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2012 Lincoln MKS

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2012 Lincoln MKS Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

The 2012 Lincoln MKS shares a platform with the Ford Taurus, but in addition to having more upscale looks and features, it is slightly longer and taller. That extra size on the outside translates to even more room for driver and passengers on the inside of Lincoln's full-size luxury flagship sedan. Two V6 engine options are available in the Lincoln MKS, including a powerful turbocharged version, and the car can be had with all-wheel-drive for better performance and traction. Unlike many luxury competitors in this segment, the MKS in standard form is front-wheel drive. That puts it at a disadvantage on the performance front versus rear-wheel-drive rivals, but with a plush ride and plenty of high-end amenities, the Lincoln deserves consideration for those who value comfort over sports-car handling.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking a big, comfortable, traditional-looking sedan that can seat five, gets decent fuel economy and starts in the $40,000 range, the MKS deserves a spot on your shopping list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If driving thrills and handling dynamics are priorities, you'll probably want to look at competitors such as the BMW 5 Series, Acura TL, Audi A6, Infiniti M37 or Cadillac CTS. And despite its heritage, the Lincoln badge may not have the appeal of German and Japanese luxury brands.

What's Significant About This Car?

The Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) is now optional on the Lincoln MKS. The system acts as a digital eye, detecting when vehicles move into the Lincoln's blind spots and alerting the driver via a light on the side mirrors. The system also helps prevent rearward collisions with its cross-traffic alert that detects vehicles approaching from behind when the MKS is backing up. When a potential collision is detected, audible and visual warnings alert the driver.

Driving the MKS

Driving Impressions Even with the base 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 274 horsepower, the 2012 Lincoln MKS feels strong. The sedan's 6-speed automatic transmission is a smooth shifter and outside noise is...

hushed thanks to an emphasis on sound-deadening in the cabin. Step up to the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 in the EcoBoost model, and the MKS feels downright quick, its 355 horsepower planted firmly to the ground via the car's standard all-wheel-drive. On the stopping side, the MKS brakes are powerful and secure. Overall, the Lincoln feels fairly agile for a car of its size, even in spite of its comfort-crafted personality.

Active Park Assist
Does the thought of parallel parking strike fear in your heart? This optional system can help. With aid from ultrasonic sensors, Active Park Assist measures an available parking space and then does the bulk of the work to park the car.


Climate-controlled Seats
When outside temperatures are extreme, there's nothing like getting warmed or cooled from the bottom up. The MKS comes standard with heating and cooling supplied by the front seats, while rear passengers get treated to heated seats, also standard equipment.

2012 Lincoln MKS Details
Interior

Compared with other cars in this luxury segment, the layout and controls of the MKS are simpler and easier to use for the uninitiated. Instead of using a rotary dial to navigate myriad functions, the MKS has straightforward buttons for climate control, audio and the like that are easy to identify and adjust. The design doesn't exactly shout luxury, but it's cleaner and more pragmatic than most others out there. The Lincoln does boast a large screen that can be used with a navigation system and the standard SYNC communication system. The cabin itself features plenty of leather, wood and metal to create a prestigious feel, and offers commendable room for passengers and cargo alike.

Exterior

When the MKS debuted for the 2009 model year, it resurrected Lincoln cues from the past that have found their way onto other cars within the brand. Most notable is the double-wing grille inspired by the 1941 Lincoln Continental. As the car's smooth lines flow rearward, its shape is more modest and not as visually striking. Twin tailpipes do help give the big sedan a notion of power. EcoBoost versions receive 19-inch wheels and can further distinguish themselves with an appearance package that includes 20-inch wheels and darkened grille and headlights.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

2012 Lincoln MKS models come with the SYNC connectivity and communication system, the SecuriCode keyless entry keypad (some folks love it), power rear-window sunshade, leather seats (with front-seat heating and cooling) and heated outboard rear seats, plus a THX II Certified Audio System with AM/FM/Satellite radio, 6-disc CD player and 10 speakers. For a taste of sportiness, push-button start and 18-inch cast aluminum wheels also come standard.

