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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|16 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-6||Regular Unleaded V-6||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
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|4-Door Sedan 3.7L FWD||4-Door Sedan Navigation||4-Door Sedan Anniversary Edition RWD||4-Door Sedan T5 Drive-E|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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