2013 Lincoln MKS

Base FWD 4-Dr Sedan V6 auto trans

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2013 Lincoln MKS Front Left View
With the departure, finally, of the Town Car, the vehicle that has defined Lincoln for years, Ford's luxury brand is now in the process of building a new identity. It won't be that of a European-style luxury carmaker, as Ford won't devote the necessary resources to develop a rear-wheel-drive chassis. Instead, Lincoln will continue to adapt front-wheel-drive/all-wheel-drive Ford platforms. Other than styling -- which also is in flux, at least until the arrival of the new MKZ -- Lincoln is relying on technology to give it the premium imprimatur the brand too often has lacked.
It's an expedient but still risky strategy. It's expedient because adding high-tech features can be done more quickly and more easily than designing all-new models. The risk, however, is that other carmakers (not to mention Ford-brand siblings) are doing the same thing, so the standout effect could be ephemeral at best.


Rather than messing with names or letter combinations for trim levels (Lincoln's virtually identical letter combination model names are senseless enough), the three tiers of MKS are delineated by their powertrain: 3.7L FWD, 3.7L AWD, and 3.5L EcoBoost AWD.
The base 3.7-liter V-6 is newly endowed with variable camshaft timing on both the intake and exhaust valves. Its output has increased to 304 hp and 279 pound-feet of torque, and its fuel economy ratings are 18/27 mpg (FWD) and 18/26 mpg (AWD). Those figures are about par for the course. The starting prices of $42,810 (FWD) and $44,805 (AWD) represent pretty good value, not because they're so much lower than competitors' -- they're not -- but because of the high level of standard equipment.
At $49,800, the EcoBoost version costs about $5000 more than the 3.7 AWD and also exacts a 1 mpg fuel economy penalty in both city and highway driving. Is it worth it? Well, let's just say the EcoBoost V-6 is the best thing about this vehicle. No, it's not news anymore and, yes, it's available elsewhere (Taurus SHO, Explorer, Flex, F-150), but its big horsepower (365 hp here), instant torque, and utter lack of turbo lag make the EcoBoost V-6 a must-have upgrade over the standard six. Getting that power to the ground is surprisingly easy, as the standard all-wheel-drive system is now quicker to shuffle the power rearward. Sudden acceleration no longer has the steering wheel squirming in your hands.


There's more technology at work in the powertrain and in the chassis, as Lincoln has made its so-called Drive Control standard equipment on all versions of the MKS. Similar to systems in Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW models (among others), Drive Control offers different settings for the dampers, steering effort, and throttle and transmission mapping. The most significant differences here are in the suspension, where the adaptive dampers work to achieve a balance between ride comfort and body control that will please the widest possible array of drivers. The sport mode does a good job of snubbing body motions, at a cost of some heavy-footedness over bumps. Comfort and normal modes bring a very smooth ride -- even on twenty-inch wheels with 45-series rubber -- but allow more roll, pitch, and dive, making the MKS feel every bit of its 4436 pounds. Either setting is not bad, but neither is perfect.


The more obvious infusion of technology is inside the car. MyLincoln Touch is a prominent feature as is a new instrument cluster with configurable screens borrowed from the (outgoing) Ford Fusion Hybrid. The speedometer is flanked by two screens, and the driver uses four-way switches on the steering wheel to select the information that appears on them. Unfortunately, those switches sometimes require a bit more fiddling than they should. The displays, however, are clear, bright, and colorful -- they really look great. MyLincoln Touch continues to have the same issues as MyFord Touch, plus a few of its own. The main screen is large, with great fonts and graphics. The problem is that too many functions are sucked into the screen, which remains a less-than-ideal venue in a moving car; additionally, many of the touch spots are quite small, so they require all the more concentration to use. Outside of the main screen, Lincoln has brought the impracticality of flat-panel switches to the climate control system as well. And then the topper, for different-but-not-better silliness, is the use of touch-sensitive slider bars for audio volume and fan speed. They are nowhere near as precise to use as physical knobs and rarely deliver what you want on the first try. A more useful bit of new technology is that the MKS can become a mobile wireless hot spot, when connected to a cell phone with a data plan, a party trick first introduced by Audi last year.


