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2020 Lincoln Aviator – Automotive Review

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2020 Lincoln Aviator – Automotive Review

Refined luxury and top performance elevate this SUV to new heights over the competition

Taking some styling cues from its big brother, this sibling is ready to impress. The three-row SUV has plenty of room inside and small enough to be agile in tight places.

Aviator grille has the Lincoln logo prominently in the center with a field of repeating Lincoln logo like shapes. Brilliant design and adds class to an already classy vehicle.

The Aviator is equipped with Co-Pilot360, which is a technology that has your back while driving. It includes evasive steering assist, reverse braking assist, active parking assist, lane centering, adaptive cruise control, and traffic sign recognition. Pixel LED adaptive headlights to shine further while driving on the highway and at slower speeds the ability to cast a larger light pool helping to illuminate potential hazards. The adaptive dynamic bending lighting uses camera technology to read road signs and lane markings to pre-illuminate the direction the road is heading. I drove by a sign that said Cliff, and I was worried about what it might do! You can sync your smartphone with the Lincoln app and utilize your phone as a key. As you approach the vehicle, the headlights, taillights, and a welcome mat is projected under the doors, all done in sequence, gradually reaching full illumination. The interior is well laid out and very comfortable, typical of what you would expect from a high-end SUV, but wait, there is more. The warning chimes are musical notes by the Detroit Symphony orchestra. You can smell the luxury as you drive down the road. I was so wrapped up in it. I rolled down the window and asked the car next to me if he had any gray Poupon. Ok, maybe not. A lot of thought went into the design of the interior, excellent use of wood styling and easy to use buttons are well placed, except the touch screen. At first, I thought someone left their iPad in the dash, but no, it’s the infotainment system. That’s about the only thing that looked out of place. Everything else looked great.

Mileage numbers are 13.7 L/100km City / 9.7 L/100km Highway

The Aviator comes standard with a Twin-turbo 3.0L V6 engine that creates 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. The Grand Touring model comes with the same twin-turbo 3.0L V6 but adds an advanced electric powertrain that combines to produce 494 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque.

If you are looking for luxury without sacrificing performance, then take a test flight; I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

2 models to choose from. Lincoln Aviator reserve with a starting price of $63,821 and the Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring. $75,083.

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2019 Lincoln MKC – Automotive Review

2019 Lincoln MKC – Automotive Review

Premium design features make the 2019 Lincoln MKC enjoyable for all - except for your wallet.

Overview

Stemming from its Ford Escape counterpart, the Lincoln MKC holds a more driver-focused orientation. With refined exterior styling, enriching comfortability, and adaptive technology, the MKC is ideal for those looking for a more premium small utility vehicle. Although starting at $42,150 CND, buyers have to consider, is the extra cost worth more than competitors highest model.

Styling

Visually the MKC is very appealing; equipped with an improved grille. It has a reminiscent of the Lincoln Navigator luxury, separating its appearance from the Escape hidden under the shell. Inside the cabin, Lincoln has dressed the MKC Reserve exquisitely. Comfortability comes standard with a heated and cooled 12-way power-automated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel, and dual-zone temperature control. While the seating package may not stack up to the Lincoln Navigator or Continental in term of luxury, but it’s a substantial improvement on the Escape. Additionally, features like the hands-free power liftgate, a voice-activated navigation system, and a breathtaking panoramic vista roof provide that required pop for consumers.

Exterior wise, the Lincoln MKC looks compressed, considering the seating capacity is for five comfortably, and the cargo space is sufficient; the outside doesn’t reflect upon the headroom. The front end, as I mentioned has received a facelift, and the rear still wears the cyclops style taillight cascading across the back, with Lincoln outlines overtop.

Driving

While the Lincoln MKC could be replaced next year by the emergence of the 2020 Lincoln Corsair, the end of Lincoln’s smallest crossover is adequate. The base model 2.0-litre four-cylinder is shared with the Escape. That said, the MKC also has a 285-hp 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine as an option in the Reserve badge.

