The Lincoln Continental is a rare, front-drive, luxury sedan. It has been part of Lincoln’s lineup since 1940. This car marks the epitome of luxury in terms of styling, comfort, ride quality, and maneuverability. It comes with the right technologies, aggressiveness, and style that blend together for an excellent overall ride.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Continental
The 2000 Lincoln Continental basically carries over from the previous releases, except for its additional safety features such as a glow-in-the-dark emergency release in the trunk, anchor brackets for a child seat, side airbags, and a seat belt reminder system.
The Continental does not make major changes to its exterior styling. Upon inspection, the taillights seem like quite an attention grabber because of their massive size and design that swoops around the quarter panel of the rear. The hood, deck lid, and front fenders use sheet-molding materials that are less prone to dings and dents.
The 2000 Lincoln Continental carries over the revamps for the 1998 release of where the front overhang got trimmed and the headlamps redesigned. The overall look of this model seems rounder compared to its older siblings.
The vehicle's door handles remain the same, so it still presents the danger of catching your pinky. The distracting keypad can still unlock the car without the need for a key.
The interior of the vehicle impresses consumers. The seats don two-tone, high-quality leather. The layout of the cabin also gives it a roomy and airy feeling. This also results from the light that comes through the moonroof and the windows that enhance the open feeling.
The Continental comes packed with electronics that make driving easier and comfortable. The instrument panels seem well-lit and very easy to glimpse upon when driving. All controls for entertainment, climate, and ride comfort sit within easy reach.
Drivers and occupants can program a lot of functions to make the ride smoother for them. You can set the horn to go off when you lock the door. You can have the doors automatically lock when the vehicle moves forward. The rear-view mirror also automatically tilts down when you shift to reverse.
The front and rear seats feel very comfortable with generous amounts of head and legroom. Bucket seats mark the standard for the front cabin. Visibility looks good in all directions. Buyers can also opt for a bench seat in front with a 50/50-split, which increases the capacity of the car to six individuals. The rear seat has enough room for three adults.
Performance & Handling
The 32-valve, V-8 engine of the 2000 Lincoln Continental moves the hefty sedan with convincing authority. Overtaking and cruising on the highway never causes an issue. The double overhead-cam powerhouse cranks out 275 horsepower and a torque of 270 lb-ft.
The power of the engine transfers to the front wheels through the four-speed automatic gearbox. Shifting of the gears comes very smoothly without the jerky feeling in between gears.
The Continental tips the scale at 3868 pounds, but it does not feel sloppy when on the road. The suspension system also adjusts to get the desired feel on rough or smooth roads.
The effort needed to move the steering wheel can also be adjusted to fit the needs of the driver. The car automatically adjusts the steering to require more effort when driving at high speeds to give the driver a better road feel.
The suspension system uses MacPherson struts in front and independent arms for the rear to give the Continental smooth handling and ride capabilities.
The 2000 Lincoln Continental comes equipped with front airbags, side airbags, traction control, and an anti-lock brake system as standard features. The car also goes on fully deflated tires for more than 100 miles. This means that even holes in the tires as big as a golf ball do not cause a major problem. The system warns the driver at certain levels and critical levels of deflation.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lincoln Continental: 17/25 mpg city/highway
- Excellent features
- Powerful engine
- Passenger room
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