2016 Lincoln MKS vs. Its Competition

2016 Lincoln MKS
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The 2016 Lincoln MKS stands as a uniquely American take on full-size luxury.

In part since it isn't built on a rear-wheel-drive sport-sedan architecture—and in part because Lincoln simply doesn't have the same pedigree—it's not often shopped with German luxury sedans from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Jaguar, among others.

Instead it's 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 the successor 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, and like the Lincoln, the personality a little thin.

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 ES 350 is understated in similar ways as the MKS, although it has the consistent reputation of the Lexus brand—and a high-mileage, 40-mpg Hybrid version that makes few, if any, comfort or performance sacrifices.

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7.6
The 2016 Lincoln MKS offers a kind of luxury that's understated and reserved—although from the driver's seat it's a little more inspiring than you might expect.
8.4
The 2016 Acura RLX offers some minor updates to an already competent—if subtle—luxury package. It's an interesting alternative to the other cars in its class.
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Capable and confident, the 2016 Chrysler 300 is decidedly American large family sedan with plenty of room, lots of luxury, and available V-8 power.
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The 2016 Volvo S80 makes safety and comfort the priority; it's a better long-distance than tight-corner performer.
MSRP From   
$39,010$50,950$32,260$43,450
Gas Mileage   
16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy25 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 Sedan Navigation4-Door Sedan Anniversary Edition RWD4-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E
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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