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Based on the accomplished Lincoln MKZ, the Continental nameplate returns as an all-new high-tech flagship sedan. The base engine is a lackluster 3.7-liter V6. The 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, however, packs a lot of punch. The top-level gets a 400-hp, 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. The ride is very comfortable, and the cabin is super-quiet. Handling is responsive, but the car is more of a relaxed cruiser. The cabin is nicely finished and very roomy, particularly in the back. The standard front seats look unusual and compromise support. We're no fans of the push-button gear selector and the electronic buttons that are used instead of an interior door handle. In terms of pricing, the Continental competes with luxury midsized sedans.

Road Test

The Continental has a long history, and while that might make it a household name, it might also lead potential buyers to dismiss it as old news. But that would be a shame because this is a thoroughly modern sedan.Immortalized by mobster movies and p...

Highs

  • Roomy rear seat
  • Quiet cabin

Lows

  • Pushbutton gear selector awkward to use
  • Electric interior door latches are frivolous and annoying

Best Version to Get

Here are the major decisions you need to make when picking a Continental: Which engine? The base 305-hp, 3.7-liter V6 is powerful enough, but isn't particularly refined. We'd go with the 335-hp, 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6. The optional 3.0-liter, 400-hp V6 seems like overkill...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.7-liter V6 turbo (335 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (400 hp)
  • 3.7-liter V6 (305 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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