There are two types of luxury SUV. One is a full-fledged premium vehicle with an SUV shape — designed from the ground up as a high-end product. The other keeps costs down by borrowing some parts from mainstream-brand vehicles, dressing up those bones with fancier styling, richer cabins, and more features.
The 2022 Lincoln Aviator slots between the two types. On the surface, this mid-size crossover is a luxury version of the Ford Explorer. However, the transformation is thorough. Lincoln invested heavily to eliminate any visual trace of the Explorer, with a dramatic-looking three-row SUV that both fits into the Lincoln lineup and stands apart from it. It comes standard with a 400-horsepower V6 engine, while an available plug-in hybrid powertrain is mightier still. And clever design touches make it clear that someone was sweating details on this vehicle. Keep reading to learn more about the Aviator’s pros and cons, so you can learn whether it’s the right luxury SUV for you. Prices start at $51,465.