2009 Lincoln MKS AWD

I spent the long Labor Day weekend in the MKS, so I had plenty of time to get acquainted with Lincoln's new flagship. My destination for the weekend was about 250 miles away - pretty much all on the highway. Before I left I had to fill the gas tank, and I soon realized that the MKS is equipped with Ford's capless fuel filler system, which I first heard about last year. It was seamless to use, although the best thing about filling up the MKS was that I could use regular grade fuel rather than high octane.

Once on the road, the state of Michigan's freeway - surfaces range from broken concrete to bumpy, tar-filled patches to smooth stretches of newly paved road - tested the MKS's composure. I have to say that I wasn't that impressed with the ride, as the rough stretches of road were conveyed directly to the seat of my pants. However, the brilliance of the SYNC system distracted me enough that I wasn't particularly bothered by it.

The interior is a pleasant enough environment, although a little monochrome for my taste - perhaps it was just the all-black interior of our test car. I did like the dual sunroofs, as it lightened up the cabin.

The Town Car was known for its prodigious trunk capacity, and the MKS doesn't disappoint in that respect with a generous amount of cargo space. However, the opening isn't as wide, and the trunk lid lacks an automatic soft-closing mechanism. In our test car, it took a pretty hefty slam to get the trunk to close.

My colleagues have lamented the fact that this Lincoln will have a hard time competing with its competitors from Cadillac, Lexus, etc. However, the one thing it has going for it is its price: with a base sticker of just over $40,000, it is among the least expensive full-size luxury cars on the market. At that price, it will likely still appeal to loyal Lincoln customers.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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