2023 Lincoln Aviator new car reviews

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The Lincoln Aviator has been with us since the 2020 model year, with our tester fitted with the standard, non-hybrid drivetrain: a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V6 that makes 400 horsepower along with 415 lb.-ft. of torque.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

I liked this way more than I expected. Where the Lincoln Navigator left me cold–it just felt like a truck with some fancy bits–this one was, well, different. It just felt more like a luxury SUV. (Let’s be honest, many vehicles in this class are based on something a bit more consumer-grade.)

Good, supportive seats all around–even in the back–along with a thick, proper steering wheel.

One demerit: I’m not happy at all about the buttons for the shifter. For some of us, that could be a deal-breaker. Are we shifting into drive or are we working something else on the dash?

Otherwise, good interior: good gauges, real switches and proper knobs for the radio. Logical controls throughout.

The head-up display doesn’t overwhelm or aim to impress. It delivers just the info needed. Proper.

Check out the seemingly simple sunglass pocket. It’s lined with some kind of rubber material–you know, like someone cared.

Even the sun visors feel nicely trimmed. Same can be said for the center console. There’s just enough chrome in here.

The screen is big but not comically big. The button for the door handle is a little unconventional, though.

The Aviator looks good, too. Good lines. The grille logo isn’t too big.

Once moving, the Aviator is quiet and makes plenty of power for the class. That 10-speed auto is all kinds of smooth.

Oh, one more thing: The SUV kneels. I’m surprised we don’t see more of that.

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