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  • 2001 Lincoln LS V6 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      25
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      210/205
    • ENGINE
      3.0L V6
    • MSRP
      $32,290
  • 2001 Lincoln LS V8 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      252/267
    • ENGINE
      3.9L V8
    • MSRP
      $36,320
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2001 Lincoln LS Review

Stylish to look at, comfortable to sit in, and fun to drive.

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Overview

The sporty 2001 Lincoln LS is a sedan that shares a rear-drive platform with the Jaguar S-Type. It may be a far more conservative looking sedan than its glamorous English cousin, but with Ford owning both companies, it does inherit some of the Jag’s legendary on-road athleticism. Like the S-Type, it was introduced in 2000. The model has been successful in helping Lincoln attract the attention of a younger demographic of drivers. In addition to its on-road capabilities, it's equipped with advanced communication and technology features that help keep it in step with the demands of a younger, more tech-savvy audience. These include hands-free, voice-activated mobile phone service, and a system based on GMs OnStar that enables access to roadside assistance, email, news, weather, stocks, and sports. One of the most attractive things about it is the way it combines the driving dynamics of a high-end European model with the expansive comforts of a domestic-made sedan. This entry-level luxury car is the most technologically advanced model in the Lincoln lineup. The car was designed to target some of the market share occupied by the likes of BMW and Mercedes and it has been relatively successful in doing so.

The Range

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

What's New

New additions made to the 2001 Lincoln LS include the introduction of a glow-in-the-dark manual trunk release and child safety-seat anchor points. Models equipped with the V-6 also now come equipped with standard traction control and the option for AdvanceTrac. There is a Sport Package available that includes 17-inch chrome wheels. Interior improvements include an additional power outlet, newly revised cup holders, an available mirror-mounted compass, and an available dash-mounted six-CD changer. New exterior features include the introduction of four new color choices.

Exterior

The 2001 Lincoln LS shares much in common with its Town Car sibling. But it's more aggressive looking thanks to tight, quad headlights a sweeping grille, and clean hood design. It's also leaner and has sharper lines. At 194 inches long, it's shorter and sports a 114.5-inch wheelbase.

Interior

The 2001 Lincoln LS sets itself apart from the other Lincoln sedans with its front seats. As opposed to the bench seating found in most Lincolns, it uses bucket seats instead. Cabin space is ample and tall passengers will be comfortable in front and in the outboard seats in the rear. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes, and the rear seatback can be folded to increase cargo capacity. The shallow, wide trunk is capable of holding 13.7 cubic feet of cargo.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Lincoln LS is available with either a 3.9-liter V-8 or a 3.0-liter V-6 engine. The V-6 generates 210 horsepower and delivers 205 lb-ft of torque. The more formidable V-8 produces 252 horse and 267 lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, while the V-6 is available with either a manual or a five-speed transmission, the V-8 is available only with a five-speed automatic that hinders its output. It does deliver when it comes to handling; however, despite ride quality, that can be on the rough side.

The 2001 Lincoln LS is quick off the line and great for passing thanks to a refined but potent V-8 engine that provides smooth acceleration. Steering is responsive and the car grips the road confidently. Suspension and tires are both firm, which helps the car to perform ably on turns and bends. For those that really want to get the most in terms of performance, there is also an optional Sport Package.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 2001 Lincoln LS, include front airbags, side impact front airbags, anti-lock brakes, and all-speed traction control. It receives five out of five stars in NHTSA crash tests for passenger, driver, side rear, and rollover crash tests. For side impact front impacts it received only four stars. However, in frontal offset impact tests conducted by the IIHS the LS received a top rating of ""Good.""

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln LS: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Steering and handling both confident
  • Option for V-6 or V-8 engine
  • Interior is spacious and comfortable
  • Exterior boasts clean design
  • Based on same platform as Jaguar S-Type

You Won't Like

  • Unexceptional build quality
  • Lacking in interior storage space
  • Needs stronger lineup of transmissions

Sum Up

Stylish to look at, comfortable to sit in, and fun to drive.

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