2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV

MSRP $68,900 - $88,335

Ranked #24 in Midsize Suv

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2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 13, 2021

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Based on the famed Ford Explorer, the second-gen Lincoln Aviator is placed between the massive Navigator and the smaller Nautilus in the Lincoln SUV lineup. With its second-gen evolution from the ground up in 2020, the all-new Lincoln Aviator is one of the most astonishing propositions in its segment. The second-gen Aviator looks premium and elegant on the outside and welcomes you with a plush ambiance on the inside with some good exquisite detailing. The cabin feels really upmarket with fine materials all-around, the seats are very comfortable with a plethora of adjustments and the ride quality is as smooth as it gets.

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Pros

Upscale exterior design

Practical cabin space

Advanced tech and comfort features

Numerous safety features

A powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain

Perfect position seats

Cons

Limited headroom

Visibility and blindspots

Average handling and dynamics

Gets more expensive with the optional packages

What's New?

No major changes for 2021


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$68900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

6

top speed

145 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

494 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

630 lb.-ft.. @ 2250 rpm

transmission

10 speed Automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6/13.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

140.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

77.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5600 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.7 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

119 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr./ 70000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Grand Touring$68,900 onwards

Black Label Grand Touring$88,335 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV in Blue Diamond Metallic color
Blue Diamond Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


If that's not all, the Aviator comes with a punchy and powerful standard turbocharged V6 engine along with a host of advanced safety and driver-assistance tech on board. We are not even talking about the standard creature comforts and optional amenities at all. Launched only last year, the new Lincoln Aviator Hybrid gets no major changes and for its starting MSRP of $51,100, offers good overall value. However, if you are one of those frugal-minded buyers, you can also look for the 2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid which not only offers more power and better performance but some fuel savings as well. While the Aviator hybrid does face some good competition from the likes of BMW X5 PHEV, Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV, and Porsche Cayenne E-hybrid, its blend of American elegance, opulence, and performance at an MSRP of $69,545 make it a viable choice with good value. 

2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV Features

The 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid is available in two trim levels; Grand Touring and Black Label Grand Touring. Both the trims are well-packed with their 494hp hybrid V6 and a standard AWD. You have the Grand Touring trim with ultimate luxury comfort, top-notch convenience, and advanced safety features. You can even avail various packages to customize your SUV.

With the Black Label Grand Touring, the Aviator offers the topmost features Lincoln has. What makes these trims distinct is their specific wheel design, exterior inlays, and cabin upholstery. To make the deal unbreakable, the top trim offers 30-way perfect position seats and a Revel Ultima 3D surround sound system. 

Trims

Grand Touring AWD

Black Label Grand Touring AWD

MSRP

$69,545

88,985

Key Features

21" Bright machined-aluminum wheels with dark alloy painted pockets

21" Bright machined-aluminum wheels with ebony painted pockets

 

1st row Glass panoramic vista roof and 2nd-row sunroof

Chrome power heated side mirrors

 

Adaptive pixel LED headlamps with LED DRLs

Leather upholstered dashboard with piano black, aluminum, and metal-look accents

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Savannah leather upholstery with diamond weave perforation 

 

12-way power front Premium leather heated/ventilated captain chairs 

22-way front seats with 30-way perfect position seating with active motion

 

SYNC 3 Communication and Entertainment System with a 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen

Revel Ultima 3D Audio system 28 speakers and Quantum logic surround sound technology

 

Lincoln CoPilot 360 Plus

Class IV trailer tow package

Which Trim should you buy?

The price difference between the two trims is huge. The Grand Touring trims hold a great value at $69,845 with its well-equipped cabin and features. You get countless convenience and safety features. On top of that, you have various optional packages as well with additional features and trims to customize the SUV.

2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV Engine and Performance

To generate immense power in the 2021 Aviator Hybrid, Lincoln uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 motor combined with an electric motor. Together, the powertrain generates a mammoth 494 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque. With loads of power under its belt, the Aviator Hybrid feels at home even during quick highway maneuvers with strong and linear power delivery and a healthy torque reserve across the rpm range. 

To provide sleek shifting, you have a 10-Speed modular hybrid automatic transmission. You even have a full-time AWD system. The transmission never skips a beat and despite the turbochargers, there are almost no signs of turbo-spool during quick take-offs. Take it on an empty stretch, let it go hard and the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid rushes from 0-60 MPGH in a blistering 5.4 seconds. While it’s not as quick as the Porsche here but for an almost 5700 lbs SUV, that's some seriously good acceleration. 

