The 2017 Lincoln Continental: What the critics say
At long last, Lincoln has made a Continental “actually worthy of its name.” Returning after a 14-year absence, the brand’s flagship sedan arrives fully refreshed, with styling that radiates “a quiet cool” and a cabin that’s “genuinely luxurious.” From the soft leather to the matched wood trim, the interior appointments are “an order of magnitude” more refined than anything seen in a Lincoln in decades. This car recalls the “Rolls-Royce– rivaling” Continental of the 1960s more than the “rental-lot special” of 2002.
It’s also “way better at back-and-forth cornering than you’d guess.” Though the new Continental is nearly 17 feet long and weighs more than 4,200 pounds, it exhibits no hint of “boatiness.” Pushed on a back road, it’s “quiet without being muffied, composed without being inert.” Still, the theme is luxury, not sportiness. When you’re sitting inside, “the Continental makes you think of a Bentley. Except this Bentley comes nicely equipped for about $60,000, not $160,000.”
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It’s also more “work in progress” than dependable luxury product. Hiccups in the transmission and the jumpy throttle can be corrected, but such fine-tuning can take many years. For now, the Continental has the basic ingredients in place and looks like a real contender. “It just needs polishing.