Lincoln's premier sedan gets a tech update after only a year on the market. Added on to the excellent cabin tech is a new suite of driver aid technologies, including adaptive cruise control and automatic parking.
The MKS is Lincoln's new, big luxury sedan. It hasn't quite replaced the Town Car, which still has fleet sales, but the MKS represents a new generation for Lincoln, the first of a set of new models for the new decade.
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Part of Lincoln's new styling language are these big, wing-shaped grilles. Lincoln badges are prominent around the car. We were impressed by the headlights, which swivel into corners and have automatic high beams.
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Lincoln's new Ecoboost engine, a twin-turbo direct injection 3.5-liter V-6, produces 355 horsepower. On a road trip, we got close to 24 mpg, with lots of freeway driving.
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The MKS is a relatively thick sedan, with a high roofline providing a very roomy cabin.
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Although using a fully independent suspension, Lincoln hasn't applied the kind of tech used in some European luxury cars, such as active dampers.
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The cabin materials are very nice in the MKS, but the tech is the main story, with a hard-drive-based navigation system aided by Sirius Travel Link and device connectivity with Sync.
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With the Ecoboost engine, the MKS comes standard with all-wheel-drive. We found handling reasonable, but a little wobbly at extremely high speeds.
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The six-speed automatic is standard in the MKS. It is a serviceable transmission, but doesn't stand out for its tech.
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The P button activates the automatic parking technology, where the car will find a suitably sized parallel parking spot, then steer as you work gas and brake.
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Our main criticism about the MKS is that the maps look a little low res.
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The stereo has multiple audio sources, including CD/DVD, satellite radio, internal hard drive, and MP3 player.
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The THX audio system is very impressive, delivering excellent sound quality in the MKS.