Models

2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid

2021 BMW X5 PHEV

2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

MSRP

$69,545

$65,400

$63,450

$83,300

Engine 

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 hybrid

3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6 with an integrated electric motor

2.0-liter twin-charged Inline-4 with 87 hp Electric Motor

3.0-liter turbocharged V6 hybrid

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

10-Speed modular hybrid automatic w/od

8-Speed Sport automatic w/od

8-Speed Geartronic automatic w/od

8-speed automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

494 @ 5500

389 @ 5000

400 @ 6000

455 @ 5300

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

630 @ 2250

443 @ 2500

472 @ 5400

516 @ 1340

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.0

5.3

5.5

4.7

Quarter mile (sec)

13.7

13.5

13.9

15.1

Top Speed (MPH)

140

130

130

157

It would be a huge mistake for the rivals if they consider the Lincoln Aviator Hybrid a newbie in the segment. This one is made to rule the American roads with its unmatchable hybrid performance. With its power and torque figures, this hybrid SUV can even tow trailers as heavy as 6,000 pounds with its Class IV towing equipment. As it competes with the existing performance hybrid SUVs, it ain't the fastest on the list. The BMW X5 PHEV is comparatively underpowered but delivers a much better acceleration. The Cayenne E-Hybrid is the most powerful in the segment but that comes at a cost.

How well does the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid handle?

Unlike the Lincoln Navigator, the Aviator is easy to maneuver in the traffic and the parking spots. For its size, it could handle better as it lacks when it comes to steering response and dynamics. To keep it from losing track at high speeds and turns, it comes with Advancetrac electronic stability control and a roll stability control.

To give your proper traction over different terrains, there are up to 5 driving modes to choose from. The top trim offers major improvements with the ride quality and comfort with the driver control adaptive suspension. It also offers road previews and adjusts the suspension accordingly. With the air glide suspension, the Aviator stabilizes the ride height.

2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid Braking Performance

The Lincoln Aviator doesn't struggle with braking with its 4-wheel ventilated ABS brakes. As it is a hybrid SUV, we have regenerative brakes that use braking force to charge the battery. It also offers brake assistance, automatic emergency braking, and a hill hold control as well.

To stop this 5,673 pounds SUV, the Aviator hybrid has 14.3-inch rotors at the front and 13.8-inch rotors at the rear. It takes a distance of 123 feet to come to standstill from 60 MPH. For such an SUV, the braking performance is really good and competitive against the rivals.

Models

2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid

2021 BMW X5 PHEV

2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

14.3

NA

13.2

14.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.8

NA

12.1

14.1

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5,673

5,646

5,099

5164

60-0 MPH (feet)

123

121

116

NA

With its huge brake rotors, the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid stopped at a safe distance. Still, its closest rival the BMW X5 PHEV stopped faster. Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV is comparatively lighter and can stop at a much better distance.

2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV Fuel Economy

As the 2021 Lincoln Aviator is a hybrid SUV, its performance and economy go hand-in-hand. With its 494hp V6 hybrid powertrain, the Aviator can take you the way and beyond. According to the EPA, it has an all-electric range of 21 miles. 

The combined gas mileage is 23 MPG which is good enough for a 5,700 pounds SUV. On top of that, you get a combined gas and electric range of 56 MPGe. An 18.0-gallon fuel tank ensures that you can drive your Aviator for up to 414 miles.

Models

2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid

2021 BMW X5 PHEV

2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

MPG (City)

NA

NA

NA

18

MPG (Highway)

NA

NA

NA

24

MPG (Combined)

23

20

27

20

MPGe (Combined)

N.A

50

55

N.A

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.0

18.5

18.5

19.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

NA/NA/414

NA/NA/370

NA/NA/499.5

356.4/475.2/396

With its 100hp electric motor, the Lincoln Aviator seems more capable and efficient than the BMW X5 PHEV. However, the XC90 Recharge has better gas mileage. When it comes to combined MPGe, the Aviator is the best hybrid SUV as the rivals cannot surpass its 56 MPGe.

2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV Interior

With its design and luxury, Lincoln is one of the best American brands in the premium SUV segment. Apart from practicality inside the cabin, the Aviator is pretty huge and opulent. They have combined simple ergonomics with high-end leather upholstery and have highlighted it with premium aluminum and metal-look accents. Both the trims offer different color schemes and customization options for you. The dashboard is designed with piano black and premium leather to give a dual-tone appearance. We have a full-length dash panel highlighted with leather and has integrated AC vents. The infotainment is placed atop the dash where the controls for functions and HVAC are placed on the sliding enter console. We have a dual-tone leather steering as well. With its all-digital instrument cluster, the Aviator looks next level.

