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2013 Lincoln MKS

Published July 21, 2012

The Lincoln MKS has always been geared towards an older class. Be honest, when have you seen somebody in their 20s or 30s buy an MKS? It just never had much to offer to younger generations. They knew they had to step their game up, and I think they’re on the right track with the 2013 Lincoln MKS.

The best engine available in the MKS is a twin turbo 3.5L V6 direct injection engine that pushes 365HP and 350 lb-ft of torque. That upgraded EcoBoost engine also gets an average of 26 miles per gallon. On the other hand, the engine included in the base price is a just a 3.7L 304HP V6 engine without much power, yet only getting around 18 miles to the gallon. It’s not in competition with some of the fuel efficient cars hitting the market today, but the EcoBoost engine is a good step forward for Lincoln to be able to compete with other mid and full sized sedans.

Equipped with new slim HID headlights, electric power steering, and new breaks, the 2013 Lincoln MKS has gone a long way from the 2012 version, which had tons of problems with its power steering and unreliable breaks. As seems the case with most 2013 models, increased technology is vibrant. The MKS comes with unintended lane-switch warnings, active park assist, and on/off settings to have those technological assistants work as you please. While I don’t think the exterior is on the level of Mercedes Benz or some of its other competitors, the interior sure is. HD Radio, premiere sound system, comfortable seats, and plenty of space all is part of what you get with the MKS.

Due to its high price, up to $50,000 for the EcoBoost engine, I’m not sure I would personally pay for it. Maybe when I get older I will get attracted to it more? I just don’t think it meets the expectations of a luxury car, yet it has a luxury price. Unfortunately, this is a stipulation that Lincoln has always dealt with. It’s not on the level of other luxury car manufacturers, yet it tries to appeal to the same people. I think they’re making the right steps, and as someone who likes some other Lincoln cars, I’m confident that they will have good things in store for the Lincoln MKS in the future.

From everything I hear, it drives great. At the end of the day, we all want a reliable car that is gas efficient and feels good to sit in it and drive it. I won’t get my shot to test out the MKS on the road until later in the year. However, I’m looking forward to it. The Twin Turbo engine gives it plenty of power, its larger than most sedans, yet it still sounds as quiet as what you would get in a Mercedes Benz. If you can afford the EcoBoost engine, I think its worth spending the money. It’s a reliable car, no doubt. But unless you have some unexplainable affection towards Lincoln, you will probably be more tempted to buy a BMW or Benz. Especially if you’re under 40.

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Calvin Escobar
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