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Ford Explorer vs. Lincoln Aviator

When we compare the Ford Explorer to the Lincoln Aviator, the Ford Explorer has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. The Lincoln Aviator has the advantage in the area of base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Ford Explorer versus the Lincoln Aviator, the Ford Explorer is a better car than the Lincoln Aviator.

Ford Explorer versus Lincoln Aviator Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Ford Explorer ranges from $34,452 to $54,990 while a used Lincoln Aviator from the same model year range is priced between $51,987 to $76,297. For a new model, the Ford Explorer's price is between $36,442 and $59,358, with the Lincoln Aviator priced between $59,117 and $83,341.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Explorer’s base engine makes 300 horsepower, and the Lincoln Aviator base engine makes 400 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Ford Explorer has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator are comparable in regards to front leg room and rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Ford Explorer has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance, while the Lincoln Aviator has the advantage of offering higher payload capacity.

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2023 Ford Explorer

2023 Lincoln Aviator

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,442 - $59,358

Used Asking Price:

$34,452 - $54,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$59,117 - $83,341

Used Asking Price:

$51,987 - $76,297

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

54.9%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

6.7 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

4 / 25
5 / 31
5 / 25
6 / 61
6 / 25
7 / 61
7 / 61
7 / 31
7 / 25
9 / 31
13 / 31
43 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

Summary Review

The Ford Explorer is one of the defining vehicles of its segment. This three-row SUV is big, tough, and versatile. Ford redesigned its Explorer for 2020, switching it back to a rear-wheel-drive-based vehicle with a more rugged foundation.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Passenger Space
  • Advanced 4X4 all-wheel-drive system available
  • Class-leading engines on many trims, including a hybrid

  • Older models lack some basic advanced safety systems common for their model years
  • No 8-passenger seating option for 2021

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline, Plug-In Hybrid

Trim Levels

XLT, Base, Police Interceptor Utility, Platinum, ST, Limited, King Ranch, ST-Line, Timberline

Trim Levels

Reserve, Standard, Black Label, Livery

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

6 years / 70000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

300 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

400 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

415 foot-lbs @ 2750 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.084 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Standard

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Cargo Space:

18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

170.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.7 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.3 inches

Cargo Space:

17.8 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

77.7 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

163.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4345 lbs

Width:

89.3 inches

Height:

69.9 inches

Length:

198.8 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4745 lbs

Width:

89.9 inches

Height:

69.6 inches

Length:

199.3 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.8 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

255/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

19.0 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum with painted accents

Tire Size:

255/60R19