Optional Equipment

Among the upgrades you can make to a Lincoln MKS are: Active Park Assist, a navigation system with rear-view camera, 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, an HD Radio, blind-spot warning system, remote start system, adaptive cruise control, and a dual-panel moonroof.

Under the Hood

The 2012 MKS offers a choice of two V6 engines. The base version is a 3.7-liter good for 274 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Models with the 3.7-liter V6 come in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The second option, for EcoBoost models, is a 3.5-liter V6 with two turbochargers. This powerplant makes a robust 355 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, and puts power to all four wheels. Proving that you can have your cake and eat it, too, the turbocharged EcoBoost engine that's mated to an all-wheel drive system actually has the same fuel-economy ratings as the less powerful 3.7-liter engine that is in a front-wheel-drive MKS. Both engines can run on regular unleaded gasoline and are teamed to a SelectShift 6-speed automatic that can be manually shifted.


3.7-liter V6
274 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 4,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg (front-wheel drive), 16/23 mpg (all-wheel drive)

3.5-liter turbocharged V6
355 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg

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2012 Lincoln MKS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 88 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.0/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Best "Luxury sedan"

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,000

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
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "gadgets upon gadgets, quiet smooth ride and roomy"

Cons: "hard to find one used with adaptive cruise"

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

"If you are looking for a speedster to drive aggressive then this probably is not the car for you, but if you are looking for a quiet, soft luxury car that you can drive on 8 hour trips or workdays then this is what you are looking for. This car has every available option but I wish the adaptive cruise was a standard option on the elite model. The seat are the most comfortable seats I have sat in and I also own a 09 TownCar & an 09 Navigator. I previously owned 90 TownCar. The Car has 3 different suspension modes, lane keeping, back and buttock massaging chairs, key fob starting to warmup or cool down the car, and feature to prevent you from locking the keys in the trunk. I have only taken it to the shop to find the armrest console cover. I got mines as a certified preown. My 90 TownCar went 400,000 miles so I hope that is a good indicator. The ride would be 2nd to a TownCar."

Very pleased with Mks Lincolns

By on Sunday, April 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 37,460

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Loved my 2010 MKS. Got involved in a crash that totaled out the car. No one was injured thanks to the quality built in. Couldn't find another fast enough. Two weeks later I found a showroom perfect 2012 almost the same color inside and out. Happy days are here again!!!!!"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Recieve many compliments on cars' appearence.

By on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,900

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"Only real negative to this car is the front seat cup holder. Two size connected cup holes only conveniently allow for one cup NOT two."

3 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Love this car!!!

By on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great price, fun to drive and good looking."

Cons: "Can't find any."

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

"I've owned this vehicle for 2 years now and I can honestly say it was a great choice. Having purchased it used, I saved a lot of money and purchased a 100,000 mile extended warranty on it which at this point I think will not pay off in the long run because I haven't had a single issue with the vehicle. I love the acceleration of this vehicle, the ecoboost is definitely a must have when purchasing this model vehicle. The white Nappa leather worried me a little because of teenagers in the household but it's actually very easy to clean with the right products. My wife loves the self parking feature and the active cruise control and collision warning are great also."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Like being back in the womb...

By on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Rollin'...."

Cons: "Too minor to mention"

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

"My family has been driving Lincolns since Lincolns existed. Some were awesome, some were not. This is by far the best Lincoln I have ever owned. It does everything right. My only complaints are a minor rattle that is no doubt a loose bolt in the back and that ugly steering column cover that never sits right. These are very minor things. Now, is it going to hold up like my wife's bulletproof Honda? No, I'm sure. But I can't think of one luxury car that will. This car is the way to travel. PS: The subwoofer needs a better cover. You can blow that thing to pieces with some deep bass and then it rattles. I guess Ford never saw that one coming, but they are trying to get a younger audience are they not?"

11 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Great road car.

By on Thursday, December 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"large trunk, great safety features, very comfortable ride so far we are very happy we bought this car"

22 people out of 33 found this review helpful

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