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2010 Lincoln MKS (photos)

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.

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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.

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