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MSRP: $38,850 - $45,840
Invoice: $36,908 - $43,548
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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Lincoln MKS Review

The 2014 Lincoln MKS ranks 8 out of 9 Luxury Large Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lincoln MKS, as well as reliability and safety data.

While the 2014 Lincoln MKS comes with a powerful base engine and numerous standard features, reviewers agree that it falls short with cheap interior materials and confusing tech features.

The MKS has a base V6 engine that test drivers think provides decent power, or an optional turbocharged V6 that delivers very strong acceleration. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and automotive journalists report that it shifts quickly and smoothly. The base Lincoln MKS gets an EPA-estimated 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is decent for a V6-powered luxury large car. Test drivers write that the MKS has fairly composed handling and a decent ride thanks to its standard adaptive suspension system. However, most still agree that the MKS’ competitors offer better handling and a smoother ride. Reviewers do commend the MKS for its powerful brakes and accurate steering.

Several auto writers note that the interior of the Lincoln MKS features trim from non-luxury Ford vehicles, which they say cheapens its overall appearance. Additionally, they note that the standard MyLincoln Touch infotainment system makes it difficult to control many audio and climate functions. Reviewers say that the MKS has a large trunk and spacious front seats that make it comfortable on longer drives, though some say the back seat isn’t as roomy as they would like. The MKS comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a USB port, an auxiliary jack, satellite radio and a 10-speaker audio system. Available features include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, power-adjustable pedals, a moonroof, navigation, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.

  • "The 2014 Lincoln MKS covers all the luxury sedan basics and costs less than many competitors, but there are better choices out there for a large, premium-brand sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In pursuit of true luxury, Lincoln has turned the car around, but it still has a ways to go to catch up with the pack." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "If its features, packaging and price were wrapped in a better form than this, we think the MKS would be a much more valuable player." -- Autoblog (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the MKS, the Audi A6 has a low starting price for the class. The base A6 gets great fuel economy for the class, and critics like its athletic handling and attractive, upscale interior.

Reviewers think the Lexus GS offers agile handling, a smooth ride and a refined V6 engine. They are also very impressed with the GS’ premium interior materials.

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Details: 2014 Lincoln MKS

The 2014 Lincoln MKS seats five and comes in base and EcoBoost trims. A 3.7-liter V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard on the base MKS, and all-wheel drive is optional. The Lincoln MKS received some updates for 2013, but hasn’t been fully redesigned since its debut in the 2009 model year. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 through 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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