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2012 Lincoln MKS

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2012 Lincoln MKS Review

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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 77 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 models.

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

A very nice car to drive and very stylish

By on Friday, October 03, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

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
8/10

Pros: "A comfortable ride and not bad mileage"

Cons: "The trunck entrance is a bit too small."

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

"The car is very comfortable, and drives well. Their could be a little less cabin noise, but it is not a deal breaker. The heated/cooled seats are nice especially with leather. I do find the electronics are not as user friendly as I would like but bearable."

10 people out of 16 found this review helpful

never needs any work and drives, runs great

By on Friday, September 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "drives great, has get up and go, no mechanical"

Cons: "doesn't hold value too well"

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

"Bought this brand new and have had no issues except the driver's seat mechanics. Runs great and gets good gas mileage. I get 27 mpg around town."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

I found EXACTLY what we were looking for!

By on Monday, September 01, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 700

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "So far, everything about it!"

Cons: "Have none as of today!"

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

"Just purchased a brand new 2013 MKS off the show room floor and absolutely love the vehicle. Traded in a 2002 LSE for this one and the difference is unreal. Granted, it has only a handful of miles, but this car is all anyone could every ask for in a full size, luxury sedan. Have the standard V6 with AWD and all options. Have ran just one tank of gas through her and recording 23.6 MPG on both highway/city driving. It will take me a few months to learn all the features of this car. Sure surprised the heck out of me when I went to adjust the drivers seat while going down the highway and received a butt massage! We checked out every make and model of similar full size vehicles and none could compare with what the MKS provided. Why this car sat on the show room floor for a year still amazes me. I'm just very happy it ended up in my garage."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great luxury vehicle with all bells and whistles

By on Thursday, August 07, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "To many to list. See complete review."

Cons: "Voice recognition"

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

"Love most of the features offered as std eqpmt. Voice recognition gave me fits from day 1. Styling, handling, comfort and attention to details are excellent. Even MPG is good, although not as good as the 2009 MKS I had previousley. So many extras not found on other cars like: Butt massage, lumbar massage, interior lighting (changable colors),pedal adjustments, no gas cap, cooling seats (I live in the desert), remote start, front & back sensors, adaptive headlights, etc..."

9 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Not worth the money, not up to par with others

By on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
1/10

Cons: "Drives like a cheap vehicle and noisy."

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

"Have had the vehicle for 4 months and been back for service 5 times. The transmission shifts rough and is slow to respond. The turn signals had to be reset and the navigation system locks on to the last city and has to be changed manually. Delivered with bad weather stripping. Also the front suspension is noisy and feels unstable at times in all settings. The collision warning is set off by viaducts and some signs."

8 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Best Luxury executive sedan. Period

By on Friday, July 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,800

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: "Voice command, park assist, adaptive cruise,"

Cons: "wish it had turn signal indicators in mirrors."

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

"I live and work in North Scottsdale, AZ. Most of the cars here are Mercedes and BMW. Everywhere you look. I've driven in many. My MKS for me, is actually nicer inside and has plenty of power with the Twin Turbo. The extra gizmo's for a busy exec on the go make it nice. USB ports, two car chargers, all within reach. Plenty of wood with the Elite package, which i like, and telling computer where to go sure makes it nice on voice command. Tens of thousands less the German competitors and a nicer car for an executive, in my opinion. I am leasing this one, and will wait till new 2016 body style and will for sure get one again. My dealer picks up my MKS for oil changes and drops off loaner Lincoln. That's invaluable to me."

12 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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