When we first drove the then-newly redesigned 3-row Lincoln Aviator two years ago, we concluded that it was indeed the right vehicle for the moment as a premium SUV that delivered honest luxury, undeniable presence and loads of power. A big part of that power push was the optional plug-in hybrid powertrain that comes only with Grand Touring trim. 

Now having spent more time in it, we found the addition of a 75-kw motor to the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, for a total of 494-horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque, provides a serious rush, and a 0-60 of less than 5.5 seconds. And, that’s with almost 800 pounds of added hybrid hardware.

The 13.6 kWh battery allows 21 miles of full EV driving range. That’s adequate for around town errands, and you can use it when you want to and even save it for later. Battery level is clearly indicated on the gauge panel, and you can easily “fill-up” overnight on normal 120-volt house current. Government Combined fuel economy ratings are 23 MPG and 56 MPGe on premium-- both better than many smaller imported rivals.    

Inside the Aviator Grand Touring, a 14-speaker Revel audio system paired with a Sync 3-equipped infotainment center comes standard. An additional luxury package doubles the speaker count, adds 30-way Perfect Position Seats and rear door sunshades. Speaking of sun, the Vista Panoramic sunroof sheds light on the Grand Touring’s beautifully crafted cabin, but a powered sunshade lets occupants chill out when the need arises.

With a base price of over $69,000, or nearly nine grand more than the non-hybrid Reserve, it’s debatable if the plug-in Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring is worth it; but, if you look at premium SUVs as a status symbol, and many do, this one has a nice green tint to it.

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  • Engine: 3.0L Twin Turbo V6
  • Battery: 13.6 kWh
  • EV Range: 21 miles