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Pros: navigational system
Cons: jet black grill
Advice: If you plan to take one on a test drive you better be prepared to drive home with it.From the minute we pulled off the lot it was all power. I was so impressed with the way the car handled it was no doubt i had to buy it. Not to mention it was comfortable and had enough gadgets to keep you busy for hours.
Pros: steering wheel switches
Cons: Uncomfortable front seats
Advice: Don't just test drive this vehicle around the block.Most uncomfortable front seats I have ever owned.
Pros: The ride is smooth
Cons: rear end
Advice: drive the rest than drive the best.drives great, nice interior. Impressive first impression.
Pros: The heated and cooled seats.
Cons: Gas mileage and a bit over priced.
Advice: It's an all around great vehicle compared to other mid size SUVs.I always liked the look of the Lincoln SUV's. I didn't want to purchase the Navigator b/c it was too big. When I sat inside the Aviator, it was a done deal. The interior is typical Lincoln, very easy to read gauges (day or night), the navigation/audio system is easy to figure out without the owner's manual and the voice recognition system makes it even easier to operate. When needed the heated and cooled seats makes trips enjoyable. The fold flat 2nd and 3rd row has been quite useful. Although, when either the front driver or passenger seat had their seats pushed all the way back, the passengers seated on the 2nd row had very little leg room. I love the performance of this SUV but you pay for this by the terrible gas mileage. It doesn't help that the high performance engine needs premium unleaded with the gas prices as they are today. It handles great even at higher than normal speeds, very stable. The transmission is smooth as silk. As one editor wrote, 'Handles like a sports car that can tow 7000 lbs.'
Advice: BuyComfortable, attractive, stable, and excellent performance. I have owned the car now for 14 months and have never regretted the purchase. Will buy another when the time comes.
Pros: Performance & Ride
Advice: DO NOT BUY THIS VEHICLE IF YOU LIVE IN A COLD CLIMATE!DO NOT BUY THIS VEHICLE IF YOU LIVE IN A COLD CLIMATE!!!! The Aviator has a fundamental design flaw with the HVAC system that allows freezing cold outside air to flow onto the face and hands. The heating system needs major redesign. FORD FACTORY DENIES THE PROBLEM CLAIMING IT IS WITHIN DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS YET PROVIDES NO EMPIRICAL SUPPORT TO THESE CLAIMS. Look at Marc LaChapelle's review on the MSN Carpoint Canadian site. He cites the poor heat issue as well. Great vehicle in the summer...hideous treatment by the Factory towards dealers and consumers.
Cons: Gas Mileage
Advice: Skip the Ultimate, not worth the extra cost.A very powerful SUV with comfort and styling that sets it apart from its cousin the Mountaineer. Steering is smooth and responsive, dash is easy on the eye, controls (except driver memory set) are convienently arranged.