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.