2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid


What’s new

  • Minor changes to option and appearance packages
  • Part of the second Aviator generation introduced for 2020

Pros & Cons

  • Upscale design inside and out
  • Surprising acceleration
  • Lots of advanced features
  • Supremely quiet inside
  • Doesn't have an abundance of headroom
  • Overly soft handling saps driver confidence
  • Subpar visibility to the front and rear
  • Clunky transition from electric to gas power
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2021 Lincoln Aviator Review

The Lincoln Aviator is a three-row midsize luxury SUV based on the Ford Explorer. This new generation debuted just last year and takes its place between the bigger Navigator and the smaller MKC. It's priced competitively against its European rivals, though alternatives from Acura and Infiniti are more affordable.

The second-generation Aviator comes standard with a strong 400-horsepower turbocharged V6 engine. There's also a plug-in hybrid powertrain that Lincoln fits to the Grand Touring trim level. It increases output to 494 hp and delivers an estimated 21 miles of electric-only propulsion. Overall, we like the Aviator, though it has a few flaws that keeps it from being our top-ranked midsize luxury SUV. Check out our Expert Rating to get our in-depth take on the 2021 Aviator.

Edmunds’ Expert Rating
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Our verdict

7.8 / 10
There's a lot to like about the all-new Lincoln Aviator. The top-notch interior, the modern tech and the excellent ride quality are all great. But the plug-in hybrid version is a bit of an odd duck. It has a useful electric range and impressive straight-line speed, and it offers better fuel economy than the standard Aviator. But it's also only exclusively available as a top-level Touring trim and that will cost you quite a bit of extra money.

How does it drive?

Thanks to the powerful hybrid powertrain, the considerably hefty Aviator Hybrid accelerates faster than we'd expect. At our test track it scooted to 60 mph from a stop in 5.7 seconds, which is quite quick for a family hauler. Braking performance was impressive too. And while it isn't a sporty SUV, the Aviator does move around corners relatively well.

What's less impressive about the Aviator Hybrid are its low-speed driving dynamics. The switchover from electric power to gasoline is clunky. And while we enjoy the fast, smooth shifts from the 10-speed automatic under full acceleration, they're less transparent when you're out for a cruise around town.

How comfortable is it?

Comfort is the Aviator Hybrid's strong suit. Our tester came with Lincoln's 30-way power-adjustable front seats with massage functions. They are incredibly luxurious. The Aviator also has comfortable second-row seating and very effective ventilated and heated first- and second-row seats. The third row isn't bad either — despite some relatively flat seat cushions, it offers a fair amount of comfort. 

The ride on the highway is generally smooth thanks to an adaptive suspension. It softens large impacts well but can sometimes feel a bit jiggly over smaller broken pavement sections. But the cabin is ultra quiet whether you're at idle or cruising along at 70 mph.

How’s the interior?

The large cabin is roomy enough for adults of any size and the front seats' seemingly infinite number of adjustments — combined with a good range from the tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel — means you can almost always find your preferred driving position. Adjusting those 30-way seats, however, is an overly complicated process.

The cabin controls are easy to reach and easy to read. Entering and exiting the cabin is a breeze thanks to large door openings and an adaptive suspension that lowers the vehicle as you approach with the key in your pocket.

Below-average visibility affects the overall score, with small rear windows and a big blind spot. Blind-spot monitoring is standard, however, and an excellent 360-degree parking camera is available.

How’s the tech?

A massive 10-inch touchscreen is center stage on the Aviator's dash with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Bluetooth connections were error-free over our test of the vehicle. The 28-speaker Revel stereo provides audiophile-approved levels of sound quality even if the maxed-out volume didn't bump as loud as we expected it to.

The Aviator's crisp screen means easy-to-see navigation guidance and various infotainment controls. Adaptive cruise control works well, keeping a conservative but respectable distance on the closest settings. But the lane-keeping assist system tends to let this SUV wander in between the lane lines a bit more than we'd prefer. The parallel and perpendicular parking systems are effective and accurate, but this big vehicle requires a pretty large spot to engage those features.

