The verdict: For 2020, Lincoln reintroduced the Aviator nameplate to its lineup. The three-row SUV shares components with the Ford Explorer and has seats for six or seven, depending on seating configuration. For our evaluation of how well the Aviator accommodates child safety seats, we tested the Reserve trim level with second-row captain’s chairs and found a lot to like.
Does it fit three car seats? No
Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2020 Lincoln Aviator.
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- Latch: In the second row, the two sets of lower Latch anchors are exposed for easy access and connection.
- Infant seat: We had no trouble installing the seat, and the 5-foot-6-inch-tall front passenger had plenty of legroom.
- Rear-facing convertible: As with the infant seat, this seat installed easily and did not impact our front passenger’s legroom.
- Third-row Latch: There are two sets of lower anchors in the third row, and they’re also easy to find and use because they’re exposed.
- Third-row forward-facing convertible: The third row’s fixed head restraint is thin enough that it doesn’t interfere with how the car seat fits against the seatback. The convertible was easy to install, and the third row’s two top tether anchors sit about halfway down the seatback and are clearly marked.
- Third-row booster: Again, the small fixed third-row head restraint didn’t interfere with how the booster sat against the seatback, and the third row’s rigid buckles should make it easy for kids to buckle up independently.
- Forward-facing convertible: In the second row, we had no trouble connecting to the lower Latch anchors. The top tether anchors sit roughly halfway down the seatback; they’re easy to see and use. The fixed second-row head restraint pushes the convertible’s back off of the seatback, however; it should be flush.
- Third-row access: The second-row’s one-touch button quickly and easily slides and collapses the seat forward for a large opening to the third row. This doesn’t work when a car seat is installed, however, and the pass-through between the captain’s chairs is obstructed by a gigantic console box.
- Booster: In the second row, the fixed head restraint pushes the booster’s back off of the seatback; it should be flush. Also, the second row’s floppy buckles could make it difficult for kids to buckle up independently.
About Cars.com’s Car Seat Checks
Editors Jennifer Geiger, Jennifer Newman and Matt Schmitz are certified child safety seat installation technicians.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.
We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.
Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.
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