Lincoln Aviator Lincoln's derailed gravy train hitches to another car: Car and Driver Review
We do not think, however, that Lincoln need fear a Blackwoodlike flop with its newest vehicle, the Aviator sport-utility vehicle. In fact, having spent a few weeks with it, we think it may be the best model in Lincoln's four-vehicle lineup.
The Aviator is like a trimmed-down version of Lincoln's bigger SUV, the Navigator, which is based on the full-size, 17-foot-long Ford Expedition. The Aviator is based on the Ford Explorer, the mid-size 16-footer that's the company's bestselling SUV.
Lincoln sells about 30,000 of the big Navigators a year for about $49,000 to $60,000. Luxury SUVs are cash cows for the carmakers because they fetch high prices while running on platforms designed for less-expensive vehicles. So there's no mystery in the Aviator's intro. The problem is there's already a spruced-up Explorer in the Ford family, the Mercury Mountaineer. So the question becomes: How have Ford and Lincoln justified a second Explorer spinoff?
Lincoln, not surprisingly, says the Aviator is the top rung of the Explorer ladder. It does cost the most. The Aviator starts at $39,995 and can balloon to almost $49,000 with options. The Mountaineer, the first step down, runs between about $30,000 and $39,000, and the broad-appeal Explorer runs from roughly $26,500 to more than $40,000. READ MORE HERE