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2005 Lincoln LS Review
Proof that American sedans measure up.
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When the Lincoln LS was first introduced, it was heralded as the domestic answer to premium midsize sedans from Europe’s luxury brands. The 2005 Lincoln LS has the option of a V-6 or a V-8 engine, and because of its rear-drive configuration and well-tuned suspension, it can be reasonably entertaining on back roads. Although some consumers complain the Lincoln LS is lacking a little in terms of prestige or refinement, this vehicle is still a respectable choice for a luxury sedan with sporting tendencies. The Lincoln LS delivers a smooth and acceptable acceleration, paired with a comfortable and compliant ride. The LS is at its best when being used as a touring sedan rather than an all out sport sedan. It is also a very roomy car, roomy enough to provide comfortable seating for four adults. However spacious the cabin may be, the interior materials are lacking in terms of quality, and the storage is surprisingly minimal in the cab.
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 3.9-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln LS Luxury, Lincoln LS Premium, Lincoln LS Sport, Lincoln LS Ultimate
The 2005 Lincoln LS features a new front fascia. Also, the automatic transmission has been changed slightly yet again for improved shifting.
All The 2005 Lincoln LS models come standard with a chrome grille and painted 16-inch alloy wheels giving it that classic Lincoln look we’ve come to know. Its measurements are 73.2 inches wide, 56.1 inches tall, 194.3 inches long, and 4.3 inches of ground clearance. Its front track is 60.5 inches, and its rear track is 60.8 inches. Its wheel base is 114.5 inches, and its curb weight is 3719 pounds. While there isn’t any significant change in body styling, the Lincoln LS is still one of the classiest cars on the road.
The 2005 Lincoln LS certainly doesn’t slack on comfort. A standard leather steering wheel and leather trimmed shift knob match perfectly with the already all-leather interior. Outfitted with front bucket seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, six-way powered passenger seats, and enough headroom for even the tallest of friends, this truly is a go anywhere, do-anything kind of car. The interior comes in many different colors, including standard black, black leather, dark stone/medium light stone/camel, and dove/shoal as well as its leather counterpart. Whether going to the movies or stepping onto the red carpet, the 2005 Lincoln LS will not disappoint.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Lincoln LS's base engine size is a three-liter, V-6 engine. It features 232 horsepower at 6750 rpm, and its torque is 220 lb-ft at 4500 rpm. It has rear drive, and a five-speed automatic transmission. Because of its upgraded design, the vehicle now has the capability to produce over 87 percent of its peak torque output at only 2000 rpm, and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in under 6.5 seconds. This luxury sedan has very smooth handling, and performs very well.
The 2005 Lincoln LS has safety features that include four-wheel ABS, dual front side-mounted airbags, child seat anchors, remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency braking assist, front and rear ventilated disc brakes, rear door child safety locks engine immobilizer, front fog/driving lights, auto delay off headlamps, dusk sensing headlamps, two front headrests, two rear headrests, rear center three-point belt, front seatbelt pretensions, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, emergency interior trunk release, front height adjustable headrests, and rear integrated headrests.
EPA Fuel Economy
Lincoln LS, V-8: 16/22 mpg city/highway
- Optional V-8 delivers smooth, quiet power
- Confident steering and handling
- Roomy and comfortable interior
- Optional THX-certified sound system
You Won't Like
- Lack of manual transmission
- Build quality lags behind competition
- Not nimble
Proof that American sedans measure up.
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