Our Opinion - 2022 Lincoln Aviator Review

Recently, Lincoln has appeared to have effectively re-imagined its brand identity. Once known for making Fords with leather inside, the luxury automaker has managed to produce a series of vehicles that seem distinct from their quasi counterparts. In this regard, the Aviator takes the lead, sporting a bold, unique appearance that is a far cry from the Explorer’s.

Interior materials including wood, metal, & leather accentuate the Aviator’s status as a high-end luxury SUV. Even the seats in the Aviator can be adjusted in 30 different ways. The third row is a tight fit, but the quick-sliding 2nd seats make getting in and out of the vehicle a breeze.

When it comes to driving the Aviator, the cabin is just as impressive as the performance it offers on the track. Standard on the Lincoln MKZ is a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 engine, which exceeds our perceptions for an engine load in this class. The Aviator’s RWD platform and supple ride quality also make for a well-balanced driving experience.

In its market, an Aviator is a formidable opponent. It can compete with high-end products from throughout the world without resorting to blatant ripoffs.


  • Inside and out, it’s a beautiful vehicle
  • Base engine is impressive
  • Luxurious while still being functional


  • Snug in the third row
  • Inconvenient door-unlocking button
  • Plug-in hybrid that falls short of expectations

The Lincoln Aviator is a three-row luxury SUV that sits between the Corsair & Nautilus and the Navigator, Lincoln’s flagship model. A mid-cycle facelift is expected in 2023 for Lincoln’s current-generation Aviator, which debuted for the 2020 model year and hasn’t seen any major upgrades since. Even a few years later, the Aviator tops its category ahead of a Acura Mx, Cadillac XT6, Quattro Q7, & Volvo XC90.

There are now three more options for exterior paint colors.

The Aviator Reserve and Grand Touring now come standard with wireless charging, a head-up display, and phone-as-a-key.

Dark exterior accents distinguish this new Jet package.

To save money, avoid the Grand Touring designer’s hefty and inefficient hybrid arrangement and choose an Aviator that costs $50,000 to $90,000 instead. The Aviator Reserve appears to be the perfect middle ground between the other options. 20-inch wheels, a massive panoramic sunroof, 4 climate control, a massive head-up display, with phone-as-a-key functionality are all included.

The Aviator is available with a choice of two different six-cylinder engines, each paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox.

  • It’s up to you: RWD or AWD.
  • Twin-turbo V-6 3.0 litres
  • 400 hp/415 lb-ft of torque
  • MPG in city/highway conditions: 17-18/24-26
  • 0-60 mph time: 5.4 seconds
  • AWD is the preferred powertrain.
  • Dual turbo V-6 and electric motor power 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6
  • 494 hp/630 lb-ft of torque
  • Combined fuel economy: 56 mpg-e (gas+electric); 23 mpg (gas); electric range of 21 miles*
  • 0-60 mph time: 5.4 seconds
  • *EPA projections for 2021

Compared to the Cadillac Escalade, the Lincoln Aviator has a little more legroom in the third row, but the two three-row sedans are otherwise comparable. The third row in both vehicles, however, is cramped, as is characteristic in this segment.

  • The 77.7/41.8/18.3 cubic feet of the 2022 Lincoln Aviator
  • This year’s Cadillac XT6 has 78.7/43.1/12.6 cu ft of storage space.

First, Second, and Third Row Legroom:

  • 4.3/39.0-29.2-inch dimensions for the 2022 Lincoln Aviator
  • The dimensions of the 2022 Cadillac XT6 are 41.6/39.1/29.5 inches.

It doesn’t matter what engine or trim level you choose, the Aviator has a 10.1-inch display and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. All models are equipped with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. 

Depending on the trim, you can choose a 10-speaker system or a 14-speaker Revel premium sound system. Aviator Reserve & Grand Touring models will come equipped with a wireless charger, a heads-up display, with phone-as-a-key features beginning in 2022.

Lincoln first used the Aviator brand on a leather-lined Ford Explorer badge-engineered in the early 2000s. Despite sharing a platform with the more expensive Aviator and Explorer, the Lincoln is virtually unrecognisable from its less expensive predecessor.

Additionally, the Aviator’s cabin features a unique art deco interior design, better seating, and even symphonic alarm noises. The Aviator is a unique luxury vehicle, even though you can discover some cheap Ford plastics if you look hard enough.

  • Toyota Highlander
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid
  • the Volvo XC90
  • The Audi Q7

You can trust the Aviator. If you choose the optional improved headlights, which come standard here on Aviator Black Label and are available on most trims, Lincoln’s 3 is a Top Safety Pick for 2021 by the IIHS. An overall NHTSA safety rating of five out of five stars is likewise given to the Aviator.

The Aviator also comes standard with a slew of driver-assist active safety technologies. Autonomous braking, lane departure, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert are standard on all versions, as are parking sensors on the front and back. Adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, automatic braking at the rear, as well as park assist are all available as options or included as standard equipment, depending on the trim level you choose to purchase.

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