After a decade of reinvention, Cadillac has emerged as a serious player in the worldwide luxury market. During the same period, however, Lincoln fared less well. Why? Lincoln did little to differentiate its premium models from the the mainstream Fords on which they were based. Buyers looked at the MKS, for instance, and saw little more than an expensive Taurus.
Lincoln got the message, and Ford's upscale brand is striving to create a unique identity.
The MKS received a much-needed facelift in 2013, and enters 2014 with only minor changes.
The MKS has stunning good looks -- its skillful redesign replaced awkward lines with sleek, well-proportioned style. The shape of the hood and grille pay understated homage to Lincolns of the 1950s.
The interior, although reasonably luxurious, might still share too much in common with the Taurus. It features an excellent 10-speaker sound system and modern touches like iPod integration, Bluetooth and a memory card slot. The MKS still sports a gearshift -- we hope this will give way to the MKZ’s push-button shifter in the near future.
Under the Hood
The base MKS is no slouch. The 3.7-liter V6 produces a very respectable 300 horsepower, more than enough for brisk acceleration with a six-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available. The EcoBoost MKS comes with a more potent 365-horsepower 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 -- an engine shared with the police-spec Ford Taurus.
When equipped with the EcoBoost motor, the heavy MKS can reach 60 mph in 5.6 seconds -- it's not blistering speed, but more than respectable for the class. EcoBoost models are a bit more firm than base MKSs in the corners, but still severely overmatched when compared to most German and Japanese competitors.
The base MKS comes with a 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 and a six-speed transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
The base MKS comes with an impressive array of standard equipment, lighting up the road with adaptive xenon headlamps and assisting the driver with rear parking sensors. The interior is adorned with leather accents and LED ambient lighting. A 10-speaker sound system pipes music through iPod/USB integration, memory card, or optional Sirius Radio.
Twin turbochargers in the 3.5-liter V6 spool up to produce 365 horsepower. The EcoBoost devours the road with 20-inch wheels and standard all-wheel drive. Interior equipment remains similar to that on the base model. Packages offer an upgraded 16-speaker sound system, navigation, rear camera, lane departure warnings and two-tone upholstery.
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|Build & Price|
2013 LINCOLN MKS$28,800 | 29,908 mi
2013 LINCOLN MKS$31,522 | 33,500 mi
2013 Lincoln MKS$31,900 | 16,377 mi
2013 LINCOLN MKS$32,993 | 33,745 mi
2012 Lincoln MKS$23,977 | 32,433 mi
2012 LINCOLN MKS$25,377 | 19,818 mi
2012 Lincoln MKS$32,500 | 17,000 mi
2011 LINCOLN MKS$22,396 | 31,907 mi
2011 LINCOLN MKS$22,690 | 50,772 mi
2011 LINCOLN MKS$22,694 | 62,168 mi
2011 Lincoln MKS$23,995 | 43,002 mi
2011 Lincoln MKS$23,997 | 36,843 mi
2011 Lincoln MKS$25,000 | 32,929 mi
2011 Lincoln MKS$26,468 | 37,924 mi
2011 LINCOLN MKS$26,987 | 17,540 mi
2011 Lincoln MKS$28,219 | 12,510 mi
2010 Lincoln MKS$19,372 | 60,516 mi
2010 Lincoln MKS$22,488 | 60,500 mi
2009 Lincoln MKS$15,894 | 83,079 mi
2009 Lincoln MKS$15,984 | 75,583 mi
2009 LINCOLN MKS$16,995 | 106,540 mi
2009 LINCOLN MKS$17,936 | 89,149 mi
2009 Lincoln MKS$18,700 | 47,450 mi
2009 Lincoln MKS$18,784 | 61,051 mi
2009 Lincoln MKS$18,861 | 62,889 mi
2009 Lincoln MKS$19,495 | 61,968 mi
2009 Lincoln MKS$19,997 | 34,316 mi
2009 LINCOLN MKS$20,487 | 15,439 mi
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