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2009 Lincoln MKS

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2009 Lincoln MKS Review

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Ford's luxury Lincoln brand has been on a recent roll with its MKX (X for crossover) and MKZ (formerly Zephyr) mid-size sedan. Derived from Ford's less-expensive Edge and Fusion, both have received positive reviews and have sold surprisingly well. Now comes this all-new flagship MKS (S for sedan). While it's loosely based on the excellent Volvo-derived architecture that underpins Ford's Taurus (formerly Five Hundred) and Taurus X (formerly Freestyle), it bears no resemblance to those distant relatives. We question Lincoln's move from names with heritage to MK-this and MK-that, but at least (unlike some) that key third letter helps identify the model.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you like this new Lincoln's look, especially its heritage-based "double-wing" grille, there's not much to dislike about it. With an agreeable balance of performance, efficiency, room and value, and front- or available all-wheel-drive, it lacks only most rivals' rear-wheel drive and a prestigious import nameplate.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While Lincoln's new flagship sedan punches most of the right buttons, competition at this level is tough. Most competitors offer rear-wheel drive, available higher performance and better-respected brand names. If you're willing to pay more for it, a German, Japanese or a domestic Cadillac luxury sedan may suit you better.

What's Significant About This Car?

This new top-of-the-line sedan should go far toward propagating Lincoln's recent brand renaissance. Powered by a new 3.7-liter V6 through a new six-speed automatic transmission, Ford says it offers the largest selection of comfort and convenience technology features in its class.

Driving the MKS

Driving Impressions The 2009 Lincoln MKS follows through on its good first impression. Power from its 3.7-liter V6 is strong, smooth and responsive, and its cabin is unusually quiet and serene at...

any reasonable speed. The MacPherson-strut and lower-control-arm front suspension maximizes travel, while the fully independent rear arrangement isolates noise and harshness without isolating the driver from feeling the road. One unique element is rear shock absorbers mounted vertically at the outboard ends of the suspension arms, near the wheels, to accommodate the available 20-inch wheels while allowing precise suspension tuning. The power rack-and-pinion steering is precise and responsive, the brakes are powerful and secure, and the car feels surprisingly agile for its size.

Voice-Activated Navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link
This state-of-the-art system integrates climate control and SIRIUS Satellite Radio into a large, easy-to-use touch-screen display. It also provides up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information, current gas prices, sports scores and movie listings, and it can store, catalog and play more than 150 hours of music.

SYNC
Jointly developed by Ford and Microsoft and standard on all 2009 and most 2008 Lincoln vehicles, this industry exclusive, voice-activated hands-free communications and entertainment system fully integrates most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and digital media players into the vehicle.

2009 Lincoln MKS Details
2009 Lincoln MKS photo Interior

The 2009 Lincoln MKS cabin marries best-in-class interior and cargo volume to a precision-crafted environment of hand-wrapped, double-stitched premium leather, genuine wood and sculpted aluminum accents. The symmetrical instrument panel, an updated version of the design found in the Lincoln Navigator and MKX, is bisected by a strip of sculpted wood, and its upper surface is durable leatherette. The standard leather seats have supportive side bolsters, the leather-wrapped steering wheel is topped by a strip of real wood, the round gauges are ringed in delicate chrome, and a large, integrated information/navigation screen tops the center stack.

Exterior

MKS is the first new production Lincoln with design elements harvested from signature Lincoln cues of the past. Its most striking exterior feature is a double-wing grille inspired by that of the 1941 Lincoln Continental. A sculpted hood, a fast-raked windshield and a beltline that kicks up slightly over the rear wheels are highlighted by polished stainless steel side window surrounds. Around back, vertical white light strips separate LED taillamps from the decklid edges, and a horizontal chrome strip along the rear deck is inset with a Lincoln star.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

This well-equipped Lincoln packs all expected bells and whistles and some Ford exclusives, including a next-generation "SecuriCode" keypad that unlocks the driver's door, a new capless fuel filler system and the SYNC hands-free entertainment and communications system. Also standard: a premium AM/FM/six-CD changer 6-speaker audio with SIRIUS Satellite Radio; premium leather seating; leather-wrapped shifter; 12-way power, heated and cooled front seats with power lumbar; heated rear seats with pass-through; power tilt/telescope steering wheel with memory; dual-zone automatic climate control and reverse sensing. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with stability control; anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist; Dual-stage front, front side and roof Safety Canopy system airbags.

