Lincoln Aviator: Drive Mode Control / Drive Modes


Enables efficient driving. It helps to deliver maximum fuel efficiency and helps to increase driving range.

Deep Conditions (If Equipped)

For crossing terrain that has deformable deep, rutted surfaces such as mud, deep sand or deep snow. Do not use on dry, hard surfaced roads.

If your vehicle has air suspension, it raises approximately 1.2 in (30 mm) at low speeds for improved ground clearance.

Note: Using deep conditions mode on dry hard surfaces could produce some vibration, driveline bind up, and potential excessive tire wear. This mode is for slippery and loose surfaces.

Deep Sand (If Equipped)

For crossing deep soft and dry sand.

Note: Using deep sand mode on dry hard surfaces could produce some vibration, driveline bind up, and potential excessive tire wear. This mode is for slippery and loose surfaces.


For sporty on-road driving. This mode increases throttle response, provides a more dynamic powertrain sound and steering feel, along with a more sporty shifting experience. If your vehicle has continuously controlled damping suspension it adjusts to a stiffer suspension setting, with an emphasis on handling and control. The transmission also holds gears longer, helping your vehicle accelerate faster when shifting gears.

If your vehicle has air suspension, it lowers approximately 0.6 in (15 mm) to improve aerodynamics.


For everyday driving. This mode is a perfect balance of excitement, comfort and convenience. This is the default mode after each ignition cycle.

Preserve EV

Your vehicle runs the engine as needed to save electric driving range for later use in another drive mode. For example, you first drive at high speeds on open roads where engine operation is appropriate. Later, you drive at low speeds in an urban area where electric only is most efficient.

Pure EV

This mode provides an electric only driving experience. Your vehicle could accelerate more slowly, and the top speed could reduce. For more power, you can temporarily enable your engine at any time by using one of the following methods:

  • Press and hold the folder button on the steering wheel when viewing the pure EV information screen. Your vehicle enables the engine as needed, and returns to pure EV after several seconds, or when the vehicle no longer needs the engine.
  • Press the accelerator pedal fully. A pop-up message appears. Press OK on the steering wheel to activate as needed.

Your vehicle could enable the engine if system conditions require it. An engine enabled message displays if this occurs.

Your engine could enable if the climate control is in a defrost mode and the outside temperature is cold. If the vehicle does not need defrost, select a different climate control mode to permit pure EV.

Your vehicle changes from pure EV mode to normal mode when the vehicle electric range is zero.

Note: When in pure EV mode, your vehicle stays in this mode if there is all electric driving range available and the system does not fault.


For less than ideal road conditions, such as snow or ice covered roads. Slippery mode inspires confidence without taking away from driving pleasure. Slippery mode lowers throttle response and optimizes shifting for slippery surfaces.

Note: Using slippery mode on dry hard surfaces could produce some vibration, driveline bind up, and potential excessive tire wear as the intent of this mode is for slippery and loose surfaces.

    Selecting a Drive Mode


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    Seatbelt Height Adjustment

    WARNING: Position the seatbelt height adjuster so that the seatbelt rests across the middle of your shoulder. Failure to adjust the seatbelt correctly could reduce its effectiveness and increase the risk of injury in a crash.

    Adjust the height of the shoulder belt so the belt rests across the middle of your shoulder. Slide the adjuster up to raise the belt. Press the button and slide it down to lower the belt.

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