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New cars: Lincoln MKS

What the critics say about the $38,000 Lincoln MKS

The New York Times
The 17-foot-long MKS is as roomy as a BMW 7 Series or Mercedes S-Class, but it’s priced like a midsize luxury vehicle. Eschewing the performance-driven aggression of rear-drive sedans, such as the Cadillac CTS, the all-wheel-drive MKS focuses instead on “space, smoothness, and amenities.” User-friendly highlights include a touch-screen navigation system and a Bluetooth-based Sync system that manages phones and music players with voice commands.

Motor Trend
Hoping to lure younger buyers, Lincoln has made sure the MKS is powered by an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V6—“good for a full 270 hp and 265-lb-foot of torque.” High-tech features include keyless entry and engine-start systems, rain-sensing wipers, forward-sensing parking assist, and a rearview camera parking assist. Among the luxury touches are heated rear seats, an overhead skylight, and a rear sunshade.

Popular Mechanics
Inspired by the 1941 Lincoln Continental, the MKS delivers “a surprisingly firm ride and an impressively quiet cabin.” Solid, sound-deadening blocks keep out most external noise, and the “floaty feeling” common to many previous Lincolns is a thing of the past. In a sign of the times, though, this big American car does not offer a V8.

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