ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
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, but is appropriate for snow. The ride is stiffer than that of the Explorer and handling is more nimble. Some controls are less intuitive. 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 more power, amenities, and plushness than one gets in the Explorer, but doesn't hide its roots.