New to the full-size luxury class for 2009, the Lincoln MKS debuted with a powerful turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine, the first EcoBoost engine in the Ford and Lincoln lineup. Displacing 3.5 liters and generating 355 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque while achieving 25 mpg highway, the MKS' engine ostensibly made the need for a V-8 option obsolete.
With a host of trick technology, the MKS carved out a niche as a sporting, but not particularly sporty, full-size sedan to do battle in the market against the established names from Germany and Japan in the heart of the $50,000 lux segment. Coming with optional all-wheel drive on the naturally-aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 models or with standard all-wheel drive on EcoBoost cars, the MKS is a willing handler, but don't expect it to set any new racetrack lap records.
That said, it's not so much a competitor of the establishment of foreign luxury carmakers so much as it is for Ford's own Taurus SHO sedan, which is virtually the same car with 10 more horsepower and costs about $8000 less. With the exception of some sound deadening and insulation, the biggest difference between the two are the badges on the front of each, making the SHO appear to be the much more prudent purchase.
Body style: Four-door sedan
Engines: 3.7-liter, V-6; Turbocharged 3.5-liter, V-6 (EcoBoost)
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Models: Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKS AWD, Lincoln MKS EcoBoost
Optional on the Navigation and Ultimate packages now is the Blind Spot Information System, which warns drivers of other cars in their blind spots. New colors available include Cinnamon Metallic, Crystal Champagne Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl
Metallic and Silver Diamond Premium coat Metallic. A remote starter and smoker's package are also now available for 2012 models.
Large and in charge, the MKS more gracefully integrates Lincoln's split grille and exterior features than some of its stablemates. Available to the MKS are a large dual-panel moonroof that brings in plenty of sunlight, 20-inch wheels, and chrome trim bordering the side windows. The MKS comes with standard LED tail lights and HID headlights, and the package comes across as smooth, powerful, and purposeful.
Lincoln's THX audio system is fantastic, and Sync keeps hands on the wheel with hands-free talking. Coddled in swaths of leather and plush seats, trips are a cinch, and parking is even easier with the optional park assist that uses radar sensors to parallel park the MKS with little more than brake modulation from the driver.
Performance & Handling
Like muscle cars of yore, the MKS is a whole lot of engine when EcoBoost-equipped, but not a lot of anything else when there's a turn in the road. The steering is light and numb, and the brakes are mushy. Take away the engine and the drive is simply ho-hum. Not that it's terrible, but there are $40,000 cars from the likes of Chrysler and Hyundai with similar space and power to the EcoBoost MKS that give the driver plenty more feedback for less coin.
Using a Volvo-derived platform, you know the MKS is safe. Standard features for the MKS are AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, dual front and side-impact airbags, Safety Canopy system, tire pressure monitoring system, SOS Post-Crash Alert System, LATCH child seat anchors, child safety locks, passive anti-theft system, MyKey
programmable vehicle key, SecuriCode keyless-entry keypad system, and Intelligent Access with push-button start.
EPA Fuel Economy
MKS: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway (FWD); 16 mpg city/23 mpg highway (AWD)
MKS EcoBoost: 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway
- Acceleration (EcoBoost)
- Fuel economy
You Won't Like
- Steering and brake feel
- Interior space vs. size of car
The best MKS you can buy is the much cheaper Ford Taurus SHO
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