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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
By Mack on Wednesday, April 16, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 65,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "comfortable, classy,good price"
Cons: "A bigger trunk opening ;) Women love to shop!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"The only knock I have on this vehicle is the trunk opening, it has a very large trunk, but the opening is not very tall. Performance has been outstanding, I would highly recommend this car to anyone who has to be on the road a lot. Very comfortable, even my Clients love it!When you need the get up and go, it's waiting for you! The only regret...not having the navigation, it's a must ;)"
By tyrochump on Sunday, March 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 113,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "great to drive, good mileage, low maintenance, goo"
Cons: "poor cup holder placement and size."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This automobile had 19k miles on it when I bought it used in 2010. I have had no mechanical problems of any sort. the way I drive, living in a rural area, driving long distances several times a week, I average 23 mpg overall. I have had to replace the rear brake pads once. I have yet to replace the front. I am able with the AWD to transit mud in places (In the country) where the neighbors FWD car and RWD had to be towed. The handling with the computer-assisted suspension is better than any car I have ever owned, including a couple of "sporty" cars. Powering around curves, I easily leave behind anything short of true sports cars on the curvy country roads upon which I drive. I cannot imagine a better car for the 39k that I paid for it."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By MOJAVE on Sunday, January 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Bought car with 44000 miles. Ultimate package and loaded. This car is a great ride and quiet. The sound system (thx) is really hard to beat. Seats are very comfortable, I recommend heated and cooled seats.Styling is great. This car is the AWD version and the fuel mileage could be better. Our mileage is low so the money spent on fuel is really not an issue (less than 10000 a year)."
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By dave on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 8,000overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Cons: "not a reliable car and service is very bad"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"i leased 2012 MKS a year and a half ago got stuck on the highway 3 times when the car stall on me and put my life in danger the car was so many times by the dealer at the beginning they couldn't find the problem after they change parts and i got stuck again than i have computer problems and Bluetooth issues that they cannot solve up to this day i went with all this up to the top management of ford which they assign me a special person from the company to help me but this guy promise to call and not calling no follow up before this car i had Lexus for many years what a different in reliability and service shame on them cannot wait to end up the lease"
2 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By black on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,400overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great pick-up and Handles Well. Because of the Sport design the only problem is the low profile and Spoilers. Have to be real careful among Curbs."
3 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Lincoln-Fan on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,002overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This has been hands down the best car I've owned for the money!!! The Mks is like my co-pilot that can respond to anything From navigation to defensive driving.. I love love love my car And when people ask me what I drive. Lol I tell them Very slowly.... A 2011 lincoln M-K-S...."
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful