2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
Changes made to the Aviator in 2021 are almost purely cosmetic. There are three new paint colors on the options list, known as Ocean Drive Blue, Asher Grey, and Flight Blue. For a sophisticated look, buyers can also check out the new Monochromatic Appearance Package that Lincoln is offering for the Aviator in 2021.
A few notable features are added this year, including a moonroof for the Reserve model. Available for the Reserve and standard for the Black Label Grand Touring, and Black Label Grand Touring models are heated and ventilated front seats. Finally, the top Black Label models get fancy soft-close doors.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Lincoln prides itself on being a luxury brand, which is why all five 2021 Aviator models are very well equipped. The appropriately named Standard model has LED headlights, a power liftgate, and roof rails. For the cabin, the Aviator Standard has a 10.3-inch touchscreen, tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and an integrated navigation system.
The Reserve trim is considerably more sophisticated, coming standard with an adaptive suspension and premium leather upholstery. Other highlights include an upgrade to four-zone climate control, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and ambient interior lighting. The Black Label model goes further, giving drivers standard all-wheel drive, a heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated second-row seats.
Grand Touring models of the 2021 Aviator have a more powerful hybrid powertrain. They also have a panoramic sunroof. As for the Black Label Grand Touring, it comes with nearly every feature available for the Aviator.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
Grand Touring and Black Label models of the Aviator are impressive but also pricey. On the other hand, the Standard model is lacking a few of the creature comforts people look for in a luxury SUV. As a result, the Reserve trim is the right way to go for a wide variety of drivers.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
The entry-level model of the 2021 Aviator is equipped with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, a Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, and a 10-speaker audio system. The popular Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration features are included as well. Optional features include more USB ports and a rear-seat entertainment system. If buyers are after a more immersive music-listening experience, Revel audio systems with either 14 or 28 speakers are available as well.
How Does It Perform?
Most models of the 2021 Aviator are utilizing a turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine for their power. As a result, they create a satisfying 400-horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Models with the Grand Touring label use that same engine along with an electric motor, allowing them to create 494-horsepower and a hearty 630 lb-ft of torque. Both versions of the powertrain pair with a ten-speed automatic transmission.
Both the Standard and Reserve models come with rear-wheel drive. They can also be upgraded to an all-wheel drive. The remaining models all have all-wheel drive exclusively. Any trim of the 2021 Aviator models has a smooth ride. For an even more luxurious experience, the available adaptive suspension is the way to go.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
The 2021 Lincoln Aviator performed well in its safety tests. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it received five out of five stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the SUV the highest possible score in all six categories it was tested.
Automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and rear cross-traffic alert are all standard features for the 2021 Aviator. For select 2021 Aviator models, features like evasive steering assist, traffic sign recognition, adaptive cruise control, and park assist are also included.
When evaluated by J.D. Power, the 2021 Aviator was given a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five stars. This above-average score is a nice selling point for the SUV, which also comes with a slightly longer than average warranty.
What's the Interior Like?
This three-row SUV offering from Lincoln can seat six or seven. For the most part, the interior is as comfortable and upscale as one would expect from this brand. A few critics have pointed out that the optional second-row captain's chairs are too narrow to be truly comfortable.
Heated and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Optional comfort features for the Aviator include impressive options like ventilated and massaging front seats, along with a heated and power-adjustable steering wheel. Genuine leather upholstery is available as well.
Cargo space is average for the midsize luxury SUV class. Behind the third-row, there are 18.3 cubic feet. This is enough room for the average grocery shopping trip, but not much more. The maximum cargo capacity is 77.7 cubic feet.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
Many people who look at Lincoln vehicles also consider Mercedes-Benz. Their midsize three-row offering is the GLE. This is an excellent choice in many regards, offering a sophisticated cabin and fuel efficiency that the Aviator's standard engine cannot match. On the flip side, the GLE base engine is far less powerful than the one found in the Aviator.The Audi Q7 is a popular choice. It is loaded with standard equipment and has a more affordable starting price. The Aviator does have more space for cargo and third-row passengers, however. Buyers after a three-row luxury SUV may also consider the Lexus RX 450hL and Cadillac XT6.
Formula for Calculating Dealer Cost:
Note: All Lincoln Aviator lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.