2020 Lincoln Aviator

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2020 Lincoln Aviator Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: December 18, 2019

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Krishna Choubey Automotive Journalist


Lincoln unveiled its new design language first with the new Continental which the Navigator followed too, and now Lincoln has rolled off its all new 2020 Aviator. Filling the gap between the smaller Nautilus and full sized Navigator, the new 2020 Aviator is a 7 seater Luxury SUV that marks Lincoln’s entry into the hot three row crossover segment.

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Pros

Spacious and luxurious cabin

Extensive tech features loaded inside

Performing V6 powertrain

Impressive cargo space

Cons

Meager third row space

A bit on the pricier side

What's New?

All new model introduced in 2020


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$51100

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

400 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

415 lbs.-ft.

transmission

10 Speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

66.9/66.9

dimensions

wheelbase

119.1 in.

length

199.3 in.

width

79.6 in.

height

69.8 in.

curb weight

4764 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

144.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

77.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

6700 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

ev range

363.6 mi.

highway range

525.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr./ 70000 mi.


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Exterior
Interior

Styles

 2020 Lincoln Aviator in Blue Diamond Metallic color  2020 Lincoln Aviator in Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2020 Lincoln Aviator in Iced Mocha Premium Metallic Colorant color  2020 Lincoln Aviator in Ceramic Pearl Metallic Tri Coat color
Blue Diamond Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Exterior

8.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Lincoln Aviator Base

Base

power
400 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
20 combined

$51,100 - $53,600


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $51,100 MSRP (18/21/26) 400 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 7
4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $53,600 MSRP (17/20/24) 400 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 7

 2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve

Reserve

power
400 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
20 combined

$56,190 - $58,700


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Reserve 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $56,190 MSRP (18/21/26) 400 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 6
Reserve 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $58,700 MSRP (17/20/24) 400 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6

 2020 Lincoln Aviator Black Label

Black Label

power
400 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
20 combined

$77,695


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Black Label 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $77,695 MSRP (17/20/24) 400 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, V-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
10-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 6

Expert Review

7.0

Overall Rating


The first-gen Aviator, after being discontinued in 2005 was succeeded by the MKT. Comes 2020 and Lincoln decides to flip the coin again. The new 2020 Aviator succeeds Lincoln MKT and is not only based on the Explorer but also borrows the brawny V6 from the Explorer ST. Thankfully though, neither it feels nor it drives like the Explorer. It has a very distinct character of its own. The solid presence of a Lincoln and it's super-luxury presentation is what makes the Aviator one of the finest blends of automotive craftsmanship, coming from the land of liberty.

At a sticker price of $51,100, the Lincoln Aviator is probably one of the most luxurious vehicles you can get in the states, thanks to the stunning wood and leather artistry inside the cabin and its beyond luxury features. You don't get 30-way power-adjustable seats and 28 speakers even in a Rolls Royce or a Bentley. This perfectly bred 7 seater provides a composition which no other American car manufacturer has, for a long time. Its opulence is charismatic enough to compel those considering the Audi Q7, Volvo XC90 and the Acura MDX, swing its way.

2020 Lincoln Aviator Front View
2020 Lincoln Aviator Front View
2020 Lincoln Aviator Rear View
2020 Lincoln Aviator Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 Lincoln Aviator Features

8.0/10

Lincoln is offering the 2020 Aviator in three basic trims with regular gasoline powertrains. The standard, the balanced Reserve and the mind-boggling Black Label. The equation is pretty linear here, higher the trim level, deeper gets the hole in your pocket and more pronounced gets the character of this beauty.. 

