The latest Aviator rides on a new rear-drive architecture that promises deft handling to go with its prodigious twin-turbo power. Weight and height get in the way of its loftiest goals, but the Aviator’s still blessed with good composure.

We give it a 6 for performance.

Both Aviators tap a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 for power. A bored-out version of Ford’s 2.7-liter V-6 from the F-150 pickup, the Lincoln engine drops the hammer in the Aviator, where it’s rated at 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. The sounds that emanate from the V-6 are moany but not groany, and only draw attention at full throttle. Ford doesn’t publish acceleration estimates but this Aviator should reach 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds despite a curb weight of 4,774 pounds (4,892 pounds with AWD), which nets it a point above average. The 10-speed automatic that delivers…

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