Lincoln is also trying to be more modern in its appearance, and the 2013 MKS has undergone more than the typical tweaks to the front and rear fascias. All the sheet metal forward of the A-pillars is new, as Lincoln designers work to evolve the brand's face. You can judge the success of their efforts for yourself, but the MKS did elicit some positive reactions in tony Chappaqua, New York, in a parking lot filled with BMWs and other luxury rides. Still, it's clear that this is a car that has been worked, as it lacks the design cohesiveness of the new MKZ.
Working to play catch-up is exactly what Lincoln is doing, both with the MKS and as a brand overall. The progress has been impressive in some areas, less so in others. Embracing technology has paid visible benefits in the powertrain and chassis but is problematic in the interior. Better-integrated technology as part of a more cohesive whole will have to characterize Lincoln's new entries from here on out.

2013 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost

Base price: $50,675
As tested: $58,265
Standard Equipment:
3.5-liter turbo V-6 engine
6-speed automatic transmission
All-wheel drive
20-inch polished aluminum wheels
Adaptive suspension
Dual exhaust systems
Passive keyless entry with touch pad and push-button start
Remote start
Forward and reverse sensing system
LED taillamps
HID adaptive headlamps
MyLincoln Touch
AM/FM/XM stereo with CD player and audio input jack
Power windows and door locks
Dual-zone automatic climate control
Bridge of Weir leather-trimmed seats
Heated and cooled front seats with driver's memory
12-way power front seats
Leather and wood steering wheel
Tilt and telescoping steering column
Ambient lighting
Options on this vehicle:
Equipment Group 202A - $4600
- Premium package
- Blind-sport monitoring system
- HD AM/FM/single CD THX-II audio system
- Heated steering wheel
- Adjustable pedals w/memory
- Power rear sunshade
- Rearview camera
- Navigation
- Elite package
- Multi contour seats
- Active park assist
- Heated rear seats
- Lane keeping system
- Premium wood package
Dual panel moonroof - $1695
Adaptive cruise control w/forward collision warning - $1295
Key options not on vehicle:
Fuel economy:
17/25/20 mpg
3.5L V-6 turbo
Horsepower: 365 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque: 350 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm
All -wheel
6-speed automatic
Curb weight: 4436 lb
245/45R20 front, 245/45R20 rear Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires
Audi A6
Infiniti M
Lexus GS350
2013 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost Front Left View 2
Ford is getting serious about reinventing its floundering luxury brand. For the first time since the 1970s, Lincoln has its own physical space in the Blue Oval corporate offices. To head up that dedicated design studio, the company recently poached a respected designer from Cadillac. And that new hire, Max Wolff, is just one of more than 200 Ford Motor Company employees now devoted to Lincoln.
Just 200 people to design, engineer, and market a lineup of luxury cars? Yes, it's a massively underwhelming number, but consider where the brand was only 18 months ago. Lincoln could claim a staff of just ten people.
These are merely the first steps in a marathon if Ford is genuine about its commitment to recreating a luxury marque. To have Lincoln mentioned in the same breath as Audi, BMW, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz requires more confident styling, stronger differentiation from Ford products, and a clear brand DNA. And because of those same needs, a mid-cycle refresh won't pitch the 2013 Lincoln MKS into the garages of discerning luxury buyers. It does, however, paint a picture of where the brand is headed.
Whereas the outgoing MKS could be described as a soft-riding, well-appointed, reskinned Ford Taurus, the 2013 model sets itself apart with the comfort-increasing, performance-improving technology we've come to expect from luxury cars. It's called Lincoln Drive Control and it offers three driver-selectable modes -- comfort, normal, and sport -- affecting the steering, suspension, throttle, transmission, and active noise control.
The main act in that lineup is the suspension, thanks to the addition of adaptive dampers that allow for greater control of body roll and impact harshness. The difference between comfort and normal is about as significant and noticeable as it gets with adaptive suspensions. Without being sloppy, the MKS in comfort mode soaks up big dips and sharp impacts with large amounts of wheel travel and progressive damping. Switching to sport mode is a less substantial change from the baseline, but tangible nonetheless. Around a hilly, winding route at Ford's Michigan Proving Ground, the MKS managed big, gentle dips and bumps with more stability and recovered quicker than an Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E350. As it should; this is where the car was developed. We're eager to explore the handling on choppier pavement with higher frequency impacts and less wheel travel, where we suspect the usual German sport sedans would have a clear upper hand.
The addition of independent variable valve timing results in an extra 21 hp for the base 3.7-liter V-6, which is now good for a total of 304 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque. Our test, however, was limited to the optional twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6, which now produces 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, which provides strong low-end grunt and impressive top-end power. A true dual exhaust enriches the soundtrack without being overbearing. Active noise cancellation is in place to mute low-frequency droning, but Lincoln engineers also tapped that hardware to pump up the engine note when in sport mode, supplementing the engine's growl with the stereo speakers as BMW does with the M5.
The all-wheel-drive system now reacts quicker thanks to new software that is now incorporated into the powertrain module. (The outgoing car had a separate computer for the all-wheel-drive programming.) The subtle tug of torque steer and the rare squeak of tire slip that could be extracted from a hard-driven 2012 MKS are now gone. A quicker steering ratio and a rack that is hard-mounted to the subframe sharpen steering responses and invite more spirited driving. The electric assistance is tuned for an even, medium-effort weight that is much more confident than the Mercedes-Benz E350.
A new lane keeping system warns the driver if the vehicle drifts from its lane with an audible alert, a vibration in the steering wheel, and a subtle steering correction. There's also a driver drowsiness alert that detects sluggish steering inputs.
MyLincoln Touch that relies on a central touch screen, steering-wheel controls, voice commands, and two instrument-cluster displays to manage the audio and navigation systems. An update earlier this year makes it more responsive, simpler, and easier on the eyes, but the touch-sensitive volume slider is still extremely fussy. It's the elephant in the room when Lincoln executives tell us the brand won't include "tech for the sake of tech." A traditional knob would do the job better.
The 2013 Lincoln MKS still suffers from uninspired styling and a general feeling of bulk, but Lincoln's adoption of adaptive dampers and attention to driving dynamics has pulled this car out of its apathetic, anonymous funk. In pursuit of true luxury, Lincoln has turned the car around, but it still has a ways to go to catch up with the pack.

