What kind of car is the 2023 Lincoln Aviator?
The Aviator takes its place between the compact Corsair crossover and big Navigator SUV in Lincoln’s lineup of luxury rides. It competes against three-row mid-size SUVs like the Kia Telluride and Audi Q7.
Is the 2023 Lincoln Aviator a good car?
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The expensive Grand Touring model is a hard sell, but other Aviator versions in the lineup feature excellent safety credentials and posh interiors. It earns a TCC Rating of 7.0 on our scale of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
What’s new for the 2023 Lincoln Aviator?
Last year’s edition saw some features reshuffled, and for 2023, Lincoln’s left the Aviator well enough alone.
The exterior is lovely, showing off sleek headlights and an illuminated star logo. Its presence is commanding yet elegant, without the gargantuan and borderline brutish proportions of the Navigator. The cabin is stylish and polished, pairing leather and wood, and showcasing a motif of rectangular elements that serve as an ode to Lincoln vehicles of the 1960s.
The Lincoln Aviator has more to offer in its cabin than its good looks. Front passengers enjoy seats with great support and they can be upgraded to 30-way power-adjustable units. The captain’s chairs in the second row offer up plenty of adult-sized space, though you won’t find quite as much leg room or sumptuousness in the third row. The cargo area can accommodate up to 77 cubic feet of gear.
The Aviator is a better vehicle in straightforward configurations. We’d skip the plug-in powertrain and the complicated adaptive suspension system. The base Aviator, with its 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, is good for 400 hp and hits 60 mph in roughly seven seconds despite its hefty 4,774-pound curb weight. The 10-speed automatic transmission provides clean and unfussy shifts, shipping power to the rear wheels or, if you prefer, to all four. Ride quality is befitting of a luxury vehicle.
Though plug-in models have a higher net horsepower rating, the heavy batteries make the already-hefty Aviator tip the scales even further, compromising the transmission’s ability to shift quickly and smoothly. The upgraded air-spring suspension system turns the SUV’s poise into something that’s more like a pose; it loses its agility and composure at high speeds and tight corners.
Every Aviator comes standard with blind-spot monitors and automatic emergency braking. The NHTSA awards a five-star overall rating but hasn’t tested the plug-in hybrid model; the IIHS hasn’t tested the 2023 model, but calls the 2022 model a Top Safety Pick.
How much does the 2023 Lincoln Aviator cost?
The base Standard version starts at $54,535 and includes synthetic leather seating, a power tailgate, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Aviator Reserve is $59,700 and includes a Revel 14-speaker sound system, premium leather upholstery, and wireless device charging. We’d pass when it comes to the Grand Touring, the plug-in hybrid configuration, at $70,385. The Black Label starts at $81,920 with the base powertrain and $90,475 for the Grand Touring model.
Where is the 2023 Lincoln Aviator made?
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