2013 Lincoln MKS Overview

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - January 3, 2013

In 2009, Lincoln did the nearly unthinkable by discontinuing its long-running Town Car and replaced it with the more athletic MKS. For the 2013 model year, despite its young age, Lincoln chose to fully revamp the MKS, giving it an upgraded exterior with a new front end that includes a revised grille, fenders and HID headlights, and a new back end that includes a new rear fascia, LED taillights and exhaust tips. Inside the cabin is also revamped with new color schemes, premium materials and an all-new instrument panel.

In the mechanical department, the MKS receives some updates in the form of 30-horsepower increase in the base engine and a 10-horsepower increase in the top-line engine, as well as larger brakes to bring this powerful sedan to a halt. Other changes include the upgraded suspension for added quietness, an enhanced SYNC system, continuously adjusting suspension so optimal comfort and handling, collision warning, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid.

The 2013 MKS comes in three trim levels: FWD, AWD and EcoBoost AWD. The FWD trim level acts as the base model, but still includes high-level features, like leather, 10-speaker sound system, and more. The AWD model adds in the safety and security of all-wheel drive to the FWD model. The EcoBoost AWD adds in a turbocharged engine to the mix for added performance.

Though there are only minor changes between the trim levels, there are three packages to choose from: Premium Wood Package, Premium Package and Elite Package. The Premium Wood Package adds in luxurious-looking wood trim to the MKS’ interior. The Premium Package adds in Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic alert, HD Radio, heated steering wheel, power pedals, rear-window power sunshade, rearview camera, 700-watt, THX-certified audio system, and a navigation system. Finally, the Elite Package adds in all of the Premium Package features, multi-contour front seats, Active Park Assist, heated perforated-leather rear seats, Lane Keeping System, and the Premium Wood Package.

As for competition, the Lincoln MKS has plenty. Things start off with the 2013 Infinity M, which comes standard with a 3.7-liter V-6 with 330 horsepower, a seven-speed automatic transmission and a 10-speaker, 160-watt Bose sound system. Next up is the 2013 Lexus GS 350, which comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 306 horsepower, a six-speed automatic transmission and 17-inch alloy wheels. Lastly, there is the Hyundai Genesis, which comes standard with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 333 horsepower, an eight-speed automatic transmission and a seven-speaker audio system.