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Lincoln MKS Interior

Some automotive journalists note that many of the 2015 Lincoln MKS’ interior appointments are borrowed from the Ford Taurus, which makes the MKS seem less luxurious than rivals. However, others report that the cabin is designed with luxurious materials. Some test drivers think the MKS' front seats are comfortable and spacious, but others say the cabin can feel cramped. While a few find the back seats to be comfortable, others wish there were more legroom. Reviewers are disappointed with the MKS' hard-to-use touch-sensitive infotainment system controls, which they say can cause drivers to lose focus on the road. The Lincoln MKS has one of the largest trunks in the class.

  • "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 (2013)
  • "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)

Seating

The 2015 Lincoln MKS seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and 12-way power-adjustable front seats that are heated and ventilated. Available features include a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals and heated rear seats. Reviewers say the MKS' front seats have good head- and legroom and are comfortable on long drives. However, a few wish there were more side support in the seats, and they say large roof pillars and a high beltline can make the cabin feel cramped. A few test drivers appreciate that the Lincoln MKS comes standard with heated and cooled front seats, which are rarely standard in the class. Some critics complain that the rear seats don’t have enough legroom, but others say they are comfortable and offer plenty of headroom.

  • "… the strength of the 2015 MKS cabin is its abundance of headroom and legroom. Yet even with the sedan's generous passenger volume of almost 106 cubic feet, front seat occupants can get a strangely pinched feeling, as the thickness of the roof pillars, width of the center console and high glass level conspire to make the space seem smaller than it is. There are no such issues in the rear seat, where the comfortably high-mounted seat imparts a more natural seating position, yet still leaves an abundance of headroom. The large rear doors make it easy to enter and exit the rear seat." -- Edmunds
  • "Heated and cooled seats are a godsend when temperatures swing to the extremes, and the 2015 Lincoln MKS is one of the few cars where they come as standard equipment across the board." -- 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 Lincoln MKS is well-equipped for the class, and comes standard with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. A 16-speaker THX stereo system, a moonroof, navigation, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with automatic braking, parallel park assist and blind spot monitoring are optional.

Most test drivers agree that the MyLincoln Touch system can be unresponsive and hard to see. They add that the system's touch-sensitive controls are also difficult to use, making them particularly distracting for drivers. Still, some reviewers appreciate that there are redundant steering wheel-mounted buttons that make it easier to adjust some functions.

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  • "… the Lincoln MKS's touch-sensitive controls take a little getting used to. Once they and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system are mastered, it's easy to adjust your climate settings, find your favorite radio stations, and get comfortable. Steering-wheel-mounted controls duplicate many of the functions on the dash, and, along with the redundant LCD screens on either side of the speedometer, help keep your focus on the road ahead." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The new-age controls might reduce button count, but as in other Ford and Lincoln vehicles that use variations of this setup, the touchscreen-based controls can be slow to respond, the graphics can be difficult to see while on the move and the entire system can be frustrating to learn and ultimately enjoy. The field-effect touch controls certainly look starship-grade, but they're hard to use with any precision and do little to improve overall functionality." -- 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

The 2015 Lincoln MKS has 19.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is larger than most competitors' trunks. Automotive journalists are pleased with the MKS' trunk space, noting that it can hold lots of luggage and sports gear.

  • "The trunk of the 2015 Lincoln MKS is massive, its maximum cargo space of 19.2 cubic feet able to swallow multiple full-size suitcases or golf clubs for four." -- Edmunds
  • "… 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: 3/30/15

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