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STYLING | 8 out of 10
On the road, the new MKS has far more presence than any production Lincoln in years
it does look pretty damn cool
adorned simply and effectively
In the metal, the MKS appears handsome, with cohesive themes
It's too bad Lincoln can't turn the MKS inside-out…The interior is the car's greatest strength
The Lincoln MKS is a good-looking sedan, so it comes as a surprise that it's been such a slow seller. Granted, the brand may have a foggy (at best) identity, but the MKS is well-designed, with handsome styling at a distance, and nicely detailed appointments inside.
The MKS is a classically sleek car, in the Lexus mold, with a large winged grille calling attention to itself a little more insistently than the rest of the car. Visually, Lincoln has made a number of minor changes to the exterior for 2013, and they add to 'suggest' something more significant, even if the proportions haven't changes. The MKS grille has a fine pattern of slats, and the lower airdam is a little more chiseled; meanwhile the hood has been lowered but given a strong middle spine--all of which makes the car look a bit lower and wider from the front. Styling at the rear has been cleaned up as well, with the trunkline following different contours this year.
Although the MKS is basically a cousin of the Volvo S80 and pretty closely related to the Ford Taurus, it doesn't look that way. About the only thing it does have in common with the Taurus is its rather short, arched roofline and somewhat high beltline, with a little more overhang in front and in back than is now typical for the class.
Inside, we see lots to like, with a linear, spare theme to the cabin design. White-lit electroluminescent gauges glow softly at night off its leather and wood trim, with noticeably closer attention to detail. Stitched leather panels replaced a few remaining harder surfaces for 2013, and MyLincoln Touch has been subbed into the interior. Unfortunately, that means a set of capacitive sliders for volume and climate-control functions as well.
Quietly handsome, the Lincoln MKS doesn't fall into blingy cliches to deliver upscale appeal.