The 2011 Lincoln MKS plays the part of big luxury sedan very convincingly—so much better, in fact, than Lincolns before, that we’ve spent more time in it than in other cars, trying to figure out how much has changed for the better at Ford’s interior design and comfort shop.
Being physically large doesn’t cramp the MKS at all, of course. The long-wheelbase four-door has plenty of room for front and rear passengers. In front, wide and cozy seats have taken a lesson from Volvo (they may even have been designed by Volvo). They coddle even big American backsides, though Ford still needs to work on the overly forward feel of its active headrests—which we choose to overlook in favor of the seats’ built-in heating and ventilation. Try that two-mode hybrid, and you’ll be ruined forever. We’d also like to see the MKS’s telescoping steering scope out more; it has a shorter travel than it should, which can force you a closer driving position than you’d like.
They’re not quite as fancy, but the MKS’s rear seats are more spacious and supportive than any Lincoln in memory. If you’ve been in a Town Car taxi lately, you’ll wonder if the same civilization—much less the same car brand—makes these swank thrones. Three across is not much of a problem, and two adults can be as distant as they might be after a couple of decades of marriage.
Small-item storage is all over the place. Ford fits enough niches to hide iPhones and netbooks in the MKS, with cup holders for every seating position and a couple of spare water-bottle slots in the doors. The trunk’s large, but caution on its opening—it’s shaped somewhat awkwardly, which limits its utility.
We’ve noted in the Styling section at the marvelous look of the MKS cabin and dash. We’ll reiterate here that this interior is among the best executed by Ford, period.