Lincoln MKS

The Lincoln MKS was introduced as a traditional full-size luxury sedan in 2009. Lincoln added an optional turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine to the MKS in 2010, marking the auto maker’s first foray into the fuel-efficient sedan segment.

The four-door MKS shares a platform with the Ford Taurus and Volvo S80. Like its sibling cars, the MKS features a long body, sloped roofline, and roomy interior. A split-wing grille and chrome-tipped exhaust system provide a sporty appearance.

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Lincoln MKS Origins

The sedan is powered by either a base 3.7-liter 273-horsepower V-6 engine or as of 2010, a 3.5-liter 340-hp twin-turbocharged direct-injection EcoBoost V-6. Both powertrains are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Paddle shifters.

Base models come standard with a front-drive (FWD) system, although all-wheel drive (AWD) is offered as an option and is standard on the EcoBoost trim.

As a luxury model, the MKS provides standard conveniences such as leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a rearview camera, and a voice-activated Sync multimedia interface. Notable options include a dual-panel sunroof, wood trim, and a touch-screen navigation system.

About the Lincoln MKS

The Lincoln MKS is best known for its spacious interior and wide range of features and options.

Thanks to a platform shared with the famously roomy Ford Taurus, the five-seat MKS offers one of the most generously-spaced interiors in its class. With a length of more than 204 inches, the MKS is able to boast a cargo capacity of 18.7 cubic feet. Front passengers receive an impressive 41.9 inches of leg room and 55.3 inches of hip room.

Major options include the choice between FWD drive and AWD and a regular V-6 engine or twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V-6. The latter engine provides 340 horsepower and is EPA-rated at 17/25 mpg city/highway. While the MKS isn’t the most upscale sedan in the full-size class, it offers an array of standard luxury features ranging from wood trim to seats trimmed in Bridge of Weir perforated leather.

Lincoln MKS Features

The 2012 Lincoln MKS is offered in two trim levels: a base MKS and the MKS EcoBoost.

The base model comes with a standard 3.7-liter 273-horsepower V-6 and 18-inch wheels, while the EcoBoost version is equipped with a 3.5-liter 340-horsepower turbocharged V-6 and 19-inch wheels. Base sedans come with FWD drive, but can be upgraded to AWD. AWD is standard on the EcoBoost.

Both models are equipped with standard 10-spoke painted cast-aluminum wheels, wood accents in olive ash or fine-line ebony, premium perforated leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped shift knob, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a voice-activated Sync multimedia interface, satellite radio availability, a capless fuel filler system, fog lights, HID headlamps, LED taillights, a rear-window power sunshade, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, push-button start, folding rear-seat center armrest, dual-zone automatic climate control, 12-way power front seats, and a THX II audio system with MP3 capability.

Standard safety features include front-seat side airbags, front and rear side-curtain airbags, rollover sensors, integrated blind spot mirrors, forward and reverse sensors, child seat anchors, a post-collision alert system, electronic stability control, and traction control.

Individual options include a dual-panel sunroof, a voice-activated navigation system, adaptive cruise control with a collision warning feature, a premium surround sound audio system, and remote start.

Buyers can upgrade with several options packages. A Premium Wood Door-Trim Package adds olive ash or fine-line ebony wood appliqué to the interior of all four doors. The Navigation Package bundles the optional voice-activated navigation system with THX II’s premium surround sound audio system, a rearview camera, HD radio, an auto-dimming driver’s mirror, and a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert. The Ultimate Package adds upgraded seat trim, the dual-panel sunroof, and the same 19-inch 10-spoke wheels that come standard on the EcoBoost trim.

An EcoBoost Interior Package available only with the EcoBoost model adds 20-inch 10-spoke polished wheels, Charcoal Black or Sienna leather-trimmed seats, unique logos and badges, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a chrome grille, darkened headlight treatment, illuminated sill plates, body-colored fascias, spoiler, side rockers, and license plate accents.

The full-size MKS measures 204.1 inches in length, 61.6 inches in height, and 75.9 inches in width. Its wheelbase is 112.9 inches. Inside the car, front passengers receive 39.7 inches of headroom, 41.9 inches of legroom, and 55.3 inches of hiproom, while rear passengers are given 38.5 inches of headroom, 38.6 inches of legroom, and 55.3 inches of hiproom. Trunk capacity is 18.7 cubic feet.

Lincoln MKS Evolution

The first Lincoln MKS model offered just one engine, a 3.7-liter V-6 producing 274 horses in 2009. The engine was mated to a six-speed automatic transmission offering manual shift control. Paddle shifters would later be added to the transmission.

In 2010, Lincoln introduced an EcoBoost trim level to the MKS line. New standard features in 2010 included rain-sensing wipers, keyless entry and ignition, adaptive xenon headlamps, a power rear sunshade, and an automatic transmission updated with Paddle shifters.

The 2011 Lincoln MKS introduced several new technology features, including Sync navigation, remote start, and HD radio. No changes were made to the car’s design.

Select a Lincoln MKS Year

2016 Lincoln MKS

Luxury, Sedan

2015 Lincoln MKS

Luxury, Sedan

2014 Lincoln MKS

Luxury, Sedan

2013 Lincoln MKS

Luxury, Sedan

The 2013 Lincoln MKS is a luxury sedan that offers plenty of room and comfort, but is slightly lacking in ride quality.

2012 Lincoln MKS

Luxury, Sedan

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.

2011 Lincoln MKS

Luxury, Sedan

The 2011 Lincoln MKS is a luxury sedan that offers the power and performance that Lincoln is known for.

2010 Lincoln MKS

Luxury, Sedan

The big news for the 2010 Lincoln MKS is the arrival of Ford’s lauded 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 as an engine option, which puts down the power of a V-8 with the fuel-economy of a V-6. Lincoln's flagship sedan also receives numerous chassis and suspension tweaks to improve its noise, vibration, and harshness characteristic, with EcoBoost models receiving more extensive changes to compensate for the extra power.

2009 Lincoln MKS

Luxury, Sedan

The Lincoln division of Ford unveiled its new flagship car for the 2009 model year.