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A thorough overhaul last year brought a new look to the somewhat stoic MKS, but whether it will be enough to compete with sleeker designs from Cadillac, Lexus and even Hyundai is yet to be seen. Because it is based on the Taurus platform, there are still plenty of thinly veiled crossover parts from the Ford sedan, and no V8 engine or rear drive platform. However, for those not bothered by such trivialities, the MKS for 2014 has plenty to offer. From its standard continually-adaptive suspension and available all-wheel drive (AWD), to its 365-horsepower EcoBoost V6 engine and myriad of cool electronic interfaces such as climate controls that operate at the swipe of a finger, the MKS is luxury done Lincoln-style.
If you're a modernist who equates luxury with technology, the Lincoln MKS for 2014 should more than pique your interest. It is plush and roomy and quick, but it is also the automotive equivalent of a rolling iPad.
With its full-time adaptive suspension and available AWD, the 2014 Lincoln MKS will no doubt satisfy most drivers, but the hardcore enthusiast will always opt for rear drive, a traditional manual transmission, and a powerful V8 engine.
Changes to the 2014 Lincoln MKS are minor, the most notable of which is the addition of a standard rear-view camera. An aggressive new pricing strategy lowers the price of a 2014 model by about $2,000 compared to the 2013 car.
Driving Impressions With 304 horsepower pumping from its standard 3.7-liter V6, the 2014 Lincoln MKS turns in a strong performance by any measure. A smooth shifting 6-speed automatic manages both uninterrupted bursts...... of acceleration and fairly respectable fuel economy. But, it's the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that really makes the MKS feel like a street brawler looking for a fight. With standard AWD the MKS with EcoBoost can run with the best V6s in the class and even some V8s. It's no Audi RS, but the MKS does feel stronger and more adept than a Lexus ES. The MKS's 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.
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.
When outside temperatures are extreme, there's nothing like getting warmed or cooled from the bottom up. The 2014 Lincoln MKS comes standard with heating and cooling supplied by the front seats, while rear passengers get treated to heated seats, also standard equipment.
If simple and straightforward is your style, the complex controls and multiple screens that make up the MKS's instruments might at first seem overwhelming. 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
The 2014 Lincoln MKS wears the new face of Lincoln, with an expressive exterior dominated by a prominent winged grille with vertical louver-like slats filling most of the car's front-end acreage. Adaptive HID headlights and a deeply contoured hood round the MKS's sleek good looks. 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.
A 2014 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), 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, rear-view camera and Lincoln's Forward and Reverse Sensing system are also standard.
Among the upgrades you can make to the 2014 Lincoln MKS are: Active Park Assist, AWD, a navigation system, heated rear seats, 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.
Power for the 2014 Lincoln MKS comes from a choice between 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 front-wheel drive (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.
304 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
279 lb-ft of torque @ 4,050 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg (FWD), 18/26 mpg (AWD)
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (EcoBoost)
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 2014 Lincoln MKS with the standard V6 engine and FWD has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $41,500, including destination and before incentives. Adding AWD pushes the price to roughly $43,500. A top-of-the-line EcoBoost model with a turbocharged V6 and standard AWD starts just shy of $48,500. At these prices, Lincoln's 2014 MKS sedan costs less than the Cadillac XTS, Acura RLX, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Audi A6. However, the Chrysler 300C and Kia Cadenza cost significantly less. The Lincoln offers a lot of features for the money, but its 5-year residual value is lower than its German and Japanese competitors.
By Frogged on Thursday, December 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
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"
15 people out of 24 found this review helpful
By Cindy on Thursday, December 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 91,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive"
Cons: "Don't care for black interior."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"It is a pleaseure to drive long distances in this car. I have often taken 12 - 14 hour trips in this car."
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful
By JohnnyB on Thursday, December 18, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fun to drive, great navigation package, AWD"
Cons: "Trunk opening very small. Terrible Brakes!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The car is very comfortable to drive, very elegant, great power, love the AWD and safety features-especially during winter months! The Navigation system, instruments, seating are great. My dealer's service department can't seem to tighten the oil catch cover as it is always coming loose after oil changes. They had to recently order a new retaining pin for it since it came loose and fell off. The things I dislike about this vehicle is that the brakes are too soft and are terrible. For a car of this size, weight, and power, it should have a better braking system. I will be switching out the brakes to a Brembo kit with braded brake lines. The trunk space is large, but can't really take much advantage of it since the actual trunk opening is very small. The interior color changing lighting is an awesome feature, but don't really have a need/use for it. Therefore, it is a pointless feature. I would like the DVD player to actually play DVD's while the car is in drive so that my passengers can enjoy it. There is a device that can be installed to play DVDs, but at a cost of over $400. Overall, great vehicle and I am extremely happy with it. It certainly gets looks from many while driving down the road and at stop lights/signs."
6 people out of 12 found this review helpful