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in 2012 Luxury Large Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $24,103 - $28,366
Original MSRP: $41,500 - $48,390
MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
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2012 Lincoln MKS Interior

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Consumers on the hunt for a spacious, comfortable luxury large car will be pleased with the 2012 Lincoln MKS. Reviewers say that the MKS offers ample space for front and rear passengers, as well as a large trunk. The MKS interior features leather seating and soft-touch surfaces, a moonroof, Bluetooth and USB connections, power rear sunshade, dual-zone climate control and a 16-speaker THX surround sound stereo.

Despite these creature comforts, many test drivers say that the MKS lacks the panache of rivals that use nicer interior materials. Ford switchgear and some hard plastics make it difficult for the MKS to deny its Taurus roots.

  • "Cabin is mostly finished in leather and soft-touch surfaces, and most switchgear works with precision. However, the upscale ambiance is compromised by some disappointing plastic trim pieces." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The 2012 MKS features a pleasant interior design with standard leather upholstery and an attractive dash layout." -- Edmunds 
  • "The MKS' interior comes with lots of leather; it covers the seats, steering wheel and dashboard. The center controls flow seamlessly toward a center tunnel that supports the gearshift and two independently adjustable armrests." -- Cars.com
  • "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 … 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.” -- Kelley Blue Book 

Seating

The MKS’ spacious cabin with ample head- and legroom earns high marks from the automotive press. Front and rear passengers both have plenty of space to stretch out, and Lincoln offers leather upholstery, climate-controlled front seats and heated rear seats as standard equipment.

  • "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." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Rear passenger room and comfort are particularly impressive." -- Edmunds 
  • "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." -- Kelley Blue Book 

Interior Features

Standard tech features earn a fair amount of reviewer praise, as the Lincoln MKS comes with Ford’s Sync system. Sync allows drivers to control music players and Bluetooth-enabled cell phones with voice commands. Still, test drivers say the MKS’ tech features aren’t always on par with the competition. Higher quality materials can also be found elsewhere, and reviewers say that the use of Ford switchgear in the cabin makes it hard for the MKS to hide its Taurus underpinnings.

  • "Gauges are easy to see and read. Dash angles away from front-seat occupants, but the control buttons are easy to see and reach. The navigation system absorbs some audio functions but is simple to program. The navigation system also includes Sirius Travel Link, a handy feature that delivers real time traffic information, local gas prices and movie listings, and sports scores through the navigation screen." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Unfortunately the cabin styling is hindered by some lesser-quality materials and Ford-sourced switchgear. The end result is that the MKS's cabin is not appreciably nicer than that of the much cheaper Taurus." -- Edmunds 
  • "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 

Cargo

With 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space, the trunk of the 2012 Lincoln MKS is larger than most in its class. Unfortunately, interior storage isn’t particularly impressive and reviewers often note that the trunk opening is on the smaller side, which can make it difficult to load larger items.

  • "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 2012 MKS offers plenty of interior and cargo space." -- 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 

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