Trims

Standard

Reserve

Black Label

MSRP (FWD)

$51,100

$56,190

$77,695

MSRP (AWD)

$53,600

$58,700

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Engine

3.0 liter V6

3.0 liter V6

3.0 liter V6

Features

Pre and post-collision safety system

Adds to Standard - 

Adds to Reserve - 

 

Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system

Front fog/driving lights

Adaptive headlights

 

10 total speakers

14 speaker Revel premium surround audio

28 speaker Revel premium surround audio

 

Cruise control

Four zone climate control

Adaptive cruise control

 

Leather steering wheel

Rear volume controls

22 inch alloy wheels

 

Three zone climate control

Front, side, and rear view camera

Heated steering wheel

 

Rear view camera with electromatic rear view mirror

Lincoln Play

Automatic parking assist

 

Interior air filtration

2nd row console and bench

Multiple interior theme options

 

Leatherette interior

Leather upholstery

Premium leather upholstery

 

10-way power front seats with adjustable lumbar support

12-way power front seats with adjustable lumbar support

30-way power front seats with adjustable lumbar support with cooled ventilated and massage function

 

Reclining rear seats

Speed sensitive volume control

Driver seat thigh extension

 

19 inch alloy wheels

20 inch alloy wheels

Multi level heated rear seats

 

Power folding split-bench third row seats

   

Apart from the regular engine based trims, there are two plug-in hybrid trims as well. The Grand Touring and Grand Touring Black Label, priced at $68,800 and $87,800 respectively. Underneath both these trims lies the same V6 engine paired with a 75 kw electric motor and a 13.6-kWh battery. A similar variation in nuances between the Reserve and Black label also draws a line between the Grand Touring and Grand Touring Black Label. The Standard and Reserve trims get rear-wheel drive as standard with an AWD option, while the Black Label and hybrid trims get standard all wheel drive.

We recommend

We recommend picking up the mid-level reserve trim which packs overwhelming amount of luxury, enough to make you happily live with the Aviator without any whine.

2020 Lincoln Aviator Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator shares its 400 horsepower V6 with the new Explorer ST. However, it rebukes its ancestral codes and is not a rebadged Explorer anymore. A new architecture not only enhances the overall engagement of the engine but also changes its layout and positioning. The V6 unit now sits behind the nose in a 90 degree rotated position that allows better power distribution among the wheels.

Driving out the 2020 Aviator, you never feel any power lag at any point of time. The 400 horses rev with a grin and yes the engine does appreciate your spirited adrenaline. Shift it to “Excite mode”, (Lincoln’s gimmickry for sport mode) hit the pedal hard and the engine instantly sips up an energy drink. The surge in energy gets noticeable in the way the engine starts responding to your inputs instantly along with the exhaust getting rowdier.

2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Engine Bay
2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Has a 3.0 liter V6 Engine

What makes the engine so pungent is the intuitive 10-speed automatic transmission which teams up with the V6 effortlessly. The gear ratios are perfectly tailored for the Aviator’s mechanics and it never feels in the wrong gear. Gear shifts are very responsive and smooth without any flick and it keeps the mighty bad boy underneath the hood, always tamed.

Models

Lincoln Aviator

Audi Q7

Volvo XC90

Cadillac XT6

Acura MDX

MSRP

$51,100

$53,550

$48,350

$52,695

$44,400

Engine

3.0 liter V6

2.0 liter I-4

2.0 liter I-4

3.6 liter V6

3.5 liter V6

Transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

Horsepower

400

248

250

310

290

Torque

415

273

258

271

267

The Aviator towers over its rivals on the power table. It is pretty surprising to see an almost 4800 lbs vehicle so light on its feet. The beefy engine does make the Aviator fast enough for its size, however, it is still not the peppiest. Long 3 row SUVs persist in a very different purpose, they are ideally not crafted to ace the ring tests.

How much fast is it?

Despite its chunkier mass, the Aviator is not slouching at all and it returns an impressive 5.4 second 0-60 mile run. An upgraded suspension, on the nose steering and a powerful base engine, is what makes the Aviator this alacritous.

​​​​​​​​​​2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Motion
2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV 0-60 MPH in Just 5.4 sec

The energy kick that pours in right when you hit the throttle hard is delightful enough to put a grin on your face. The Aviator’s briskness for its size is not something that you get in every other 7 seater crossover.