How’s the storage?

The Aviator has an edge over competitors in storage behind the third row. Space behind the second row is average, and many competitors offer more maximum cargo volume. Small-item storage is impressive, with lots of large cubbies, cupholders and various areas to store your devices. Most car seats will easily fit in the second row, and there's easy third-row access for seats that have the proper dimensions to fit.

An available Class IV trailer package means you can tow as much as 5,600 pounds with the Aviator Hybrid. It also adds trailer coverage for the blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert systems — unique features for the class.

How economical is it?

The Aviator plug-in hybrid is rated to return 23 mpg combined, which is 3 mpg better than the non-hybrid version with all-wheel drive and 2 mpg better than the rear-wheel-drive model. It puts up better numbers than some luxury plug-in SUVs such as the Range Rover but falls short of the Volvo XC90 T8.

What you're getting with the Aviator, though, is real plug-in power that you can use in city traffic (even if it's slow) and about 21 miles of usable electric range. Unfortunately, in our testing, we had a hard time even meeting the standard Aviator's EPA ratings with our hybrid test vehicle, so we aren't optimistic about the hybrid's score in this category.

Is it a good value?

The Aviator Hybrid is only available in the highest of Aviator trim levels, the Grand Touring, and that means it's expensive. Our Grand Touring Black Label test vehicle had an MSRP of $90,645. Thankfully, you get a lot of equipment for the money. What's more, the cabin is built with top-notch materials all around.

Lincoln's warranty of four years/50,000 miles is average, while its drivetrain warranty and roadside assistance coverage of six years/70,000 miles are above average. The Black Label trims get some nice features such as vehicle pickup (in certain regions) for complimentary maintenance and car washes.


The Aviator Hybrid is big on power thanks to the twin-turbocharged V6 combined with the electric motor. It's also a sleek-looking car from the outside, but it's not as shouty as some of its V8 luxury rivals from BMW and Mercedes. It's also relatively fun to drive. For the right buyer, this SUV could be a refreshing alternative to Europe's finest.

Which Aviator does Edmunds recommend?

The standard Grand Touring has a wealth of features and will be enough for most people. Just make sure to get a model with the Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus package for its advanced driver safety aids.

2021 Lincoln Aviator models

The Aviator is a three-row SUV that comes in five trim levels: Standard, Reserve, Black Label, Grand Touring and Grand Touring Black Label. The first three are powered by a turbocharged V6 engine, while the latter two are equipped with the more powerful hybrid version. Rear-wheel drive is standard with optional all-wheel drive on the first two trims — all others are AWD-only. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board.

A generous starting package that includes:

  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine (400 hp, 415 lb-ft of torque)
  • LED headlamps
  • Roof rails
  • Power liftgate
  • Keyless ignition and push-button start
  • 35/30/35-split second-row bench seat
  • 50/50-split power-folding third-row seat
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Power-adjustable front seats with heating
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen
  • Integrated navigation system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
  • Onboard Wi-Fi hotspot

Standard safety equipment includes:

  • Blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Aviator back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)

Better equipped than the base version thanks to:

  • Adaptive suspension (improves ride comfort and handling; requires 22-inch wheels or AWD)
  • Power-adjustable steering wheel
  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Second-row captain's chairs (bench seat is optional)
  • 14-speaker sound system
  • Quad-zone automatic climate control
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • 360-degree surround-view camera (gives you a top-down view of the Aviator and its surroundings for tight parking situations)

There are a variety of optional packages for the Reserve, though Lincoln bundles most of them together under the Reserve I and Reserve II group packages. They include:

  • Convenience package
    • Head-up display
    • Phone-as-a-key capability
    • Wireless smartphone charging pad
  • Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus
    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
    • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
    • Evasive steering assist (enhances the forward collision mitigation system with steering-based collision avoidance)
  • Elements Package Plus package
    • Heated and ventilated front and second-row seats
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Heated windshield wipers
  • Luxury package
    • Upgraded 30-way power-adjustable front seats
    • 28-speaker premium audio system
    • Rear door sunshades
  • Dynamic Handling package
    • Adaptive air-ride suspension (can raise or lower the ride height of the vehicle)

