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The Aviator is a three-row luxury SUV, positioned between the Nautilus and Navigator. It's powered by a 3.0-liter V6 turbo engine that provides effortless thrust.
Handling is remarkably agile for such a large vehicle, the ride is comfortable, and the cabin stays hushed. The interior is lavishly furnished with chrome, wood, and leather, and the seats are plush and supportive. However, some controls are unintuitive, such as the push-button gear selector and electronic door latches. Fortunately, the large infotainment screen responds quickly and is easy to use. The second-row seat is roomy, but the third row is tight. Lincoln's Co-Pilot360 safety suite, with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic warning, lane keeping assistance, and automatic high beams, is standard.
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2003-2005
2003 Redesign Year
The Aviator is Lincoln's version of the Mercury Mountaineer and Ford Explorer. It's made for people who find the Lincoln Navigator too imposing and expensive.
It comes with a smooth, strong 302-hp V8 that is mated to a five-speed automatic. Without low-range gearing, it's not meant for serious off-roading. A standard third row expands seating to seven and folds flat into the floor when not in use, expanding the cargo space. The premium price buys lots of leather, wood, satin-nickel decoration, a powerful V8 engine, and a quiet cabin. The Aviator was discontinued after 2005, and its replacement, the car-based MKX, arrived in 2007.
$4,700 - $5,225
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$4,375 - $5,100
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$3,975 - $4,350
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