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2013 Lincoln MKS Review

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2013 Lincoln MKS Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.8

Although it shares the same platform with the new Taurus, Lincoln's MKS for 2013 is taking aim squarely at the best luxury cars on the market. Lincoln plans to tackle the competition by offering more advanced suspension, engine and electronic features, as well as styling that moves the MKS out of the realm of boring and overly cautious design. The Lincoln MKS is one of the few luxury makes in this price range that offers not only a choice of two V6 engines, but also front-drive (FWD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) platforms. The MKS is endowed with a number of driver-assist features, including Lane Keeping Alert and Aid, which first alerts the driver when drifting into another lane and takes corrective action if the driver does not respond.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're seeking traditional luxury-car size and comfort, but in a modern state-of-the-art package that will even impress your kids, the 2013 Lincoln MKS may very well be it. Whether it's the MyLincoln Touch and SYNC infotainment suite or the sophisticated continually adaptive suspension, the MKS is definitely high-tech.

You May Not Like This Car If...

While its driving characteristics should prove more than sufficient for most people, hard-core driving enthusiasts probably won't take to the MKS's front-drive platform, softer suspension and lack of an available manual transmission.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.8
  • 6.3
  • 7.7
  • 5.5
  • 6.3
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#20

out of 23

Fuel Economy

#12

out of 24

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.9 out of 10
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2013 Lincoln MKS Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

The 2013 Lincoln MKS gets a major overhaul, with new styling both in and out, a more powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine and a host of new electronic driver aids. These include Lincoln Drive Control, which changes the way the car drives and handles depending on transmission setting, and a continuously controlled damping system that constantly adapts to varying road conditions.

Driving the MKS
2013 Lincoln MKS Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Even with the base 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 304 horsepower, the 2013 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 365 horsepower planted firmly to the ground via the car's standard AWD. The MKS's new adaptive suspension vastly improves its cornering and emergency response reflexes without significantly disturbing the car's reputation for delivering a smooth and quiet ride. The steering feels more precise as well and on the stopping side, the new larger 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 2013 Lincoln MKS comes standard with heating and cooling supplied by the front seats, while rear passengers get treated to heated seats, also standard equipment.

2013 Lincoln MKS Details
2013 Lincoln MKS Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Compared with other cars in this luxury segment, the layout and controls of the MKS are a bit more sophisticated than most, bordering on overly complicated. Most functions can be controlled via steering-wheel control pads with information displayed on two LCD screens next to the analog speedometer (part of the MyLincoln Touch system) or through the large LCD view screen that displays audio, navigation and Bluetooth functions. Standard heated and cooling seats are a nice touch, as is the expensive and ever so soft Bridge of Weir leather seating surfaces.

Exterior
2013 Lincoln MKS photo

For 2013, Lincoln has given the MKS a much more expressive exterior. The design is most noticeable up front where a prominent winged grille with vertical louver-like slats fills most of the car's front-end acreage. Adaptive HID headlights and a new hood with more contours round out the major changes. 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

A 2013 Lincoln MKS comes with the SYNC connectivity and communication system, the SecuriCode keyless entry keypad (some folks love it), adaptive HID headlights, 12-way power front seats, leather seating surfaces (with front-seat heating and cooling) and heated outboard rear seats, automatic high beams and automatic climate control. For a taste of sportiness, push-button start and 19-inch cast aluminum wheels also come standard. On the safety front, blind-spot monitors and Lincoln's Forward and Reverse Sensing system are also standard.

Optional Equipment

Among the upgrades you can make to the 2013 Lincoln MKS are: Active Park Assist, AWD, a navigation system with rearview camera, 20-inch wheels, an HD Radio, remote-start system, power rear sunshade, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, multi-contour massaging front seats, adaptive cruise control, Lane Keep Assist and Alert, THX II Certified Audio with 16 speakers and a 10-inch subwoofer, and a dual-panel moonroof.

Under the Hood
2013 Lincoln MKS Engine photo

The 2013 MKS offers a choice of two V6 engines. The base version is a 3.7-liter good for 304 horsepower and 279 lb-ft of torque. Models with the 3.7-liter V6 come in FWD or AWD. The second option, for EcoBoost models, is a 3.5-liter V6 with two turbochargers. This powerplant makes a robust 365 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 AWD system has nearly the same fuel-economy ratings as the less powerful 3.7-liter engine that is in a front-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
304 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
279 lb-ft of torque @ 4,050 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (FWD), 18/26 mpg (AWD)

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6
365 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg

A base 2013 MKS with the standard V6 engine and FWD has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $43,500, including destination and before incentives. Adding AWD pushes the price to roughly $45,700. A top-of-the-line EcoBoost model with a turbocharged V6 and standard AWD starts just shy of $51,000. At these prices, Lincoln's 2013 MKS sedan is priced in line with the Cadillac CTS, higher than the Hyundai Genesis sedan and Acura TL, and lower than the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Audi A6 and Infiniti M37. The Lincoln offers a lot of features for the money, but its 5-year residual value is lower than its German and Japanese competitors.

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2013 Lincoln MKS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 71 Ratings for the 2009 - 2014 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

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."

2 people out of 4 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."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

My car has been great for me. I am the primary

By on Monday, June 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"driver and have exceeded the gas mph performance. It handles great and the seats conform with maximum comfort. I would definitely consider another Lincoln. Its AMERICAN build also."

9 people out of 16 found this review helpful

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