2009 Lincoln MKS Review
The Lincoln MKS may show unassuming exterior styling in the face of its bolder luxury segment competitors, but the charms of this full-size American sedan emerge once you step up to the driver's door. Graze the b-pillar with your hand and a keypad illuminates, enabling keyless entry. Once inside, a spacious interior presents amenities like real wood and an available 600-watt, 14-speaker THX sound system; Sirius Travel Link; adaptive cruise control; and, of course, Ford's handy SYNC. Fit and finish is some of the best we've seen in a domestic, and cushy yet supportive seats offer comfort for long hauls.
Shut the door and you'll be enveloped in an eerily silent cabin, thanks to extensive insulation and acoustically laminated glass. It's a strange day when a full-size American sedan doesn't come with an available V8, but the MKS's V6-only setup is forgivable with today's record fuel prices (a higher-output EcoBoost engine will be available next year). Acceleration is strong but not overwhelming, partially due to the combination of the V6 powerplant and the MKS's curb weight of 4,127 lbs. While a bit of torque steer is detectable with the front-drive, the all-wheel drive version exhibits more directional stability. The ride is rather firm when the road gets bumpy, but the tradeoff is controlled handling and stability in the twisties. Brakes are strong and reassuringly effective.
Though the MKS's sheetmetal may not have the cutting-edge shapes we've come to expect from its Japanese and German counterparts, the view from the driver's seat is encouraging. This domestic full-sized sedan drives with authority, is well-appointed with the requisite leather and wood niceties, and offers up a well-designed cocoon for its five occupants. Despite a price that easily hits the mid-$40,000 range, the MKS is a smooth, quiet, and comfortable sedan that will hopefully help put Ford back on the map.
Read a review of the 2010 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost
Warranty/Service: four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; five-year/60,000-mile safety restraint system warranty; six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; and five-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.
Text and photography: Basem Wasef