2012 Lincoln MKS vs. Its Competition

2012 Lincoln MKS
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

It's not the handling coup that a mid-size German sedan might be, but the MKS excels at a uniquely American style of luxury.

Quicker than the Acura RL, the MKS also beats that sedan on technology, though the Acura has navigation and a fancy new all-wheel-drive system of its own.

The Lexus GS is new for 2013, and we're curious to see how it stacks up against the MKS.

The six-cylinder Volvo S80 is related to the MKS, but lacks the turbo option and has a much plainer interior, too.

For an offbeat choice, we suggest a drive in the Chrysler 300--especially the SRT8 version, with its throbbing horsepower and its very competitive price, even against the base MKS.

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2012 Lincoln MKS writes its own definition of luxury with great straight-line performance, quiet good looks, and a spacious interior.
8.2
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 gains a little confidence and connectivity, while its competition gains some weight and complexity.
7.4
The 2012 Acura RL is loaded with tech features and supremely comfortable for long-haul trips; but it won't get driving enthusiasts all that excited.
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With plenty of comfort, style, and safety, the 2012 Volvo S80 hits all the right marks for an image-conscious, affluent family--but lacks the sportier driving personality of the somewhat smaller S60.
MSRP From   
$41,500$47,250$48,200$37,950
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas V6Gas I6
EPA Class   
Large CarsMid-SizeMid-SizeMidsize
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD4-Door Sedan RWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan 3.2L PZEV
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomaticAutomatic,