1996 Lincoln Continental

  • 1996 Lincoln Continental Diamond Anniversary Sedan

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1996 Lincoln Continental Review

An American classic reborn.

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The 1996 Lincoln Continental is one of the automaker's best known models, even after it was discontinued in 2002. It's still the same powerful, luxury sedan that so many drivers have come to respect for both luxury and performance. It's equipped with an eight-cylinder engine and a large, spacious luxury interior. While safety features are a common focus on luxury sedans, it offers two innovative and optional features that make its debut this year: run flat tires and Remote Emergency Satellite Cellular Unit (RESCU). Even among higher-priced competition, these features are unusual.

The 1996 Lincoln Continental is an excellent luxury sedan that offers more than enough to drivers to justify the higher price tag. The innovative safety options allow it to stand out in the highly competitive luxury market. Even without these novel safety features, it's a solid offering in its price range purely with standard features.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Continental

What's New

The 1996 Lincoln Continental is equipped with an anti-theft alarm system as standard equipment. Run flat tires are now standard equipment, and a GPS based roadside rescue system is available as an optional feature.


The 1996 Lincoln Continental is a four-door sedan measuring 206.3 inches long with a wheel base of 109 inches. It's larger than most sedans on the road, but many luxury sedans are similarly sized. Chrome wheels are available as an option; the conservative styling is similar to other Lincoln vehicles like the Town Car.


The 1996 Lincoln Continental is a large, spacious luxury vehicle with ample room for all occupants. Standard equipment include power leather seats, power heated mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry, remote trunk release, overhead console, anti-theft alarm system, leather trim, automatic climate control, and a cassette player. Optional features include a CD player, CD changer, power moonroof, telematics system, auto-dim mirrors, JBL audio, and a cellular phone.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Lincoln Continental offers excellent performance in all respects. The eight-cylinder engine gives it excellent acceleration and a respectable top speed. The vehicle maneuvers and handles quite well.


The 1996 Lincoln Continental has an excellent amount of standard and optional safety features. Standard features include dual-front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control and can be equipped with run flat tires and Remote Emergency Satellite Cellular Unit (RESCU) as optional features. Run flat tires are a special brand of tires capable of being used for fifty miles after losing pressure entirely. RESCU is a system consisting of a cellular phone and GPS, which can be voice activated to call for help in the event of a serious accident and will relay the vehicle’s position to rescuers.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln Continental: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful eight-cylinder engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Large interior
  • Advanced roadside rescue system

You Won't Like

  • Unresponsive steering
  • Bland appearance

Sum Up

An American classic reborn.

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