1998 Lincoln Continental

  • 1998 Lincoln Continental Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      260/270
    • ENGINE
      4.6L V8
    • MSRP
      $37,930
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1998 Lincoln Continental Review

American luxury and power at its finest.

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Overview

The 1998 Lincoln Continental is a front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan designed to offer high levels of luxury and comfort, while maintaining a distinctive style that has made them popular cars in America since the pre-WW II era. Enhancements to this year’s model make it even more appealing, making it a close rival of a Cadillac or BMW. Drivers of the Continental get the satisfaction of smooth acceleration and easy handling, while passengers enjoy a comfortable ride with plenty of room. A long list of convenience, comfort, and safety features make the experience of being inside this vehicle a true pleasure.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Continental

What's New

The 1998 Lincoln Continental exterior gets a larger grille and rounded sheet metal at all four corners. There are changes in its interior, which include a new analog clock, a larger passenger space, and the use of maple wood trim.

Exterior

The 1998 Lincoln Continental has approximately a 209-inch length, 74-inch width, 56-inch height, and 109-inch wheelbase. It has a sophisticated appearance, along with an aggressive stance, which gives it an heir of supremacy on the road. The Continental features body-colored front and rear bumpers, a polycarbonate grille, chrome trim on the side of body, around side windows, on bumpers, and on its rear, heated power door mirrors, daytime running lights, a solar-reflective windshield, and tinted glass on the cabin. A power moon roof is optional. It weighs 3868 pounds and sits on 16-inch alloy wheels.

Interior

The interior of the 1998 Lincoln Continental is roomy enough to comfortably fit five passengers. In the front, there are two six-way power leather bucket seats with four-way adjustable headrests, divided by a console that includes a storage bin and two cup holders. There are pockets in the doors and bins on the seats for easy storage. The dash has a virtual image instrument cluster with analog gauges that are logically arranged for clear readability, conveniently-located controls for easy use, and an automatic drive indicator. In the rear, there is a leather bench seat with a fold-down armrest with two cup holders in the center. The Continental features a leather-wrapped steering wheel, power windows and locks, automatic climate control, a fully-lined luggage compartment, and an AM/FM stereo with a cassette player included and four speakers. Heated front seats, steering wheel audio controls, and a CD changer are optional.

Performance & Handling

The 1998 Lincoln Continental comes packed with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that cranks out 260 horsepower and 302 lb-ft of torque. It is combined with a four-speed automatic transmission. The result is smooth and strong acceleration, which makes it easy to quickly pick up speed and pass effortlessly on two-lane roads.

The 1998 Lincoln Continental is built with an independent strut front suspension with a stabilizer bar and coil springs teamed with an independent multi-link rear suspension with a stabilizer bar and air springs. Drivers can select a firm, normal, or soft suspension setting, as well as adjust steering to either a low or high effort or normal setting. As a result, ride and handling tends to be relatively gentle and easy.

Safety

The 1998 Lincoln Continental is equipped with anti-lock brakes on all four wheels and traction control for improved handling. There are driver and front passenger front-impact airbags installed. Rear doors use child safety door locks. An anti-theft system is included to provide increased security.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln Continental: 17/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Powerful Engine
  • Smooth ride
  • Nice handling

You Won't Like

  • Rear visibility
  • Costly to repair

Sum Up

American luxury and power at its finest.

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