2013 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost

Base price: $43,685/$50,675 (FWD/EcoBoost)
Engines: 3.7L V-6, 304 hp, 279 lb-ft; 3.5L twin-turbo V-6, 365 hp, 350 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Drive: Front- or 4-wheel
EPA Mileage: 18/27, 17/25 mpg (FWD, EcoBoost)
2013 Lincoln MKS
2013 Lincoln MKS

New For 2013

Significant mechanical upgrades give the MKS more power, better fuel economy, and a much more composed ride over a variety of road surfaces. The Sync system is upgraded to include operator assist and in-car Wi-Fi hot-spot capability for passengers. A revised interior offers new color combinations and higher-quality materials.


Lincoln has been floundering without a true flagship for years. Although the 2013 MKS still uses an aging platform, there are a number of mechanical changes that make it more competitive. Lincoln Drive Control offers three driver-selectable modes—Comfort, Normal, and Sport—affecting the steering, suspension, throttle, transmission, and active noise control. The biggest difference in the three modes comes from the adaptive dampers that noticeably change ride quality with each setting. Lincoln isn’t offering any new engines for 2013, but the standard 3.7-liter V-6 now offers 304 hp and up to a 2-mpg improvement over the 2012 EPA highway rating. Braking upgrades give the MKS much larger rotors front and rear, as well as better brake cooling, which should reduce brake fade during aggressive driving. Lincoln didn’t ignore the design of the MKS in order to make the mechanical changes. The grille, the hood, the front fenders, and the front and rear fascias are all-new for 2013, but they don’t give the car a significant visual change. In other words, it’ll look different from a 2012 model if you park next to one, but we wouldn’t go so far as to call it beautiful on its own.


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, lane-keep assist, collision warning, and adaptive headlamps are optional.

You'll like:

  • Much better handling
  • More powerful

You won't like:

