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2012 Lincoln MKS Review

This review was written when the 2012 Lincoln MKS was new.

The 2012 Lincoln MKS features a comfortable interior and a long list of standard features, but disappoints test drivers with lackluster handling and a down-market interior.

If you’re looking for a spacious luxury large car that also packs in attractive exterior styling, a low base price and a nice suite of standard features, the 2012 Lincoln MKS may meet nearly all of your needs, provided you’re okay with a few quirks.

From a performance standpoint, test drivers are less than thrilled about how the MKS handles. Additionally, they say that the base model isn’t powerful enough to compete in a class filled with athletic sedans. The MKS EcoBoost corrects this fault with a more-powerful engine, but choosing this trim also bumps the price up significantly. For the price of an MKS in EcoBoost trim, more-refined (but less spacious) competitors such as the Infiniti M offer better performance and a higher-quality interior.

Still, what the 2012 MKS lacks in performance, it makes up for in interior space. Reviewers say it’s one of the most comfortable sedans on the market, with ample head- and legroom for in all seating positions. Some test drivers note that the MKS interior carries hard plastic trim and controls that are too similar to the much less-expensive Ford Taurus, but others say it still makes a decent argument for American luxury cars. “No version of this big Lincoln can balance comfort, performance, and refinement as well as key Asian and European rivals,” says Consumer Guide. “But if you place a high value on Detroit steel, MKS is a credible alternative.”

Other Cars to Consider

The 2012 Lincoln MKS competes in a class that’s dominated by more performance-oriented, rear-wheel drive cars. While the front-wheel drive MKS may feel like a sport sedan when compared with old Lincoln Town Cars, it still lacks the athleticism of competing luxury large cars. Like the MKS, the Audi A6 also offers front- or all-wheel drive, as well as a nicer interior and livelier driving dynamics. However, you will give up some trunk and passenger space if you choose the A6 instead of the MKS.

If you like the MKS’ comfortable interior and would like to save a few bucks, consider the Volvo S80. Reviewers love the S80’s comfortable seats, and a new standard touch-screen interface has been added for 2012. Like the MKS, reviewers say that the S80 will never be considered a sport sedan, but the S80 also offers a competent turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive.

Lincoln MKS: The Details

The 2012 Lincoln MKS comes in two trim levels: base and EcoBoost. The base MKS comes with front-wheel drive, although all-wheel drive is optional. The more-powerful MKS EcoBoost adds all-wheel drive as standard equipment.

Aside from the addition of an available blind-spot monitoring system, the Lincoln MKS sees no changes for the 2012 model year.

  • "The Lincoln MKS finds itself in a tough segment where there are a number of more refined choices." -- Edmunds 
  • "It's a nice enough car, but it doesn't stand out among the many truly marvelous models in the segment, notably the new Mercedes E-Class and BMW 5 Series. The base MKS sells almost entirely on price. The high-end version, with Ford's marvelous EcoBoost V6 engine, costs nearly as much but can't match the refinement of its German and Japanese competition." -- BusinessWeek   
  • "If you like this new Lincoln's look, especially its heritage-based ‘double-wing’ grille, there's not much to dislike about it. With an agreeable balance of performance, efficiency, room and value, and front- or available all-wheel-drive, it lacks only most rivals' rear-wheel drive and a prestigious import nameplate." -- Kelley Blue Book
Review Last Updated: 10/10/13

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