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2020 Lincoln Aviator Praised as ‘Coddling’

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2020 Lincoln Aviator
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The reviews for the 2020 Lincoln Aviator are pouring in across Canada — since arriving in July, the Aviator has proven a hit with critics, earning an 8/10 from the Globe and Mail. Continuing that trend is the first drive carried out by Driving’s Jil McIntosh, who said that the Aviator should prove appealing to drivers who may be considering an Acura, Infiniti, or Lexus instead.

McIntosh calls the new Aviator a “very fine vehicle” that is “smooth, luxurious, and above all, very quiet and coddling.” With respect to the latter, she found the Aviator interior to be luxurious, highlighting selling points like the heated and ventilated front seats with massage functionality and the decision to have tactile buttons for climate controls and seat adjustment as opposed to incorporating those functions into the touchscreen display.

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Despite initial cynicism about Lincoln’s decision to bring in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to replace conventional chimes and warning sounds, McIntosh calls the DSO audio cues “a very pleasant improvement over the usual ding-ding-ding.” She also praised the 28-speaker Revel Ultima 3D sound system, which is a standard feature on the Aviator Reserve, but noted that she was only able to appreciate it after she and her co-driver settled on Frank Sinatra.

As far as performance goes, the Aviator McIntosh drove featured Lincoln’s Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview, which works harmoniously with Lincoln Drive Control. Though she seemed generally impressed by its ride — she likens it to the iron fist in a velvet glove because it never seemed to feel as quick as it actually is — she couldn’t help but note Lincoln’s choice to name its drive settings Deep and Slippery rather than mud or snow. Yeah, hey, what can you do?

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator Reserve is available now at a starting price of C$75,000. The plug-in hybrid Aviator Grand Touring is expected to arrive soon and will start at C$81,000.

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