non-standard option is the Tow Package.

CarsDirect Tip

The Black Label themes are striking and sumptuous, but better value can be found lower in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator lineup. The Reserve trim is luxurious enough for most buyers, especially with the Reserve I bundle to add upgraded seating and active safety features.

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Expert Review

  • Well-appointed cabin doesn't skimp on space
  • Auto emergency braking comes standard
  • Hybrid offers up to 450 hp
  • 3rd row not particularly roomy
  • 30-way seats may not feel worth it
Expert Rating
3.5 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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New Explorer-based crossover. Lincoln hasn’t touched the Aviator name since 2006, but it returns in a familiar way this year. The all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator, like its previous iteration, is based on the all-new Ford Explorer.

Unlike previous Lincoln models, though, the Aviator will follow the brand’s new path of putting a massive luxury wedge between its models and the Ford models they're based upon.

Refined cabin with comfort for miles. The Lincoln Aviator shows that the Navigator isn’t the only comfortable family hauler the brand can build. The Aviator features a posh cabin with loads of room in the first and second row. The third row lacks a little in roominess, but the sliding second row can help boost the leg room a bit.

Up front, the seats aren't only well-padded and great on the backside, but they also have 30-way power adjustments, allowing you to find the perfect position. On the flip-side, though, having 30 ways to adjust the seat for minimal gains in comfort may be too much for some buyers.

Checks every tech box. The Lincoln Aviator plays in a class with the big dogs from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, so it must be on its A game, and this is exactly what it brings in terms of technology. It all starts with the ability to lock and unlock the doors via a smartphone app and continues inside with massive touchscreens for climate control and other basic functions.

Other tech marvels include an available wide-screen head-up display, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless smartphone charging, and an available 28-speaker Revel audio system that surrounds you in concert-quality sound.

Safety tech plays a big role in the Aviator with standard Lincoln Co-Pilot360, which includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, lane-centering technology, traffic-sign recognition with automatic speed adjustments, evasive steering, reverse automatic emergency braking, and semi-automatic parking. Other standard safety goodies include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, a rearview camera with washer, and automatic high-beams.

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Most powerful Lincoln ever. The Aviator plays hardball with its competition with a standard 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that cranks out 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. This will put it at a distinct advantage against the Audi Q7, BMW X5, and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, whose standard engines produce just 248 hp, 335 hp, and 255 hp, respectively.

Lincoln didn’t stop with its wildly powerful base engine as it also added a Grand Touring Hybrid model that uses a plug-in hybrid system paired with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 to produce the most powerful Lincoln model ever at 450 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque.

Final thoughts. Lincoln moved up in the world with the new Navigator and Continental, and it’s primed to shatter its own mold with the all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator. This mid-size three-row crossover is a legit competitor against German metal like the Audi Q7 and BMW X5, but can it overcome the branding issues it suffered in years past? Only time will tell.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 400 HP / 415 ft.lbs.
10-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 26 / 22 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 400 HP / 415 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 26 / 22 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
20.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
77.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
145 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
199.3 "
Exterior Width
82.3 "
Exterior Height
69.6 "
Front Headroom
41.5 "
Rear Headroom
39.7 "
Front Legroom
43.0 "
Rear Legroom
40.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
61.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
61.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,774 Lbs.
Wheel Base
119 "
Turning Radius
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Lincoln Soft Touch Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
35-30-35 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Blind Spot Information System (blis) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Lane Keeping Aid Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Pre-collision Assist With Pedestrian Detection Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Driver Alert Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Auto High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear Sensing System Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Unlimited Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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