Unlike its sister brand Mercury, Lincoln made the cut for survival among Ford's brands. Also unlike Mercury, Lincoln has been on a roll for the last several years with fresh product and unique vehicles re-building the brand's reputation for relaxed American luxury. The 2011 Lincoln MKS is perhaps the epitome of this renaissance, and that's why MotorAuthority rates it a solid 7.
The MKS's styling is unlike just about anything else in its class, but in a way that makes it unique rather than an outcast. Despite the large, chrome grille and bright chrome accents, it somehow manages to fly just below the radar--but this is one sedan that deserves your attention.
It's not the swiftest of performance sedans, but with the EcoBoost twin-turbocharged V-6 under its hood, generating a stout 355 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque, it's far from the slowest: 0-60 mph takes just 6.5 seconds, and it tops out at 135 mph, all while scoring an EPA-rated 17/25 mpg city/highway. The base 3.7-liter V-6 is no slouch either, good for about the same fuel efficiency and a 7.5-second dash to 60 mph on the back of 273 horses.
Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic, the only transmission offered in the MKS. It gets paddle shifters in the EcoBoost model, and while they might seem engineered more for ticking a box on a spec sheet, they actually have some value when kicking the pace up a notch. The MKS's heavy weight, relatively soft suspension, and front-wheel or front-biased all-wheel drive add up to make it an adept high-speed interstate cruiser, but not a tossable corner carver.
In the cabin, the MKS finds its real strength. Classy, yet not classic styling, restrained and elegant where the competition can be brash or flashy. Materials are very good, the atmosphere is quiet, and the seating is comfortable at all corners, with an especially roomy rear seat.
For features, the MKS is not left wanting, offering a THX-certified stereo, Ford's excellent, if somewhat complex SYNC system, and all the connectivity and entertainment options you'd expect from a modern luxury sedan.
If you're looking for a more complete and thorough examination of the 2011 Lincoln MKS, read the full review at TheCarConnection.
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