The Lincoln Aviator has been a solid performer for both customers and the Ford Motor Company since the launch of the second-generation model for the 2020 model year. Now, the 2022 Lincoln Aviator gets to add a notch in its figurative belt by earning the Best Resale Value Award in the mid-sized, three-seat luxury SUV segment from Kelley Blue Book.
The 2022 Lincoln Aviator secured the award with a projected resale value of 41.5 percent of its original MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price) over five years of ownership. That valuation bumped it ahead of winners in other segments, including the 2022 Mercedes-Benz GLB-Class (41.1 percent) and 2022 Volvo XC40 (39 percent).
However, the Aviator’s value was outdone by the 2022 Toyota 4Runner at 58.6 percent, the 2022 Subaru Crosstrek at 52.3 percent, and the 2022 Kia Telluride at 51.9 percent.
Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards are based on projections from the organization’s Residual Value Guide. Residual Values are established by automotive analysts that review the output from statistical models built using millions of transactions. Vehicles that earn the highest five-year residual values, expressed as a percentage of their original MSRP make the cut. Low-volume vehicles are excluded from award consideration, except for models in the electric, luxury, and sports car categories.
As KBB points out, depreciation is often the biggest expense new vehicle buyers incur and purchasing a vehicle that retains its value better than the average can save customers more money over the five year ownership period.
The 2022 Lincoln Aviator, which represents the third model year of the current, second-gen model, received a few changes and updates including the launch of the recently-revealed Jet Package, which replaced the new-for-2021 Monochromatic Package. The 2022 model also saw a substantial reduction in the maximum towing capacity, while pricing for the vehicle became more affordable across most trim levels.