2009 Lincoln MKS AWD

2009 Lincoln MKS AWD

I second Marc's observations about the keyless go system. Isn't one of the main points in the advertisements that spaceships don't need keys? Well, I guess you don't need a key to start it, but you can't get into the car without pulling out the fob and hitting unlock. Ok, so there is an "invisible" keypad on the B-pillar. As far as I'm concerned, it lives up to its name: I couldn't find it at all. And the all-black fob is impossible to decipher at night. I had to hold it under the mirror lights to see which button locked the car when I got home last night. If Lincoln is going to use this system, it needs to put a little button on the handle that allows you to lock or unlock the doors easily.

The interior of the MKS is very impressive, even more so if you've spent time behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus. The materials feel much more luxurious and the new infotainment system both looks good and works well. Still, it leaves a lot to be desired if you've spent time in any of the real luxury sedans in this class. For people just looking for a comfortable, quiet commuter, this MKS will be more than adequate.

Fuel economy is pretty depressing for a sedan. I know the car has all-wheel drive, but 16/23 mpg is nothing to brag about, especially when you have less than 300 hp. I didn't find the 3.7-liter V-6 to be very inspiring. It certainly moves the car down the road well enough, but I couldn't recommend this car to anyone until the EcoBoost engine (with turbocharging and direct injection) is available next spring. Perhaps EcoBoost won't be as great as I'm imagining, but I have a feeling all the people who rushed out to buy an MKS will wish they waited for the EcoBoost after it becomes an option next year.

Phil Floraday, Senior Online Editor

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