2016 MKS New Car Test Drive
The Lincoln MKS will the brand's largest and most luxurious sedan, until the new Lincoln Continental arrives at dealerships.
Rather than parading its presence, Lincoln MKS represents a different sort of luxury: subtle, reserved, understated. Potential buyers who've passed it up might be wise to take another look.
On the road, the MKS is competent on the road, comfortable, and quiet. And it can be spirited, when equipped with the optional 3.5-liter turbocharged V6.
The MKS offers a choice of front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The MKS cabin is nicely appointed, but understated. Lincoln has kept it up to date by focusing on high-quality, plush materials, but the cabin design is behind the times, dating from 2009.
Fortunately, Lincoln has been replacing the outmoded MyLincoln Touch interface system, which wasn't easy to learn or use, with much-improved Sync 3. Otherwise, nothing has changed for the 2016 model year, except for the trunk exterior.
In crash-testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the MKS has earned a five-star overall rating, scoring four stars only in the rollover category. Although the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety used to name MKS a Top Safety Pick, that's no longer true because of scores in small-overlap and frontal crash-prevention testing.
The 2016 Lincoln MKS 3.7 Premiere ($39,010) comes with the 3.7-liter V6, heated/ventilated front seats, adaptive HID headlights, rear parking sensors, automatic climate control, and 19-inch alloy wheels. The MKS 3.7 AWD ($41,005) adds all-wheel drive.
The MKS 3.5 AWD EcoBoost Twin Turbo ($46,000) includes the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine and 20-inch wheels.
An Elite Package adds navigation, multi-contour front seats, premium wood trim, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, THX II certified sound, and power-adjustable pedals with memory. A Technology package includes active parking assist, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. A collision warning system is optional, but automatic-braking is not. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.).