We're all for a clean, minimalist cabin, but the Aviator takes that oversimplified approach too far in the wrong direction. There's no physical “Home” button for the screen, which makes switching between Apple CarPlay and Sync difficult. There's no “Automatic Stop/Start” button either, and even the headlight switch is an overly complicated, hard-to-reach silver dial located well below the driver’s knee.
But most confusing are the gear shift buttons, which Lincoln hides away under the touchscreen like a problem stepchild. Even after a week with the car, we still reached for the stalk behind the steering wheel first, then the big fan speed knob before remembering where the gear selector buttons were located.