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2013 Lincoln MKS Review
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The 2013 Lincoln MKS is a luxury sedan that offers plenty of room and comfort, but is slightly lacking in ride quality. This year’s model shows off an updated interior and exterior design, along with a small performance boost. While it doesn’t offer the best ride, the 2013 MKS is a solid sedan with many attractive features.
New For 2013
The Lincoln MKS receives quite a few changed for the 2013 model year. Car enthusiasts, interested consumers, and the auto world are pleased with the following updates:
- Improved fuel economy
- Suspension enhancements
- New standard equipment
- Styling changes to the exterior and interior of the car
The 2013 Lincoln MKS is an attractive car that is sure to be noticed anywhere it goes. The exterior styling is impressive, to say the least, with an assertive front-end featuring a separated grille, uniquely-shaped headlights, and the recognizable Lincoln logo placed between the grilles. The hood has plenty of detailing, giving the car an almost predatory look. The sides and doors are kept simple, with some detailing near the bottom. The back fenders slope gently towards the trunk and rear bumper, completing the look.
The 2013 MKS is available in three trim levels: the front-wheel-drive (FWD) model, the all-wheel-drive (AWD) model, and the EcoBoost model. Both the FWD and AWD are equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels, while the EcoBoost models have 20-inch wheels. The 2013 MKS is available in several elegant colors as well.
Interior & Cargo
Previous versions of the MKS were characterized by an abundance of straight lines and a dull interior design. However, Lincoln definitely stepped up its game with the cabin in the 2013 MKS. The updated interior now features flowing lines, plenty of high-quality materials, and a solid design to create a luxurious environment. In addition to these features, a subtle lighting system has been added to complement the elegant design. The MyLincoln Touch interface has some good points, but many users find it to be a bit difficult to use while driving. The system also suffers from some technical glitches, and the necessary learning curve can be tiresome for some users. On the bright side, passengers in the front and rear of the vehicle can expect plenty of space and comfort. The unprecedented amount of cargo space is another notable advantage, with a competitive 18.4 cubic feet of trunk space.
The 2013 Lincoln MKS has all of the standard safety equipment you would expect to find in a new model. It is equipped with traction and stability control, as well as anti-lock brakes. It also has a complete set of airbags, including front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Lincoln offers some nice optional safety features too. Consumers that opt for the adaptive cruise control feature will also receive brake support and a pre-collision warning system. Other optional safety features include a rearview camera, lane-departure and lane-keeping assist, as well as blind spot and cross traffic warning systems.
While the 2013 Lincoln MKS is available in three trim levels, it only has two available powertrains. The AWD and FWD versions feature a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine coupled with a six-speed, automatic transmission. This powertrain is capable of 300 horsepower (hp) and 280 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy comes in at 18/27 mpg city/highway.
The second powertrain option is found on the EcoBoost MKS only. It features a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine with 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque capabilities. It is paired with a six-speed, automatic transmission with manual shift control. This version of the MKS has 17/25 mpg city/highway fuel economy.
There are several advantages behind the wheel of the MKS. It is very spacious, and offers responsive, weighted steering and good control on the highway. However, the drive feels somewhat disjointed on side streets. The handling in the EcoBoost version feels downright harsh at times as well.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Lincoln MKS
- BMW 7-Series
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