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.
The MKS is nice, yes, but I was disappointed by the amount of road and wind noise that intruded into our test car's cabin. I also thought that the brown interior leather on the dash top, seats, and door panels clashes with the black elsewhere in the interior (dashboard, carpets, etc), but I know that others on staff absolutely loved that color combo. Otherwise, though, I found the interior trimmings to be above average, but not class-leading, for a $50,000 luxury car.
The EcoBoosted V-6 certainly has plenty of power on demand, but for some reason, it doesn't feel as impressive in this car as it does in the blockier, 550-pound-heavier Ford Flex. The MKS's ride can be harsh at times on Michigan's frost-heaved roads, but the handling is much tighter than owners of old Continentals and Town Cars would expect. That's not saying a whole lot, but I was pleased to discover that, on snowy roads, the all-wheel-drive system can be coaxed into a rear-biased attitude if you flick the car into a curve, drifting mildly until the electronics reel you back in.
A couple final notes: Sync seems to recognize voice commands better now than when it initially came out a few years back. The capacious trunk held all of my family's New Year's gear, but loading things through the narrow opening was a bit challenging, as Phil mentioned.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor