2010 Lincoln MKS
Lincoln's MKS sedan is the brand's flagship, and it's been greeted with mixed reviews in the year and a half or so it's been on the market. It's been praised for its exterior looks and luxury features, but it's been panned for its usage of Ford parts-bin interior trim and a relative lack of interior space for a car of its size.
One way to counteract some of those criticisms is to stuff more power under the hood, and if it can be done while improving fuel economy, so much the better.
That's the goal with Ford's EcoBoost line of engines--increase fuel-economy without sacrificing power. In the case of the MKS, that means making a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 355 horsepower available on all-wheel drive models. That's 80 horsepower more than what's offered by the standard 3.7-liter V-6.
Adding the EcoBoost engine and all-wheel drive boosts the base price--my tester came in at $47,760. That included features like an uplevel audio system, satellite radio, the Sync multimedia system, fog lamps, heated sideview mirrors, a dual exhaust, capless fuel filler, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, ABS, traction control, a keyless start, a reverse sensing system, ambient lighting, Ford's MyKey customizable key system, a rear window sunshade, and others.
Options included the Rapid Spec Package 201A, which ran $3,500 and included a navigation system with voice activation, a dual-panel moonroof, a THX audio system, and a rearview camera. Wood door trim added $495, active park assist cost $535, and adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system ran $1,310. With the $825 destination fee, the total ran to $54,425.
The extra power is appreciated from behind the wheel. Like it's EcoBoosted 2010 Ford Taurus SHO sibling, the MKS is docile at lower RPMs, but step hard on the pedal, and it takes off with gusto. Want to surprise sports-car owners at stoplights? It's doable in the MKS. Just beware that the transmission takes almost as long as Senate debate on health-care reform before deciding to downshift.