Lincoln is rapidly upgrading its in-car technology to keep up with consumers who are used to smart phones and tablet computers. This year's major upgrade is an available blind-spot monitoring system that illuminates indicators in the side mirrors when a car is hovering in the driver's blind spot. The system also works when the driver is backing out of a parking spot and might not notice pedestrians in his or her blind spots. Crystal champagne is a new color...more
Lincoln introduced the MKS to the world before the Mercury brand was killed. At the time, Lincoln and Mercury models were competing with each other for the same small share of Ford's attention. Now that Lincoln stands alone as Ford's premium brand, we've been promised a significantly upgraded MKS flagship sedan. Unfortunately, it will not appear until 2013 at the earliest. The MKS doesn't feel significantly different from the Ford Taurus that shares many of its mechanical parts. Available all-wheel drive is a great feature for consumers in the Snow Belt, and the EcoBoost direct-injected turbocharged engine really helps the MKS get up and go, but the big sedan doesn't feel nearly as luxurious as its Japanese and German competitors. Nothing in the steering, ride, or handling departments is exceptional, and the car is better at floating over road imperfections than going for a spirited drive. There are all sorts of technological features -- HD Radio, Active Park Assist (a fancy name for automated parallel parking), and radar-based adaptive cruise control, to name a few -- that might delight the more tech-savvy consumer, but virtually all of these features are available on the competition. If you're looking for a soft ride in a large car, the MKS might fill the bill.
Drive: Front-wheel, 4-wheel
Trim levels: MKS, MKS EcoBoost
Body style: Sedan, 5-passenger
Engines: 3.5L turbocharged V-6, 355 hp, 350 lb-ft
3.7L V-6, 273 hp, 270 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Passenger volume: 105.8 cu ft
Cargo space: 18.7 cu ft
ABS; front, side, and side curtain air bags; and traction and stability control are standard. Blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, parallel-parking assistance, programmable MyKey, and adaptive headlamps are optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
All: 16-17 mpg city/23-25 mpg highway
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