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in 2011 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $20,792 - $23,916
Original MSRP: $41,500 - $48,390
MPG: 17 City / 24 Hwy
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2011 Lincoln MKS Interior

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Consumers on the hunt for a spacious interior with good standard tech features will be impressed with the Lincoln MKS. While the cabin features leather seating and soft-touch surfaces, the upscale feel is diminished by the use of some hard plastics and Ford switchgear.

  • "The level of interior noise is slightly disappointing for a premium-class car. Some tire/suspension thumping is heard over pavement-expansion strips at highway speeds. Sharper bumps result in noticeable body drumming. The base engine sounds coarse in fast acceleration but is well-muffled otherwise." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 2011 MKS features a pleasant interior design with standard leather upholstery and an attractive dash layout. Unfortunately, the cabin styling is hindered by some lesser quality materials and Ford-sourced switchgear. This is especially distressing when you realize that the MKS is not appreciably nicer than the much cheaper Taurus." -- Edmunds  
  • "The MKS is a large car, spanning 204.1 in. and riding on a 112.3-in.wheelbase. As such, there’s plenty of room for five inside and the quality of the trim and fittings is good for a top-line sedan. The controls are fairly straightforward, although the navigation system proved to be a bit balky at times (and in need of an update, as a gas station programmed into the Points of Interest turned out to be closed)." -- Road and Track 
  • "Design-wise, the MKS's strongest selling point is it's a big, roomy, American-style luxury car with a gigantic, 18.7 cu. ft. trunk."-- BusinessWeek 
  • "The 2011 Lincoln MKS cabin marries best-in-class interior and cargo volume to a precision-crafted environment of hand-wrapped, double-stitched premium leather, genuine wood and sculpted aluminum accents. The symmetrical instrument panel, an updated version of the design found in the Lincoln Navigator, MKZ and MKX, is bisected by a strip of sculpted wood, and its upper surface is durable leatherette." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "We could have fit a couple more people in the cabin of the car, and squeezed one or two more into the trunk, if we wanted to pick up hitchhikers." -- CNET

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Seating

Reviewers generally like the seating in the Lincoln MKS, which offers an ample amount of headroom and leg room for front and rear passengers alike. The standard leather upholstery with supportive side-bolstering is well received, and reviewers like the ventilated front seats that are both heated and cooled. The MKS also features heated rear seats as standard equipment – a welcome amenity.

  • "Plenty of headroom and legroom for most adults. Forward-sloping dash gives front cabin an expansive, airy feel. Seats are comfortable and supportive. The standard power tilt and telescopic steering wheel is a comfort plus. Overall visibility is compromised by thick roof pillars. Tall build and seat positioning make entry and exit easy." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "On the plus side, ventilated seats are a welcomed addition, as are the MKS's standard rear heated seats." -- Edmunds 
  • "And while the seating position gives you a good view of the road, at times I felt like I was stepping up into the cabin rather than settling down into the seats." -- Road and Track 
  • "The standard leather seats have supportive side bolsters, the leather-wrapped steering wheel is topped by a strip of real wood, the round gauges are ringed in delicate chrome, and a large, integrated information/navigation screen tops the center stack." -- Kelley Blue Book 

Interior Features

Standard tech features earn a fair amount of reviewer praise, as the Lincoln MKS comes standard with Ford’s SYNC system – allowing drivers to control music players and Bluetooth-enabled cell phones with voice commands. Still, reviewers observe that MKS tech features are not quite up to par with the competition. Higher quality materials can also be found elsewhere, and reviewers note the use of Ford switchgear in the MKS cabin.

  • "The navigation system absorbs some audio functions but is simple to program." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There are some techie options, including a hard-drive-based navigation system, backup camera, automatic parking system, and active cruise control, but numerous newer high-tech features that are offered on German and Japanese luxury cars aren't available as standard options on the MKS. These include night vision, lane departure warning, heads-up display, and rear-seat entertainment." -- BusinessWeek
  • "One of the treats of sitting in the MKS for hundreds of miles was the THX II audio system, comprised of 14 speakers and 5.1 surround-sound processing. The sound quality from this system is very refined, and competes well with Lexus' Mark Levinson and Audi's Bang & Olufsen systems, while blowing away the Bose systems found in many other cars." -- CNET 

Cargo

With 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space, the trunk of the 2011 Lincoln MKS is cavernous. Unfortunately, interior storage isn’t particularly impressive and reviewers often note that the trunk opening is on the smaller side.

  • "Trunk space is expansive, but its usefulness is undercut by a short, shallow opening and intrusive sidewalls. Small items storage is mediocre. Despite a huge glovebox door, the compartment itself is only average-sized." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 2011 MKS offers plenty of interior and cargo space -- the trunk will hold 18.4 cubic feet." -- Edmunds 
  • "While the trunk is quite large, the lift-over is high." -- Road and Track 
  • "The trunk is spacious but less practical than it might be, because the trunk opening is too small." -- BusinessWeek 
  • "And the size of the very spacious trunk made our luggage look meager, even with laptop and camera bags added to suitcases." -- CNET 

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