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2019 Standard 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $46,145
2019 Standard 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $48,145
2019 Select 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $49,945
2019 Select 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $51,945
2019 Reserve 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $59,710
2019 Reserve 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $61,710
2019 Black Label 4dr Front-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $70,045
2019 Black Label 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $72,045

Overview

Like the original model that graced roads back in 1940, the 2019 Lincoln Continental puts styling and luxury first. While the Continental takes a page from Lincoln's classic vehicles, it's still modern, refined, and comfortable. Performance, especially when compared to German offerings, leaves something to be desired, as the Continental is purely American in the way it doles out luxury. While other automakers are moving away from sedans, Lincoln has brought back the Continental for at least another year.

What's New for 2019

Major news for the 2019 Continental is the addition of Lincoln Co-Pilot360 as standard. The safety suite includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, lane keeping assist, and a rearview camera. Adaptive cruise control is also included on every trim.

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Choosing Your Lincoln Continental

Lincoln offers three powertrains for the Continental. The base engine is a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The next step up is a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that pumps out 355 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. A 400-hp, 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that makes 400 lb-ft of torque is also optional. All engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available for $2,000 on all trims but the Black Label.

Fuel economy is best for the 2.7-liter, rated at 18 miles per gallon city, 27 mpg highway, and 21 combined, according to the EPA. The base 3.7-liter V6 comes next with ratings of 17/26/20 mpg (city/highway/combined), while the 3.0-liter V6 is the least efficient with ratings of 16/24/19 mpg.

With comfort high up on the Continental's list of strengths, the sedan offers some upscale features that allow passengers to make the vehicle even more comfortable for their drive. Lincoln's Drive Control gives drivers three settings to choose from, which include Comfort, Normal, and Sport. Different settings alter the vehicle's suspension and steering. The Continental's available Perfect Position Seats have up to 30 adjustments and can be outfitted with heated and cooling functions, as well as a massage function.

There are four available trims:

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Base

Pricing for the entry-level Standard trim costs $47,140 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). The Standard trim comes with the 3.7-liter V6 and front-wheel drive as standard. Standard exterior trim features include dual chrome exhaust tips, adaptive bi-function HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, 18-inch wheels, power-folding and heated side mirrors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, active grille shutters, and LED taillights. On the inside, the Continental features a leather-trimmed steering wheel, ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, three 12-volt power outlets, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering column, a universal garage door opener, dual-zone automatic climate control, scuff plates, an eight-inch touchscreen, a 10-speaker audio system, SiriusXM, 10-way power front seats, and heated front seats. There are no available packages for the base Continental.

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Select

The Select trim starts at $50,940 and adds auto-folding mirrors, a hands-free power trunk lid, a 110-volt power outlet, two rear USB ports, 19-inch wheels, navigation, and leather upholstery. The Continental Climate Package ($795) adds heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a windshield wiper de-icer. Optional features include a twin-panel moonroof ($1,750), 20-inch wheels ($750), a 19-speaker Revel Ultima audio system ($1,130), the Perfect Position seats with thigh extender and headrest ($1,500), and heated and ventilated front seats ($1,500).

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Reserve

The Reserve trim,the first to come with the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 as standard, is priced at $60,705. Going with the Reserve brings a twin-panel moonroof, rear-seat electronic temperature control, tri-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, a windshield wiper de-icer, a head-up display, the Revel audio system, and 24-way heated and cooled front seats as standard. The Rear-Seat Amenities Package ($3,000) includes a 40/20/40-split rear seat, a power shade for the moonroof, sunblinds, heated and ventilated rear seats, a power recline rear seat, a rear center armrest that includes a cupholder, four-way power lumbar for the rear seats, inflatable rear seat belts, rear duct B-pillar registers, a manual rear head restraint, and a passenger seat back control switch. Available features include premium LED headlights ($2,015), Perfect Position seats ($1,500), and 20-inch wheels ($750).

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Black Label

The range-topping Black Label is priced at $71,040. Standard features include premium LED headlights, 20-inch wheels, the Perfect Position seats, and Venetian leather seating. The Rear-Seat Amenities Package returns, and there are three available "Themes" for the Black Label trim to choose from. They don't add any money to the sedan's price tag, but they do bring unique touches.

The Chalet Theme includes Silverwood appliqués, a Alpine/Espresso leather interior, Alpine Venetian Leather specialty seats, an Alpine Alcantara headliner, and Espresso with Alcantara carpet and floor mats. The Rhapsody Blue theme includes aluminized fiberglass mesh appliqués, a Rhapsody Blue leather interior, Rhapsody Blue Venetian leather specialty seats, a Rhapsody Blue Alcantara headliner, and Rhapsody Blue with Alcantara carpet and floor mats. Finally, the Thoroughbred Theme includes Chilean Maple appliqués, a Jet Black and Belmont leather interior, Jet Black Venetian Leather seats, a Jet Black Alcantara headliner, and Jet Black with Alcantara carpet and floor mats.

