2011 Lincoln MKS vs. Its Competition

2011 Lincoln MKS
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Not quite the equal of the German middle-sized sedans, the Lincoln MKS takes on some lesser-known, lesser-priced sedans with power to spare.

It’s quicker than the Acura RL, which has a plethora of in-car technology and a smart new all-wheel-drive system of its own.

The Lexus GS runs the gamut from V-6 to V-8 to V-6 hybrid, but it’s never been a strong seller in its current look, and backseat room is small, even pinched.

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 2011 Lincoln MKS won’t win over the Town Car or the M5 crowd, but it’s blessed 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.
8.2
Respectable performance and top technology make the 2010 Lexus GS 350 and GS 460 worthwhile sport sedans, but low points include a cramped backseat and a GS 450h hybrid model that fails to wow for fuel economy.
MSRP From   
$41,500$46,830$46,845$45,600
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
Large CarsMid-SizeMid-SizeMid-Size
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan V6 AWD w/1SA4-Door Sedan RWD
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2011 Lincoln MKS vs. 2010 Acura RL2011 Lincoln MKS vs. 2010 Cadillac STS2011 Lincoln MKS vs. 2010 Lexus GS 350