Lincoln MKS Review
The 2013 Lincoln MKS ranks 13 out of 14 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.
Despite updated styling and more powerful engine choices, the 2013 Lincoln MKS disappoints auto writers with some cheap interior materials and confusing tech features.
The 2013 Lincoln MKS comes with a V6 engine that most test drivers say provides adequate power. A twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is optional, which test drivers prefer for its strong power delivery. The EPA reports that the MKS gets up to 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is comparable with the Cadillac XTS’ fuel economy, but worse than the BMW 528i’s. An adaptive suspension system is now standard, which makes the new MKS handle better than the 2012 model, according to some critics. Other auto reviewers write that the MKS’ ride can be harsh over road imperfections, and that its lacks the athletic handling of other cars in the class.
While the MKS’ interior is spacious and comfortable, the bulk of reviewers feel that its materials aren’t up to snuff. They note that small details like the air vents and turn signal lever are identical to those found in the Ford Taurus, which is a disappointment given the MKS’ starting price. The MKS comes with more standard features than many cars in the class, but reviewers say that many of them are difficult to use. They write that the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system has finicky controls that require too much attention. MyLincoln Touch can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot when connected to a smartphone, and other standard features include heated and ventilated front seats, push-button start and a 10-speaker stereo with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Options and features available in packages include a backup camera, a moonroof, navigation, HD Radio and a power rear sunshade, as well as lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring systems.
- "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
- "An extensive update for the 2013 MKS has improved this flagship Lincoln, but overall we think there are still better choices for a luxury sedan." -- Edmunds
- "The EcoBoost version (all-wheel-drive standard) goes from $49,800, which is a little ambitious. Add in options and the MKS can touch 60 grand. At that price, ‘ambitious’ seems like an understatement." -- Popular Mechanics
- "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
Other Cars to Consider
The Lexus GS 350 costs a bit more than the MKS, but reviewers approve of its high-quality interior and composed handling. The GS 350 also gets slightly better fuel economy and earns a great reliability rating.
If you like the MKS’ spacious interior, but want a less expensive option, consider the Hyundai Genesis. The Genesis comes with more standard features than most cars in the class, and test drivers love its powerful base engine.
Details: 2013 Lincoln MKS
The 2013 Lincoln MKS seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 3.7-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is optional with this engine, or standard with the available twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. Only one trim is offered, but the MKS is available with a number of equipment groups, which add to its list of features. For 2013, the MKS gets updated interior and exterior styling, as well as more powerful engine choices and an infotainment system that includes Wi-Fi hotspot capability. These updates aside, the MKS is unchanged for 2013. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2009 through 2013.