Shopping for a new Lincoln MKS? MSRP: $40,690 - $47,680
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4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWDRegular Unleaded V-6, 3.7 L
Front Wheel Drive
|$ 38,656||$ 40,690|
4-Door Sedan 3.7L AWDRegular Unleaded V-6, 3.7 L
All Wheel Drive
|$ 40,551||$ 42,685|
4-Door Sedan 3.5L AWD EcoBoostTwin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6, 3.5 L
All Wheel Drive
|$ 45,296||$ 47,680|
The Lincoln MKS is neither a replacement for the legendary Town Car nor a model conceived to chase German sport sedans. Instead it's a bit of a sleeper, a husky, American-sized four-door that delivers surprisingly strong performance, quietly. It may even blow past your expectations for refinement and safety features, as it piles on the advanced tech features and luxury extras.
The MKS' performance is quick and strong, but perhaps not dynamically on par with true sport sedans like the better E-Class and 5-Series four-doors. It has a strong, mature personality--it's a luxury car, first and foremost. In the EcoBoost edition.a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 now makes 365 hp, and all-wheel drive is mandatory; the base version works with a 304-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6. You can get the non-turbo version with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Go with the base engine, and you'll get a reasonably enthusiastic performer. Opt for the turbocharged MKS model, with its 350 pound-feet of torque, and you get impressive V-8-like pull, with a little more of a ripe, baritone exhaust note--and fuel economy that's only down 1 mpg versus the base engine (with AWD)--at 17/25 mpg with EcoBoost. The six-speed automatic is a smooth and well-damped companion, and we anticipate that the new electric power steering with a quicker ratio--and continuous damping--will amount to a more eager-driving personality, although we haven't yet driven an MKS with this update.If you're concerned about safety, the Lincoln MKS is one of the best choices you can make. In addition to top-tier occupant protection ratings, the MKS offers a set of available safety features you won't easily find elsewhere at this price. Top Safety Pick status and an excellent five-star overall rating make this a model that protects better than most; and with with adaptive cruise control an option, as well as lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, and an active-parking system, this is a model for those who want the most technology and security with their luxury.
Handsome is what we'd call the stance of the MKS. In a crowded field that includes the Lexus GS, Volvo S80, and Infiniti M37--as well as the new E Class and even the Audi A6 and BMW 5-Series, the MKS is a step bigger, and it has an especially handsome stance. Its thick proportions are the result of the platform underneath, derived from Volvo's XC90 and S80. The high beltline and short, abbreviated roofline arch have their consequences to backseat space, but it works well from the outside. And inside, at least in the front seat, quiet, classy styling is a big contrast with the glitzy showmanship you'll find inside some of these rivals.
Good looks match up with a very spacious cabin--although the back seat and the rather high beltline don't add up to what you might expect from the outside. Front seats are all-day comfortable, and the MKS interior is supremely quiet on all kinds of surfaces (there's active noise cancellation, too).
Last year, Lincoln cut out the matte-metallics and gave the interior an understated makeover, also subbing in the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system and a new reconfigurable gauge cluster. The capacitive-slider controls can be fidgety; MyLincoln Touch can be complex to learn, but it has extensive control over the car's functions, so it's essentially sink or swim. Standard equipment includes ventilated front seats; heated front and rear seats; adaptive HID headlamps; rear parking sensors; automatic climate control; and an exterior keypad entry system. With a Premium Package, you get a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, navigation, premium audio, a power rear sunshade, and blind-spot and cross traffic alert systems; while the Elite Package adds Active Park Assist, Lane Keeping, premium wood trim, and a few other extras. Altogether, you can load an MKS just past the $50k mark--but then you get quite the collection of luxury and tech features, at what might also buy a rather basic German sport sedan.
- Conservatively styled
- Rippling turbo power
- A hushed cabin
- Almost everything's standard
- Cabin is understated
- Badge lacks prestige
- Feels as big as it is
- Back-seat head room is slim
- MyLincoln Touch is complex