  • Still not attractive
  • MyLincoln Touch has a steep learning curve

Key Competitors For The 2013 Lincoln MKS

  • Audi A6
  • Infiniti M
  • Lexus GS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-class
2013 Chevrolet Spark Front Three Quarter
The Big Three American automakers have been on a roll lately, releasing a slew of great new products. However, Consumer Reports suggests the latest sedans from Dodge, Lincoln, Cadillac, and Chevrolet may not be so great after all. The shopping guide announced today it will not recommend the 2013 Dodge Dart, 2013 Lincoln MKS, 2013 Cadillac XTS, and 2013 Chevrolet Spark after testing the four cars.
2013 Ford Taurus SHO Performance Package Front Three Quarter
Add three more cars to the list of five-star NCAP winners: the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration has just bestowed the 2013 Ford Taurus, Explorer, and Lincoln MKS with a five-star overall crash rating. In NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), all three cars earned an overall vehicle score of five stars. The score factors in frontal and side-impact testing with the vehicle’s ability to resist rolling over. They are the only Ford and Lincoln products to achieve the top rating at this point in time. It's not too surprising that all three vehicles earned the five-star rating – after all, they’re all built on the same D3 platform. Along with sharing platforms and powertrains, the Explorer, Taurus, and MKS also share a number of safety equipment that the Ford believes helped them earn a five-star rating. For 2013, Ford redesigned the passenger airbag and restraint systems in all three cars, and added a passenger-side knee airbag on the Explorer. All Tauruses, Explorers, and MKS models come standard with dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, side impact airbags for front-seat passengers, and side curtain airbags for all rows of seating. Electronic stability control is standard on the Taurus and MKS; traction control with roll stability control is standard on the Explorer. Additional safety equipment like forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear inflatable seatbelts (Explorer only) are also available as options. The 2013 Ford Taurus, Explorer, and Lincoln MKS are all on sale now. Pricing starts at $27,395 for the Taurus, $29,695 for the Explorer, and $43,685 for the MKS. (All prices include destination charges.) Source: Ford
2013 Lincoln MKS Frornt Three Quarters 2
Lincoln has unveiled a thorough refresh of its two large passenger car models, the 2013 MKT crossover and 2013 MKS sedan, at the 2011 LA auto show. The new Lincoln grille serves as a showcase of the design direction of the brand moving forward, while enhancements to the suspension, powertrain, and interior aim to improve overall refinement and performance.

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2013 Lincoln MKS Specifications

Quick Glance:
3.7L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
19 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
304 hp @ 6500rpm
279 ft lb of torque @ 4000rpm
  • 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
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
70,000 miles / 72 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Recall Date
Ford is recalling certain model year 2013 Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Fusion, Police Interceptor Sedan and Police Interceptor Utility vehicles; and certain model year 2013 Lincoln MKS, MKT, and MKZ vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may develop a crack, allowing fuel to leak.
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, free of charge. The recall began on July 20, 2013. Owners may contact Ford Motor Company Customer Relationship Center at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's recall campaign number is 13S04.
Potential Units Affected
Ford Motor Company

Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Ford Explorer, Taurus, and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured November 29, 2012, through December 12, 2012. In the affected vehicles, with sufficient door openings and closings, the child safety locks may change from an activated position to a deactivated position without notice.
If the child lock is deactivated, the door could be unlocked and opened from the inside which could lead to personal injury to an unrestrained child.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will test the safety locks. If necessary, the locks will be replaced free of charge. The recall began on August 2, 2013. Ford's recall number is 13S07. Owners may contact the Ford customer relationship center at 1-866-436-7332.
Potential Units Affected
Ford Motor Company

Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning.
If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park', increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S10.
Potential Units Affected
Ford Motor Company

Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013 Explorer, Explorer Police Utility, Taurus, Taurus Police Interceptor, Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the fuel delivery module may crack, allowing fuel to leak.
A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, free of charge. The recall began on December 21, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 13S04-S1.
Potential Units Affected
Ford Motor Company

Recall Date
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Ford Taurus vehicles manufactured December 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, and 2011-2013 Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured June 1, 2011, to October 31, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.
If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall began March 23, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S02.
Potential Units Affected
Ford Motor Company

Recall Date
Ford Moor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Ford Fusion vehicles without a 3.5L engine and Lincoln MKZ hybrid electric vehicles, 2011 Mercury Milan vehicles, 2011-2012 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with a 3.5L GTDI engine and 2013 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS, and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with any available engine. The affected vehicles have electric power steering assist systems that may shut down as a result of a steering motor sensor fault.
If the vehicle experiences a loss of power steering assist, extra steering effort will be required at lower speeds, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will check the Power Steering Control Module (PSCM) for Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). If dealers find any loss of steering assist DTCs, the steering gear will be replaced, free of charge. If, no codes are found during the PSCM inspection, the PSCM software will be updated, free of charge. The recall began on July 21, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S18.
Potential Units Affected
Ford Motor Company

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