The 2021 Lincoln Aviator continues into the new model year with more available features such as a cabin-air cleaning system and automatic heated and cooled seats that are now tied to the climate control system. Also, the Lincoln signature color, Flight Blue, is now offered on the Grand Touring model instead of only the Black Label.
Choosing Your Lincoln Aviator
The Aviator is available in five trim levels: Standard, Reserve, Grand Touring, Black Label, and Black Label Grand Touring. Pricing starts at $52,840 including destination for the base model and reaches $90,245 for the Black Label Grand Touring.
The Aviator starts with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. Grand Touring and Black Label Grand Touring models denote a plug-in hybrid powertrain, where a 75-kW electric motor and a 13.6-kWh battery pack coexist with the same gas engine.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||400 hp||415 lb-ft||21 mpg|
|3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Plug-In Hybrid||494 hp||630 lb-ft||23 mpg|
Rear-wheel drive comes standard, as does a 10-speed automatic transmission. The plug-in hybrid powertrain and Black Label come standard with all-wheel drive, while it's a $2,500 option elsewhere.
The hybrid system includes two additional drive modes to either preserve the electric power or to maximize electric propulsion. The EPA estimates that the plug-in hybrid Aviator can travel up to 21 miles on electricity alone.
The Aviator can haul up to 6,700 pounds when equipped with the Tow Package, however, the hybrid is limited to 5,600 pounds.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Aviator stretches to 199.3 inches in length and rides on a 119-inch wheelbase, which is enough to seat up to seven passengers and still manage 18.5 cubic feet worth of cargo space. With the third row folded, the cargo room expands to 41.8 cubic feet and, with all rows stowed, there are 77.7 cubic feet of space. The second-row passengers have 40.1 inches of leg room and those in the third row have 29.2 inches.
The Aviator is standard with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring (with provision for trailers with the Trailer Tow Package), lane keeping assist, automatic collision notification, automatic high beams, and forward and reverse parking sensors.
The second tier of driving assist (360 Co-Pilot Plus) features are offered for $2,500 on the Reserve and Grand Touring trim and includes full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane centering, evasive steering assist, reverse automatic emergency braking, and an automated parking system. This package is standard on the top-tier Black Label trim.
The Aviator is standard with a 10.1-inch infotainment touchscreen that operates SYNC 3 and incorporates Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, Bluetooth, and 4G wi-fi. In the Reserve trim, it supports Amazon Alexa functions. Ensuring those devices remain charged is the job of four USB ports, two 12-volt power ports, and one 110V/115W power outlet. Wireless charging is available through the Convenience Package.
The base trim makes do with 10 speakers and a subwoofer while a Revel premium sound system with 14 speakers and HD radio is standard on the Reserve trim. The Luxury Package's Revel Ultima 3D with Clari-Fi audio system, with 28 speakers (eight of those are in the headliner), promises a concert hall-like performance.
The base Aviator incorporates 19-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a power tailgate, quad exhaust tips, power-folding heated and auto-dimming exterior mirrors, aluminum roof rails, a chrome grille mesh with active shutters, and a capless fuel filler.
Proximity entry with approach lighting and a power door latch release ease the process of entering the cabin where synthetic leather seats with heat, 10-way power adjustability, and memory position for the driver, await. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, acoustic-laminated front glass, brushed aluminum interior trim, a power-folding third row, and a piano-key shifter denote the Aviator’s luxurious aspirations.
A $1,000 Elements Package adds heating for the second-row seats, the steering wheel, and wiper blades for faster windshield clearing on frosty mornings. Navigation is also available for $500.
The Reserve trim adds 20-inch wheels, a surround-view camera system, a handsfree power tailgate, LED fog lights, and a panoramic sunroof. Heated leather seats with 12-way adjustability, second-row captain’s chairs, four-zone automatic climate control, and ambient lighting are notable interior upgrades.
The list of available equipment is where the Reserve trim becomes more enticing. As a standalone package, the Elements Package Plus ($1,450) adds to the Elements Package with heated and cooled first and second-row seats and a cabin-air cleansing system. The remaining available packages can be added individually but require the Reserve I Package, which costs $3,930 and includes the features from Elements Package Plus and 360 Co-Pilot Plus.
From there, the $3,300 Luxury Package can be added. It features 30-way adjustable front seats with active massage and the top-tier audio system. The available $2,400 Dynamic Handling Package trades coil springs for an air-suspension system that can adjust to different ride-height levels that provide for easier entry, more-efficient highway cruising, and better clearance for deep snow. Also, suspension’s adaptive dampers utilize the forward-facing camera to detect significant upcoming road-surface changes to make near-instantaneous adjustments.
The $2,100 Convenience Package adds sensible features such as a head-up display, wireless charging pad, and a Phone as a Key connection which allows for locking/unlocking and starting the Aviator.
The Grand Touring trim features AWD, the hybrid powertrain, 21-inch wheels, and unique blue badging.
The first-level option package is the $8,050 Grand Touring I, which includes features from the Co-Pilot 360 Plus, the Elements Package Plus, the Convenience Package, and more.
The Black Label includes standard features from the Reserve II, the Convenience Package, and unique 22-inch wheels. The interior receives special attention in the form of upgraded leather seats, soft close doors, and color-coordinated design schemes (Alpine, Luggage, and Mahogany Red) that match the headliner, seats, steering wheel, and interior trim pieces.
The Black Label Grand Touring combines the standard features of the Black Label trim with the upgrades provided by the hybrid drivetrain.
The Black Label trim proves the 2021 Lincoln Aviator can do premier luxury, but Reserve trim, with the Luxury Package and Convenience Package, equips the Aviator with a premium level of comfort and convenience for a much more reasonable price.