Editor’s note: You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2017 Lincoln Continental review.
The Lincoln brand is clearly in the middle of a resurgence — and the flagship Continental sedan is proof. While Lincoln models have largely languished for the last decade, the past few years have seen improved interiors, better powertrains and gorgeous styling — and the 2017 Lincoln Continental seems to be the culmination of all of it. There must have been great temptation at Lincoln to create a retro-look Continental, but they didn’t do that. Instead, they crafted a modern, state-of-the-art sedan that also defines style and luxury. Starting at a surprisingly reasonable $45,700 with shipping, the Continental received unanimous praise from our staff, with editor Tommy calling it "the crown jewel in Lincoln’s lineup," and managing editor Tara noting that "Lincoln can cut ties with Matthew McConaughey, because the incredibly luxurious Continental might be better looking than he is." Our editor Dwight predicts that "This will be the vehicle that brings Lincoln back into consumers’ minds," especially calling out the Continental’s upscale materials and ultra-luxurious interior, while editor Ben noted that he appreciates the sedan’s interior quality, exterior styling and beautiful trim, summing up his experience by saying, "The phrase that keeps coming to mind is ‘baby Bentley.’" The 2017 Lincoln Continental was a clear choice for this year’s list of Must Test Drive vehicles.