A 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system is also standard fitment for the 50 grand price tag. Despite being a luxury ride, the true cost to own for 5 years will fall around $76,000 because of the heavy depreciation in the first year. If you plan to hold on to it for the long term, then you will get about 5.3 miles per dollar you spend on it. On the flip side, you will be incurring a cost of 18.7 cents per mile that you drive it around. Despite the costs of ownership that might seem high, the 2021 Aviator will have a good return on investment since it's a fairly reliable vehicle and comes backed with an ample warranty.
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2021 Lincoln Aviator Pricing and Features
The new Lincoln Aviator is a legitimate luxury SUV, with strong performance to back it up.- MotorTrend
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator comes in five trim options:Standard, Reserve, and Black Label. Lincoln equips all the trims of the Aviator with the latest features, luxurious interior, similarly bold and beautiful exterior design, and all the safety features and assists as standard. The Standard trim, priced at $51,000 comes with plenty of interior features and all the safety features and driver assists as standard with the three-zone climate control, 10-way power-adjustable seats, and cruise control.
The Reserve trim comes next at $56,950 which gets a 14-speaker surround system, Lincoln Play, four-zone climate control, and volume control for rear seat speakers. The Black Label trim adds luxury to the Grand Touring trim at $78,695 and bundles 30-way power-seats, adaptive headlamps, Adaptive cruise control, and a 28-speaker premium surround sound system from Revel Ultima.
Pre- and post-collision safety system
Adds to Standard features
Adds to Grand Touring features
Blind-spot monitoring w/Lane departure warnings
14-speaker Revel premium surround audio
10 speaker audio system
Four-zone climate control
14-speaker Revel Ultima 3D surround audio
Rear volume controls
Adaptive cruise control
10-way power front seats w/adjustable lumbar support
Front, side, and rear-view camera
Multi-level heated rear seats
Three-zone climate control
30-way power front seats w/adjustable lumbar support
From the available trim levels, the Reserve trim with a sticker price of $57,110 is the perfect value for money option to jump on the Aviator bandwagon. It comes with the majority of the upscale features of the moniker and yet does not climb too much in terms of price. But if money is no object and you want the absolute best of the 2021 Aviator has to offer, then the Black Label trim priced at $78,865 is the one to pick.
The Lincoln Aviator's 400-hp twin-turbo V-6 is among the most powerful standard engines in the mid-size luxury SUV segment.- CarAndDriver
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator gets a class-leading 3.0L Twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 400hp and 415 lb-ft of torque, making the Aviator the most powerful mid-size SUV in the segment. The V6 in the Aviator is coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission, making the driving experience seamless. The 3.0L V6 monster under the hood of the 2021 Lincoln Aviator makes the power delivery smooth. The gears can be shifted via paddle shifters or by Piano key shifters that display the gears in a horizontal layout rather than a traditional shift pattern, unique to the Lincoln brand vehicles.
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator comes with an option of RWD or AWD in the lower trims, while the Grand Touring and above trims come with AWD as standard. The Grand Tour and the rest of the above trims also come with an additional 100hp electric motor with a 13.6Kwh battery, totaling the horsepower in the Aviator to 492hp. The 2021 Lincoln Aviator can go from 0-60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, which is way faster than the other rivals in the segment. The quarter-mile takes 13.7 seconds as you are thrust back into the seats.
The Aviator is capable of delivering a class-leading tow capacity of 7,000 pounds, meaning towing your boat to the lake is not a problem for this speedboat. The 2021 Lincoln Aviator gets 13.6-inch brake rotors in the front and 13.8-inch rotors in the rear. These massive brakes and an unconventional setup can bring the Aviator to a dead stop, from 60 mph in a mere distance of 119 ft. Considering that the Aviator has a curb weight of almost 4,800 lbs, the brakes are very efficient.
Clubbed to a 20.2-gallon fuel tank, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator offers an overall combined driving range of 424 miles. At its best on the highways, the driving range stands at 525 miles. If you just love the Aviator and want better MPG figures, then the best option would be to spring for the Grand Touring models, i.e., Aviator Hybrid which offers 23 MPG combined.
