2009 Lincoln MKS

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2009 Lincoln MKS Review

A roomy luxury sedan.

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The Lincoln division of Ford unveiled its new flagship car for the 2009 model year. The 2009 Lincoln MKS is a full-size, four-door luxury sedan that is based on the same platform as the Ford Taurus, but that’s where similarities end. As well as bearing the Lincoln brand, the 2009 Lincoln MKS is loaded with the latest in technology produced by the brand. It seats five and comes with front-wheel drive as standard, or all-wheel drive as optional.

The Range

Body Styles: four-door sedan
Engines: 3.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln MKS

What's New

The new 2009 Lincoln MKS is the latest sedan produced by the Lincoln brand. With the launch of this new sedan, Lincoln designated it the company’s new flagship car. Compared to previous Lincoln cars, the 2009 Lincoln MKS is more dynamic, filled with more technologies, and more compact. The goal was to produce a car that inspires confidence, which is ensured by the new grille specifically for the Lincoln MKS, as well as the chrome accents and new lines.

Lincoln has created a modern, classy, clean-looking interior. New technologies that can be found inside the car include a sync multimedia integration system, radar-based cruise control, Sirius travel link, and a THX entertainment system.


The designers at Lincoln considered the 2009 Lincoln MKS as a sedan that gave the impression of a high-performing dynamic car, while at the same time retaining the feel of traditional elegance. The lines of the car inspire power, movement, and placement of body parts such as side vents, was done specifically to enhance the character of the MKS. When the 2009 Lincoln MKS was launched, it was equipped with a new grille that gave the car a bolder look from the front. The chrome grille had a split wing design that was used on the Lincoln MKR concept car and was inspired by the grille found on the Lincoln Continental in the early 1940s.

Featured on the 2009 Lincoln MKS is a capless fuel-filling system. This system allows owners to fill the fuel tank without having to remove the gas cap from the tank. Unlike many of its competitors, the 2009 Lincoln MKS can be filled with both premium and fuels that have lower octane levels. Using higher octane fuel will improve the amount of horsepower produced by the engine.


The 2009 Lincoln MKS is based on the D3 platform created by Ford, so it has a roomy interior and good safety scores. Although the interior is equipped with many comforts and technologies as standard, the instruments and dash are laid out in a simple way. Standard features include the Sync system produced by Ford, which enables voice control for cell phones and MP3 players. A dual-zone automatic climate control system and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel are also standard features.

Leather upholstery is used throughout, and there is plenty of space for most passengers. The quality of the materials used for the interior is variable, which can make the 2009 Lincoln MKS look cheap compared to competitors. To improve the comfort of the ride, the front seats are heated and ventilated, while the rear seats are heated. As well as providing plenty of room for passengers, there is also plenty of cargo space.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 Lincoln MKS is equipped with a 3.7-liter V-6 engine that produces 273 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. The only transmission is a six-speed automatic transmission, but it comes with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Acceleration is adequate both from a stop and when passing, but the 2009 Lincoln MKS may not feel as powerful as other cars in its class. The ride is generally good, although the addition of the optional 19-inch and 20-inch wheels can make it bumpier. Handling is good, but not great, and some body lean may be felt.


The standard safety features found on the 2009 Lincoln MKS include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The anti-lock brakes are equipped with a brake assist system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Lincoln MKS front-wheel drive: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Lincoln MKS all-wheel drive: 16/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Roomy interior for passengers
  • Many features are standard

You Won't Like

  • Acceleration
  • Fuel economy
  • Lower quality interior materials

Sum Up

A roomy luxury sedan.

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