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MSRP: $38,850 - $45,840
Invoice: $36,908 - $43,548
MPG: 19 City / 28 Hwy
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Lincoln MKS Interior

Reviewers write that many of the 2014 Lincoln MKS’ interior trim pieces are borrowed from the Ford Taurus, which makes the MKS less upscale than other luxury large cars. Critics also say that the MKS’ infotainment system is difficult to use, though the MKS does have a large trunk and a high number of standard features for the class.

  • "Materials quality and fit and finish are generally very good, although several items such as the turn signals are shared with lesser Fords. It's a small detail, but one that makes cars from Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz feel more special." -- Edmunds
  • "I looked again at the trim. Those air vents looked and felt suspiciously Taurus-like." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Interior furnishings are attractively upscale, with comfortable leather seats, and, of course, excellent audio." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

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Seating

The Lincoln MKS seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats. Available features include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and power-adjustable pedals. Though some complain that the MKS’ front seats could be more supportive, reviewers agree that they are comfortable on long drives. Test drivers also appreciate the high-quality standard leather upholstery, and the fact that the MKS has standard heated and cooled front seats, which is unusual for the class. Some critics complain that the rear seats don’t have enough legroom, but others say the rear seats are comfortable and supportive.

  • “Rear passenger comfort is commendable, though, as the high-mounted seat provides especially good thigh support." -- 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
  • "However rear-seat legroom is surprisingly snug." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Lincoln MKS comes with more standard features than most cars in the class. A rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone and music streaming, a USB port, an auxiliary jack, satellite radio, a 10-speaker audio system and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system are standard. Available features include a moonroof, navigation, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.

The 2014 Lincoln MKS uses capacitive buttons to control key audio and climate functions, which operate similarly to the touch screen on a smartphone, and reviewers agree that they are much harder to use than traditional buttons and knobs. As a result, some reviewers note that shoppers looking for straightforward controls might find the MKS’ dash a bit intimidating.

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  • "If simple and straightforward is your style, the complex controls and multiple screens that make up the MKS's instruments might at first seem overwhelming." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “Furthermore, the touch-sensitive sliders that replace the traditional volume and fan speed knobs may look futuristic, but they're fussy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

Cargo

Reviewers are impressed with the 2014 Lincoln MKS’ trunk, which at 19.2 cubic feet, is larger than the trunk in almost any other car in the class.

  • "The trunk is one of the largest you'll find, with a capacity of 19.2 cubic feet." -- Edmunds
  • "That's too bad, since 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 (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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