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:
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.