I want to buy a new American-made luxury SUV

John Paul, AAA Northeast's Car Doctor, answers a question from a reader in the market for a truly American-made luxury SUV.

The all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator.
The 2020 Lincoln Aviator. –Lincoln

Q. It is time for a new SUV, and my Audi Q7 has been OK, but it’s been plagued with some electrical issues. I want to buy a new luxury SUV in the $75,000 range. Here is the twist: I want to buy an American vehicle. Not an import made in the states, but one made by an American car company. What can you suggest? 

A. I have evaluated both the Lincoln Aviator and the Cadillac XT6. Both are good vehicles, but to me, the Lincoln seems just a bit better. I like the performance from the twin-turbo-charged engine in the Lincoln over the V-6 engine in the Cadillac. The interior of the Lincoln also seems to me just a step above the Cadillac. The Lincoln also has a 30-position seat adjustment, which to me is a bit over the top — just too many adjustments. Both vehicles ride and handle well and will make great long-distance cruisers. Both the Lincoln and Cadillac were all-wheel-drive, but the Cadillac is based on a front-wheel drive design where the Lincoln is based on a rear-drive platform. To me, the driving experience is just a bit more rewarding. The Lincoln is built is Illinois and the Cadillac that I drove was built in Tennessee. If it were up to me, I would choose the Lincoln. 

John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. E-mail your car question to jpaul@aaanortheast.com.

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