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In the tradition of large domestic luxury cars, the Lincoln MKS is built for pampering, not for spirited driving. The interior amenities and finishes are pleasant, but the MKS feels too much like the Ford Taurus, upon which it is based. Handling lacks agility, and the engine is too noisy for a car in this class. A twin-turbocharged, 355-hp, 3.5-liter V6 became available beginning with the 2010 model year.
Alerts
There is 1 recall 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.
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.
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.

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
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NA
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NA
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NA
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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.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Side and head protection air bags standard.
Road Test

In the tradition of large domestic luxury cars, the Lincoln MKS is built for pampering, not for spirited driving. The interior amenities and finishes are pleasant, but the MKS feels too much like the Ford Taurus, upon which it is based. Handling lacks agility, and the engine is too noisy for a car in this class. A twin-turbocharged, 355-hp, 3.5-liter V6 became available beginning with the 2010 model year.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

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
  • 3.7-liter V6 (273 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 Lincoln MKS owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“Second resurfacing drums; seems high for the mileage, but I do have a heavy foot”

George S., VA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“Brakes wore out prematurely”

Anonymous, GA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)
Rotors

“Warped rotors causing pulsation and vibrations. Replaced rotors calipers and brake pads”

B W., FL (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“pulsation in brakes most notable at highway speed”

Lawrence L., WA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)
Master cylinder

“Brake pedal is very soft, if you hold the pedal down it goes to the floor. The dealer would not agree that it was not right”

William V., KY (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“Noise when brakes were applied”

Anonymous, CA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“loud noise when I applied the brakes firmer than normal. Dealer stated they was a notice re. this problem but not covered by warranty. Fortunately, I had and extended warranty wit $100 deductible”

Kent S., ON (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

“front end squeaks after bushings were replaced”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“Loud knock from under the hood”

Anonymous, ON (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“Front suspension system squeaks over bumps and valleys. Fixed free via service bulletin”

Anonymous, WI (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“Right headlight housing leaked & caused condensation within the unit. Not covered under extended factory warranty, but, after calling Lincoln, they covered it...........a $1200.00 repair”

Tug T., GA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“There's a known problem with this model. Water gets trapped in the door panel. The mechanic at the dealership simply cut into the rubber at the bottom of the door and the water drained out”

Jim K., NY (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“Water enters around the windows,it is supposed to drain out at the bottom of the doors, but the rubber seal sticks to the metal and does not let the water drain out. I have to break the seal after a heavy rain so that the water can drain out. It is a”

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“front light needed replaced due to water leakage / expensive”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Pothole damage to the Steering linkage”

Andrew B., MI (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“I was told that after my last adjustment, that there was a procedure that was required because they had reached the maximum level of adjustment”

Shain J., GA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)
Bushings

“wore out”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)
Tire wear is uneven

“I continue to have to rotate and balance the tires at less than the recommended interval. This issue continues even after a wheel alignment”

Shain J., GA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

Automatic climate control

“Valve door motor mechanism failure”

Anonymous, AL (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“Right side temp actuator was replaced cost was 370”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)
Condenser

“blowing warm air instead of cool air conditioning”

Gerald C., PA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Fuel pump

“Vehicle starts hard and idles very roughly. Once warm issue went away. Fuel pump was failing”

Edward O., IA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“Bit of a strange failure, car quit, computer showed nothing. Had fuel pump and relay replaced. Every thing is good now. Only real problem, car has be an excellent car”

Warren S., IN (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

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

Headlights

“Dealer repair, wanted $800 to replace headlight as the bumper has to be removed. I protested, Lincoln offered to cover half”

Dawn P., KS (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

“Approximately 18 months ago the seal failed on the headlight assembly which was covered under warranty. Now the seal on the other unit has failed, the part alone is about $600”

John P., FL (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 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

4WD/AWD components

“leak in gearbox that powers rear wheels replaced seal...still leaked. replaced gear box...ok so far”

Lawrence L., WA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

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

What Owners Say

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“fail every 22 - 30 months; replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, TX (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission computer

“Transmission shifts randomly from gear to gear; jerks; overall rough. Dealer finds no problems on two separate occasions”

Anonymous, AL (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Covered by Ford extended warranty”

Tug T., GA (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

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

Doors or sliding doors

“Passenger door did not fit properly. I feel like my car was damaged by the dealer or factory before I took ownership of the vehicle”

William V., KY (2009 Lincoln MKS Base 3.7-L V6)

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.

Paint/Trim

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

Engine Cooling

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Minor

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

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