Black Label
A well-equipped model that adds optional features and packages as standard, such as:

  • 22-inch wheels
  • All-wheel drive
  • Turn-adaptive headlights
  • Soft-close doors
  • Convenience package
  • Elements package
  • Lincoln Co-Pilot360 Plus package
  • Luxury package
  • Access to Lincoln's Black Label services that include premium maintenance, pickup and delivery for service, points program that can be redeemed for exclusive offers and deals

Grand Touring
The first of the powerful hybrid models. It's equipped like the Reserve and has the same available option packages, but includes:

  • Turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 hybrid engine (494 hp, 630 lb-ft)
  • All-wheel drive
  • Panoramic sunroof

Black Label Grand Touring
The top dog in the Aviator lineup. Fully loaded, it applies the Black Label's features to the Grand Touring and comes with nearly every feature as standard.

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    Features & Specs

    Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 10A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 7
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower494 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Black Label Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD features & specs
    Black Label Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD
    3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 10A
    MPG N/A city / N/A hwy
    SeatingSeats 7
    Transmission10-speed shiftable automatic
    Horsepower494 hp @ 5500 rpm
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    Our experts’ favorite Aviator safety features:

    Evasive Steering Assist
    Steers the vehicle out of harm's way if an impending collision is detected and the driver does not take sufficient action.
    Reverse Brake Assist
    Applies the brakes when the car is reversing if sensors indicate that the car is about to collide with an obstacle behind it.
    Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
    Warns the driver of obstacles in the road ahead and applies the brakes automatically if the driver does not react quickly enough.
    IIHS Rating

    The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

    Side Impact Test
    Roof Strength Test
    Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
    Moderate Overlap Front Test

    Lincoln Aviator vs. the competition

    Lincoln Aviator vs. Audi Q7

    Another well-appointed three-row SUV, the Q7 is our top choice in the class because of its generous standard equipment and impeccable interior. We also like its affordable base engine, but the supercharged V6 is really the one to get. The Aviator, though, is a little roomier for cargo and third-row passengers.

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    Lincoln Aviator vs. Lexus RX 450hL

    Lexus introduced the three-row RX L for the 2019 model year. It comes as either the regular RX 350 or the hybrid 450h. It's a smooth and comfortable SUV, but its third-row seat is quite small. For all-around practicality, the Aviator is a better choice.

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    Lincoln Aviator vs. Cadillac XT6

    It's only natural to compare Lincoln against Cadillac, especially when both brands release competing models at the same time. But in this case, it's not much of a contest. The XT6 is difficult to drive smoothly, which should be a gimme for the brand. It's also pricey for what you get and not nearly as ambitious as the Aviator.

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    Is the Lincoln Aviator a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Aviator both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.8 out of 10. You probably care about Lincoln Aviator fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Aviator gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Aviator has 18.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Lincoln Aviator. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 Lincoln Aviator?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Lincoln Aviator:

    • Minor changes to option and appearance packages
    • Part of the second Aviator generation introduced for 2020
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    Is the Lincoln Aviator reliable?

    To determine whether the Lincoln Aviator is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Aviator. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Aviator's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 Lincoln Aviator a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Lincoln Aviator is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Aviator and gave it a 7.8 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Aviator is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 Lincoln Aviator?

    The least-expensive 2021 Lincoln Aviator is the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 10A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $68,900.

    Other versions include:

    • Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 10A) which starts at $68,900
    • Black Label Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 10A) which starts at $88,335
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    What are the different models of Lincoln Aviator?

    If you're interested in the Lincoln Aviator, the next question is, which Aviator model is right for you? Aviator variants include Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 10A), and Black Label Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 10A). For a full list of Aviator models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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    2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid Overview

    The 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid is offered in the following styles: Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 10A), and Black Label Grand Touring 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo gas/electric hybrid 10A).

    What do people think of the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid?

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