The 2013 Lincoln MKS earns an average Total Car Score for the Luxury Sedans & Wagons segment.
This fullsize luxury sedan has been revamped for the 2013 model year, showing significant changes in both the exterior and interior styling, plus various tweaks of hardware and software for a more luxurious ride, more composure, and more gadgets to offer would-be buyers.
It's still going to be a struggle in a segment dominated by German offerings and now joined by a certain Korean company making upmarket yet comparatively bargain-priced products. Lincoln hopes the revisions will be just enough, just in time (instead of the alternative of too little, too late), but reviewers have so far remained unconvinced.
Some things in favor of the MKS, though, are its huge cabin space and large trunk. It also has an adjustable/adaptive suspension as one of the may things on its long list of standard equipment. And there are active grille shutters for optimum cooling balanced with aerodynamic drag -- these are still a novelty.
The five-seat 2013 Lincoln MKS comes as one basic yet fairly well-equipped model, with front-wheel drive as the default configuration and all-wheel drive as an option. There's also an all-wheel-drive version with a more powerful engine named EcoBoost.
The entry level engine is a 3.7-liter V6 making 304 horsepower and 279 pound-feet of torque. The EcoBoost version employs twin turbochargers with a 3.5-liter V6 to develop 365 hp and 350 lb-ft. Both units are linked to a six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard equipment includes the aforementioned active suspension, plus leather upholstery, climate control, eight-way power-adjustable front seats that are also heated and ventilated, Bluetooth iPod connection, satellite radio, heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors and 19-inch alloy wheels. EcoBoost models get 20-inch alloys.
Options run to a dual-pane sunroof, adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel, parallel parking assistance, a rearview camera, blind spot and lane departure alerts, plus a premium audio system.
Standard safety equipment includes traction and stability controls, and full-length side curtain airbags.
EPA estimates for the 2013 Lincoln MKS with front-wheel drive are 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined; all-wheel-drive/3.7-liter V6 versions are a little thirstier on the highway by one mile per gallon. MKS EcoBoost models achieve 17/25/20 mpg.
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