Lincoln MKS Interior
While the 2013 Lincoln MKS pleases reviewers with its comfortable front seats and large trunk, most test drivers are let down by the MKS’ interior materials. More than one reviewer says that small details like the air vents and turn signal lever are too similar to those found in the Ford Taurus, while another notes that the wood trim looks cheap. Additionally, many critics find the MKS’ infotainment system confusing and difficult to use.
- "I looked again at the trim. Those air vents looked and felt suspiciously Taurus-like." -- AutoWeek
- "Materials quality and fit and finish are both greatly improved for 2013, though several items such as the turn signals are no different from those found in the Taurus and other Fords. It's a small detail, but it's the small details that make cars from Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz feel more special." -- Edmunds
- "Interior furnishings are attractively upscale, with comfortable leather seats, and, of course, excellent audio." -- Popular Mechanics
- "Our tester's new Light Dune leather color looked particularly sharp and, combined with the Kodiak Brown exterior, creates a unique and attractive palette. The real wood trim, however, looks plasticky with its thick veneer of shiny clearcoat." -- Autoblog
The MKS’ spacious cabin earns high marks from the automotive press. Most reviewers say that front and rear passengers have plenty of space to stretch out, though one critic says that the MKS could use more back-seat legroom. The 2013 MKS comes standard with leather upholstery and 12-way power-adjustable front seats that are heated and ventilated. A heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, power-adjustable pedals and multicontour front seats are optional.
- "Being a large sedan, the 2013 MKS offers plenty of interior and cargo space, with generous head- and legroom. Rear passenger room and comfort are particularly impressive, as the high-mounted seat provides especially good thigh support and an elevated view." -- Edmunds
- "Standard heated and cooling seats are a nice touch, as is the expensive and ever so soft Bridge of Weir leather seating surfaces." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Interior furnishings are attractively upscale, with comfortable leather seats, and, of course, excellent audio. However rear-seat legroom is surprisingly snug." -- Popular Mechanics
- "The seats themselves are somewhat flat and lack the bolstering found in most 350+HP cars, but they're eminently comfy and ideal for long trips." -- Autoblog
The 2013 Lincoln MKS comes with standard features that include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and Sync with MyLincoln Touch, which includes a 10-speaker stereo with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, satellite radio and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Options and features available in packages include a backup camera, moonroof, navigation, HD Radio and a power rear sunshade, as well as lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring systems.
Although the 2013 MKS comes with a competitive list of tech features, reviewers say that they’re difficult to use. They note that the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system is complicated, and that its touch-sensitive controls aren’t as responsive as traditional knobs or buttons. In particular, one test driver says that audio and climate controls are distracting.
- "MyLincoln Touch that relies on a central touch screen, steering-wheel controls, voice commands, and two instrument-cluster displays to manage the audio and navigation systems. An update earlier this year makes it more responsive, simpler, and easier on the eyes, but the touch-sensitive volume slider is still extremely fussy. … A traditional knob would do the job better." -- Automobile Magazine
- "The latest MyLincoln Touch system also lends a certain futuristic aesthetic, but it's far from user-friendly." -- Edmunds
- "Compared with other cars in this luxury segment, the layout and controls of the MKS are a bit more sophisticated than most, bordering on overly complicated." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The touch-sensitive stereo and climate controls on the center stack are more difficult and distracting to use than actual buttons and knobs, and the user interface of the main screen that controls the Entertainment, Navigation, Phone and Climate systems is more clever looking than cleverly designed." -- Autoblog
Reviewers approve of the 2013 MKS’ large trunk. There’s 19.2 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than what most cars in the class have. If you need more room, the Audi A7 offers a useful hatchback design and a bit more cargo space.
- "… I like the styling inside and out and the extraordinary roominess in the passenger compartment-along with the voluminous trunk, which is big enough for four or five people to bivouac or live in should the need arise." -- AutoWeek
- "The trunk is one of the bigger ones you'll find. ..." -- Edmunds