Optional Equipment

Most notable among the MKS' many available features are all-wheel-drive; 19-inch bright machined or 20-inch polished aluminum wheels; THX II Certified 14-speaker premium surround sound; voice-activated navigation; rear-view camera; adaptive cruise control; dual-panel power moonroof and "PowerCode" remote starting. Option packages include a Navigation Package (navigation, surround sound and rear-view camera); a Technology Package (adaptive headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, forward sensing system, rear-window power sunshade and "Intelligent Access" key with push-button start); and an Ultimate Package that combines both of those with the moonroof; special seating trim and 19-inch premium painted wheels.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Lincoln MKS is powered by a new Lincoln-exclusive 3.7-liter V6 that develops 275-horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque on (recommended but not required) premium fuel, or 273-horsepower and 270 pound-feet on less-expensive regular. Based on Ford's award-winning 3.5-liter V6, it shares the same die-cast aluminum block, lightweight four-valve heads and variable valve timing. To save fuel, its fuel pump shifts to a lower-speed setting when conditions allow and cuts off fuel to the injectors when the driver backs completely out of the throttle in fifth or sixth gear. The standard SelectShift six-speed automatic can be manually shifted when desired, and the available all-wheel-drive can distribute up to 100 percent of torque between the front and rear wheels.

3.7-liter V6
275 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
276 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 16/23 (AWD)

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2009 Lincoln MKS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 102 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

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  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

This is the highest quality car I have owned

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Comfort - Safety - Economy - Styling - Navigation"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"High Quality, High Reliability, Good Fuel Economy, We love the backup camera and navigation. Very comfortable AC on hot, humid Texas highways. Excellent Sound System - 6 CD changer - Sirius - AM/FM"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great acceleration in ecoboost!

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, head turner. Great price."

Cons: "Cup holders should be thermal - hot/cold."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I was in a rear-end accident where my 2009 Lincoln MKS was totaled. I walked away from the vehicle completely unharmed to the shocked stares of on-lookers. Kudos on the design and engineering - they turned out to be life savers. This car starts EVERY time in ANY weather. Great acceleration! Scary, slow-response braking system for such a heavy car. Seat coolers would be great in the back seat. Putting some passenger controls for sound, seat position, and climate in the back seat compartment would make this a truly wonderful car. Of course, after shopping around extensively, I bought the 2011 MKS since there were no comparable cars possessing all the great features that Lincoln offers! I LOVE LINCOLN."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

best car i ever owned

By on Thursday, July 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"while i have owned all the euro models mre than once this mks was the best of all and extremely reliable the 4 year guarantee was just the icing on the cake would gladley get another"

7 people out of 12 found this review helpful

ALL, the car for the money!

By on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "pretty, runs well"

Cons: "Small trunk, hard on gas , elec glitch media"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought my MKS ECOBOOST as a CPO. It it the tuxedo black metallic clear coat.... So beautiful! It has white interior.... So light and bright and comfy. Only cons... Wide turning radius, hard ride on roads that are flawed, tough on gas, and the media/ phone electronics glitch quite a bit.... But for the price I paid, and allllllll the options and great looks of this black beauty.... I love it, Is GREAT in snow... Is surprisingly GROWLY/ THROATTY when you want to stomp on it... And it just feels so nice when you sit in it... It hugs you!"

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

A smooth luxurious-classy dependable machine!

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,967

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "The price is right, quite striking & a smooth car"

Cons: "No comments!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This Lincoln MKS classy/luxury beauty can ride or stand by any other "Popular by Demand" raving upscale car on the road. It handles very well, with a quick take off from the word GO! It's aerodynamic compact interior & exterior is quite attractive & comfortable looking. It's fully loaded with all the interesting bells & whistles, and not bad on gas mileage either. This Lincoln will make someone very appreciative and Happy!"

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Excellent Car

By on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Price!"

Cons: "No cons!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car back in March of 2015. This is a very nice car. Has plenty of sophisticated features including luxury all over! The vehicle handles the road very well. Hardly any noise only comfort. Love my Lincoln!"

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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