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When Lincoln released the new Continental last year, it was hoping it would help revitalize the brand's image with a bold new design language and a different take on the luxury car. Instead of making its cars performance-focused mid-sized rivals from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, or even Cadillac, Lincoln focused on a more refined driving experience and a new approach to luxury car ownership.

Thankfully, the Continental proved to be successful, and Lincoln has brought it back for 2018.

What's New for 2018

The 2018 Lincoln Continental has no significant changes from the previous model year.

Choosing Your Lincoln Continental

The 2018 Lincoln Continental comes with a dizzying array of powertrain options across the line. The base models are equipped with a 3.7-liter V6 that puts out a 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Lincoln also offers a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 that provides better fuel efficiency and an extra 50 hp as an optional upgrade for the Select trim level, and as the base engine for the Reserve and Black Label trims. Reserve and Black Label trims receive their own optional engine choice, a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. All trims and engine options come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and can be had with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive – the latter is a $2,000 option.

The Lincoln Continental is an interesting choice for luxury sedan shoppers. Lights automatically greet you as you approach the car, the doors open effortlessly from unique beltline-positioned handles, and the interior looks luxurious at even the most basic trim levels. The Continental includes a wide variety of standard features across all trims including dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, Ford's Sync 3 infotainment suite on an eight-inch touchscreen, active exterior noise suppression, heated front seats, and driver assistance features like front and rear parking assistance and emergency braking assist. The Continental is also able to switch driving characteristics between comfort, normal, and sport modes, although comfort best matches the character of the car.

Premiere

The Premiere trim is the most basic of the Continental lineup at $46,085 (including $925 in destination charges), but it is still well equipped and retains the Continental's elegance. The Premiere features two choices of interior styles, Ebony (black) or Cappuccino (tan). The Premiere only is available with the 3.7-liter V6, but AWD remains a $2,000 option. Beyond a few simple protection items, like floormats, there are no other optional extras.

Select

The Select trim starts at $50,295 including destination, and offers more standard features including blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, larger 19-inch wheels, and extra-soft leather seats from Scotland's Bridge of Weir Leather Company.

The Select trim also has an extensive list of options, available as one-off features or as a part of a package. The only available option package at this trim include the $850 Continental Climate Package, which includes heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, auto-high beams, and rain sensing wipers.

Other options include 30-way adjustable front seats for $1,500, an upgraded 19-speaker Revel audio system for $1,130, and a panoramic sunroof for $1,750. This trim also offers the option of upgrading to the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 for $2,250.

Reserve

The Continental's Reserve trim is priced at $55,710 including destination, and comes standard with 24-way heated and ventilated front leather seats with Bridge of Weir leather, the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, tri-zone climate control, and the upgraded Revel audio system that's available on the Select as an option.

The options list only continues to grow at the reserve level. The Reserve can be had with a number of option packages like the $4,215 Continental Technology Package that adds a 360-degree camera, heads-up display, and an extensive list of driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

There's also the $3,995 Luxury Package that includes LED headlamps and an upgraded Revel Ultima audio system with a CD player, and the $4,300 Rear Seat Amenities Package with heating, ventilating, and massaging rear seats with lumbar support and extra leg room. The previously mentioned Continental Climate Package is also available for $850. The Reserve is also available with the 400 hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 for those in need of extra power. The $1,500 30-way adjustable front seats and panoramic moonroof remain optional extras as well.

Black Label

The Continental's defining form is the $69,630 Black Label trim, which features most of the previously mentioned options as standard features. The Continental Black Label comes in one of three interior themes, including the excellent Rhapsody in Blue which makes the Continental feel a bit like a presidential limo. The only options that remain are the $4,300 Rear Seat Amenities Package and the $1,500 30-way adjustable front seats.

The real draw of the Black Label package is the membership that comes with the car, starting with the purchasing process. Instead of going to the dealership, the buyer has access to a mobile showroom, or they can go to a special private showroom at participating dealerships. The package also includes four years of maintenance that include car pick-up and loaners, complimentary car washes, and an annual detailing. Beyond that, the package will allow you to receive a complimentary vehicle when arriving at certain airports around the country for 7 days, as well as a culinary concierge that's available to help plan date nights.

CarsDirect Tip

It may be expensive, but the Black Label trim is a compelling and novel approach to luxury car ownership. The benefits essentially allow you to own or lease the car without experiencing any of the inconveniences normally associated with car ownership. Beyond that, the available features and design are certainly luxurious, and while it may not have the badge heritage of more established luxury brands, the whole experience is worth the $70,000 price tag.

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