The all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator is set to arrive later this summer, so details of its fuel economy are starting to trickle out. First up, the EPA estimates for the standard engine have been published, indicating the Aviator will be comparable to other midsize luxury SUVs.
According to the EPA, the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 in the Aviator will achieve 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, or 21 mpg combined. Mind you, those stats are within 1-2 mpg of nearly all competitors, including the Audi Q7, Acura MDX, Mercedes-Benz GLE450 and others.
But there’s a problem. The Aviator’s ratings are for the rear-wheel-drive model, whereas most of the competitors offer standard all-wheel-drive. Adding all-wheel-drive to the Aviator will lower the EPA estimates to 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, a slight dip under the competitive set.
That said, the Aviator still makes a compelling case. Of all of its competitors, its 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque make it the most-powerful base engine of the bunch.
There’s still a few more details outstanding. Fuel economy figures for the plug-in hybrid Aviator Grand Touring are still unreleased at this time. That model is even more powerful than the base Aviator, but its electrification should yield more attractive EPA estimates.