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2018 Lincoln Continental OVERVIEW
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.
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.