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2022 Lincoln Aviator Max Towing Capability Substantially Reduced

The 2022 Lincoln Aviator remains largely unchanged from previous iterations, and continues to serve as the luxury brand’s smallest utility vehicle with three rows. Since its introduction for the 2020 model year, buyers could opt for the Class IV Trailer Tow Package, which would enable certain Aviator variants to boast a 6,700-pound tow rating. However, Ford Authority has discovered that the model year changeover seemingly included a sharp reduction in the Aviator’s max towing capability.

Unlike older models, the 2022 Lincoln Aviator is currently rated to tow a maximum 5,600-pounds when equipped with the Class IV Trailer Tow Package. That 900-pound reduction wasn’t made across the board however, as the Grand Touring and Black Label Grand Touring – which come standard with an electrified version of the Ford 3.0L EcoBoost V6 – have always used that figure from the outset. Additionally there was no change to the availability of the package, which remains a $500 option on every trim level. The package includes the following equipment:

  • 4-Pin and 7-Pin Connectors
  • Blind Spot Information System with Trailer Coverage
  • Class IV Hitch and Wiring
  • Smart Trailer Tow
  • Trailer Sway Control

Interestingly enough, the 2022 Ford Explorer, which shares the Ford CD6 platform with the 2022 Lincoln Aviator, also features the same max tow rating, at least on models that feature the 3.0L EcoBoost. But unlike its upscale counterpart, earlier versions the Explorer never boasted a 6,700-pound rating. While changes in tow ratings generally occur as part of a generational change, a reduction in max capability is uncommon, especially when no substantial changes have occurred. That said, The Blue Oval recently made a somewhat similar change to the 2022 Ford Maverick lineup when it decided against offering the 4K Tow Package on front-wheel drive models, effectively reducing their maximum tow rating by half. Ford blamed the switch-up on durability tests that concluded those models weren’t up to the task of pulling 4,000-pounds, the original rating the company said the trucks could tow without issue.


While it’s unclear if similar tests reached the same conclusions about the 2022 Lincoln Aviator, what is clear is that the latest iteration of Lincoln’s three-row SUV is apparently less capable than older models.

We’ll be keeping tabs on this development, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Lincoln Aviator news, Lincoln news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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Comments

  1. Shane Campbell

    Tow capability was one of the boxes I needed checked when we purchased our MY20 Aviator – making a new model insufficient. Makes me wonder about durability in ours…..

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  2. Richard Jensen

    Typical Ford bait and switch. Nothing changed and yet a reduction of 900 pounds. Clearly Ford meant to mislead with the earlier MKExplorers. This is negligence and Ford should be held accountable.

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  3. Spirit72

    Shane & Richard,
    Have been looking for a Certified Aviator to buy and noticed the diff in the capacity for ’20,’21 vs the ’22 & ’23. It looks like the diff is whether or not it is factory installed as an option (52Q). The dealer / aftermarket installation with the proper parts drops it 900#s. I thought it was a frame vs unibody diff…bad on me. All recent ones are unibody (since I think 2014). See towing chart:

    2021 Lincoln Aviator Towing Capacity
    The 2021 Lincoln Aviator can tow between 5,600 lbs and 6,700 lbs depending on whether it has the 52Q tow package installed.

    A 2021 Lincoln Aviator without a towing package can tow 5,600 pounds.
    A 2021 Lincoln Aviator with a towing package can tow 6,700 pounds.

    Lincoln Aviator Trim Level Towing Capacity Towing Package Installed
    All 5,600 lbs / 2,540 kg No
    All 6,700 lbs / 3,039 kg Yes
    2021 Lincoln Aviator Towing Capacity Chart

    2020 Lincoln Aviator Towing Capacity
    The 2020 Lincoln Aviator can tow between 5,600 lbs and 6,700 lbs depending on whether it has the 52Q tow package installed.

    A 2020 Lincoln Aviator without a towing package can tow 5,600 pounds.
    A 2020 Lincoln Aviator with a towing package can tow 6,700 pounds.

    Lincoln Aviator Trim Level Towing Capacity Towing Package Installed
    All 5,600 lbs / 2,540 kg No
    All 6,700 lbs / 3,039 kg Yes
    2020 Lincoln Aviator Towing Capacity Chart

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  4. Rick Jensen

    What is the tongue weight rating and tow capacity of the 2023 Lincoln Navigator with class 4 tow package and 3.0L twin turbo engine?

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