Many of Lincoln’s recent designs leave me cold, but the Aviator 'preview' (aka a thinly veiled look at next year’s production model) made a big impression on me. It’s sleek, modern, and almost lithe in the way the graceful sheetmetal sits on a big two-box SUV shape. So, too, does the interior look much fresher than other recent Lincoln efforts: more like the sharp Navigator, less like the stodgy Continental. But I’m also excited to see Lincoln putting unique engineering effort into new models.

- Jake Holmes