1999 Lincoln Continental

  • 1999 Lincoln Continental Base Sedan

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1999 Lincoln Continental Review

Understated luxury.

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The 1999 Lincoln Continental is a classic luxury car with understated styling and design. Despite the somewhat boxy look of the car, it still delivers a clean exterior and extremely luxurious interior loaded with plenty of features. On top of reserved style, the decent power under the hood allows the Lincoln Continental to get going. Considering the higher price tag, this car is more geared at true Lincoln fans when compared next to the competition.

The Range

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

What's New

The 1999 Lincoln Continental does not see much of a change for the 1999 model, but there are some improvements in the overall safety of the sedan. Additionally, Lincoln offers more color choices for the exterior paint job, and options for different wheels and an improved stereo system. The overall design remains almost unchanged from the 1998 major overhaul, which included the change from rear drive to front drive.


The 1999 Lincoln Continental's exterior comes in a total of 11 color options, which are all neutral colors. The smooth and lackluster design on the outside is understate the luxury and features of the car, but it is extremely clean with rounded out edges. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels, automatic on/off headlights, and intermittent windshield wipers are all standard. Options for the exterior include a power moonroof, chrome wheels, and auto-dim exterior mirrors. Overall, the exterior is luxurious without being overstated.


The interior of the 1999 Lincoln Continental comes standard with luxuries like powered seats, windows, and doors. Also standard is an option of four trims, which are all neutral colors here as well. Auto-dim rearview mirror helps reduce the stress on the eyes from bright lights and the sun, and tinted glass helps keep the interior temperature down a little bit. AM/FM/Cassette audio is optionally replaceable with a disc changer. Other interior options include cellular phone, telematics system, and heated front seats. Overall, the Lincoln Continental offers plenty of luxury on the inside.

Performance & Handling

The 1999 Lincoln Continental is a luxury sedan, and it rides like one. The independent suspension, traction control, and gas pressurized shocks that come standard do an extremely good job absorbing rougher roads and creating a quiet and smooth ride. The understated design does not allude to the 275-hp 4.6-liter V-8 engine that makes acceleration and interstate speeds a breeze. The engine makes 275 lb-ft of torque. The front drive changes made in the previous year's model do not stop the Continental from getting around decently in rougher weather. Overall, the luxury features on the inside match those under the hood.


The 1999 Lincoln Continental comes standard with safety features like the four-wheel anti-lock brake system, traction control, anti-theft alarm system, and dual airbags. During crash testing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rated the Lincoln Continental to have ""acceptable"" frontal protection for drivers and passengers. The structure and safety cage, head, chest, and right foot crash tests all rated ""acceptable,"" and the IIHS rated the chest and restraints to provide ""good"" safety. Overall, the Lincoln Continental is safer than past models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln Continental: 17/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • High-tech features
  • Decent gas mileage
  • Seating

You Won't Like

  • Boxy styling
  • Pricing
  • Front drive

Sum Up

Understated luxury.

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