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  • 2000 Lincoln LS V6 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      210/205
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $31,415
  • 2000 Lincoln LS V8 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      23
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      252/267
    • ENGINE
      3.9L V8
    • MSRP
      $35,290
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2000 Lincoln LS Review

Aggressive engines for the young and styling for the young at heart.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 2000 Lincoln LS serves as a European-style midsize sedan that marks a rebirth for the brand. The LS veers away from the looks of the luxury barges of the lineup, such as the Continental and the Town Car. It leads the pack in redefining the image.

It gets branded as a driver's car with focus on dynamism and style. The car manufacturer positions the car on the market to attract younger consumers. The LS completes the package with a reasonable tag price, a potent engine, great handling, and subtle style.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln LS V6, Lincoln LS V8

What's New

When looking at the 2000 Lincoln LS, one must dismiss the generalization that Lincolns look like big and bulky luxury liners. This midsize sedan gets aptly described as a sporty, athletic, and agile.

This totally redesigned sport sedan gets based entirely on a new sedan platform. The foundation for the development of the LS results from a collaboration between Lincoln and Jaguar. It marks the first car to roll off the assembly line of the Lincoln factory that does not classify as a full-size ride. The car appeals to those looking for a fresher offering in order to skip the tendency to go for the Continental or the Town Car.

Exterior

The LS has the distinct Lincoln grille with vertical bars bordered by a strip of chrome. This design of the grille links it to the rest of its brood. The dimensions of this sedan look trimmer, though, and its lines appear a lot crisper than the rest of the lineup.

The wheelbase of the LS measures 114.5 inches. Its length reaches 193.9 inches. It measures 14 inches shorter than the Continental and 21 inches shorter than the Town Car.

The wedge profile of the LS and its gently sloping roof pillars differentiate it from the Jaguar S-Type, from which it draws inspiration.

Interior

The designers of the Lincoln LS describe the interior of the car as having an international flavor. The bucket seats in front, as well as a rear bench with two sculpted spaces, come hugged in quality leather. The seats feel well-padded and occupants remain very comfortable, even during long drives.

The rest of the interior looks quite simple and understated. Everything seems built for comfort and practicality with climate, audio, and other controls easily reachable on the center console. Sound-deadening panels sit properly positioned to insulate the cabin from road and engine noise.

The trunk has a long, wide floor that holds a decent 13.7 cubic feet of luggage.

Performance & Handling

Aside from the styling of the LS, consumers get the real deal under the hood. This car offers two engine options. The base V-6 offers three liters of displacement and produces 210 horses and 205 lb-ft of torque. This potent engine couples with a five-speed manual gearbox. Using a stick shift marks another first for the LS–there hasn’t been a manual on the Lincoln since 1951. The V-6 goes from zero to 60 in just eight seconds.

The ride also has a 3.9-liter, V-8 engine that gives out 252 horses and a torque of 267 lb-ft. This bring the car from zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds.

Both engines can also mate with a five-speed SelectShift automatic gearbox. This transmission comes with the Sport Package, which also includes a European suspension, bumpers following the color of the body, leather treatment for the steering wheel, and 17-inch aluminum rims.

The 2000 Lincoln LS has a far better suspension system than its older, bulkier siblings. It makes use of a four-wheel, aluminum independent setup that ensures the smooth ride. The luxury sedan also has a weight distribution of 52/48 for the front and rear so it has that European-feel when dealing with corners and curves. It taps into the AdvanceTrac system when you drive too aggressively.

Safety

The car has the basic front airbags and other safety features like side-impact airbags for the front-cabin occupants. Other safety features include an all-speed traction system and anti-lock brakes.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln LS V6 automatic: 17/23 mpg city/highway
Lincoln LS V6 manual: 18/23 mpg city/highway
Lincoln LS V8: 18/25 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Potent V-8 engine
  • Good handling
  • Ride comfort
  • Roominess

You Won't Like

  • Performance of the automatic gearbox
  • Subtle design lines

Sum Up

Aggressive engines for the young and styling for the young at heart.

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