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A Used Lincoln MKS EcoBoost Is a Great Deal

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author photo by Doug DeMuro January 2017

By now, every car enthusiast knows about the Ford Taurus SHO: a high-performance version of the Ford Taurus with 365 horsepower and all-wheel drive. This isn't exactly a sports car, but it's exciting nonetheless: sporty styling, turbocharged power and a 0-to-60 time of just over 5 seconds.

But did you know there's a Lincoln version with the same power plant? With even more luxury? With even subtler styling? And -- here's the kicker -- with roughly the same price tag?

It's true: The Ford Taurus's high-end Lincoln twin is called the Lincoln MKS, and it offers two engines. There's a base-level 3.7-liter V6, which is pretty good in its own right, offering 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. And then there's the "EcoBoost" version -- which is basically a Taurus SHO in a different wrapper. It's not pitched as a high-performance car, like the Taurus SHO, but it still is one: It has the same 365 hp as the SHO, and the same 350 lb-ft of torque, and it does zero to 60 in the same 5-point-something seconds.

More importantly, the MKS is a lot nicer on the inside than the Taurus SHO. Although the MKS is no Mercedes, or even Lexus, or even Cadillac, it's still a luxury car -- and its interior materials and driving experience are still a step above the Taurus's. I also prefer its subtler styling, which hardly telegraphs that lurking beneath the hood is a 365-hp engine that can reach 60 mph only a little slower than a Porsche Boxster.

But the most important thing about the MKS EcoBoost is that it's cheap. Go on Autotrader to search for a used MKS EcoBoost and you'll find about 260 cars, with an average asking price of just $21,600 -- a great deal, considering a) the MKS is at most five years old, and b) the original MSRP of an EcoBoost-powered Lincoln MKS is around $47,000 before options.

Basically, here's a half-price high-performance family car with luxury appointments and subtle styling. Get one under Lincoln's certified pre-owned program and you can even get 6 years of bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage. And who doesn't like a nice bumper-to-bumper warranty?

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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