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in 2009 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $16,271 - $17,414
Original MSRP: $38,490 - $40,380
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2009 Lincoln MKS Interior

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The cabin of the MKS is one of its selling points. It features some of the most advanced technologies in its class and soft-grain leather supplied by the same Scottish company that outfitted the classic Continental Mark II of the 1950's. But many reviewers say there are some hard plastics and cheap switches and buttons that seem out of place.

  • "Interior design is on par with other cars in this segment, featuring standard leather upholstery and an attractive dash layout. Materials quality is a mixed bag, however, with too much chintzy plastic and Ford-grade switchgear." -- Edmunds
  • "The design is cool and classy, the materials are excellent, and it is a comfy, roomy place to live...Yummy Bridge of Weir leather trim is standard, and it is interesting that this is the same Scottish outfit that supplied hides for the Model T, and for the now-classic Continental Mark II of 1956-57. The wood trim on the dash and steering wheel came from trees, not a plastic factory; you can also choose textured aluminum trim panels if you prefer the look of metal." -- Motor Trend
  • "With its clean instrumentation and impressive attention to detail, the MKS's interior gets high marks for its luxurious livability. This is a place we'd say is entirely habitable for many long hours on the road." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Rich-looking leather and soft-touch surfaces abound, and most switchgear works with precision. However, the upscale ambiance is compromised by some obvious hard plastic trim pieces." -- Consumer Guide

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Seating

The seats of the MKS elicit few complaints, but little praise. They are equal to what you would expect of a luxury car, but not as supportive as the best seats in this class. The upholstery is covered in leather that some reviewers find softer than what many rivals use. The front seats are both heated and cooled -- not uncommon at this price point. The rear seats are also heated even on base model trims, which is fairly unique.

  • Front seats "are comfortable and supportive. The standard power tilt and telescopic steering wheel is a comfort plus. Headroom is ample, and legroom is good unless front seats are pushed far back. Available rear-seat sunroof is a nice touch that doesn't intrude much on headroom." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Lincoln's ventilated seats are a nice touch, as are the MKS's standard rear heated seats." -- Edmunds
  • The leather is "nice, and it does have a slightly richer hand feel than much of the plasticized leather you see these days, but it doesn't have much of that pleasing leather smell that you get in more expensive cars...the seats are comfortable and supportive." -- Automobile Magazine

Interior Features

The cabin of the MKS features several advanced technologies that win a lot of reviewer praise. Ford's SYNC system, which allows the driver to control Bluetooth-enabled phones and music players through the car's speakers with voice commands, is standard and most reviewers say it works well. Many also find the MKS' navigation system intuitive. But most reviewers have the same complaint -- these electronics all function well, but they're encased in hard plastics that seem out of place in such an expensive car.

  • "Gauges are easy to see and read. Dash angles away from front-seat occupants, but the control buttons are easy to see and reach." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The optional nav system may be the best on the market. It places an 8-inch, VGA quality, high res screen high on the center stack, where it is easily seen and accessed. It packs four times the res of current Ford nav screens." -- Motor Trend
  • "The optional, 600-watt, sixteen-speaker THX II 5.1 surround sound stereo is absolutely superb, and the interface for controlling it through the high-resolution navigation screen is top-notch." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "While the Lincoln is comfortable and accommodating, it doesn't take long to realize you're not in an Audi or Lexus. Window switches have a plasticky sheen; sliding storage covers on the center console wobble in their tracks." -- The New York Times

Cargo

The trunk of the 2009 MKS is huge, but it isn't as useful as it should be. At 18 cubic feet, it's one of the largest trunks in the large car class. But the opening to access the trunk is fairly small. Storage inside the cabin doesn't impress many reviewers, either.

  • "Trunk space is expansive, but its usefulness is undercut by a short, shallow opening. Small items storage is mediocre. Despite a huge glovebox door, the compartment itself is only average-sized." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Too bad the trunk isn't as well-packaged. The car's stylishly truncated rear deck comes with a small trunk opening, leaving a distressingly tiny entryway for larger suitcases or boxes. The trunk also has a raised ridge around its floor, again cutting down on practical space. Lincoln claims a huge 18 cubic feet of room, but it's hard to imagine cramming 18 cubic feet of anything - aside from styrofoam pellets - into the space." -- The New York Times

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