2011 Lincoln MKS Review

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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.

Ford’s Lincoln brand has won the survival sweepstakes. While sister division Mercury is being shuttered, Lincoln’s on a new-product roll. In the past two years, it’s added three new vehicles, including an updated version of the mid-size MKZ sedan—with a hybrid coming in 2011—and the big, bodacious MKT crossover.

The MKS sedan was new for 2009, and it’s a bit of a sleeper. Priced against the likes of the Acura RL, Lexus GS, and Infiniti M37, the Lincoln MKS has some substantial charms of its own that outweigh those competitors. For one, it’s offered with Ford’s turbocharged V-6 for swift acceleration on par with the M37, while it also has the well-damped ride to top the other Japanese competitors.

It falls short of the driving experience offered by these cars—and by the more expensive BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class—but the MKS plays up a traditional feel without the floppy compromises of the past intruding too much. The ride’s the beginning; not exactly nimble, the MKS still steers and responds to quick inputs well enough to carve a distinct niche out of the field of large luxury sedans.

Where does the MKS excel? In features and cabin feel. The quiet, classy styling inside and out is a marked counterpoint to Cadillac’s brash CTS—and the MKS’s fit and interior finishes are a step beyond the Caddy’s pieces, too. The MKS’s handsome looks are matched with a very spacious cabin, particularly in the rear seat, and a capacious trunk. It’s also one of the IIHS’s Top Safety Picks. For gadget collectors, there’s all-wheel drive like the Acura RL has, as well as first-rate audio and telematics systems—not to mention Ford’s SYNC entertainment and phone controller.

So why’s it still a sleeper? It’s probably the Lincoln badges, but with well-executed cars like the MKS, that’s apt to change.

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December 8, 2015
2015 Lincoln MKS 4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD

Dreadful rear passenger ride.

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I would never buy one of these things, but occasionally my limo company sends one and they are downright awful. Sat in the rear seat is like being in a roller coaster ride, after 45 minutes you feel nautious... + More »
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August 16, 2015
2015 Lincoln MKS 4-Door Sedan 3.5L AWD EcoBoost

Very awesome car to have.

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Loving my MKS Eco-boost. Very stylish looking ride, and I have gotten a lot of comments on it. The interior is a nice mix of luxury and a hint of sport here and there. I see that a lot of reviewers don't like... + More »
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April 17, 2015
For 2015 Lincoln MKS

Very quiet and loads of helpful features.

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Superior powertrain, very quiet, great trunk with loads of space for luggage or anything else you want to carry. Plenty of room for 5 adults. Lots of easy to use features. I especially like the speed control... + More »
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