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Test Results and Rankings:
The green cars tested by the ARC are evaluated on the basis of 13 categories: emissions, fuel economy, crashworthiness, braking, acceleration, handling, cargo-carrying capacity, ride quality, interior noise, ease of entry and exit, maneuverability, roominess, and visibility. The scores for the categories are totaled, and the cars are ranked from high to low.

2020 Lincoln Aviator Black Label

Vehicle Type: SUV/Minivan Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 23
Vehicle Price
Base Price: $77,695
Price as Tested: $93,665
Fuel Information
Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 20.2
EPA City mpg17
EPA Highway mpg24
EPA Combined mpg20
with specific headlights and built after May 2020
Advanced Safety Features
Adaptive Cruise Control [S]
Advanced Headlights [S]
Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
Blind-Spot Warning [S]
Forward-Collision Warning [S]
Lane-Departure Warning [S]
Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
[S] Standard, [O] Optional
Overall Observations
In the past, Lincoln vehicles have sometimes been dismissed as simply rebadged Ford products. But no longer: If the new-for-2020 Aviator is any indication, Lincoln is putting established rivals BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz on notice that it's serious about producing luxurious vehicles. The Aviator - which revives a model name from 2005 - makes a good first impression with both its stylish exterior (our test vehicle had 22-inch wheels) and elegant interior. The cabin features a digital instrument cluster and infotainment system, plus high-quality materials in the dash, door panels, HVAC controls, seats, and other high-touch surfaces. First- and second-row seating is roomy and comfortable; our test vehicle came with 30-way adjustable heated-and-cooled front seats with massage. Access to third-row seating is somewhat difficult, however, and legroom is a bit tight. The Aviator comes with one of the most powerful engines in its class - a refined, smooth 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 (400 hp) mated to a smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission. Straight-line acceleration is strong, and the ride is serene and quiet. But you won't mistake the Aviator for a driver's car: It leans a lot in corners, and its steering is light, providing minimal feedback.
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Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong Points
  • Upscale exterior and interior styling
  • Large, comfortable interior
  • Excellent LED headlight illumination
  • Good visibility, especially with 360-degree camera views
Weak Points
  • Pricey, especially with options
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Drives like the large, heavy vehicle it is
  • Light steering feel, with minimal feedback
Vehicle Specifications
Model year tested: 2020
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/4
Curb weight (lbs): 5200.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 199.3 / 89.9 / 69.6
Wheelbase (in): 119.1
Number of air bags: 8
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Goodyear Eagle Touring
Front and rear tire size: 275/40 R22
Max towing capacity (lbs): 6700
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 10-speed
Drivetrain type: All wheel
Engine/motor: 3.0L V6 Twin-Turbo
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 400 @ 5500
Test Data
Test Vehicle Scores
Advanced Safety Features: 10.00
Fuel Efficiency: 2.30
EPA Emissions Score: 5.00
Acceleration: 6.47
Braking: 2.06
Crashworthiness: 5.61
Handling: 6.14
Ride Quality: 7.82
Interior Size: 5.05
Easy of Entry and Exit: 7.69
Visibility: 8.00
Interior Noise: 7.13
Cargo Capacity: 4.22
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