Models

Lincoln Aviator

Audi Q7

Volvo XC90

Cadillac XT6

Acura MDX

0-60 MPH

5.4

7.1

7.5

6.9

6.6

Quarter mile

13.7

15.6

14.5

14.8

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

8.4

8.4

7.3

8.8

7.7

The standard 400 hp V6 certainly makes the Aviator, stand tall among its competitors. The base engine in other cars in the competition is certainly lesser than that of the Aviator’s, translating into their hindered sprints. However, in contrast to Aviator’s sole powertrain, the other members in the table do come with higher engine options that promise an even better show than the Aviator.

How does it ride?

Out on the roads, the Aviator pampers you with its tranquility. It now rides on a new architecture with an improved suspension, that uses a short-long-arm setup paired with an integral link rear suspension, ditching the Explorer’s McPherson strut front/multi-link rear suspension. The mechanical enhancements do reflect in the way it behaves on the road and its modest operation feels as if it is married to the ground.

Step up to the range-topping Black Label which along with the standard AWD, also gets the dynamic handling package with adaptive air-glide air suspension and road preview. The road preview feature, with the help of a camera, scans the road ahead and adjusts the suspension according to the road conditions, and it does its job really well. These tech supplements and the premium interior build quality not only translate into a surprisingly silent cabin but also into a cushion smooth ride quality. 

2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Front View
2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Front View

Also offered with the Dynamic handling package is the Active steering wheel, which as the name suggests, very actively communicates with the driver and makes this large box of wood and leather feel very nimble. The steering is so well balanced that you actually don't feel that you are driving an almost 4800 lbs 7 seater SUV. Having said about balance and stability, grab the Lincoln Co-pilot 360 plus package that rewards you with an evasive steering assist feature which provides extra stability to the Aviator while cornering.

How do the brakes perform?

The overall change theory which the Aviator endorses, is followed up by the braking section as well. It gets discs and ABS in all 4 wheels as standard, and the brakes are hard enough to gently bring this heavy box to a gentle halt.

Models

Lincoln Aviator

Audi Q7

Volvo XC90

Cadillac XT6

Acura MDX

Brake Front (in.)

13.5

14.8

13.6

12.6

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

13.7

13.8

12.6

12.4

13.0

60-0 MPH (ft)

119

120

130

131

117

The brake pedals are firm and responsive, rewarding you with a strong sense of stopping power under your feet. However though at sudden and hard braking circumstances, you do feel that extra length and the weight of the Aviator lumping behind.

2020 Lincoln Aviator Fuel Economy

4.0/10

Considering its overall proportions and resting in the mid-size 7 seater SUV segment, the 2020 Aviator’s 21 MPG is indeed a healthy output. Although the XC90 and the MDX promise better efficiency, what's noteworthy is the difference in power figures among the lot. Considering the aforementioned factor, the Aviator turns out to be more propitious than its competition.

Models

Lincoln Aviator

Audi Q7

Volvo XC90

Cadillac XT6

Acura MDX

MPG (city)

18

19

21

18

20

MPG (highway)

26

25

30

25

27

MPG (combined)

21

21

25

20

23

The rotated engine placement under the hood allowing for efficient power management coupled with the enhanced dynamic handling package and a refined 10-speed automatic transmission is what makes the Aviator’s mileage stand out.

 

2020 Lincoln Aviator Interior

The Aviator’s interior is a paradise for those with an appetite for splendor and fastidity. The wood and leather quilted cabin with a neatly contoured layout is sweetening enough to displease some of the German heavy-weights. This is one interior drenched in premium soft leather, be it on the seats, dashboard, or the door inlays.

2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Front Seats
2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Front Seats

Having said about seats, the ones installed in this beauty are probably one of the best seats you can in the states. The front seats are not only very well padded but you can also adjust them in 30 different ways, and once you find out your perfect seating position, don't forget to set up the memory of your seating position. The front seats do get heated, ventilated and massage function and so do the rear captain seats. Though for that extra mile opulence, you need to upgrade to the Black Label trim. These brilliantly contoured seats are comfortable enough to hug you all day long and their suppleness further complements the Aviator’s ride quality. Not to forget though, what's also on offer best in a class all around space, not in the third row though.

