Go

2014 Lincoln MKS

Overview
Share this page
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2014 Lincoln MKS Review

By

KBB Expert Rating: 6.7

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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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.

You May Not Like This Car If...

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.

What's New for 2014

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 the MKS
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.

CLIMATE-CONTROLLED SEATS
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.

2014 Lincoln MKS Details
2014 Lincoln MKS photo Interior

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
2014 Lincoln MKS photo

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.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

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.

Optional Equipment

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.

Under the Hood

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.

3.7-liter V6
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

Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

2014 Lincoln MKS Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 109 Ratings for the 2009 - 2016 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

The luxury, quiet ride and horsepower!!

By on Saturday, May 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 64,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great looking, comfort and FAST"

Cons: "It has all you need & is my 8th Lincoln."

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

"This is my Hot Rod Lincoln and the way it is supposed to be. Great ride, all the options, the metallic black paint, 355 hp engine gets to 60+ very quickly, all the while in complete quiet except for the THX Stereo playing off my I-tunes on my Iphone. The ambient light choices, air conditioned seats (this is a black car and this is TEXAS). Yet you don't see a single ad for it on TV and haven't for 2 years...since the Lincoln Continental is taking it's place. So disappointed in it....looks nothing like the beautiful concept. Looks like a Jag and a Buick had a baby. Will keep this one until the 100,000 extended warranty is about up, even though I have not had to use it once in the 3 years I have had the car and I drive the car to the max."

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great Refined Car

By on Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 71

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: "Great Value, All Wheel Drive, 365 HP Eco-Boost"

Cons: "Large Turning Radius."

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

"I just switched to an all wheel drive Eco Boost MKS from a front wheel drive Cadillac XTS that wandered all over the road. I limit myself to the Lincoln or Cadillac because I live alone and I require the loaner service that these companies provide. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Nothing could be further from the truth. Some reviewers complain about inadequate side support on the MKS seats. I dont like to feel cramped in. Some reviewers complain of a lack of road feel. I like feeling like I am sitting in my living room. Some reviewers overlook the fact that the Lincoln costs less than half of the all wheel 365 HP cars it is being compared to. I am a CPA and so price is important. Thankfully, a relative suggested that I focus on the customer reviews rather than the professional ones. On this scale the Lincoln rates fine. I am adding my name to the list of people whose preference is for luxury rather than the skid pad. If I wanted to race I would buy a Mustang."

4 people out of 7 found this review helpful

2011 MKS I have had for 3 years, best there is.

By on Monday, April 11, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 62,399

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: "comfort, ride, reliability"

Cons: "headrests can block side view when backing up."

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

"Very solid car, and big enough for my 6'4" frame. Very reliable, had one issue in 3 years, and that was covered by warranty. Nav system far superior to Lexus/Toyota. Room superior to Mercedes. Ride and responsiveness better than Cadillac. Best value luxury car."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Luxurious and good performance

By on Tuesday, December 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort, performance, many compliments on the car"

Cons: "Trunk is large, lid opening smaller than expected"

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

"Have owned a variety of full size luxury sedans and this one is the best. More features than I expected for the price, very comfortable and quiet. All wheel drive and remote start are nice features in Minneapolis winter. My wife's car and she loves it. I will be looking for a Lincoln MKX or Navigator when I replace my SUV."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This is the highest quality car I have owned

By on Friday, August 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 63,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Comfort - Safety - Economy - Styling - Navigation"

Cons: "None"

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

"High Quality, High Reliability, Good Fuel Economy, We love the backup camera and navigation. Very comfortable AC on hot, humid Texas highways. Excellent Sound System - 6 CD changer - Sirius - AM/FM"

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Great acceleration in ecoboost!

By on Monday, July 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, head turner. Great price."

Cons: "Cup holders should be thermal - hot/cold."

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

"I was in a rear-end accident where my 2009 Lincoln MKS was totaled. I walked away from the vehicle completely unharmed to the shocked stares of on-lookers. Kudos on the design and engineering - they turned out to be life savers. This car starts EVERY time in ANY weather. Great acceleration! Scary, slow-response braking system for such a heavy car. Seat coolers would be great in the back seat. Putting some passenger controls for sound, seat position, and climate in the back seat compartment would make this a truly wonderful car. Of course, after shopping around extensively, I bought the 2011 MKS since there were no comparable cars possessing all the great features that Lincoln offers! I LOVE LINCOLN."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Share this page
Advertisement
Trading in or Selling? Know where you stand with the most up-to-date Kelley Blue Book Value at your fingertips. See your car's value

Buying this car?

Advertisement