The Lincoln Continental isn't exactly a debutant, as this model first turned heads all the way back in the 1930s. This plush sedan spent much of its life serving as Lincoln's flagship model until it was replaced following the 2002 model year. After a 15-year break, the Continental has been revived, redesigned and reinvigorated.
2017 to Present: Lincoln Continental
The Lincoln Continental's 10th generation was launched in 2017. This new model is armed and ready to do battle in the competitive luxury sedan segment.
Lincoln's Continental is a full-size premium sedan with seating for five. Modern yet timeless, the Continental's sheet metal presents an intriguing take on luxury. A blocky, elegant grille featuring the repeating Lincoln star graphic commands attention up front, while a side view reveals elongated lines and door handles that have been flawlessly integrated into the car's beltline. From the back, the Continental presents squared-off tail lamps and a body-colored rear bumper.
Premium-sedan shoppers expect power underfoot, and the Continental provides three satisfying engine solutions. A 3.7-liter V6 provides 305 horsepower, while a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 bumps things up to 335 horsepower. For those seeking the quickest acceleration, there's a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 good for 400 horsepower. All models are governed by a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive are available.
Expect to be coddled in the Continental’s cabin, which is home to seats Lincoln says were inspired by private jets and high-end office furniture. The seats are available with multiple adjustments and features such as massage, heating, cooling and supportive thigh extensions. The design all throughout reflects top-drawer elegance.
Standard features on the Continental include power-adjustable heated front seats, a touch-screen infotainment system, a premium audio system with satellite radio, a hands-free power trunk lid, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column and a rearview camera. Options include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and a lane keeping system.
There's no shortage of stellar selections in the full-size luxury sedan segment, and shoppers looking at the Continental should consider the BMW 7 Series, Cadillac CT6, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Porsche Panamera, Jaguar XJ and Audi A8. These are all exemplary choices, but the Continental carves its own niche by providing handsome looks paired with strong value.
Earlier Lincoln Continental Models
The ninth-generation Lincoln Continental was introduced in 1995, and it was launched with a 260-horsepower, 4.6-liter V8 that’s paired with a four-speed transmission. Options included a power moonroof, heated seats and an onboard cell phone, and buyers had the choice of a five- or six-passenger seating configuration.
In 1998, the Continental got a refresh, with revised sheet metal and a spruced-up dash. A Luxury Appearance package was introduced in 1999 that ushered in amenities such as a wood-trimmed steering wheel and chrome alloy wheels.
The Continental was retired after the 2002 model year and replaced with the Lincoln MKS, which itself would be retired after 2016 to make way for the reborn Continental.