2010 Lincoln MKS vs. Its Competition

2010 Lincoln MKS
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Lincoln's engineers aim the new Lincoln MKS at a range of luxury vehicles.

The Lexus GS is one target, and the MKS's rear seat trumps the GS' cramped cabin, though the Lexus has better steering feel and perhaps a slightly better trimmed interior, as well as a hybrid option.

The latest Acura RL sports standard all-wheel drive, a tech-happy interior, and an indistinct exterior shape-studded with an incongruous, controversial grille.

The Cadillac STS' cramped rear seat matches its anodyne looks, though it handles and rides very well in either rear- or all-wheel-drive form.

Lastly, the six-cylinder Volvo S80 is mechanically related to the MKS, but its interior is markedly plainer, and it doesn't offer the performance of the EcoBoost V-6 (its engine is an unrelated inline-six).

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2010 Lincoln MKS reaches into Euro-luxury territory with smart performance, subdued good looks, and a roomy interior.
8.4
The 2010 Acura RL offers lots of features and strong safety. Performance takes a backseat in the 2010 RL-but technology and durability certainly don't.
7.6
The 2010 Cadillac STS drives well-the STS-V is a trailblazer-but the cramped backseat and well-worn styling haven't kept pace in the luxury class.
8.8
Safety and comfort—and advanced tech features—never get short shrift in the 2010 Volvo S80, but not even a V-8 and all-wheel drive makes it a serious sport sedan.
MSRP From   
$41,270$46,830$46,845$39,200
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class   
LargeMid-SizeMid-SizeMidsize
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan I6 FWD
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic,
Detailed Spec Comparison
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