Lincoln Continental

The Lincoln Continental is offered with a choice of three powerful V6 engines. The base engine is a 3.7L V6 making 305 hp, all-wheel drive is optional, though by default power is sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed automatic. A smaller 2.7L V6 makes 335 hp, the bigger power number coming courtesy of a turbocharger. Though horsepower only jumps by about 30, the 2.7L makes far more torque than the naturally aspirated but bigger 3.7L engine, with 100 lb-ft more on tap. The top of the line engine is a 3.0L V6, this time with two turbochargers, making an even 400 hp; while still making more torque than any other engine in the lineup. Opting for the most powerful engine necessitates all-wheel drive, with the only transmission option being a 6-speed auto.

Several equipment groups are available with the Continental. Models sold with the 3.7L engine come with either 100A or 200A equipment packages while 2.7L Models are sold in either 200A or 300A trim. Continentals sold with the top of the line 3.0L twin-turbo engine get the 300A equipment package by default.

Standard equipment on the 100A package includes dual-zone, automatic climate control with rear seat vents, a leather wrapped steering wheel with buttons to control the audio and climate control systems, rear-seat reading lamps, three different power outlets, wood trim, and MyLincoln Mobile App. Standard exterior items include 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED tail lamps and integrated blind spot mirrors.

The 200A equipment level adds among other things, leather seating surfaces, a hands free power trunk lid and a trick lighting system that will project the Lincoln logo on the ground when unlocking and approaching the vehicle. The 300A equipment level includes heated and cooled front seats, a blind spot information system and power folding rear head restraints.

Lots of options are available on the Continental, including stylish 19 or 20-inch wheels, a twin-panel moonroof, an active parking assist system, adaptive cruise control, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a 30-way adjustable driver's seat, a Revel premium sound system and LED headlamps. Of course, being a Continental a rear-seat package with reclining, heated and cooled rear seats is also available.

Editors' Review

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The auto industry's definition of luxury is forever changing. Novel features constantly trickle down to models of lower price tags and status, so premium automakers are always on the hunt for The Next Big Thing. The heated/cooled seats and sleek glass showrooms of yesteryear have given way not just to 30-way massaging loungers, but to inclusive ownership experiences with butler-like services.

What's interesting is that in terms of performance, today's luxury sedan market is showing signs it's going back to the future, putting an emphasis on coddling performance over cornering prowess. That may not play well for marketers who love to show their cars hustling over Alpine passes or powersliding on dry lake beds, but it's probably more consistent with the way buyers actually drive, and it's certainly more in line with Our Autonomous Future. If not a total refutation of the sporty Germanic driving character that nearly all luxury automakers have been tilting at for decades, this change is at least a significant development. Need proof this trend has legs? Look no further than new cars like the Genesis G80 and G90, Volvo S90, and this car, Lincoln's reborn Continental.

Yes, Lincoln Continental. It's been a while since we've heard those two names together. In fact, it's been 15 years since Ford's luxury brand offered a Continental, and it's been much, much longer since the famed nameplate wasn't an embarrassing, tarnished mess. This new 2017 model not only aims to restore some luster to one of the great monikers in all of motoring, it's on a mission to make Lincoln relevant again -- not just here in North America, but in China, the world's largest car market, where the brand will have to succeed if it has any hopes of surviving at all.

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The Good The 2017 Continental marks a welcome return to relevance for Lincoln. A serene ride and posh cabin blend with a powerful twin-turbo V6 to offer a uniquely American take on luxury.

The Bad It's all too easy to bloat the window sticker with expensive options, and rear seat headroom is surprisingly compromised. A full suite of advanced safety features are not available on all trims, and more of them should be standard equipment.

The Bottom Line Not content to chase the Germans, Lincoln crafts a handsome flagship that bravely emphasizes coddling over dynamics.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 8.5
  • Media 7.5

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