The Lincoln Aviator is a midsize luxury sport utility vehicle with distinctive design and athletic performance, along with the most flexible seating, roomiest cabin and best towing capability in its class. Changes have been made to update the Aviator for 2004.
Aviator offers best-in-class front-seat headroom and legroom and a choice of bucket or bench seats in the second row, something no other midsize luxury SUV offers.
The Aviator’s standard third-row seat folds flat to the floor. The optional second-row 40/20/40 split bench seat combined with the standard third-row seat offers seating for up to seven adult passengers.
Aviator’s cargo capacity of 77 cubic feet comes with no compromise to the class-leading passenger roominess.
The Lincoln Aviator was designed to complement the Lincoln Navigator inside and out, with its commanding presence and stance, satin nickel accents, American walnut burl, premium leather and white light-emitting-diode instrument lighting.
Highlights of the bodywork include:
A chromed signature Lincoln grille with dark argent vanes and large clear-lens, quad-beam halogen headlamps. A high-intensity-discharge headlamp system is optional.
The large, heated, power-adjustable side mirrors feature a memory system, integrated turn signal repeaters and approach lamps.
The liftgate is a two-piece design with flip-up rear glass that provides a shopping-cart-height liftover for small items such as grocery bags.
Aviator’s 4.6-liter V-8 delivers peak power of 302 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and peak torque of 300 foot-pounds at 3,250 rpm; 90 percent of peak torque is available at only 2,000 rpm. The Aviator team began with a very rigid aluminum block that weighs 70 pounds less than a comparable iron block. It is fitted with 10.1:1 high-compression pistons for good power and fuel economy and upgraded connecting rods for durability.
Aluminum four-valve heads and an aluminum intake manifold with variable-length runners optimize airflow at all engine speeds to improve low-speed tractability and high-rpm power with greatly reduced combustion noise.
Aviator’s five-speed automatic transmission features a high stall-speed torque converter and a 3.73:1 axle ratio on all-wheel-drive models for strong performance feel, particularly at launch. Two-wheel-drive models use a slightly taller 3.55:1 axle. The sealed transmission has a service interval of 150,000 miles.
Aviator provides the first measure of defense in emergencies: controllability. If a collision is unavoidable, a robust frame and a comprehensive portfolio of safety features help protect the driver and passengers, including the Personal Safety System, Safety Canopy side curtain air bag system and optional AdvanceTrac system. Later in the model year, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control will become available. Another important safety feature is a standard tire-pressure monitoring system.
Major Equipment and Options
Luxury: 302-horsepower V-8, five-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, fold-flat third-row seat, power-assisted four-wheel ABS, full-size spare tire, tire-pressure monitoring system, SecuriLock, running boards, dual power heated signal mirrors with memory and puddle lamps, keyless entry system, luggage rack, dual electronic automatic temperature control, battery saver feature, Safety Canopy, AM/FM Premium CD/cassette stereo, automatic headlamps, analog clock, power door locks, power-adjustable pedals, rear park assist, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, leather seating surfaces on first and second row, power lumbar for driver and passenger with door-mounted control, universal garage door opener, color-keyed steering wheel with leather and wood trim and duplicate audio and climate controls and power windows with express up/down driver feature.
Premium adds to Luxury: Audiophile six-disc CD changer, seven-spoke machined aluminum wheels, high-intensity-discharge headlamps and heated and cooled driver and passenger seats.
Options include AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control (late availability), DVD-based navigation system with touch screen and in-dash six-disc CD changer, chrome wheels, 40/20/40 split second-row seat, roof rail crossbars, Class III trailer towing package, power moon roof and rear-seat entertainment system.