2013 Lincoln MKS Price & Review

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Lincoln is going through an identity crisis for some time now but things are slowly looking up for the luxury brand. The 2013 Lincoln MKS has a number of changes to the exterior styling of the vehicle and there is more equipment as standard on the car and also additional kit is offered on the optional list, while the performance and ride comfort of the vehicle has also been upgraded.

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All these add up to make the MKS attractive to buyers looking for a luxury sedan, who will also feel proud that buying a Lincoln is a good choice.

Features of 2013 Lincoln MKS

Looks

The 2013 MKS is an elegant looking car which has been thoroughly revised which gives this big sedan a premium look which is uniquely its own. The most striking feature is the distinctive grille, which will grow on  you, and has been narrowed while at the same time is swept back, which makes it sleeker and even more dramatic than the outgoing model’s.

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The interior of the vehicle has a brand new instrument cluster and the latest version of MyLincoln Touch infotainment system and other upgraded material.

Overview

The 2013 Lincoln MKS shares the same engines with the 2012 model but the power output has increased and also the efficiency. The base model is equipped with a 3700cc V6, which has a power output of 300hp, which is 27hp more than what the last year’s model produced.

The turbocharged V6 engine now produces 365hp, 10hp more than the similarly equipped 2012 model. The brakes have been improved to tackle the extra horsepower while adaptive suspension is all new and is computer controlled and the dampers are adjusted to make the handling and ride appropriate and sophisticated.

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Many of the features and equipment which was on the optional list in 2012 has been made standard and also equipment which was not even present previously has made it to the standard list. Lincoln engineers have worked hard to make the MKS even more silent than before.

Though Lincoln may find it hard to convince potential buyers  that the MKS is as good as the Mercedes-Benz E-class, BMW 5 series and Audi A6, yet the fact is that many of the faults which plagued previous generation Lincolns have been addressed and removed.

The user-interface for the MyLincoln Touch is very neat looking but it is not as easy to use and may not be liked by many owners. Among the competitors in the same price segment is the Cadillac CTS, which is stylish as well as sporty, the sophisticated and refined Chrysler 300 and the value for money, luxurious Hyundai Genesis sedan. In this exalted company, the 2013 Lincoln MKS is definitely worth a second look.

Trim Levels

The 2013 Lincoln MKS is available in three trim levels: FWD, AWD and EcoBoost. On the FWD and AWD models the following features and equipment is standard: 19” alloys, rear parking sensor, adaptive suspension, automatic high beam dipping feature, foglights, adaptive xenon headlights, keyless entry/start, heated mirrors and driver side mirror with dimming feature.

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On the interior, there is full leather upholstery, ventilated and heated seats, 8-way power adjustment for the front seats, which also have memory setting, 10-speaker music system, tilt and telescoping feature on the steering wheel, dual zone automatic climate control system. MyLincoln Touch, cell phone WiFi, satellite radio and interface for USB/iPod.

The EcoBoost model has all the above features but has a twin turbo engine, all-wheel-drive system and 20” wheels. The optional packages are: Premium Package and Elite Package. The Premium Package has the following features: heated steering wheel, cross traffic and blind spot warning system, pedals with power adjust, powered sunshade at the rear, a top of the range 16-speaker surround sound music system, rear-view camera and navigation system.

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The Elite package has everything contained in the Premium Package and also the following features: parallel parking assist, rear seats with heating facility, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning and wood detailing on the interiors. On the options list are a double-panel sunroof, collision warning and automatic brake support and adaptive cruise control.

Powertrain & Performance

The all-wheel-drive and front-wheel-drive trims have the same engine: a 3700cc V6 mated to a 6-speed which also has a manual shift mode. The power output is 300hp while the torque is 275lb/ft. The FWD model delivers a fuel economy of 19mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway, while the figures for the AWD model is 18mpg and 26mpg.

Compared to the 2012 model, the FWD averages 3mpg better on the highway. The EcoBoost, which has an all-wheel-drive system, has a twin-turbo 3500cc V6 which produces 365hp and 350lb/ft of torque. Mileage is 17mpg in the city and 25mpg on the highway with a combined figure of 20mpg.

Safety Equipment

The 2013 Lincoln MKS comes with lot of safety equipment as standard and this includes: traction control, anti-lock braking system, full length side airbags, side air bags for the front seats, adaptive cruise control, cross traffic and blind spot warning system, lane-keep and departure assist and a rear-view camera are on the options list. In IIHS testing, the MKS earned a “good” rating for front, side and roll over protection.

Space

The MKS is a large car and there is plenty of space in the interior and also in the boot. The head and leg room are very generous. The passenger room at the rear is comfortable and impressive. Boot space — 18.4 cu/ft — is as big as you will find in this segment.

Ride, Handling & Price

The 2013 Lincoln MKS is a definite improvement over the last year’s model and with the new active suspension the ride and handling has seen an improvement. The car is no longer dull and softly sprung but is now more responsive over a lot of different surfaces.

The ride on the highway also improved. The MKS with the EcoBoost engine will be the model of choice for most buyers but the base model with the 3700cc V6 will also attract buyers. The 2013 Lincoln MKS prices start from $42,810.