Lincoln Navigator vs Lincoln Aviator

Lincoln Navigator and Lincoln Aviator: Big SUVs with intriguing differences

Lincoln is a brand known for designing and engineering larger SUVs that take good care of passengers while transporting you easily across the miles. The Lincoln Navigator and Lincoln Aviator at Ed Wittemeier Ford Lincoln in Chico, CA are the two biggest Lincoln SUVs. Both are sizable enough to offer plenty of room. Both have three rows of comfortable seating, but the Navigator is quite a bit larger than the Aviator. Here are some other differences.


The Lincoln Aviator is more compact inside, as you would expect. To help facilitate interior movement, the Aviator has a second row that can slide ahead. The Navigator provides an abundance of headroom and legroom, so passengers can get relaxed on longer trips. The Aviator can seat either 6 or 7, depending on configuration, while the Navigator can seat 8.


Outside, the larger Navigator has a fuller exterior profile while the Aviator has trim, well-sculpted contours. As you would expect, the Navigator is higher overall: 76.4 inches vs. 69.6 inches for the Aviator. As you wouldn't expect, the Aviator is wider than the Navigator: 82.3 inches for the Aviator vs. 79.9 inches for the Navigator. Both vehicles look and feel at home around the golf course or the annual shareholders meeting.

Fuel economy

Gas mileage tracks the relative sizes of each vehicle. The Navigator, with its bigger bulk, delivers about 20 miles per gallon within a community like Yuba City or Oroville, CA with 22 miles per gallon on highways. The more compact Aviator gets about 24 miles per gallon in the city and about 26 miles per gallon out on the highway.


Current prices for any vehicles may fluctuate depending on outside factors like supply chain issues that affect some vehicles more than others. At the base, the bottom prices can range from the $49K neighborhood for the Aviator to about $73K for the Navigator.  On the high side, recent Aviator invoice prices were in the low $80K's area while Navigator was in the low $90K's range.

Engine and Performance

The more compact Lincoln Aviator offers engine choices that actually fall on either side of the larger Navigator.  The base engine in the Aviator is a V6 gas power plant that generates a surprisingly forceful 400 horsepower. The Aviator's bigger powertrain is a 6-cylinder version that teams with an electric motor, with surprisingly strong horsepower at 494. The single engine offered by the Navigator is a V6 with 450 horsepower.

Both Navigator and Aviator have capable drive systems as you travel around East Tehama County, CA . The Aviator offers both Rear Wheel Drive and All Wheel Drive. The Navigator offers Four Wheel Drive and Rear Wheel Drive. The Navigator can tow far more: 6,200 to 8,300 lb vs. the Aviator's 5,600 to 6,700 lb.


The Navigator and Aviator are almost indistinguishable when it comes to key safety features. Both have standard Lane Departure Warning, to alert you if you start drifting out of your lane. Both have Electronic Stability Control but only the Navigator provides a Blind Spot Monitor standard while it's an optional extra on the Aviator. A Cross-Traffic Alert comes standard on the Navigator and it's optional with the Lincoln Aviator.

Compare them in real life at Ed Wittemeier Ford Lincoln

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