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The Lincoln MKS arrived on the market in 2009 and has continued with the same generation since. The MKS eventually replaced the Lincoln Town Car as the flagship sedan in this brand’s fleet.
Initially, the Lincoln MKS was offered with a 3.7-liter V6 engine making 270 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the MKS was EPA-rated at 17/24 mpg city/highway. Beginning in 2014, fuel economy improved to 19/28 mpg with this engine, and output increased to 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
Starting in 2010, a 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine was added to the line and was made available with the all-wheel drive model. This engine is rated at 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque and is also paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. This model is EPA-rated at 17/25 mpg city/highway. Beginning in 2013, MKS models with this engine reached an 18/26 mpg city/highway EPA rating. Power also improved to 365 horsepower.
The Lincoln MKS seats five. Trim levels are based on engine and drivetrain choice. An equipment group Elite package composed of an upgraded audio system, HD Radio, navigation, wood trim and a blind spot information system is available.
The MKS’ exterior is graceful and elegant. Beginning in 2013, Lincoln refreshed the sedan’s appearance by replacing its substantial horizontal grille with a split-wing design. These changes also affected the hood to give the MKS a more polished look. Wraparound headlamp assemblies, a narrow lower air intake and alcoves for the fog lamps are also present.
The sedan’s profile is marked by large wheel wells, a slightly rising beltline and a sweeping roofline. Character lines and rocker panel sculpting add to its uniqueness. At the rear, a broad deck with a lip spoiler is hemmed in by wraparound taillights. A pair exhaust tips are also present.
Inside, the cabin offers generous room up front, but rear-seat legroom and headroom comes in slightly below what competing sedans offer. Passenger volume measures 103.8 cubic feet. The MKS has one of the largest trunks in its class, measuring 19.2 cubic feet. The rear bench seat is a 60-40 split-folding design, providing access to the trunk. The MKS is rated to tow up to 1,000 pounds.
All models come generously equipped and dressed in leather with wood and aluminum accents present. The instrument panel is marked by an analog speedometer that’s balanced by a pair of digital screens featuring the remaining driver details.
The center console features a large, color display giving the driver access to audio, climate and navigation controls. Beginning in 2013, Lincoln refreshed the interior to replace the infotainment system with its MyLincoln Touch infotainment system featuring capacitive touch. This system manages most car systems and is controlled by finger swipes. Lincoln’s Sync system is used to pair Bluetooth-enabled phones, and a rearview camera is standard.
Besides the previously mentioned Elite package, models may be equipped with a heating packing — bringing in a heated steering wheel and heated rear outboard seats. Also, a technology package brings in adaptive cruise control. Standalone items include a dual-panel moonroof.
The chief competitors for the Lincoln MKS include the Lexus ES 350, Buick LaCrosse, Hyundai Genesis, Kia Cadenza and Acura RLX. Other models to consider might include the BMW 5 Series, Jaguar XF, Infiniti Q70, Lexus GS, Volvo S80, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6. The Lincoln MKS shares its architecture with the Ford Taurus.