The Aviator is a midsize luxury SUV from Ford’s Lincoln division; introduced in 2002, it’s now in its second generation after a hiatus from 2006 to 2020. Smaller than the Lincoln Navigator, the Aviator was built on the platform of the 3rd-generation Ford Explorer and had body lines that were unmistakably similar to its Ford cousin. Second-generation models are powered by a 494 hp 3.0L twin-turbo V6 (with mild hybrid or plug-in hybrid options), putting it at about the same level as other midsize-performance crossovers like the BMW M5 and Porsche Cayenne. The Aviator is packed with features like full driver assistance (auto high beams, lane keeping, blind spot detection, pedestrian detection, interactive cruise control, etc). An interesting innovation is the Aviator’s Suspension Preview Technology, which ties the active suspension system in with the vehicle’s camera so it can continually “look” for potholes and other irregularities and adjust the suspension in real-time so they won’t affect ride and handling. Ford’s designers worked with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to develop over 25 unique sound effects for the door chime and other alerts on the Lincoln Aviator.