Luxurious touches like real metal accents or wood trim help endow the Lincoln’s cabin with a sense of opulence.- Cars.USNews
The interior of the 2021 Lincoln Aviator follows the lineup of its $100,000 brother, the Lincoln Navigator. The interior feels premium and luxurious. The front seats take the comfort game a step further with their 30-way Power adjustments integrated into the seats and can be altered via the infotainment screen. The leg, shoulder, and head room are ample enough for tall passengers but the third-row feels a little more cramped and is nothing out of the ordinary. Both the front and second-row seats come with massage functions.
A lot of the functionality is integrated into the infotainment screen. Even the warning chimes and different sounds are specially created for the Lincoln to differentiate it from other Ford Products. The Aviator also comes with heated seats and steering wheel. It is also fitted with ambient lighting which can be controlled via the infotainment screen and changes its color to red when a door is open. The cabin of the Aviator is also loaded with Four-way climate control with second-row as captain chairs.
2021 Lincoln Aviator
2021 Audi Q7
2021 Volvo XC90
2021 Cadillac XT6
First Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom) (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
Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom) (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
Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom) (in)
36.9 / 54.0 / 29.2
35.9 / 49.4 / 29.2
/ 46.2 / 31.9
37.2 / 53.5 / 29.5
Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)
The Lincoln Aviator comes with the maximum space and is only faced with a tough challenge by the Volvo XC90 for third-row seats. The Audi Q7 matches the Lincoln in all other rows with the Caddy XT6 coming in next. To keep things interesting while traveling, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator gets a 10.1 touchscreen infotainment screen as standard fitment. Depending on the trim level, you get two different sound systems. The Standard trim gets a Lincoln Premium Sound System. The other two trims come with a 14-speaker Revel Sound System that has brilliant acoustics.
The infotainment system is running the SYNC 3 with a custom Lincoln skin with a crisp UI. The system is intuitive and understands your preferences over time and gives them as recommendations later when you enter the vehicle. It also comes with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa as standard. Besides these Bluetooth and 4G LTE WiFi Hotspot are also provided as standard. The Hotspot can be accessed to up to a distance of 50 feet from the car. The other notable features of the interior and infotainment system of the 2021 Aviator are:
Symphonic Chimes and Ambient Lighting
Tri-zone Climate Controls with High-Efficiency Particulate Filter
Heated Steering Wheel and First-Row Seats
Intelligent Access with Push-Button Start
Multifunction Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Power Tilt/Telescopic Steering Column with Memory Feature
Remote Start System
Panoramic Vista Roof with Power Sunshade
10-Way Power adjustable front seats power adjustability with driver-side memory
The front fascia looks stunning with uplifted looks and comes with full led-headlamps and Lincoln crown jewel LED. Moving to the back, it looks clean and simple as it should, the Aviator gets full-LED taillights with a sleek LED strip joining both. All the trims get two sets of dual-tip exhaust pipes adding to the sporty look of the car and you also get hands-free liftgate.
2021 Lincoln Aviator
2020 Audi Q7
2020 Volvo XC90
2020 Cadillac XT6
Compared to other SUVs in the segment, Aviator is the longest and widest in length and one of the heaviest too. The Aviator also provides the widest wheelbase and ride height. The Aviator offers a ground clearance of 8.6” inches and the car automatically lowers as you walk toward it by 2” inches to keep it comfortable for you to get in and increases its ride height as soon as you start the engine.
All of these accolades have been possible because of the spectacular and top of the line safety features that it comes with. From active safety features to secondary driver assistance features, the ride does not leave any stone unturned to keep the occupants safe for the price it asks. The following are the notable safety features of the 2021 Lincoln Aviator:
SOS Post-Crash Alert System
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) With Cross-Traffic Alert
Reverse Brake Assist
Adaptive Cruise Control
Evasive Steering Assist
Traffic Jam Assist
Speed Sign Recognition
Active Park Assist Plus
Dual Stage SRS Airbags
Belt-Minder for All Seating Positions
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
2021 Lincoln Aviator Competition
2021 Lincoln Aviator Vs 2021 Audi Q7
In terms of Exterior, the 2021 Audi Q7 reflects a corporate and aggressive look while the Aviator gets more swoopy curves and lines. This grants it a more premium feel for a slightly higher price tag. The Audi features a much more featured and modern cabin space while the Lincoln focuses on pure luxury. The only thing we found better in the Audi than the Lincoln was the driving feel and response that the Audi gives while the Steering response on the Lincoln feels a little numb due to all electronic gadgets under its hood. Still, the Aviator outrights the Audi in its game with sheer power under the hood and a much more aggressive throttle response and a bang for the buck build.
