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 presidential limos, giant road-going couches like classic Cadillacs and Lincolns used to epitomize luxury.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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NA
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NA
2019
NA
2020
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
NA
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
NA
Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
NA
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
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 presidential limos, giant road-going couches like classic Cadillacs and Lincolns used to epitomize luxury. Clearly, those days are over and the luxury car market has long adopted the world standards of European and Japanese cars. Now, the new Lincoln Continental embodies a contemporary sedan that still harkens back to classic Lincoln motifs. We found it to be a compelling luxury car albeit with some faults.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Lincoln Continental owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Locks and latches

"The two front door latches were replaced at a dealership under a factory recall. The symptoms were the car would not unlock using the key fob, or the latch would not activate when the door was first closed. Waiting about 10 seconds and trying again usually solved the problem. The symptoms began maybe once every 2 weeks to daily over a period of 2 months. The dealership ordered and installed the replacement parts. There was about a 2 week delay as replacement parts were on back order. I just recently experienced a similar situation with the right rear door. I have not yet contacted the dealer. The vehicle is a CPO and I have 3 years left on the warranty. I purchased the car in April 2019, and the lock recall was open at that time. I first experienced the issue about 2 months later. It was resolved in August 2019."

Anonymous, PA (2017 Lincoln Continental Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Rear door electronics defective. Unable to oper door from the inside"

Mario M., CO (2017 Lincoln Continental 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Sunroof

"failed to operate and required replacement. Had to be replaced and it took almost two months before it was returned"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Failed to open"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"my trunk all of sudden would not close and not covered under warranty as over 50000"

Anonymous, (2017 Lincoln Continental Unsure 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"automatic closure system required replacement"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Windows

"Driver window would not stay closed, I would close the window, it would go completly up then go down. It would take several times to stay in the closed position"

Mario M., CO (2017 Lincoln Continental 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

"Door handle problem linked to cruise control and other items on car electronics"

Anonymous, WI (2017 Lincoln Continental Select 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"puddle light went out about 10,000 miles and they still haven't been fixed. they think the problem is linked to the window or door lock modules. We've had ongoing issues with the driver side windows (not going up - auto up feature not working)."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Lincoln Continental Unsure 2.7-L V6 turbo)
Interior lights

"the map lights just randomly turn on"

Lisa L., MD (2017 Lincoln Continental Select 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Interior lights malfunctioned."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Lincoln Continental Select 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Keyless entry

"Door would not shut"

Anonymous, (2017 Lincoln Continental Select 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"Eletronic lock recall"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Lincoln Continental Select 3.7-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"Has activated frequently."

Anonymous, IN (2017 Lincoln Continental Select 3.0-L V6 turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

"very grainy camera. replaced twice and then it was finally fixed."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Lincoln Continental Unsure 2.7-L V6 turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The whole navigation system had to be replaced."

Corlis H., MO (2017 Lincoln Continental Reserve 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"While on the phone calls would disconnect."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Lincoln Continental)
Radio

"Terrible Satellite radio quality"

Anonymous, NV (2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label 3.0-L V6 turbo)
Software update fixes

"They were easy fixes. I did opt to go to the dealership for a tech to update."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Lincoln Continental)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Rear winshield rattles when going over bumps. Sqealing noise from right side"

Anonymous, NY (2017 Lincoln Continental Select 3.7-L V6)

"The driver's seat squeaked badly and I had to bring it in three times before it was fixed. It was in the seat back. Evidently there are pistons or something that required oiling. It is a new seat design for Lincoln."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Lincoln Continental Black Label 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"seatbelt in the back somehow came apart/loose and needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, CA (2017 Lincoln Continental 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The trim on this vehicle is susceptible loosing by automatic car wash brushes. After using them several times, trim pieces loosened or started to peal away. Touchless car wash facilities or hand washing is recommended to prevent this from happening. The trim was refastened or replace without charge and I've had no problem since."

Anonymous, TX (2017 Lincoln Continental Select 3.7-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"just noticed that the paint by my door handle has peeled off"

Anonymous, MI (2017 Lincoln Continental Reserve 2.7-L V6 turbo)

"paint came off under door handle which was not covered under warranty due to my mileage. The only way this paint problem could have come about was a defect at the time the car was made so it should not matter which the problem is discovered or how many miles I have on the vehicle"

Anonymous, (2017 Lincoln Continental Unsure 2.7-L V6 turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Fan is very noisy, I have not had it fixed yet"

Anonymous, (2017 Lincoln Continental Unsure 3.7-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Had to have new rear brake pads and rotors turned at 27,000 miles, mostly highway driving"

Anonymous, IL (2017 Lincoln Continental Premiere 3.7-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Within 1st year the electronic transmission system failed. When I went to push the button to put it in drive or reverse, the car stayed in park. Also, electronic door latches and auto hold break system has failed."

Anonymous, FL (2017 Lincoln Continental Select 3.0-L V6 turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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