The Lincoln hybrid crossover is not exactly “green”
When is a hybrid people-mover not the green choice? When it’s the 2020 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring model, which has a twin-turbo V6 engine guzzling down fuel at 23 mpg. The big crossover has an all-electric range of just 21 miles, with a 56 MPGe rating on electricity alone. Overall gas mileage is rated at just 23 mpg, which is pretty poor compared with the big, plush Chrysler Pacifica minivan. On the other hand, the Lincoln is good for 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than a 6.4-liter-V8 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack, with torque coming close to the Hellcat. Sixty miles per hour comes rather quickly, with a 5.5 second time—quite good for a seven passenger wagon.
The Lincoln isn’t particularly cheap, at $68,800, with options taking it past $90,000, but it is very fast for something of its size and shape, and the gas mileage isn’t too bad when all things are considered. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid takes more than two more seconds to hit 60 mph (7.8 seconds overall), with 260 horsepower from its hybrid powertrain (that’s 17 hp less than with the gasoline engine alone). On the other hand, the Pacifica Hybrid starts at $41,490, has a rating of 84 MPGe (over Lincoln’s 56), can run 33 miles on electricity alone, and has a 30 mpg estimate on gasoline alone.
The gasoline-only Aviator has a 21 mpg rating with the twin-turbo V6 alone, on rear wheel drive, with the AWD model dropping to 20 mpg. The hybrid only boosts the range by 3 mpg (it comes with all wheel drive).
Clark Westfield grew up fixing up and driving past-their-prime American cars, including various GM and Mopar V8s. He has ghostwritten auto news for the last few years, and lives in Farmingdale, New York.