To sum it up and wrap this in a bow, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator is basically the smaller down version of the luxurious Navigator. The Aviator presents a polished turbocharged V-6 powertrain that is the most powerful in its segment. With the most focus on the luxury of the interior and also on curb appeal, it forms the perfect value for money package for its asking prices.
Hence, if you are on the market for a powerful and upscale high rider, then the 2021 Lincoln Aviator just might be the one that can carry the weight of your expectations and actually fulfill them amply.
2021 Lincoln Aviator Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What platform is Lincoln Aviator based on?
The current generation of the Lincoln Aviator is underpinned by Ford's U1 platform. This body-on-frame chassis is shared by Ford Explorer.
When will the 2021 Lincoln Aviator be in showrooms?
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator has now been released and is now available at your nearest Lincoln Dealerships.
Does 2021 Lincoln Aviator require premium gas?
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator's engine is a capable and efficient motor. It runs on regular gas with an octane rating of 87 or higher. But for better performance, you can switch to premium gas with an octane rating of at least 91.
What is the 2021 Lincoln Aviator towing capacity?
The Lincoln Aviator has an optional Tow Package. When set in Tow mode, together with that package the Lincoln Aviator can tow up to 6,700 pounds.
What are the colors offered with the 2021 Lincoln Aviator?
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator is offered with a choice of 10 exterior colors - Ocean Drive Blue, Asher Gray, Iced Mocha, Pristine White, Red Carpet, Silver Radiance, Ceramic Pearl, Burgundy Velvet, Infinite Black, and Flight Blue.
Pros - Beautiful and comfortable interior, power seats, the best infotainment I have used
Cons - Nothing
Lincoln has nailed it I know Lincoln has been doing wonderfully in recent years but there is always a risk in buying an unproven SUV like Navigator. I wanted to wait sometime before I bought it but I just couldn’t wait any longer. Bought it. Now that I have it and I start to see the flaws a little by little. The flaw might be a big word for the situation but let’s see what I’m talking about and you can judge it yourself. Gas mileage is not the best. I made the choice and you can decide for yourself. Other than that Best SUV I have ever owned or driven for that matter.
Cons - Little noisy, seats could have been better, outward visibility
Okay Aviator has the best interior of any vehicle I have driven. The comfort is just beyond anything that I ever sat in. The seats look great, feel great, and are 8 -way adjustable. Even though it has three rows it still doesn’t feel congested and has plenty of legroom not only at the front but all the rows. Plus, the design is really good. It looks exceptional from every angle and I think it is the best-looking SUV at least in its price segment. The only thing which could have been a little better was if there was a chrome grille and not a blacked-out one. Not everybody loves black. It looks good but if you aks me chrome would have been better.
It constitutes 20 inch bright machined aluminum wheels with magnetic painted pockets, 360 degree camera with front and rear camera wash, 14 speaker Revel Audio system, first and second row premium leather micro-perforated seating. Dynamic driving with supple handling plus steering, and smooth timed transitions of the transmission, plus a good ride quality makes the ride perfect. Starting at $56,940, it is nicely priced. Ambient lighting, quad zone climate controls, power tilt/telescoping steering column with memory feature, wireless charging pad, 360 degree camera, and 14 speaker Revel audio system are highlights of the interior. The long flowing linings and subtle curves plus contours, bold front fascia with a wide mesh grille, 20 inch bright machined aluminum wheels with magnetic painted pockets, and a glistening body make me appreciate the sophisticated styling. It incorporates Blind spot detection with cross traffic alert, 360 degree camera with front and rear camera wash, pre-collision assist with auto emergency braking and pedestrian detection, bunch of advanced airbags, child protection locks, latches, anchors, and safety belts with Belt Minders. It is moderately reliable. It has proved it's mettle in everything I expected of it. They provide quick service, friendly approach serving an overall excellent experience.
It constitutes 20 inch bright machined aluminum wheels with magnetic painted pockets, 360 degree camera with front and rear camera wash, 14 speaker Revel Audio system, first and second row premium leather micro-perforated seating.
by Kimberly N. Callaghan
User Overall Rating
Full Size Premium SUV
Heated steering wheel, 2 cupholders and electronic parking brake.