The Lincoln Continental is a model that has helped define the American luxury car for decades, similar to the Cadillac DeVille. However, it's practically the last of a dying breed with the model set to be discontinued next year. The mid-size Continental is a luxury sedan that is the only front-wheel-drive model produced by Lincoln. It's powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 engine that’s rated at 275 horsepower and produces 275 lb-ft of torque. It rides on a fully independent suspension and the rear suspension has a load-leveling feature that helps maintain ride height according to passenger or cargo weight. An optional Driver Select System is also available. That system includes an adjustable shock damping system and can be set for plush, normal, or firm ride control. It also comes with a memory system that enables two separate drivers to adjust seat and mirror settings to its specific preferences.
Body Styles: midsize sedan
Engines: 4.6-liter V-8
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln Continental
The 2001 Lincoln Continental brings few changes and introduces a universal garage door opener. Opting for the individual bucket seats also now gets consumers the Driver’s Select System. Exterior changes include the introduction of two new color choices.
The 2001 Lincoln Continental has a relatively narrow 109-inch wheelbase, despite being almost 210 inches long. This qualifies it as a midsize. The front of the Continental is distinctly defined by a classic-looking waterfall-style grille that’s flanked by a pair of modern headlights. In addition to the wide waterfall grille out front, it boasts dual exhaust outlets and a swooping hood line. Consumers can enhance its classic luxury car looks by opting for the available six-spoke chrome wheels.
The 2001 Lincoln Continental is spacious and can accommodate up to six passengers when properly equipped. Standard front seats are buckets, but choosing the no-cost option for a front bench is what it takes to expands the seating capacity to six. An optional Driver Select System is also available for models equipped with front buckets. That system enables the driver to adjust the firmness of the suspension, seat and mirror positions, power steering assist, and various other preferences. The trunk can hold up to 18 cubic feet of cargo. Furthermore, the interior is quiet and the controls are sensibly laid out.
Performance & Handling
The 2001 Lincoln Continental’s formidable 4.6-liter V-8 produces 275 horsepower. The engine matches the specs of that found in the base model Cadillac DeVille and comes paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. It also comes equipped with standard traction control that helps transfer engine power to the pavement. Whether passing, off the line, or cruising down the highway, the engine is smooth, power is refined, and ride quality is generally stable and comfortable.
The 2001 Lincoln Continental's standard safety equipment includes side-impact airbags and anti-lock brakes. In frontal offset collision tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it receives a second-highest rating of ""Acceptable.""
EPA Fuel Economy
Lincoln Continental: 15/23 mpg city/highway
- Generous list of features and options
- Exterior styling is attractive
- Smoothly-powered V-8 engine
You Won't Like
- Big and cumbersome to drive
- Seats are unsupportive
- Lacks interior storage space
- Less refined than many competing models
The final edition of the midsize sedan than was once the quintessential American luxury car.
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