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2015 Lincoln MKS: Used Car Review

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author photo by Joe Tralongo October 2016

The 2015 Lincoln MKS meets all the qualifications required of a big, American luxury car. With its smooth ride, powerful engine and enough optional equipment to please even the most demanding buyer, the MKS offers luxury buyers a less expensive alternative to European sedans that place an emphasis on performance over comfort.

Using the Ford Taurus as its platform, the MKS can't keep pace with rivals like the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series or Mercedes-Benz E-Class. However, Lincoln's flagship sedan does much better when stacked up against the Lexus GS, Acura RLX and the Buick LaCrosse. It also helps that the MKS looks nothing like its Ford twin, touting shapely lines, additional chrome accents and a distinctive split grille. Lincoln's best technology is in full force inside the MKS, including a robust 365-horsepower EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 and the SYNC interactive entertainment system. The MKS may not be a luxury car that driving enthusiasts will admire, but if you're looking for a big, roomy and comfortable cruiser with an iconic heritage, it certainly deserves a good, long look.

What We Like

Roomy interior; comfortable ride; powerful EcoBoost engine; available all-wheel drive; SYNC audio system; plenty of high-tech options

What We Don't

Some cheap-looking interior bits; so-so fuel economy; definitely not designed for aggressive driving; firm ride with 20-inch wheels

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Lincoln MKS offers a choice of two power plants. The base car derives power from a 3.7-liter V6, good for 304 hp and 279 lb-ft of torque. This engine is offered with a choice of front-wheel or all-wheel drive and is mated to a SelectShift 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates for the front-drive MKS are 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg on the highway; the all-wheel-drive version sees those figures drop to 18 mpg city/26 mpg hwy.

The MKS' other engine choice is the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that develops a whopping 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Available only with all-wheel drive, EPA estimates for this engine are 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The Lincoln MKS is offered in one trim level with three different drivetrains: front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and EcoBoost.

The MKS comes well equipped and includes a hidden SecuriCode keypad that illuminates with the swipe of a finger, the SYNC hands-free entertainment and communications system, 10-speaker AM/FM/6-CD/satellite audio, MyLincoln Touch, leather seating, 19-in alloy wheels, adaptive suspension dampening, rain-sensing wipers, power heated side mirrors, 12-way power heated and ventilated front seats with power lumbar support, Intelligent Access keyless entry with push-button start, a rear backup camera, adaptive HID headlights, a power rear sunshade, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, heated rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and a reverse-sensing system. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac electronic traction and stability control, anti-lock brakes with brake assist and front, front-side and side-curtain airbags.

The MKS EcoBoost adds a more powerful turbocharged engine, all-wheel drive, 20-in wheels and additional trim pieces and badges.

Among the many available options are a 14-speaker THX II audio system with 10 gigabytes of music storage, a blind spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a heated steering wheel, power adjustable pedals, remote starting, Active Park Assist (automatic parallel parking), lane-departure warning and assist, a power rear sunshade, massaging front seats, voice-activated navigation with HD Radio, a dual-pane sunroof and color-keyed suede seat inserts.

Pricing

The 2015 edition of the Lincoln MKS holds only average resale values, far below many of its luxury and near-luxury rivals. Couple this with a lower starting price when new, and the odds of finding a good-condition MKS EcoBoost for much less than a similar Lexus GS, BMW 5 Series or Acura RLX are pretty good. All-wheel-drive models will likely fetch slightly higher prices in areas where snow is a regular impediment. For a good idea of the MKS' price range, we suggest checking the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are currently for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued the following recall for the 2015 Lincoln MKS:

A recall was issued regarding an overheating module that may lead to the electric fuel pump losing power.

A recall was issued for improperly tightened fuel tank strap bolts. If the bolts loosen, the tank could separate from the car.

A recall was issued regarding a problem where the parking brake may not fully engage.

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car at no charge to you. You can also check the NHTSA website; simply enter your vehicle's identification number for a list of performed recall repairs.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The 2015 Lincoln MKS earned five out of five stars in NHTSA front- and side-impact crash tests. In the rollover roof-strength test, the MKS earned four out of five stars.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2015 Lincoln MKS high marks in all but its small-overlap front crash test, which earned the model a Poor rating.

The MKS left the factory with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty. In addition to the new-vehicle warranty, second owners can purchase extended coverage when they buy from a certified pre-owned (CPO) Lincoln dealership. CPO vehicles come with a 169-point inspection and a 6-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty starting from the time the vehicle entered service.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Lexus GS -- The Lexus GS 350 offers better handling with an equally comfortable ride. Its V6 engine isn't as powerful as the MKS' EcoBoost, but the GS is still capable, luxurious and holds better resale values, which means it will also cost more than a comparably equipped MKS.

2015 Cadillac CTS -- The CTS places performance over a smooth ride, and it offers a number of turbocharged and supercharged engine options. The CTS has a refined interior, a sophisticated suspension and more high-tech features.

2015 Chrysler 300 -- The Chrysler 300 isn't as technically sophisticated as the MKS, but it offers a huge rear seat, a powerful V8 engine and superior ride and handling. It will also cost less than a comparably equipped MKS.

Autotrader's Advice

Although the all-wheel-drive option on the base car is appealing for a number of reasons, it's hard to turn away from the power of the EcoBoost twin-turbocharged engine. Most MKS models will come with navigation and the THX II audio system. Try to find a fully loaded model so you can enjoy the best of Lincoln's luxury offerings.

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