Lincoln MKS Review:
Lincoln, Ford’s homegrown luxury brand, has been expanding its reach
into smaller sedans, SUVs, crossovers, and even pickup trucks! Now, in a
return to its roots, the marque has introduced a new full-size flagship,
The name is as
undistinguished as the other Lincoln alphanumerics and those of the
competition. After a name as memorable and evocative as the highly
successful Navigator, you’d think they’d go for something interesting or
That aside, the new MXS
is a handsome piece, in the Lexus/Infiniti mode. The new sedan wears a
double-wing grille that’s inspired by the 1941 Lincoln Continental (Hey
- what’s wrong with the name, “Continental?”). The Lincoln logo is
featured prominently at both ends of the car, which is good because
despite careful historical references, the MKS appears fairly generic.
Inside, all the pieces
are there that you’d expect and want. Genuine metallic accents gleam
amidst the hand-wrapped, double-stitched leatherette instrument panel. A
strip of wood runs down the middle and there is genuine wood on the
leather-wrapped steering wheel as well. Behind it are classy gauges with
slim chrome rings around them.
The deliciously soft
leather on the seats is from Bridge of Weir, the Scottish firm that
provided hides for the famous Lincoln Mark II in the 1950s. It is tanned
organically. Some of the ebony wood trim is reclaimed from furniture
makers. This lets the brand address environmental concerns in a new way.
On that subject, the
Lincoln-exclusive 3.7-liter, 273-horsepower V6 engine does fairly well
by the EPA’s standards, considering it’s moving a 4,200 pound car
around. With a standard six-speed automatic, fuel economy is rated at 16
City, 23 Highway for all-wheel-drive models and bumps up to 17/24 for
two-wheel-drive versions. My Sangria Red Clearcoat Metallic tester was
the former, and I averaged 16.9 mpg during my test week.
The EPA Green Vehicle
guide rates the MKS at 7 for Air Pollution and 5 for Greenhouse Gas - a
bit better than average.
interior volume of 105.9 cubic feet and a capacious 18.4-cubic foot
trunk, there’s plenty of room for full-sized Americans to stretch out.
Rear heated seats are a surprise and a nice selling and seating point.
There’s more. Adaptive
cruise control monitors the car ahead, keeping a safe distance
automatically. You get full service keyless entry, and Lincoln even
offers the renowned Securicode Keyless entry keypad, presented in a
modern, heat-sensitive way. It essentially secures the car with a
combination lock, so nobody can steal your key and gain entrance.
The list goes on, from
rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers to a rearview camera to the
SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system developed
with Microsoft. I was surprised, though that SYNC made me restart my
iPod after parking and coming back to the car.
A few other issues
bothered me. The steering wheel moved up when I turned off the car and
got out, but wouldn’t return to the setting I wanted when I restarted
the car. I checked and found no way other than manually moving it back
down each time. I was also disturbed by more road noise than I expected
and occasional poor radio reception. And, most surprising, the
windshield pillar trim showed a gap and the ceiling-mounted sunglasses
holder was misaligned. Those aren’t luxury car traits.
The MKS bristles with
technology, which appears to be its strong suit. Fuel economy gets a
little boost with a two-speed fuel pump that runs at a low setting when
conditions allow. In addition, the Aggressive Deceleration Fuel Shut-Off
system cuts off fuel to the injectors when the driver lifts off the gas
when the car’s moving on the freeway. Little things add up.
The THX Certified 5.1
Surround Sound audio system turns the MKS into a four-wheeled concert
hall. The car becomes an art gallery as well, when you upload your own
photos to display on the eight-inch color display.
Prices for the MKS
start at $39,315 for the two-wheel-drive model and $41,205 for the
all-wheel-drive version. The Ultimate Package on my tester, at $5,715,
threw in a boatload of features including the Technology Package and
Navigation Package. And, among other things, I got lovely 19-inch alloy
wheels in the deal. Bottom line MSRP? $45,570.
With the new MKS, the
list of features is long, the design is attractive and the effort is
good. However, the feeling is that it’s a very nice Ford, not a real
luxury car. There’s an intangible something lacking if you put this car
next to a Lexus or an Infiniti, and Ford needs to figure out what it is.
Then, put it in.
By Steve Schaefer ©
AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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