If you’re after a full-size luxury sedan that stands out in a crowd, then the 2012 Lincoln MKS is certainly worth a look. The MKS was first launched in 2009 so there are only minimal updates on this latest 2012 model.
Note, a heavily-facelifted model is also due out in 2013 and has already been revealed, however, the current 2012 model shouldn’t be overlooked if there’s a deal to be had.
When hopping behind the wheel, the first thing that becomes apparent is the performance of the MKS. Even in base trim the MKS offers 274 horsepower from a velvety smooth 3.7-liter V-6. Despite its size, the car will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 7.5 fuss-free seconds and still return a reasonable 17/24 mpg city/highway in its most fuel-efficient front-wheel drive configuration. Add all-wheel drive and you’ll see those numbers drop to 16/23 mpg.
If the base model isn’t tickling your fancy, then we recommend giving the MKS EcoBoost model a try. The smaller 3.5-liter V-6 engine in this model develops 355 horsepower thanks to the addition of technologies such as direct fuel injection and turbocharging and will accelerate you from 0-60 mph in just 6.5 seconds while returning better gas mileage of 17/25 mpg city/highway.
Key competitors for the MKS are the Acura RL, Lexus GS and Volvo S80, though you’ll hardly notice these if you prop the MKS next to them. The car has a love-it-or-hate-it design that we tend to like from most angles, though some elements, such as the toothy grille, still leaves us wondering what was up in Lincoln’s design studio when the MKS was being penned.
At least on the inside there’s no denying that the MKS is a nice place to be. The quiet, classy styling of the cabin is a big contrast to the glitzy showmanship you'll find inside some of its rivals, and fit and finish hits new heights for a product from Lincoln. The MKS's big trunk is hampered by a small opening that sits up high off the bumper, too.
On the road, the MKS handles reasonably though it can’t match the sharpness of Germany’s premium sedans. The steering is quick and the ride is well-damped without being too firm. In terms of safety, all versions come with curtain airbags and stability control, as well as a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and blind-spot monitors with new-for-2012 cross-traffic alerts.
For an in-depth review on the 2012 Lincoln MKS, including a closer look at its styling, performance, safety and quality, head over to our sister site The Car Connection.