2015 Lincoln MKS vs. Its Competition

2015 Lincoln MKS 4-door Sedan 3.7L FWD Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Because the MKS is such an American take on full-size luxury, it is generally not cross-shopped with the typical German luxosedans.

It is, however, an able competitor for another set of four-doors, ones without sporty handling as a priority and instead a focus on quiet luxury.

The Acura RLX is an update to the RL, nipped and tucked into a better car than it replaces, but at times the distinctions can feel minor; the Acura's optional powertrain pairs torque-vectoring all-wheel drive with a new hybrid system.

Volvo's S80 is related to the MKS but lacks the big power option, and almost all the swagger.

You'll find all that and more in the Chrysler 300, with rear- or all-wheel drive, powerful engines, and an equal amount of technology—plus a lower pricetag.

The Lexus GS is one choice among that brand's high-touch, high-dollar offerings--but we'd also suggest the Lexus ES 350 and its newly expanded rear seat as a fine MKS alternative.

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Quick Specs
8.0
Little has changed with the 2015 Lincoln MKS; it continues to offer understated and reserved luxury with an available high-power turbocharged engine option that spices things up somewhat, at least in a straight line.
8.4
The 2015 Acura RLX is an understated luxury full-sizer that puts emphasis on unique technical solutions instead of all-out style and flair.
8.2
The 2015 Chrysler 300 adds more style, features, and efficiency to an already confident, capable large family sedan.
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The 2015 Volvo S80 puts safety and comfort first, making it one of the most family-friendly full-size luxury sedans.
MSRP From   
$38,850$48,450$31,695$40,500
Gas Mileage   
17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class   
Large CarsMid-Size CarsLarge CarsMid-Size Cars
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan Limited RWD4-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E FWD
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
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Body Style   
SedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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