Lincoln has spent recent years trying to shake its stodgy image by introducing and marketing vehicles that appeal to younger drivers such as the popular Lincoln LS and MKZ sedans. A big part of this movement to advance Lincoln's brand reincarnation is the 2010 Lincoln MKS full size sedan.
The 5-passenger MKS exhibits long sloping bodylines that run from the LED taillights into the aggressively styled headlights that frame the broad twin vent Lincoln grille.
The base engine for the MKS is a 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 273 horsepower and 270 pound feet of torque. New for 2010 is a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 that puts out 355 horsepower and 350 pound feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels or available all wheel drive through a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel economy for the MKS ranges from 16 miles per gallon city, up to 25 miles per gallon highway, depending on engine choice.
The MKS comes standard with luxury features such as heated rear seats, hidden keypad, 12-way power heated/cooled front seats, a backup warning system, and SYNC voice-activated entertainment system.
Our test car came with options such as a voice-activated DVD Navigation system, a backup camera, and a stunning dual panel moon roof with power sunshade.
Also available on the MKS is adaptive cruise control, which matches the speed of the vehicle to its front and keeps the MKS at a pre-set distance.
In addition to the full assortment of front and side impact airbags, standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock brakes with brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, and the SOS post-crash warning system.
Initial base MSRP for the 2010 Lincoln MKS is $40,870. An all wheel drive turbocharged model with full options will top out at around $55,000. The MKS is backed by a 6-year, 70,000-mile power train warranty.
With sharp styling, potent powerplant options, and a host of standard luxury features, the 2010 Lincoln MKS is out to turn heads while shaping a new image for the venerable brand.