2020 Lincoln Aviator Priced From $52,195

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, Automotive Editor - January 23, 2019

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator, which will replace the old MKT as the brand's second-largest SUV behind the Navigator, made an appearance in production form at last year's Los Angeles Auto Show. And now, we know that the SUV will start at $52,195 (including the $1,095 destination fee).

That price is for the base Aviator Standard, which comes with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that's paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Despite being the cheapest trim in the Aviator lineup, the Standard trim comes with a lengthy list of standard equipment. Highlights include LED lights, 19-inch wheels, a 10-inch touchscreen, tri-zone climate automatic climate control, Lincoln Co-Pilot360, and Lincoln Connect with Wi-Fi hot spot capability.

Lincoln is offering the Aviator in a plug-in hybrid variant that starts at $69,895. All-wheel drive is standard with the plug-in hybrid powertrain and it's available in either the Grand Touring trim or the upscale Black Label. Speaking of the Black Label, the most affordable way to get into Lincoln's most opulent Aviator costs $78,790. Opt for the plug-in hybrid powertrain, and pricing for the Aviator Black Label starts at $88,895.

For what you get, the Aviator isn't that much more expensive than the MKT. That SUV wears a starting price tag of $50,495, which is only $1,700 less than the Aviator's. With more features, a new engine, and a more handsome design, that seems like a bargain.

We don't have to tell you that luxurious, three-row SUVs are popular at the moment, but they are. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Volvo, and Porsche all have SUVs to take on the Aviator, and Cadillac is hard at work on coming out with something to compete in the segment. The Aviator, though, is more affordable than the BMW X5, Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, and Porsche Cayenne. The Volvo XC90 is more affordable, with a starting price tag of $48,695.

2019 Lincoln Aviator

While Lincoln isn't exactly known for making sporty vehicles, despite its continued effort to get away from old-school luxury, the Aviator is one of the more powerful SUVs in the segment. The SUV's twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 is more powerful than the base engine in the Q7, GLE 400, XC90 Momentum T5, and Porsche Cayenne. The entry-level X5 xDrive40i is more powerful, pumping out 445 hp from its turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six.

Based on the Aviator's list of standard features, we're sure Lincoln's three-row SUV will rank highly when it comes to value. It might cost more, but the Aviator, at least at first glance, appears to have a longer list of equipment. Then, there's the ability to get a plug-in hybrid version of the SUV. Porsche and Volvo offer electrified versions of their respective vehicles, but BMW and Mercedes don't.

Then there's safety. The new Aviator will come with Lincoln Co-Pilot360, which includes blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, a rearview camera, and auto high-beam headlights. That's a comprehensive list of advanced safety features that, for the most part, aren't available on the Aviator's competition as standard.

We'll need to get behind the wheel of an Aviator before calling it a leader in the segment, but on paper, the SUV's looking to be toward the top of the food chain. The new Aviator will officially go on sale this summer, while the Black Label trim and plug-in hybrid version will follow shortly after.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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