At the heart of Aviator’s interior, lies the streamlined and minimalistic dashboard with piano black and metal accents with exemplary detail to attention. The best part of this interior is how thoughtfully Lincoln has placed different elements. Be it the overhead 10.1 inch central display, the streamlined housing of the A.C vents, real wood inserts in the central console, or the floating central panel with metal and piano black treatment.

2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Dashboard
2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Dashboard

What’s even more interesting is that though most of the functionality of the Aviator can be operated through the central touch screen, you do have physical buttons with metallic outlines sitting in the pool of textured metal. The physical buttons are not only convenient to use but they also aggravate the classy appeal inside.

Models

Lincoln Aviator

Audi Q7

Volvo XC90

Cadillac XT6

Acura MDX

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.3/61.5/43.0

39.9/59.5/41.7

38.9/57.7/40.9

39.8/58.3/41.2

38.1/61.1/41.4

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.7/61.3/39.0

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.5/56.5/37.0

39.1/57.4/39.1

38.3/59.1/36.6

The standard color combination already works well with the interiors but yes you have the further option of customizing the interior with several optional theme packages. Overall the interior ambience of the Aviator is more than pleasing and looks very upscale. It is very heavily focused around premium luxury and in that process it tries to walk beyond the existing boundaries of luxuries.

How much space lies in the cargo?

Head out for a long weekend tour with your family and friends in the Aviator and its 18.3 cu-ft best in class cargo space happily braces all your packages. The Navigator like stretched out proportions with a long wheelbase and wider body honors the Aviator with a generous cargo area even with all the seats up.

​​​​​​​​2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Cargo Space
​2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Cargo Volume is 18.3 cu ft

However, if you need some extra space, well you do have the liberty of folding the second and third-row seats that opens up pools of storage area.

Models

Lincoln Aviator

Audi Q7

Volvo XC90

Cadillac XT6

Acura MDX

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)

18.3

14.8

15.8

12.6

15.0

Also what makes the Aviator offer a decent cargo area is the fact that how well Lincoln has utilized the interior space with every component placed with absolute diligence.

How is the Infotainment inside?

The highlight of the infotainment is the 10.1-inch touchscreen display that sits atop the leather-wrapped dashboard. It does get Lincoln Play along with Apple Carplay and Android Auto as standard with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. You can control almost everything through the central screen like temperature, your playlist, or even adjust the volume coming in through the marvelous 28 speaker Revel sound system.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Infotainment Display
​​​​​​​2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV 10.1-inch touchscreen Infotainment Display

What the infotainment system basically runs on is Ford's sync 3 which Ford also uses in its smaller cars. The display is crisp with decent graphics, however it is not as delightful and responsive as the one in XC90 or the Q7. There is a certain lag in the feedback coming from the system and you need to quite heavily push down on it to register your input. 

Interior Features

  • Upto 30-way power-adjustable front seats.
  • 6 months of provided satelite service.
  • Heated, cooled and ventilated, optional rear seats.
  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror.
  • Interior air filtration.
  • Upto four zone climate control .
  • Heated steering wheel.
  • Electric powered tilt and telescopic steering wheel.
  • Available soft touch premium leather upholstery.
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2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV
2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV dashboard
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2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Front Seats
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2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Rear Seats
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2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV steering
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2020 Lincoln Aviator Exterior

8.0/10

The exterior design of the 2020 Lincoln Aviator is not something very unique, but thankfully though it is not as intimidating as the MKT. The Aviator is unmistakably a Lincoln, inheriting much of the design cues from its larger sibling, the Navigator. The Aviator too follows Lincoln’s new design theme, first introduced with the new Continental and later also seen in the new Navigator.

 ​2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Three Quarter View
 ​2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Three Quarter View

There's a lowered hood line, and the front face boasts signature Lincoln grille and headlights with signature LED’s and yes, you do get those very Lincoln-ish horizontal run through tail lamps. The side proportions have a more estately appeal unlike the hunkier full blown SUV stance of the Navigator. The lowered body creases and stretching behind the C pillar add to the humble family carrier appearance of the Aviator. The overall body proportions of the Aviator makes it look like a toned down Navigator.