From 12-way power Premium leather heated/ventilated captain chairs with the Grand Touring trim, the Black Label Grand Touring trim levels up with 22-way front seats with 30-way perfect position seating with active motion. For the rear, you have power-folding heated split-bench seats. The front seats are wrapped in Savannah leather upholstery where the rear seats get Lincoln soft-touch leather upholstery. The feature-filled cabin won't run out of features to amaze you. For the driver's convenience, you have 5 driver's seat memory settings, a heated steering wheel, a heads-up display, adaptive cruise control, and a power tilt and telescopic steering. For the passengers, there's dual-zone automatic air-conditioning for both front and rear seats, power-adjustable head restraints, a 1st-row panoramic vista roof, and a 2nd-row sunroof.

Models

2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid

2021 BMW X5 PHEV

2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Seating Capacity

7

5

7

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.2/61.5/43.0

40.8/60.4/39.8

38.9/57.7/40.9

NA

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.4/61.3/40.1

38.7/58.1/37.4

38.5/56.5/37.0

NA

Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

36.9/54.0/29.2

NA

36.3/46.9/31.9

NA

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

18.3

33.9

11.2

22.7

For a 7 seater midsize SUV, the Lincoln Aviator offers plenty of features and space. In terms of luxury and quality, it is no less than any high-end German SUV. The only thing bad about the cabin is the limited headroom. Although the seats are pretty wide and you have proper legroom in all the rows. With a standard cargo capacity of 18.3 cubic feet, you can fold down the 2nd and 3rd-row seats to get a massive cargo space of 77.8 cubic feet. In terms of quality and luxury, it is as good as its rivals. Still, the BMW X5 offers a more advanced cabin. Standout interior features in the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid are:

  • Savannah leather upholstery with diamond weave perforation
  • 22-way power heated/ventilated seats
  • 30-way perfect position seats
  • 5 driver seat memory settings
  • Power tilt and telescopic steering
  • Dual-zone front and rear automatic air-conditioning
  • 1st-row vista roof and 2nd-row sunroof

What's there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid offers a SYNC 3 Communication and Entertainment System. It powers a 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen display that supports SYNC enhanced voice recognition. With Bluetooth and USB audio connectivity, the infotainment also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If we talk about satellite radios, we have AM/FM radio and an HD radio where you can also opt for a 3-month SiriusXM radio subscription. The infotainment is connected to a 14 speakers audio system. 

The Black Label Grand Touring trim gets a Revel Ultima 3D surround sound system with 24 speakers. With SYNC satellite navigation, you also have a 6-year SiriusXM Traffic and Travel subscription which is available in 48 states. For the internet, there's a Lincoln Connect 4G LTE WiFi hotspot as well. For the rear passengers, you can avail the Lincoln play rear-seat entertainment system with multiple displays. Standout Infotainment features in the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid are:

  • SYNC 3 Communication and Entertainment
  • 10.1-inch LCD touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Built-in navigation system
  • Revel Ultima 3D surround sound system
  • SiriusXM Traffic and Travel link
  • Lincoln Connect 4G WiFi hotspot
  • Lincoln play rear-seat entertainment

2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV Exterior

Lincoln SUVs are the boldest creatures in their respective segment with their classy design and mighty stances and the new second-gen Aviator is no different. The Aviator was introduced as a smaller version of the full-size Navigator SUV. It adds a bit of sportiness to the design, still, it is quite massive against the other midsize SUVs. What makes it stand out is the color schemes and chrome exterior accents. The massive front fascia of the 2021 Lincoln Aviator is designed with a chrome-plated signature mesh grille and chrome treatment around the sharp LED headlamps as well on the front bumper. As we climb up the hood, we get blacked-out pillars and silver-painted roof rails. You can see the overly done chrome on the side as well including the beltline.

To differentiate between the Lincoln and a Rover, the Aviator offers a full-length LED taillight with a red and glass finish. Under the chrome bar of the bumper, you have quad chrome-plated exhausts at the back. The Black Label Grand Touring trim looks a lot better with its darker tone with dark chrome and gloss black exterior accents. As standard, the Aviator Hybrid rides on 21" Bright machined aluminum wheels with dark alloy painted pockets. The Black label trim gets similar wheels with ebony-painted pockets. With massive tires, the Aviator offers a decent ground clearance and a tall stance. From every angle, the Aviator looks both mesmerizing and huge.

