2009 Lincoln MKS

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$38,490 - $40,380
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Engine Engine 3.7LV-6
MPG MPG 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 MKS Overview

2009 Lincoln MKS – Click above for high-res image gallery The 2009 Lincoln MKS may be the marque's last chance at establishing a distinct image after two decades of struggling to find its identity. At one time Lincoln, like its counterparts at Cadillac, stood apart from lesser vehicles with unique styling, powertrains and features that clearly delineated its place in the automotive hierarchy. Not that Mark IVs, Vs and VIs were high-water marks in design, but at least when you saw one rolling down the road, you knew you were looking at a Lincoln. But the Continentals of the '80s marked the onset of Lincoln's utterly forgettable image, and when Ford went on a buying binge in the late '80s with Jaguar, continuing through the '90s with Volvo, Aston Martin, and Land Rover, the waters began to be seriously muddied. The creation of the Premier Automotive Group, which bundled all the premium brands together, did nothing to help Lincoln's outlook, so Ford's in-house luxury brand needed a fresh start. With the dissolution of PAG, Peter Horbury and the team went back to the drawing board to define a look that would shout "Lincoln!" for years to come. Read on to find out if the MKS succeeds. %Gallery-26798% Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. In the PAG years, Ford management didn't seem to have any idea of what they wanted Lincoln to be. Perhaps Lincoln's best shot at moving up the ranks was the LS, which actually came about from the desire to produce a new mid-sized Jaguar and have the American brand compete with lower end BMWs and Audis. But the non-descript styling and limited power (after all, it did have to stay a notch below Jaguar) meant it never really got the attention it deserved. When the life cycle of the LS expired, Lincoln was left without a clear successor. The Zephyr/MKZ didn't advance the styling bar, and it's Fusion-based architecture didn't fit the profile. The 2009 MKS is one of those rare cars that actually improves upon its conceptual predecessor shown in 2006, and is the first production model to adopt the new cues that first appeared on last year's MKR concept. Unfortunately, most of the MKS was already locked in by the time the well received MKR was finished. The only significant design aspect to make it to production was the grille, but that may well be the most important element. For the first time in decades Lincoln has a face that stands out in a crowd and isn't an embarrassment. The rest of the car is handsome and clean, if not spectacular. The belt-line rises towards the back and helps to hide its tall stance. As you're likely already aware, the MKS is derived from the same Volvo-based platform as the Taurus/Sable/Taurus X and Flex. At a distance it doesn't look large, but once you get up close you're struck by the MKS's height. The roof-line extends a full four inches taller than …
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2009 MKS Overview

2009 Lincoln MKS – Click above for high-res image gallery The 2009 Lincoln MKS may be the marque's last chance at establishing a distinct image after two decades of struggling to find its identity. At one time Lincoln, like its counterparts at Cadillac, stood apart from lesser vehicles with unique styling, powertrains and features that clearly delineated its place in the automotive hierarchy. Not that Mark IVs, Vs and VIs were high-water marks in design, but at least when you saw one rolling down the road, you knew you were looking at a Lincoln. But the Continentals of the '80s marked the onset of Lincoln's utterly forgettable image, and when Ford went on a buying binge in the late '80s with Jaguar, continuing through the '90s with Volvo, Aston Martin, and Land Rover, the waters began to be seriously muddied. The creation of the Premier Automotive Group, which bundled all the premium brands together, did nothing to help Lincoln's outlook, so Ford's in-house luxury brand needed a fresh start. With the dissolution of PAG, Peter Horbury and the team went back to the drawing board to define a look that would shout "Lincoln!" for years to come. Read on to find out if the MKS succeeds. %Gallery-26798% Photos Copyright ©2008 Sam Abuelsamid / Weblogs, Inc. In the PAG years, Ford management didn't seem to have any idea of what they wanted Lincoln to be. Perhaps Lincoln's best shot at moving up the ranks was the LS, which actually came about from the desire to produce a new mid-sized Jaguar and have the American brand compete with lower end BMWs and Audis. But the non-descript styling and limited power (after all, it did have to stay a notch below Jaguar) meant it never really got the attention it deserved. When the life cycle of the LS expired, Lincoln was left without a clear successor. The Zephyr/MKZ didn't advance the styling bar, and it's Fusion-based architecture didn't fit the profile. The 2009 MKS is one of those rare cars that actually improves upon its conceptual predecessor shown in 2006, and is the first production model to adopt the new cues that first appeared on last year's MKR concept. Unfortunately, most of the MKS was already locked in by the time the well received MKR was finished. The only significant design aspect to make it to production was the grille, but that may well be the most important element. For the first time in decades Lincoln has a face that stands out in a crowd and isn't an embarrassment. The rest of the car is handsome and clean, if not spectacular. The belt-line rises towards the back and helps to hide its tall stance. As you're likely already aware, the MKS is derived from the same Volvo-based platform as the Taurus/Sable/Taurus X and Flex. At a distance it doesn't look large, but once you get up close you're struck by the MKS's height. The roof-line extends a full four inches taller than …Hide Full Review