2010 Lincoln MKS

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

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"This car is a spaceship," my son informed me, in the matter-of-fact tone he always uses when presenting knowledge imparted by commercials. I expect that he's somewhat outside the target demographic -- he's nine -- but his awareness is at least an indicator that Lincoln's message is filling the airwaves. And while that message is an obvious overstatement, the tech-laden MKS is undeniably the poster child for a big push underway at Lincoln, and parent company Ford as well. You'd be forgiving for thinking that CEO and recent Seattle transplant Alan Mulally had been plucked from Microsoft rather than Boeing.
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Of course, the Microsoft-cobranded Sync system is on hand. It takes a couple minutes to connect your phone the first time, but afterwards it connects automatically. There sometimes is a bit of a delay in Sync-facilitated phone conversations, but even so, the hands-free calling feature works well enough that it ends up encouraging cell-phone use while driving -- probably not a great thing. There are no real downsides to the other techno-wonders: the rearview camera, the keyless ignition, the navigation system, the active cruise control with collision warning, and the automated park assist.
The last one may be little more than a novelty to those who live and work in the exurbs, where opportunities for parallel parking are few, but those who do have occasion to use it will find it works remarkably well. It scans for and finds the space, then you shift into reverse and work the pedals while it spins the wheel. It's far quicker and less fussy than the system on the Lexus LS.
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The navigation system is also one of the best out there, and is able to incorporate weather and traffic info - although we found that its color-coded traffic info sometimes put a highly positive spin on things. We loved the ability to easily configure the large display to show a half-size map with satellite radio info on the other side, or a full-size map that still manages to squeeze in music info at the bottom.
The pre-collision warning system only kicked in once, and the huge, flashing red warning that appears in the windshield is pretty hard to miss. Similar to technology available in Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and others, it scans ahead to see if you're closing in fast on a car ahead; if so, it sounds a warning and pre-loads the brakes to shorten the stopping distance.
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The most heavily advertised technology here of course is EcoBoost, which is Ford's term for direct injection paired with turbocharging. In the MKS, the turbo V-6 comes standard with all-wheel drive, lest the engine's output turn this car into a torque-steering demon. Even with all-wheel drive, a quick stomp on the gas still can be felt in the steering wheel, at least momentarily until the AWD system shuttles more of the torque to the rear wheels. Certainly there's plenty of torque to move around, and the boosted MKS does not lack for power. Lincoln also includes shift paddles, but the application fails on two levels. First, you have to move the gear lever from D to M before the paddles will respond, and second, the push-pull logic follows that of BMW but not the preferable - and far more widespread - industry practice of one paddle for upshifts and the other for downshifts. As to fuel economy, I saw 23.5 mpg on a four-hour round trip that was mostly highway with some country-road cruising.
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Speaking of back-road cruising, the chassis tuning of the MKS is the area where this new-age Lincoln was a little more reluctant to make a major break with the past. Bump isolation remains a priority, much more so than damping body motions or delivering precise steering feel.
My loaded-to-the-gills example had a pretty swell-looking two-tone brown and black leather interior, which was decked out with the latest, au courant ambient lighting (including illuminated door sills) and lots of chrome trim. The soft seats are high up off the floor and pleasantly comfortable. The exterior, which shares no body panels with its platform-mate, the Ford Taurus, was similarly dressed up, with optional chrome trim. And the car got a surprising amount of attention; I had one extended conversation that took place over the course of several stoplights along New York's Riverside Drive with a gentleman in a VW New Beetle convertible. A young, Mercedes-driving realtor expressed interest, too.
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Given the fast-forward pace of advancing technology, Lincoln's new positioning as high-tech leader might be difficult to sustain. But with the MKS at least, it has given the product a sense of modern relevance it hasn't had in a long time.

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2010 Lincoln MKS
2010 Lincoln MKS
The Lincoln MKS has replaced the ubiquitous Town Car in the Ford/Lincoln lineup. It's a full size sedan, even though it rides on a Taurus chassis. It's not quite the canyon carver of some of its' competition, softly sprung, with standard front wheel drive. Rather, the MKS is most at home during long drives along the freeway. This is where the MKS comes into it's own. With plenty of amenities, long distance cruising ability, and an overall high level of comfort, it's perfectly suited to that task.

