Lincoln’s legendary Town Car is on its well-deserved retirement trip right now, so, that leaves the MKS as the brand’s biggest and most luxurious sedan offered on the market. Honestly, the new vehicle doesn’t have a lot in common with the old-timer – it’s just the closest thing to it.
The MKS is a premium-class 4-door “royalty-level” sedan built with extra care and love. It’s got a lot of technological features and safety equipment (just like a true luxury car should) with all the latest developments, plus, it’s pretty great with the powertrain as well and performs exceptionally – be it the suburbs, the highways or the tight city corners.
The Lincoln MKS 2015 marks the 7th model year – yep, that’s how long it’s been in the segment.
The Strong Competition On The Market
As you might know, the competition in the segment of near-luxury mid-size/large sedans today is pretty strong and is crowded with a lot of really great picks, including the Lexus GS, Volvo S80 and Infiniti Q70, which are the direct rivals of the MKS. Models like BMW 5-Series, Audio A6 and Mercedes-Benz E Class are a step higher in the hierarchy and represent the full-luxury part of the segment.
However, they’re also pretty expensive, so, it wouldn’t be wise to compare the German monsters with the latest offering from Lincoln.
The MKS 2015 looks a bit like the Jaguar XJ from the back (that’s pretty great) and is overall a smidge larger than the rivals, providing slightly more room in the interior, especially in the cabin.
And despite the big size, it doesn’t feel like a dragon on the road. It performs great on the road and fits even in the smallest parking spots.
Lincoln MKS 2015 – Interior Bliss
As for the interior, I’d say Lincoln MKS 2015 is the most confidant contestant, because while the rivals try to do everything in their power to impress the customers with glitz, it stays true to classic values and keeps it all to a minimum.
I personally LOVE the approach the company took with it and appreciate the boldness. That doesn’t mean that you won’t find anything luxurious and sexy in the cabin/back seats – you’ll find plenty! The front/rear seats are super comfortable and can keep you cozy and happy for hours of driving.
Leg-room is OK, while there’s a shortage of head-room in the back because of the flowing shape of the roof. Thanks to active noise cancellation you’ll experience a noise-free ride on pretty much any surface. The quality of materials and finishing is top-class and the layout of the dashboard is very well thought-through and easy to access.
The only downside to the glorious cabin is the old MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. It’s pretty hard to make friends with, however, it offers complete control over the vehicle’s technological capabilities, so, it’s actually rewarding to try and make sense of it.
Speaking of technology and features, let me just tell you that the Lincoln MKS 2015 comes with heated/ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, and more. That’s the standard trim level – the Premiere Package. It’ll cost you 39K.
The Elite Trim (46K) offers voice-activated navigation, blind-spot monitoring, classy wood trim, and power-adjustable pedals. Plus, you’ve got a choice between two packages – Cold-Weather (heated steering wheel and outboard seats) and Technology (adaptive cruise, lane-keeping assist).
Overall, the tech savvy in the Lincoln MKS 2015 is superb, while it’s a lot less expensive than the German champs.
Two Engines To Choose From
The latest MKS is pretty strong in performance and offers a choice between two engines. The standard-level unit is a 3.7-lit V6 that’s good for 304HP, providing a healthy ride down the road. The optional engine is a twin-turbo EcoBoost 3.5-lit V6 that puts out 365HP and 350 pound-feet of torque. It’s mated to AWD and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
As for the drivetrain, I’m happy to tell y’all that the Lincoln sedan feels great on the road, with confident handling and a smooth ride quality.
As mentioned before, the impressive dimensions don’t make you feel like you’re behind the wheel of a big stupid box, and that’s a big achievement, considering how frustrating a large vehicle can be sometimes.
Now, if you pack the MKS to the fullest it’ll reach the 50K mark. It’s a serious sum of money, I know, but you’ll get a pretty impressive bunch of techy features and luxury equipment; keep in mind that if you decide to go with the German brands that same amount of money won’t get you anywhere far – only to a mediocre sport sedan.
So, don’t rush it, think all the pros and cons through and make your decision based on pure facts and not the first-second impression. The Lincoln MKS 2015 is quite a competitive luxury mid-size sedan that has everything to make the drivers happy.
And don’t forget that if you still have some questions left about the model, never hesitate to ask in the comments!
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