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Athletic refinement - 2005 Lincoln Aviator SUV

Introduced back in 2003 as its first midsize luxury sport utility vehicle, Lincoln developed a new SUV for a more personal expression of upscale luxury. The Lincoln Aviator shares much of its running gear with the Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer. Designed to complement the larger Navigator in the marque's lineup, the Aviator receives a new chrome surround and slots as well as standard 17-inch seven-spoke machined aluminum wheels for 2005. In addition, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability control is now standard.

The Lincoln SUV is powered by a refined 4.6L V8 engine joined to a five-speed automatic transmission. The Aviator is available in two- or full-time four-wheel drivetrain configurations.

Lincoln engineers also developed a unique driving personality for this SUV, along with a long list of standard features designed to appeal to the independent-minded customer with discriminating taste.

On the road, the Aviator is powerful, quiet, smooth and responsive. Its bank vault construction is reassuring at speed. Body-on-frame construction serves as the foundation for the suspension hardware -- a four-wheel independent configuration that has a short-and long-arm setup with monotube dampers, coil springs and a stabilizer bar front and rear.

The Navigator-like theme continues inside the cabin, embracing the same distinctive blend of Lincoln design cues -- satin nickel, American burl walnut wood, premium leather and white light-emitting-diode instrument lighting. Attention to little details adds up to big advantages.

Displays are large, well lit and easy to use. Exterior running boards facilitate entry and exit into the cabin as do hand grips in the "A" pillar (front passenger) and "B" pillar. Front seats are close to wide door openings and long front seat travel improves the seating position for tall and short drivers. A 40/20/40 second-row seat adds flexibility for carrying cargo and people -- allowing easy access to the third row seat.

In the rear, low lift over for the rear glass opening makes loading groceries and cargo easy. A standard third seat increases occupant carrying capacity to seven and is designed to fold flat for added versatility.

Quick vehicle stats

Wheelbase: 113.7; overall length: 193.3; width: 73.9; height: 71.9 -- measurements in inches.

Engine: 4.6L V8 -- 302 hp at 5,750 rpm and 300 lbs-ft torque at 3,250 rpm.

Transmission: 5R55S five-speed electronically controlled automatic

Cargo capacity: 78.3 cubic feet.

Payload capacity: 1,235 lbs.

Towing capacity: 7,100 lbs.

Safety features

Dual front airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, electronic brake force distribution, fog lamps, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, battery saver, front/rear side-curtain airbags, remote keyless entry, SecuriLock Passive anti-theft system, side-impact door beam, tire pressure monitoring system, HomeLink universal transceiver, reverse sensing system, power adjustable pedals, automatic headlamp control, automatic power door locks, full-size spare tire and rear parking sensors. Optional safety features include high intensity discharge headlamps and navigation system.


Basic: 4-year/50,000 mile, bumper-to-bumper.

Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited.

Roadside assistance: 4-year/50,000 mile, 24-hour.


The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2005 Lincoln Aviator SUV starts from $40,635 for the 2WD model and $43,585 for the 4WD model. Destination charges add $765.


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