Our Opinion - 2023 Lincoln Aviator Review If you like Lincoln’s luxury style but find the vast Navigator SUV too big, the 2022 Aviator could be the four-wheeled living room you’re looking for. The same happens, and it can fit up to seven people in a much smaller, easier-to-handle package than the Nav. Even though it uses more gas than midsize cars like the BMW X5 and Volvo XC90, the Aviator is better for the environment than that big Lincoln SUV. The Aviator isn’t great at turning, and even though it’s fast, it’s tuned more for comfort than fun, which is in line with the brand’s overall philosophy. Even though they cost a lot, the top-of-the-line Black Label cars have clean and impressive cabins. The Lincoln Aviator comes with a lot of high-tech features. What's New? This year, a new Jet aesthetic option is available for the Aviator Reserve and Black Label models. It replaces the SUV’s exterior chrome trim with black pieces and the lower plastic cladding and wheel surrounds with ones that match the body color. The plug-in hybrid Grand Touring now has an optional Illumination package with adaptive pixel LED headlights, unique LED daytime running lights, an illuminated Lincoln logo in the grille, and LED fog lights. Diamond Red and Jewel Sandstone are the last two new colors you can buy now. Pros And Cons Pros: A ride as smooth as silk Speeded up quickly Opulent interior Good ability to move freight Simple entertainment system Cons: Third-row full seats The plug-in hybrid powertrain is expensive and difficult to use. Engine, Transmission, and Performance The 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 in the Lincoln Aviator is the most powerful base engine in the segment of midsize luxury SUVs. When paired with a smooth 10-speed automatic transmission, the refined 3.0-liter V-6 makes for both quiet cruising and strong acceleration. Lincoln has a plug-in hybrid model of the Aviator Grand Touring that can be used instead of a more powerful V-8 engine. The Grand Touring has a 100-hp electric motor and a 13.6-kWh battery. The basic Aviator still has a V-6 engine and a 10-speed transmission. The two power sources are more potent than they should be, with a total output of 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. However, the car is not very smooth, and the gas engine sometimes thunks when the driveline re-engages. In Pure EV mode, the plug-in Aviator can go about 18 miles without using the gas engine. However, the 100-hp motor has trouble getting the heavy Aviator moving independently. Most customers will use the other drive modes, mainly the V-6 engine. Safety The Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance features that come standard on the Aviator are a blind-spot monitor, help to stay in your lane, automatic high beams, and a rearview camera. It also has a warning for front-end collisions, automatic emergency braking, and the ability to see people. The Co-Pilot 360 1.5 Plus option has adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, and a self-parking system that can guide the car into parallel and perpendicular spaces. Among essential safety features are the following: Automatic emergency braking and a warning of a possible front-end collision are standard. Regularly, blind-spot monitoring and help staying in your lane are given. There are several features, such as adaptive cruise control, automatic parking assistance, and lane-centering assistance. Internal and External Cargo Capacity There will be six or seven seats in the 2023 Aviator. If buyers want captain’s chairs in the second row, they can choose between two center consoles. One of them makes it easier to get into the third row. On longer trips, only small children should sit in the back row. However, when all the seats are up, this gives you more space for cargo. The Lincoln has 18 cubic feet of storage space, more than the BMW X5 and Cadillac XT6. The Perfect Position seats in the front row can be adjusted 30 different ways and massage you. If you’re willing to pay more, a camera behind the windscreen can check the road for potholes and other problems and then tell the adaptive dampers what to do to make the ride more comfortable. Fuel Economy and Actual MPG There will be six or seven seats in the 2023 Aviator. If buyers want captain’s chairs in the second row, they can choose between two center consoles. One of them makes it easier to get into the third row. On longer trips, only small children should sit in the back row. However, when all the seats are up, this gives you more space for cargo. The Lincoln has 18 cubic feet of storage space, more than the BMW X5 and Cadillac XT6. The Perfect Position seats in the front row can be adjusted 30 different ways and massage you. If you’re willing to pay more, a camera behind the windscreen can check the road for potholes and other problems and then tell the adaptive dampers what to do to make the ride more comfortable. Infotainment and Connectivity The Lincoln Aviator comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Unlike other manufacturers, who use rotary controls or multiple touchscreens, Lincoln’s single-screen layout and traditional climate controls are easy to understand and use. You can use a Bluetooth signal from your phone to unlock and start the Aviator without a key in higher trims. The best audio system, the Revel Ultima 3D, has 28 speakers. Price and How to Choose The Reserve trim is the best of the bunch because it gives most buyers all the luxury they need and wants without breaking the bank. The Reserve trim has standard four-zone climate control, a 360-degree camera system, a panoramic sunroof, and a 14-speaker sound system. An all-wheel drive is an option, but it costs more. The rear-wheel drive configuration is the default for this vehicle.