Models

Lincoln Aviator

Audi Q7

Volvo XC90

Cadillac XT6

Acura MDX

Length (in)

199.3

199.6

194.9

198.5 

196.2 

Width (in)

79.6

77.5

79.1

77.3

77.7

Height (in)

69.8

68.5

69.9

69.9

67.4

Ground clearance (in)

13.5

9.6

9.4

6.7

7.3

Wheelbase (in)

119.1

117.9

117.5

112.7

111.0

Track width (in) F/R

66.9/66.9

66.1/66.6

65.7/65.8

66.4/66.2

66.3/66.3

Curb weight (lbs)

4764

4729 

4394

4441

4032

The Audi Q7 and the Aviator are the longest vehicles in the mid size 7 seater segment. However the Aviator surpasses others in terms of wheelbase and body width. The 119.1-inch wheelbase and 79.6 inches of body width not only add to its gentle exterior presence but also enhance its stability and ride quality.

Exterior features

  • LED Headlamps with daytime running lights
  • Turn signal mirrors
  • Auto delay off headlamps
  • hands-free entry
  • Upto 22 inch alloy wheels
2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Side View
2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV
2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Exterior
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2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Top View
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2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Front View
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2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV Front Side
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2020 Lincoln Aviator Safety

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator not only offers a squashy ride along with immense gratification, but it also ensures paramount impregnability of its occupants under extreme situations. Thanks to its exhaustive list of safety equipment which include -

  • Electronic Stability Control
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Pre and post-collision safety system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Blind spot and lane departure warnings accident avoidance system
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Lane keeping assist
  • Active Park Assist Automated Parking Sensors

2020 Lincoln Aviator Competition

Lincoln Aviator vs Audi Q7

The Aviator and the Q7 go neck to neck in the competition. Both these cars seat seven, boast spacious interior, are aptly draped in luxury and are generously equipped as well. However, the Aviator, with its flamboyant opulence, advanced features that aid its driveability and robust engine certainly has an edge over the Q7.

2020 Audi Q7
2020 Audi Q7 SUV

Lincoln Aviator vs Volvo XC90

What would you consider the Volvo XC90 for ? 7 seats, interior space, thoughtful interior appointments, extensive tech, and safety features and yes the minimalistic yet classy approach both on the inside and the outside? Well, the Aviator, unhesitantly checks all of these boxes with greater sincerity, and what rests above all is it is lively and fun to drive powertrain. To top things further, the Aviator’s behavior on the road is more disciplined than the XC90.

2020 Volvo XC90
2020 Volvo XC90

Lincoln Aviator vs Cadillac XT6

Cadillac’s prominence of making premium cars, its utilitarian character and the premium price range is what makes the XT6 stand opposite to the Aviator. On the turf, the XT6 falls miles short of the Aviator in terms of build quality, interior appointments and ride comfort. What further puts a nail in the XT6’s coffin is its laggy powertrain.

2020 Cadillac XT6
2020 Cadillac XT6

Lincoln Aviator vs Acura MDX

In this standoff, the Lincoln Aviator completely overpowers the Acura MDX. The MDX itself is a decent and respected midsize seven-seater crossover, but it is just not as good as the Aviator. The Aviator is plusher inside and certainly has more presence on the outside than the MDX. Not only this, the Aviator apart from being richer in technology packages, also offers better interior space, along with excellent ride quality.

2020 Acura MDX
2020 Acura MDX

 

2020 Lincoln Aviator Final Verdict

The majestic Lincoln Aviator is one machine that certainly stands out in its class with its wholesomeness. It certainly knocks out its competition in the way it rides and handles, the comfort level it provides, its stimulating drivetrain and last but not least, its sheer nobility on the inside. 

What’s most exciting with the Aviator is the attentive placement of every single element inside the cabin. The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is an all new vehicle and it does have a pleasing freshness in it. As an overall package, particularly at the price, there’s no other product in the segment that can overstep the Aviator, at least for now.