The Continental remains one of the most well-known vehicles in the Lincoln lineup, even after the model line stopped production in 2002. The 1997 Lincoln Continental serves as a powerful, luxury sedan that offers drivers comfort and performance. The Continental comes equipped with an eight-cylinder engine and a spacious, luxurious interior.
One of the most standout features of the Lincoln Continental concerns safety. While safety features provide a common focus for luxury sedans, the Continental offers two innovative features: SecuriTires and Remote Emergency Satellite Cellular Unit (RESCU), as optional features. Even among the higher-priced competition, these features remain unusual, and few vehicles offer equivalent features.
This excellent luxury sedan offers more than enough to drivers to justify the higher price tag. For some buyers, the innovative safety options allow it to stand out in the highly competitive luxury market. Even without those options, the Continental makes a solid offering in its price range purely with standard features.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Continental
The 1997 Lincoln Continental comes equipped with a single-key locking system and traction control. The single-key locking system automatically locks all four doors, the trunk, and glove box when the key locks the door.
The Lincoln Continental classifies as a sedan, measuring 206.3 inches long, with a wheelbase of 109 inches. It looks larger than most sedans on the road, but many luxury sedans stretch to a similar size. Standard features include power heated mirrors, keyless entry, and an anti-theft alarm system. Chrome wheels and a power moonroof provide options. The styling looks similar to other Lincoln vehicles, such as the Town Car.
The Lincoln Continental offers a large, spacious, and luxurious interior. Power leather seats, cruise control, remote trunk release, an overhead console, leather trim, automatic climate control, and a cassette player come standard. A CD player, a CD changer, a telematics system, auto-dimming mirrors, JBL audio, and a cellular phone provide optional features.
Performance & Handling
The Lincoln Continental offers excellent performance in all respects. The eight-cylinder engine gives the Continental excellent acceleration and a respectable top speed. The Continental maneuvers and handles well. The only negative aspect concerns the steering. The 1997 Lincoln Continental has three steering settings: high-effort, normal-effort, and low-effort. All of the settings leave the driver feeling a little disconnected from the vehicle. The Continental itself handles well, but it takes time to get used to the steering before it starts to feel natural, regardless of the setting.
The 1997 Lincoln Continental includes an excellent amount of standard and optional safety features. Dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and traction control come standard. SecuriTires and Remote Emergency Satellite Cellular Unit (RESCU) both provide optional features. SecuriTires are a special brand of tires capable of going 50 miles after losing pressure entirely. RESCU consists of a cellular phone and global positioning system (GPS). In the event of a serious accident, the system can be voice activated to call for help. The GPS relays the vehicle’s position to rescuers. The system aids trapped drivers who would otherwise be unable to reach assistance.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lincoln Continental: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Powerful eight-cylinder engine
- Smooth ride
- Large interior
You Won't Like
- Unresponsive steering
- Bland appearance
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