The transmission shifts smoothly and delivers power when needed in all circumstances. Thanks to the adaptive all-wheel drive the turbocharged engine’s power is transitioned thoroughly to avoid any slips or mishandling. While acceleration isn’t much of a standout, there seemed to be little lag when the pedal hits the floor. However, it’s tough competition like the Audi Q5 launched much quicker. During testing our fuel consumption ran about 12.5L/100km with a smaller fuel tank capacity. Completely full, the range will grant you just under 500km depending on which of the three driving modes you prefer to operate.

Summary

Lincoln has delivered a luxury crossover capable of fulfilling the lack of amenity in the Escape, yet the MKC still has its issues. The price is unreasonable for the overall return from Lincoln, and overall execution wasn’t as strong as I’ve seen from competitors. A buyer may want to look towards the Infinity QX50, Acura RDX, Volvo XC60 or perhaps wait for the Lincoln Corsair.

Key Features:

  • MKC 2.0L Select – starting at $40,098 CND
  • MKC 2.0L Reserve – starting at $43,875 CND
  • MKC 2.3L Reserve – starting at $45,737 CND
  • Turbocharged 2.0L I-4 (AWD)
    • Horsepower: 245 @ 5,500
    • Torque: 275 @ 3,000
  • Turbocharged 2.3L I-4 (AWD)
    • Horsepower: 285 @ 5,500
    • Torque: 305 @ 2,750
  • Fuel Economy
    • Est. L/100 Km: 12.3 City / 9.3 Hwy
  • Head Room
    • Front Seats 39.6 in.
    • Rear Seats 38.7 in.
  • Leg Room
    • Front Seats 42.8 in.
    • Rear Seats 36.8 in.
  • Cargo Volume Behind Front Seats 53.1 cu. ft.
  • Cargo Volume Behind Rear Seats 25.2 cu. ft.
  • Total Passenger Volume 97.9 cu. ft.
  • Towing Capacity Optional: Class II Trailer Tow Package – tow up to 3,000 lbs./2.0L and 2.3L Engines
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2018 Lincoln Continental - Exterior Cover

2018 Lincoln Continental – Automotive Review

2018 Lincoln Continental - Exterior Cover

2018 Lincoln Continental – Automotive Review

While a majority of buyers have been leaning towards affordable sedans; especially while automakers have been packing more luxury options than ever before. This remains true, however, their still is a slice of the market for full luxury. Insert Lincoln Continental.

While sharing the basic undercarriage as the Ford Fusion, the Lincoln Continental from the bottom up has an unmatched look of its own. 

From its early beginnings of a one-off, personal vehicle for Ford Motor Company president Edsel Ford in 1939. The Continental has since become the flagship luxury sedan. First brought back into the limelight in 2015 at the New York Auto Show as a concept to replace the previous Lincoln MKS; after its long cancellation in 2002. The concept car was infamous for its comparisons to the Bentley Continental GT (and not just in name) and has become the basis for the production of the 2017 Ford Continental. 

Now a year older, the 2018 Lincoln Continental has remodeled its package from the previous year. Four previously optional packages are now standard on specific trim options. The trims being the Premier, Select, Reserve and Black Label. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, and SiriusXM Travel Link are now standard on the Select Trim. While the Black Label trim contains additional Technology package and Climate package accompanied with a panoramic sunroof. Within these packages are lane assist, adaptive cruise control, heads-up display, automated emergency braking, self-parking, automatic headlights and dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and heated seats throughout. All available models feature 4G LTE data connection with hotspot capability. As well as additional colors with some absurd names have been added: Iced Mocha, Ivory Pearl, Blue Diamond, and Rhapsody Blue. 

The engine base is a 2.7-litre twin-turbocharged V6. Capable of producing 355 horsepower, and 380 lb.-ft. Of torque. This comes with a fuel economy of 12.0L/100km combined highway and city driving. There’s also an optional 3.0L twin-turbo V6 for the top level trims exclusively. Pushing the horsepower and torque to an even 400 each respectively. The tested Continental was, in fact, the top level option, and the power was sufficient for its price-point, however as many have criticized; I would have liked to see a fuel-efficient option available. 

