Updated Lincoln MKS luxury sedan falls short

Consumer Reports News: October 09, 2012 11:08 AM

We recently completed our evaluation of the updated 2013 Lincoln MKS luxury sedan and came away disappointed. There are clearly better alternatives available, and our more than 50 tests show why.

Simply stated, the MKS falls short in many areas, including:

  • The base 3.7-liter V6 engine provides decent fuel economy, but it sounds coarse when pushed and the automatic transmission lacks contemporary refinement.

  • Even with an adjustable suspension, none of the modes give the composure expected in this category.

  • Frustrating controls that depend on touch-screen and touch-sensitive buttons. It can be difficult to use and read, with small fonts.

  • Despite the sedan's size, the driver feels boxed in, with a wide center console and compromised foot space, reminiscent of the Ford Taurus.

  • A wide turning radius and compromised visibility complicate simple parking-lot driving.

The MKS does have its virtues, with a quiet cabin, roomy back seat, and deep trunk. But, for the hefty price, there are better choices.

Check out our video below for more insights, and visit our Lincoln MKS model page for the detailed road test and Ratings.

Jeff Bartlett

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