2013 Lincoln MKS Ecoboost – Review and Test Drive

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Driver Assistance Technologies

Lincoln also joined the competition in adding driver-assistance technologies that warn of impending collisions and alert the driver when straying out of lane and nudge the car back into lane by applying a small amount of torque.  Also available is the Blind Sport Information System (BLIS) that alerts the driver of the potential for cross traffic, such as what might occur when backing out of a parking spot.

Lincoln has also added what I call a coffee-cup alert system, Driver Alert, which detects driver fatigue and displays the image of a coffee cup on the dashboard and accompanies it with a chime.  Lincoln declined to act on my suggestion to have the system automatically program the navi to lead the driver to the nearest Starbucks in such cases.

BOTTOM LINE

The Lincoln MKS became Lincoln’s sole full-sized offering in 2011 when the automaker discontinued the venerable Lincoln Town Car, which was also in many respects (size and interior room but not in drivetrain) the MKS’ predecessor that continued to be produced to support the livery car industry alongside its successor.  If one thinks about it, however, the MKS is really the spiritual descendant of the Lincoln LS, which bore a close resemblance to its Jaguar S-type stablemate (and which Lincoln reportedly saw as a partial successor to the Lincoln Mark VIII coupe).  Whatever its heritage, it is clearly not your father’s Lincoln nor does it drive like one, a fact I verified with my recent 1979 Lincoln Town Car test drive, which, somewhat ironically, took place near Munich, in Germany, but not on an Autobahn.  It can, however, compete with the classic 1960s Lincoln Continentals in looks.

The Lincoln MKS clearly should appeal to those seeking a refined and almost sporty-like American luxury sedan that can move faster than any other in its class and that in itself is no mean feat.

THE DETAILS – 2013 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost AWD

2013 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost AWD
Base price/price-as-tested $49,800/$55,275
Drivetrain Front engine, all-wheel drive
Engine 3.5-liter/355 hp/350 lb-ft torque/V-6 with twin turbochargers
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight  (lbs) 5400
Wheelbase  (inches) 112.9
Length x width x height  (inches) 204.1 x 75.9 x 61.6
0-60 mph (seconds) 5.4
City/highway fuel economy (mpg) 17/25

 

(Photos: Jonathan Spira)

 

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