2009 Lincoln MKS

By Jonathan Spira on 15 January 2009
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I’ve always thought of a Lincoln as a car that takes me to the airport but I never pictured myself behind the wheel.  Until now, that is.  Now that Ford has sold off Jaguar, Land Rover, and Aston Martin, Lincoln remains its sole luxury division.2009 Lincoln MKS

Indeed, the Lincoln MKS is the first recent model to carry a Lincoln badge that isn’t derived from a Ford (the 3.7-litre V-6 is unique to the car as well) and it represents a new and promising design direction for Lincoln.

The lines of the MKS are impressive; it’s elegant and attractive from any angle.  Available in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models, it comes with an impressive list of standard features including 18″ wheels, heated power side mirrors with memory and auto-dimming, a new capless fueling system, and, inexplicably, a hidden touchpad entry system. (Even with keyless entry, I have to touch this pad to unlock the car; no other car maker requires this extra step.)

Until I got behind the wheel, I was still convinced I wasn’t going to like it.  It’s that airport car service thing I suppose.  But that changed once I sat down on the rather comfortable and ventilated driver’s seat. Everything felt just right.

Sync, which manages MP3 player and Bluetooth mobile phone connections and was developed by Microsoft (see separate review on page xxx), is standard, as are the leather tilt and telescoping steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, heated and cooled power front seats, heated rear seats, and a THX-powered stereo.  Sirius Travel Link, integrated with optional navigation, provides traffic information, weather, and gas prices.

The MKS starts at $38,000 (front-wheel drive version) but a fully-loaded  MKS will cost at least $6,000 more for the Ultimate Package, which includes navigation, 19” wheels, keyless entry, a dual panel sunroof, and the THX-II stereo.

I enjoyed driving the MKS – the doors closed with a solid thump and the handling, while by no means sporty, felt quiet and stable.  Steering was responsive and the only noise that crept into the cabin was engine noise under heavy acceleration.

–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.

2009 Lincoln MKS
Base price/price-as-tested $39,105/$45,570
Drivetrain Front engine, front- or all-wheel drive
Engine 3.7 liter V-6
Wheelbase (inches) 112.9
Length x width x height (inches) 204.1 x 85.5 x 61.6
0-60 mph (seconds) 7.9
EPA city/highway fuel economy (mpg) 16/23 (17/24 for FWD)

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