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2004 Lincoln Aviator Review
A great SUV for city driving.
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The 2004 Lincoln Aviator classifies as a midsize luxury SUV which began production in 2002, filling the midsize luxury SUV slot for Lincoln before being replaced by the Lincoln MKX after 2005. The Aviator spans only a single generation. All models use a four-door body style with a front-engine, rear-drive or four-wheel drive layout. Much of the Aviator’s exterior style mimics its larger cousin in the Lincoln lineup, the Navigator, but generally with a more rounded appearance. It also resembles the Ford Explorer, but with a price tag far exceeding its parent company’s midsize SUV due to a range of luxury features and options as well as the powertrain. The Aviator struggles in sales. Total sales for a single year never exceeded 30,000 units.
The Aviator earns recognition for its range of luxury features and descent power, handling, and performance compared with many competitors. It often gets highly rated for its comfortable ride and drivable dimensions.
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Aviator Luxury 4x2, Lincoln Aviator Luxury all-wheel drive, Lincoln Aviator Ultimate 4x2, Lincoln Aviator Ultimate all-wheel drive
2003 marks the first model year for the Lincoln Aviator, and the first year Lincoln offered a midsize SUV. Despite the newness of the model Lincoln adds a few extra features to the 2004 Lincoln Aviator, including AdvanceTrac electronic stability, Roll Stability Control, and a tire-pressure monitor as standard features. The bumpers lower to better align with smaller vehicles in case of a collision; this change appears across the Lincoln line of SUVs for 2004.
Where the Navigator has a boxy style for this model year the Aviator gets rounded curves more closely resembling the Ford Explorer. Though the grille and other body features still closely resemble the Navigator with the dark argent vanes through the grille and large clear headlights on either side, round fog lights built into the bumper, power heated mirrors, and even 17-inch tires. The 2004 Lincoln Aviator uses a body-on-frame construction for a solid feel and has a fully independent suspension with rack-and-pinion steering. The Ultimate models add HID lights, aluminum wheels, and an optional moonroof.
The inside of the 2004 Lincoln Aviator feels roomy for a midsize SUV, seating six with second-row bucket seats and seven when the second row gets a 40/20/40-split bench seat. The second row can fold forward and the back row can fold down, leaving a maximum 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space. The control layout seems intuitively placed and all of the controls prove easily accessible from the driver’s seat. The gauges appear black during the day and light up at night, making them very visible during all times of day. Some trim features include a satin nickel finish, walnut or American burl trim, and premium leather upholstery.
Some features include standard adjustable petals, an optional back-seat entertainment system, optional DVD navigation with voice activation, and an in-dash six-disc CD changer. Aviators have standard dual-zone air-conditioning, power lumbar adjustment for the front seats, and keyless entry. The Ultimate features heated and cooled seats and an upgraded Audiophile six-disc CD changer.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 Lincoln Aviator uses a 4.6-liter V-8 with 302 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. This pairs with a five-speed automatic transmission. It has a maximum towing capacity of 7300 pounds, which according to Lincoln, ranks as the best in its class for the model year. Drivers can choose between rear drive and all-wheel drive for both trim levels.
Safety features for the 2004 Lincoln Aviator include all-disc anti-lock brakes, rear park assist, and a canopy airbag system for rollovers.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Manageable dimensions
- Roomy interior
- Comfortable ride
- Easy handling
You Won't Like
- Truck-like feel
- Fuel efficiency
A great SUV for city driving.
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