Models

2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid

2021 BMW X5 PHEV

2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV

2021 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid

Curb weight (lbs)

5,673

5,646

5,099

5,164

Length (inches)

199.3

193.8

194.9

193.7

Width (Inches)

82.3

78.9

79.1

78.1

Height (Inches)

70.0

68.7

69.9

66.8

Ground clearance (inches)

8.9

8.3

9.4

8.2

Wheelbase (inches)

119.1

117.1

117.5

114.0

The 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid is almost 200-inches long which is way longer than any midsize luxury SUV. It weighs 5,673 pounds and manages to balance its weight on a 119.1-inch long wheelbase. Although the driving dynamics and handling ain't that good. If you compare it side-by-side with the rivals, you can see for yourself that it is way wider than the X5 and the XC90. The chrome treatment is too much, that's why Lincoln is offering the dark theme Black Label trim that evens out the shine with the gloss black accents. Standout exterior features in the are:

  • Adaptive pixel LED headlamps
  • Dark chrome-plated grille.
  • Silver painted roof rails
  • Blacked-out pillars
  • Chrome and gloss black accents
  • 21"inch bright machined aluminum wheels
  • Chrome-plated quad exhausts

2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV Safety

The 2021 Lincoln Aviator is mostly based on the Ford Explorer in terms of structure and architecture. The unibody structure of the Aviator adds more to torsional rigidity and less to the weight. The structure is a blend of high-strength steel, aluminum, and magnesium that ensures proper weight distribution and durability. That's why the 2nd generation Aviator is rated 5 stars by the NHTSA for its safety. Even IIHS has rated it as the top safety pick for the 2021 MY.

With a plethora of advanced safety features, the Lincoln Aviator Hybrid packs proper safety for the passengers inside. For safety, the Aviator used multiple cameras, a driver monitoring alert, a front, and rear collision mitigation system, and an aerial view camera as well. With Lincoln CoPilot 360 Plus, you get lane keep assist, blind spot information system, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and active park assist with automated parking sensors. Standout safety features in the 2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid are:

  • Mixed material unibody structure
  • Evasion assist
  • Collision mitigation system
  • Aerial view camera
  • Driver monitoring alert
  • Lincoln CoPilot 360 Plus

2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV Competition

2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid vs 2021 BMW X5 PHEV

The BMW X5 is one of the most popular German-made SUVs in the premium vehicle segment. What makes it unique is its unmatchable performance and agility. It is no less than any high-performance SUV as it offers amazing driving dynamics. The X5 PHEV is a more environmentally friendly version of the SUV. Against the Lincoln Aviator Hybrid, the X5 is faster. However, the Aviator is made to serve its purpose with a much better economy and practicality. Also, Lincoln has added advanced tech and features to the package. With its comfort and luxury packages, the Lincoln Aviator Hybrid can put the BMW X5 PHEV to shame for once.

2021 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid vs 2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge PHEV

Volvo is focusing on making the most capable hybrid vehicles. The XC90 Recharge PHEV is their largest offering by Volvo. This one offers a powerful engine and an unmatchable gas mileage for its class. With its standard comfort and convenience features, the XC90 is still ahead of the SUVs in its segment. In terms of practicality, the Lincoln Aviator Hybrid takes over the Volvo XC90. The XC90 manages to match performance figures with the Aviator as it weighs 500 pounds less. In terms of safety, the Aviator is giving close calls to the Volvo. With its unlimited cabin features, entertainment, and space, the Aviator is ahead.

2022 Lincoln Aviator Hybrid vs 2022 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid 

The Porsche is considerably costlier than the normal Grand Touring trim of the Lincoln Aviator. It is priced at the same range as the costlier top-of-line Black Label Grand Touring variant. Porsche literally hits the ball out of the park with the Cayenne E-hybrid. The Porsche also has a whole lot of electronic witchcraft and trickery going on in the suspension department, which makes it handle like a dream. It is also the best car if you want exhilarating and confidence-inspiring performance. The dashboard is highly futuristic and looks as if it has taken inspiration from a sci-fi movie with two large touch screens covering most of the dashboard. So in this competition, if you have the budget you should go for the Porsche.

2021 Lincoln Aviator hybrid SUV Final Verdict

Lincoln has bagged the available opportunity to work in its favor. They saw an empty spot for a midsize hybrid SUV and they introduced the second generation Aviator at the very perfect time. The Lincoln Aviator Hybrid is much more than a hybrid SUV with its ultimate luxury experience and advanced technology. Most of the features offered with the Aviator were introduced for the very first time. 

With the Grand Touring trim, we get a budget luxury hybrid SUV under $70,000 with a 494hp hybrid V6 powertrains and tons of standard and optional features. The Black Label trim takes things to another level with better features. Once you get inside the cabin, you won't wish to come out of the 30-way perfect position seats. The SYNC 3 infotainment system paired with the Revel Ultima 3D audio system turns the cabin into a nightclub. You can drive with confidence as you have advanced safety features. All these features make the 2021 Aviator Hybrid irresistible.