The new Lincoln Aviator, alongside the new Lincoln Navigator, has helped refocus the Lincoln Motor Company’s standing in the automotive luxury landscape and has done well to broaden its appeal to new age demographics. With the redesign of the Lincoln Navigator in 2018 and the many surprising aspects of the good-looking Aviator brought to us as a 2020 model in 2019, the brand has enjoyed a newfound recognition on how to do American luxury. Now, with the 2022 model year, the Aviator mostly remains the same but gets a new Jet appearance package that elevates its presence as seen on my latest Aviator Reserve test vehicle.

The 2022 Lincoln Aviator returns with only the minor changes of reworked equipment packages and a new Jet appearance package that blacks out all the exterior trim pieces that would have otherwise had a chrome finish. After spending time with the new Aviator that sports the new Jet package I am again amused by the head-turning appeal of such a vehicle.

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Performance and Driving Character

Powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine the Lincoln Aviator doesn’t slouch on power getting 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque to work with and send through a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission and power all four wheels on my nearly loaded-up Reserve trim test vehicle. The power output comes on strong without hardly any turbo lag from a stop. Sixty miles per hour comes in around 5.5 seconds after power braking and there’s a welcomed engine sound that makes its presence known instead of muffling the sound completely as you may have expected in such a smooth-riding midsized 3-row luxury crossover. However, when you start to cruise without much acceleration things get very quiet as they should as the Aviator often feels as if it is floating over road imperfections thanks to its air suspension setup with adaptive dampers and a trick road preview system to monitor the road and make millisecond adjustments to lessen the impact of road potholes or rises.

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By: Malcolm Hogan
Title: 2022 Lincoln Aviator Reserve AWD Review & Test Drive
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Published Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2022 12:05:51 +0000

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