2004 Lincoln LS

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2004 Lincoln LS Review

A generic sedan profile hiding a sporty and luxurious spirit.

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The Lincoln LS classifies as a midsize, entry-level luxury sedan introduced for the 2000 model year replacing the Lincoln Continental or the Lincoln Mark VIII. All models use a four-door body style with a front-engine, rear-drive layout. The LS V-6 and V-8 span only one generation with a moderate exterior redesign between the 2003 and the 2004 model year.

The 2004 Lincoln LS features conservative exterior styling, despite a mid-generation redesign aimed at a younger luxury audience, a range of excellent luxury features, sporty handling and performance, and a fair starting price for an entry-level luxury model. The 2004 receives a handful of exterior changes and a couple new powertrain and luxury options.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln LS V-6 Luxury, Lincoln LS V-6 Appearance Package, Lincoln LS V-6 Premium, Lincoln LS V-8 Sport, Lincoln LS V-8 Ultimate

What's New

The 2004 Lincoln LS receives a significant makeover that targets a younger audience. The grille, mirrors, taillights, wheels and deck lid change. It gets more powerful and runs smoother due to improvements to the variable valve timing. The suspension upgrades for a quieter ride and less vibration and Lincoln states that the transmission has been improved as well.


Though redesigned to appeal to a younger audience, the 2004 Lincoln LS still has a conservative appearance overall, like a smaller Town Car. The profile seems fairly typical for a sedan outside of the redesigned grille with the Lincoln logo incased in silver. The V-6 features 16-inch tires and the V-8 uses 17-inch tires.


The 2004 Lincoln LS seats five with front bucket seats and a back split bench seat, which folds down. The interior feels roomy considering the dimensions and front and rear rows enjoy descent leg and headroom, but the rear middle position may become a little crowded with three adults. The trunk accommodates up to 13.5 cubic feet of cargo. The driver’s seat adjusts eight ways and the front-passenger seat adjusts six ways. Some standard luxury features include power-adjustable pedals and electronic parking brakes. Some optional features include a DVD navigation system, a high-end audio system, heated rear seats, and heated and cooled front seats.

Performance & Handling

The 3.0-liter V-6 achieves 232 hp and demonstrates smooth and quick acceleration. The 3.9-liter V-8 gets 280 hp and offers a sportier but still comfortable and smooth ride. Both engines pair with a five-speed automatic transmission with an optional auto-manual. The 2004 Lincoln LS handles well in most road conditions, gripping the road and gliding over even rougher roads. While still providing a comfortable ride, winter driving over icy roads requires considerable caution.


Some safety features on the 2004 Lincoln LS include side-impact airbags for the front seats, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake assist for emergencies, and traction control. AdvanceTrac electronic stability and side curtain airbags remain optional.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln LS 3.0-liter V-6, S5 automatic: 18/25 mpg city/highway
Lincoln LS 3.0-liter V-6 five-speed automatic: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Lincoln LS 3.9-liter V-8 S5 automatic: 15/23 mpg city/highway
Lincoln LS 3.9-liter V-8 five-speed automatic: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sporty feel
  • Convenient size
  • Performance of V-8
  • Current pricing

You Won't Like

  • Fuel efficiency
  • Resale for owners
  • Traction during winter months

Sum Up

A generic sedan profile hiding a sporty and luxurious spirit.

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