Smooth and seamless is what you would describe the overall drivability. Comfort mode seemed to be the more favorable option while driving. Typically in a luxury sedan, the suspension feels loose to begin with and then with the additional comfort mode, most vehicles feel too loose. This wasn’t what I experienced in the Lincoln Continental under comfort mode. Moreover, the sport mode felt redundant. The increase in noise from the exhaust, high revolutions, and stiffness isn’t the purpose of this vehicle. 

Now I touched on the appearance drawing comparisons to Bentley’s styling; which when it made its debut in 2015, Bentley stated it was in fact a copy.

                       “Finally a ‘Bentley for the masses’ though…”

                                       -Bentley designer Luc Donckerwolke

To me, I wouldn’t say it’s a copy more so an ode. There are only so many design options, some are bound to be similar. Lincoln went with what they felt best represented true luxury. In order to obtain one of the more roomy cabin spaces, the length of the Continentals dimensions exceeds its competitors. Measuring at 201.4 inches in length and 78 inches wide, the Continental is at least 6 inches longer and 4 inches wider than its Audi, BMW, and Genesis counterparts. Their are just the right amount of chrome around the vehicle and the door handles are located distinguishably integrated the window sills is an amazing idea. They seemingly unlock under minimal pressure and almost just pop open. While closing features a soft close to the door as the mechanism clinched the latch closed automatically. This sounds like an unnecessary feature, but it’s unbelievably satisfying and extravagant. Almost reminiscent of a doorman at an exclusive hotel. The rear-end has one of the very few horizontal-style tail lights I find appealing. This may be due to the fact it’s slimmer than most and parallels an elegant chrome Lincoln embroidery. 

When it comes to the interior of the Continental, rear-seated passengers were part of the focus, not a side piece. While all in all, the entire cabin was extremely spacious and comfortable thanks to the excessive size throughout. It seemed, however, that design elements were an afterthought. With a mixture of wood grain, aluminum, chrome, and some plastic; Lincoln loses some of its sophistication here. With the Climate package, passengers get to enjoy heated seats entirely, rear audio control, and even massage and recline capability. Luxury treatment is also available for the front seats in the form of an all-new 30-way-adjustable Perfect Position. The transmission shifter remains a button system, also seen in the Ford Fusion. I hate this. There’s something unpleasantly unnatural about pushing a button for reverse. Ironically making me feel uncomfortable driving an otherwise extremely comfortable vehicle. 

Key Features:

  • Strating at $56 650
  • 7L twin-turbocharged V6
  • 335 horsepower, 380 lb.-ft. torque
  • 30-way-adjustable Perfect Position
  • 19″ Premium Painted Aluminum

 

 

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2018 Lincoln Navigator

2018 Lincoln Navigator – Review

2018 Lincoln Navigator

2018 Lincoln Navigator – Review

The 2018 Lincoln Navigator is a sophisticated people moving machine. Not often can you change a vehicle that meets everybody’s expectations, but Lincoln has done it. Totally redefined and ready to excite.

Interior

Walk up to the new Navigator and the vehicle immediately comes alive. The Lincoln logo is projected on the ground inviting you to step in. once inside the refined interior makes you feel comfortable like your slipping into a leather couch. The heavy use of wood accents and chrome mixed with leather reminds you that you’re in a whole new level of luxury. The 10” touchscreen mounted on the dash is in easy reach and instrument cluster is easy to use with great visuals to keep you informed.  A 30-position driver’s seat with eleven independent air cushions that are heated or ventilated along with a full message capability keeps you comfortable for any length of drive. A very spacious cabin that seats seven, one-touch tilt and slide PowerFold second row seats and a power reclining third row. With the second and third row seats folded flat, the Navigator offers total cargo volume of 2925 L (103.3 cu ft)

Four 12-volt power ports and a 110-volt outlet positioned conveniently so all rows can access. Panoramic vista roof that is so big you think you were driving a convertible. All models come with a 4G LTE WI-FI hotspot that enables up to 10 devices to be connected at the same time. The available Revel Ultima audio system brings the concert hall to you with a total of 20 speakers throughout the cabin.

