The MKS falls short of being a class leader, but it is a solid effort on Lincoln's part and offers plenty to attract those who are looking for a roomy, comfortable, luxurious, and very well-equipped sedan with classic yet modern styling. Unfortunately, it does not offer the road presence or stance that the MKR concept, let alone all of the stillborn Lincoln concepts from earlier this decade, promised. Ford is clearly getting its Lincoln house in order, and the MKS is an indicator of even better things to come. But in creating a flagship from its corporate front-wheel-drive components set, Lincoln is fighting the tide of the luxury-car world, which has moved to rear-wheel-drive-based platforms. Although the Acura RL is hardly a runaway success, Lincoln would be wise to follow Acura and give the MKS standard all-wheel drive, as front-wheel drive just does not send the right message anymore in the luxury-sedan realm.