2018 Lincoln Continental vs. Its Competition

2018 Lincoln Continental
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2018 Lincoln Continental tackles modern luxury from a traditional point of view.

The Cadillac CT6 is the opposite: it's subdued to a fault, though it has more pedigree competing against the Germans.

The Lexus LS is new this year with a more interesting silhouette.

It still delivers sublime performance and hybrid power for those still interested, but dynamically it's from another era.

The Acura RLX takes the same mechanical approach—it's spun off the mechanicals of mid-size Acuras—but isn't finished as interestingly as any of its rivals.

In comfort and ease of use, the Lincoln stacks up most closely against the Genesis G90 and Volvo S90.

They're both fighting the same uber-luxury rivals with counterprogramming—the G90 with South Korean chauffeured-car realness, the Volvo with high Scandinavian style.

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Quick Specs
7.7
We’re not fans of mismatches, but the 2018 Lincoln Continental’s lithe road manners and retro theming pair awfully well.
6.3
The 2018 Acura RLX brandishes some exotic hardware, and wraps it in anonymity.
7.8
The 2018 Cadillac CT6 has the style and performance to match its German rivals, but is the brand there yet?
7.6
The 2018 Lexus LS 500 sedans don’t reach for the same performance limits as the LC coupes, but there’s ambition in every line.
7.8
With its graceful styling and gentle demeanor, the 2018 Volvo S90 is one of our favorite luxury sedans—at any price.
7.2
The 2018 Genesis G90 is the modern interpretation of a luxo-barge—and it’s a great value, all things considered.
MSRP From     
$45,160$54,900$54,095$75,000$48,100$68,350
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Turbocharged Gas I4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Large CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsLarge CarsMid-Size CarsLarge Cars
Style Name     
Premiere FWDSedan w/Technology Pkg4-Door Sedan 2.0L Turbo RWDLS 500 RWDT5 FWD Momentum3.3T Premium RWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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