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2021 Lincoln Aviator Review: Welcome to Cloud Nine

by Aiden Eksteen

The Europeans have dominated the luxury SUV and crossover segments for a long time, but USA's very own premium car-maker, Lincoln, aims to change that and the 2021 Lincoln Aviator may just have what it takes. As part of the first-generation Aviator line introduced in 2020, the 2021 Aviator is still quite a new vehicle but has, nevertheless, received several minor enhancements and alterations here-and-there to remain an attractive product in the ever-popular classification. Humming beneath its hood is a 400-horsepower, 415 lb-ft of torque 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that cedes power to either a rear- or all-wheel drivetrain. That makes it one of the more powerful SUVs at its price, $51,465, at least at the base level. That's still saying something with the likes of the BMW X5, Porsche Cayenne, and Audi Q7 playing the same field.

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2021 Lincoln Aviator Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 Lincoln Aviator?

On the design side, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator is available in three new exterior hues and new optional 21- and 22-inch alloy wheel designs. This year, the optional Elements Package now includes heated and ventilated front seats. In terms of standard trim, the Reserve specification gains a panoramic sunroof, while the Black Label gets soft-close doors.

Pros and Cons

  • Dignified, immaculate aesthetic
  • Premium, high-grade interior
  • Brimming with features
  • Momentus twin-turbo engine
  • Expansive trunk space
  • Not very fun or engaging to drive
  • Not quite as luxurious as rivals
  • Middling fuel economy returns

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2021 Lincoln Aviator Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
Grand Touring Plug-In Hybrid
3.0L Twin-Turbo Plug-in Hybrid
10-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
Black Label
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2021 Aviator Exterior

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  • Length 199.3 in
  • Wheelbase 119.1 in
  • Height 69.6 in
  • Max Width 82.3 in
  • Front Width 66.9 in
  • Rear Width 66.9 in
  • Curb Weight 4,774.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Ocean Drive Blue +$695
  • Ceramic Pearl +$695
  • Iced Mocha +$695
  • Pristine White +$695
  • Burgundy Velvet +$695
  • Red Carpet +$695
  • Flight Blue +$695
  • Chroma Caviar Dark Gray +$1,750
  • Silver Radiance
  • Infinite Black
  • Asher Gray

2021 Aviator Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.0L Twin-Turbo Plug-in Hybrid, 3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

2021 Aviator Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 43.0 in
  • Front Head Room 41.5 in
  • Rear Leg Room 40.1 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.7 in

2021 Aviator Trunk and Cargo Space

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2021 Aviator Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    6 Years \ 70,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    Unlimited Years \ Unlimited Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2021 Lincoln Aviator A Good SUV?

Finally, America has a premium-level SUV that is most certainly a worthy contender and feasible alternative to the European onslaught of fancy 5-door crossovers. The Aviator SUV is a truly sophisticated and good-looking vehicle with a powertrain that gives it the fervor to match its confident presence. Some may prefer the cabin aesthetics of its European competitors, but the Aviator's interior is just as opulent and featureful. It's also one of the more commodious in the segment by virtue of its longer-than-typical wheelbase and that's even with the third-row seats optioned in. Strong performance, a premium look and feel, and a comprehensive list of standard features are complemented by oodles of safety and driver-assistance systems, and a confidence-inspiring reliability rating. The 2021 Lincoln Aviator underwent review by both the NHTSA and the IIHS for a crashworthiness and safety rating and both authorities awarded it top marks. Even if you're not an "it's American or nothing" type of buyer, the Lincoln Aviator remains a good buy as a luxury cruiser.

What Lincoln Aviator Model Should I Buy?

The 2021 Lincoln Aviator SUV's starting price is already pretty high but the base model does come with the strong V6 engine and is admirably outfitted with desirable features. Upper-tier trims only expand on the cosmetic enhancements and ultra-luxurious features, so if that's something that you do want then don't hold back. The Standard, otherwise, comes with niceties such as a comprehensive infotainment system with full smartphone connectivity, ten-way power-adjustable front seats, and even tri-zone automatic climate control. It also comes with forward collision warning with pedestrian detection as standard.

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