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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring AWD

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 5

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $88,505
Price as Tested: $89,600

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Electricity/regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 18
120V Charge Time: 1.3 miles per hour
240V Charge Time: 6 miles per hour
EPA City mpg22
EPA Highway mpg25
EPA Combined mpg: 23
EPA Combined MPGe: 56
EPA-Est. Electric Range (mi): 21
with specific headlights

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [O]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

The Lincoln Aviator crossover, which was redesigned in 2020, is a handsome blend of luxury and practicality. The stylish leather- and wood-trimmed cabin can be fitted with 30-way adjustable heated/ ventilated front seats with massage, a 360-degree camera system, a panoramic sunroof, and an excellent 28-speaker Revel premium audio system, all in a roomy space with comfortable seating for up to 7 passengers - or up to 78 cubic feet of cargo with the third-row seats folded down. Standard safety features include adaptive LED headlights with auto high beam and Lincoln’s Co-Pilot360 set of advanced safety features. The Grand Touring model we tested came with an uncommon upside, a standard plug-in hybrid powertrain. This setup pairs a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with an electric motor for a total output of 494 hp. Ride quality is remarkably smooth, thanks in large part to the Aviator’s air suspension, although the throttle response can be a little touchy. Handling is respectable, though the emphasis is more on coddling than responsiveness. The Aviator’s rechargeable battery gives it just a 21-mile all-electric range, and recharging times are on the long side.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Smooth, comfortable ridequality from air suspension
  • Roomy interior (except forthe third row)
  • Adaptive pixel LEDheadlights, with auto highbeams
  • A long list of advancedsafety features

Weak Points

  • Limited EV-only range
  • Longer-than-expected EVcharging times
  • Nonlinear throttleapplication
  • Third-row seatssignificantly cut intocargo space

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/4
Curb weight (lbs): 5820.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 199.3 / 82.3 / 69.6
Wheelbase (in): 119.1
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Pirelli Scorpion Zero
Front and rear tire size: 275/45 R21
Max towing capacity (lbs): 5600
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 3.0L V6 twin-turbo hybrid
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 400 @ 5500
Electric motor horsepower: 101
Combined system horsepower: 494

Test Data

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