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While we normally don't recommend spending $70,000 on a car, the 2019 Lincoln Continental Black Label is the one that really stands out to us. The ability to choose between three unique themes really highlights the Continental's luxury side, and being able to get into a fully-loaded model that doesn't have any optional features also simplifies the buying process. Sure, $70,000 is a lot of money to spend on a car, but the Continental Black Label feels like it's worth the money.

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Retro charisma. One look at the 2019 Lincoln Continental and you’ll understand that it’s not like the other luxury barges. There’s no German understatement here, nor any trace of Japanese efficiency. No, the Continental is pure American brawn, with the legacy nameplate to match. Profile badging decorates muscular shoulders, the door handles are integrated into the trim, the headlights and taillights are sleek LEDs, and chrome accents are sprinkled liberally throughout.

Although front-wheel drive distorts the stance slightly, the Continental still gains presence from size alone. On the 20-inch rims of Black Label models, it’s as stately as anything on the road.

V6 grunt. All that bulk takes some power to move, and the Continental rises to the challenge once more. Base models get a competent 3.7-liter V6 producing 305 horsepower. A mid-range engine adds a couple turbochargers, while the range-topping 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 produces 400 hp and 400 pound-feet of torque. An available adaptive suspension tames the Continentals mass in the corners, helped along by a precise steering system.

The powertrain is let down only by its transmission, a six-speed automatic. Although smooth, the gearbox is down a couple cogs on more modern competitors. Fuel economy is old-school as well – the most efficient Continental achieves an EPA-estimated 21 miles per gallon combined. That’s not uncommon for luxury cruisers, but the Cadillac CT6 gets up to 28 mpg combined.

Kingly interior. One of our favorite Lincoln features is their ability to make top trims feel truly special. Where many brands simply add all the options and slap on a price tag, Lincoln’s Black Label themes offer unique and eye-catching colors that elevate the already luxurious interior. On the Continental, our favorite is the Rhapsody theme, which swathes the interior in dark-blue leather and manages to be both restrained and flashy.

But the lower trims don’t suffer, either. The cabin is spacious and dignified, with high-gloss surfaces that add to the retro appeal. Storage options abound, and the trunk has a capacity of 16.7 cubic feet, which compares well against most competitors.

The Continental starts under $50,000, which is much cheaper than German rivals. The value is certainly there, but some options are worth the extra cost, like the 30-way adjustable seats and the adaptive suspension.


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Modern safety. Although the Continental may be a blast from the past in some ways, safety isn’t one. All Continentals come with Lincoln’s Co-Pilot 360 system, which includes all the latest and greatest active safety tech, including adaptive cruise control.

This is to be expected on most modern luxury sedans, but the Continental walks the walk – the NHTSA awarded the car a nearly perfect score, and the IIHS gave the Continental a Top Safety Pick Plus award.

Final thoughts. Big, American luxo-barges seem like a dying breed these days. Luxury buyers are flocking to larger cars, and the imported competition is stiff.

There are reasons to dislike the Continental. The transmission and fuel economy are old-fashioned, and it’s not as athletic as the German titans (although it doesn’t cost as much, either). But when everyone on the block is driving luxury SUVs, a 2019 Lincoln Continental becomes even more of a statement. Continental is a nameplate with a storied history, and the 2019 model has the personality to back it up. Even against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the BMW 7-Series, and the Lexus LS, the Continental’s distinctive character makes it worth a look.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.7L V-6 / 305 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd SelectShift w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
17 / 26 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.7L V-6 / 305 HP / 280 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
17 / 26 / 21 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
19.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$73
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
16.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
106 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
201.4 "
Exterior Width
75.3 "
Exterior Height
58.5 "
Front Headroom
39.3 "
Rear Headroom
37.7 "
Front Legroom
44.4 "
Rear Legroom
41.3 "
Front Shoulder Room
58.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.9 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,224 Lbs.
Wheel Base
118 "
Turning Radius
20.9 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone / Tri-coat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Bumpers
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Lincoln Soft Touch Leatherette
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Siriusxm Am/fm/satellite, Clock, Seek-scan
Speakers
10
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Automatic Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Blind Spot Information System (blis) Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Lane Keeping Aid Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Lincoln Co-pilot360 - Auto High Beam Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Securilock
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
72 Months / 70,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
Unlimited Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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