Its power comes from a 3.7 V-6 making 273 Hp, but most buyers will opt for the Twin Turbo 3.5 liter Ecoboost V-6, which makes a solid 350 hp and 350 ft-lbs. torque. The optional all wheel drive will find itself useful in the colder climates. Interestingly, the Ecoboost with all wheel drive, makes virtually the same fuel economy as the lower powered, front wheel drive model, with the exception that it requires Premium fuel. Regardless of the engine, power is transmitted through a 6-speed automatic transmission to standard 18 wheels. Both 19 and 20" rims are available as options on this model.
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I drew Lincoln's flagship when I requested something, anything, with all wheels driving to get me through an impending storm. I foolishly drove the MKS into the teeth of a Michigan snow squall to attend a Cadillac-LaSalle Club meeting in a town an hour away. Much to my chagrin, this car ate up the slippery pavement and wriggled its way through slow-moving traffic as if it were equipped with spiked treads. Actually, it was equipped with ordinary all-season radials instead of the real winter tires that are most appropriate for our crappy weather. While accelerating from stoplights and while cruising at the speed limit, this car demonstrated impeccable traction and stability. During heavy throttle indulgences, the 355-hp EcoBoost V-6 causes the front wheels to hunt and peck for the right path, but that's a minor fault considering the adverse circumstances I encountered. On several occasions, it struck me that a return to Colorado's Loveland Pass in the dead of winter would be the real acid test for the MKS (see 6versus8.com). With EcoBoost eliminating the loss of power attributable to altitude and an all-wheel-drive system where the front wheels do most of the work, I think this car climbing a snow-covered mountain might finally overcome BMW's 5-series (even one optioned up with awd).
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In terms of styling, the MKS moves the Lincoln brand in the right direction -- that is, away from its dowdy recent past. It's not beautiful, but in dark colors, it definitely has presence. There's some drama inside as well, with nice, chocolate-colored leather seats and a swooping center console. And in the best Lincoln tradition, it's supremely plush and comfortable. There are a few straggling flaws, such as the somewhat cheap-feeling switchgear, but overall it's a good effort.
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Lincoln is the new Buick. As Buick reinvents itself with sporty new cars like the Regal GS, Lincoln is saddled with stodgy sedans that feel as large as SUVs. Meanwhile, Cadillac has (re)established itself as the premier American brand with the CTS and given the hint that it will continue that streak with the XTS once it comes to market. Since Mercury is the most neglected brand on the market this side of Saab (as of this writing, Saab is still technically alive), I'd expect Lincoln to have more compelling products.
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David and Phil bring up some valid points, yet I can't totally dismiss the Lincoln MKS. I certainly wouldn't put it in the category of a BMW 5-series, Audi A6, or Mercedes-Benz E-class as far as overall wonderment and cachet are concerned, but MKS owners needn't be ashamed of their cars, which truly are quite nice. However, the upcoming Cadillac XTS, not to mention the Hyundai Genesis sedan, should seriously worry the folks at Ford.
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I think I'm less offended by the MKS EcoBoost than I am its Taurus SHO cousin -- mostly because the marketing folks at Ford's premier brand aren't trying to insist it's the reincarnation of a heralded sport sedan. As Phil and David have noted, it isn't: it's a large car (big enough, potentially, to appease the Town Car and Crown Vic crowd), albeit one packed with a stellar twin-turbocharged V-6.
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2010 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost
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Lincoln has announced pricing for its first vehicle to feature the highly anticipated EcoBoost engine. The 2010 MKS EcoBoost boasts the power of a V-8 and the fuel economy of a V-6 and will start at $48,585, including destination charges.

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2010 Lincoln MKS Specifications

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3.7L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
24 MPG
276 hp @ 6350rpm
274 ft lb of torque @ 4250rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
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