Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve

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Today, with a market that offers far more choice and diversity, it could be the battle between the Aviator and competitors such as the Acura MD-X, Audi Q7, Cadillac XT6, Infiniti RX 350L, Lexus RX350L, the Volvo XC90.


Walk up to the car and it greets you.  The Lincoln Embrace, as the automaker calls it, activates a suite of features as the driver approaches the vehicle –  key fob in hand or pocket –  as if to say, “ready, set, go!” It first activates several welcome lighting sequences starting with the headlamps, tail lamps, and door handle pockets.  It then activates the car’s welcome mat, a Lincoln logo puddle lamp, and the light show continues inside the cabin with colored ambient lighting.

The thoughtfully designed interior of our Aviator boasts “Ebony Roast” (black/brown) leather, posh but not at all ostentatious.  Indeed, perhaps building on the reincarnation of the 1960s Continental, the interior has a decidedly mid-century feel to it.  The heated and ventilated Perfect Position seats, as Lincoln quite aptly refers to them, come with thigh extenders you never knew you needed while offering 30 distinct adjustments, something that includes an excellent articulated cervical rest which, for safety purposes, is also a head restraint.

Where the Perfect Position seats really shine is the massage function. Lincoln calls this Active Motion and makes the claim that they melt stress away. Given the line of FBT staffers who merely wanted to take conference calls in the car in order to sneak in a quick massage, we can attest to the fact that the Active Motion feature seemingly works quite well.

Available in six- or seven-seat configurations, the six-seat version has second-row captain’s chairs and the third row has seating that is best suited for young children.  The 18 cubic feet (510 cubic meters) of storage space is quite generous and more than what such competitors the BMW X7 and the Cadillac XT6 offer.

Lincoln partnered with Revel, a highly regarded speaker company, to tap into the science it uses to design its products. The result is an excellent 28-speaker system with several speakers in the headliner.  We found the Revel system delivered natural sound that was faithful to the original recording, in great part thanks to the Point Source Architecture which, Revel explained, maintains the close positioning between tweeters and midrange speakers to that every detail of a piece of music reaches the driver’s or passengers’ ears at the same exact time and magnitude.

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