Engine:

3.5 L twin-turbocharged engine is capable of producing 450 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed transmission

On nice feature is the auto hold button which keeps the vehicle still one the driver comes to a stop, even on hills. The Lincoln drive modes allows you to select from six different drive modes that control the adaptive suspension, shift points, and 4-wheel drive lines, everything from slippery to excite. Switch to tow haul mode and it seamlessly translates power into towing performance. Towing capacity is up to 3810Kg (8,400 lbs) when properly equipped.

Pump frequency:

14.9 / 11.8 L/100 km (city/highway)

Verdict

I have driven many large SUV’s over the years and in fact, own one myself, but nothing that compares to the luxury and comfort this new Navigator offers. Outstanding vehicle and I am thoroughly impressed. I recommend taking a test drive for yourself.

Warranty Support:

  • Basic 4 years / 80,000 km
  • Corrosion 5 years / unlimited distance
  • Powertrain 6 years/ 110,000 km
  • Safety restraint 5 years/ 100,00 km

Price

  • Navigator Select $88,150
  • Navigator Reserve $91,150
  • Navigator Select L $91,150
  • Navigator Reserve L $94,150
  • Our tester was the Navigator Reserve with options $101,600
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2018 Lincoln MKZ - Exterior Blue Diamond Side

2018 Lincoln MKZ – Review

2018 Lincoln MKZ - Exterior Blue Diamond Side

2018 Lincoln MKZ – Review

Reintroduced in 2016, the Lincoln MKZ is Ford's attempt at chipping away market share from the German and Japanese leaders in the luxury sedan market. With what is essentially a prettied-up Ford Fusion the MKZ show its worth by the quality of materials and workmanship found all over the vehicle.

The powerful new turbo V6 with 400hp provides the Lincoln MKZ with a chance of gaining a foothold, not with your grandpa, but a newer younger generation looking to enter the luxury sports market.

The 2018 MKZ design is impressive when you think about it. Lincoln was able to take your everyday Fusion, use it as a base, and with just some minor changes fill it with sleekness and swagger. The wider more aggressive front grill gives a nod to it Jaguar cousin, with full double ring adaptive LED headlights and cleaner front lip sure help the MKZ stand out. Additional features such as the retractable panoramic glass roof and 19” aluminum wheels, is showing Ford refinement at some of the highest levels.  I thought the approach detection was a nice touch and was impressed to see things like the Lincoln welcome mat. That level of elevation a few years ago would have only been seen in vehicles well above the price of a fully loaded MKZ. The beauty of the design of this vehicle is that it looks good as a 4-door sedan, it’s not trying to look sporty, and it doesn’t need to be a coupe. Instead, this car is more of a sportscar in a suit.

That sportscar comes in the form of the 3.0L twin-turbocharged V6 producing 400hp and 400ft-lbs of torque. Which with the weight it must carry might the MKZ will not break records or seem nimble or agile when driving but will certainly provide you with enough acceleration for an exciting drive in both the city and on the highway. For contrast, the similarly priced Mercedes C43 has only 362 hp and the more expensive 320hp in the BMW 440i. The powertrain on the 2018 Lincoln MKZ Reserve is more impressive in raw numbers even when comparing it to its distant cousin all done out with 380 hp on the 3.0L supercharged Jaguar XE S, which starts at quite a bit more at around $61,500 CND.

All of this refinement is continued throughout the interior and in the technology available for the MKZ. Starting with the available 2.0L iVCT Atkinson I-4 Hybrid Engine, giving you the option to lose the sports car, but get an impressive 5.7L/100km in the city, while keeping all of the luxury and class. Or in things like Active Noise Control, which utilizes technology similar to noise canceling headphones, reducing unwanted cabin noise. One feature that was hard for me to get used to during the test drive was the location of their push-button transmission system. Having to push a button near the radio for Park was odd and I kept reaching down hoping for a familiar knob, dial, lever or button where the cup holder was.

Key Features:

  • Starting at
    • Select $40,550 CND
    • 3.0L Reserve $50,100 CND
    • Hybrid Reserve $45,950 CND
  • Available 3.0L twin-turbocharged engine producing 400 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs torque
  • Twenty speakers on the available Revel® Ultima® System and 14 on the Revel Audio System
  • Standard 11.8/8.4L/100KM City and Highway
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