Distinctive styling both inside and out; smooth ride; advanced audio and electronics; powerful twin-turbocharged engine option; numerous driver customization choices
Handling isn't yet up to European standards; 6-speed transmission needs more refinement; ride can be stiff with 20-inch wheels
For 2019, the Continental gains automatic emergency braking, auto high beams, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard. New options for the Reserve trim include a CD player (part of the Revel II audio package), a panoramic moonroof and the contents of the Climate Package that includes a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers and windshield wiper de-icers. A limited run of specially designed coach "suicide-door" models has already sold out. See the 2019 Lincoln Continental models for sale near you
We think the best Continental is the Reserve trim with the 400-hp 3.0-liter V6. You'll get all the luxury features one expects from this class, plus access to most of the Continental's optional features and AWD. Find a Lincoln Continental for sale
The Lincoln Continental comes in four trims: Premier, Select, Reserve and Black Label.
The Continental Premier ($47,140, FWD; $49,140, AWD) includes the 3.7-liter V6, adaptive steering, Lincoln's Continuously Controlled Dampening (CCD) suspension, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, auto high beams, lane-keeping assist, a rearview monitor, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. Also standard is 18-in alloy wheels, 10-way power heated front seats with lumbar support, SYNC 3, an 8-in LCD capacitive touchscreen with swipe capability, 10-speaker Premium audio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with memory, a configurable instrument cluster, a push-button gear selector, Active Noise Cancellation, dual-zone automatic climate control, Intelligent Access with push-button start, front and rear park assist, Lincoln's Forward Sensing System, hill start assist, E-Latch power operated exterior door handles, adaptive HID headlights, power heated and folding exterior mirrors, active grille shutters, a keyless entry touchpad and an electronic parking brake.
The Continental Select ($50,940, FWD; $52,940, AWD) adds Bridge of Weir leather seating, the Reverse Sensing System, a power-assist door closer, voice-activated navigation, a hands-free power trunk, remote start, a 110-volt outlet and 19-in alloy wheels. Options for the Select trim include the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6, the Climate package (auto high beams, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, windshield wiper de-icer). Other options include a twin-panel moonroof, 20-in wheels, 30-way adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, inflatable rear seat belts and the Revel audio system.
The Continental Reserve ($60,7054, FWD; $62,705, AWD) adds the 2.7-liter engine, 24-way power adjustable front seats, navigation, a 360-degree camera, a head-up display, 13-speaker Revel audio, the Lincoln Way mobile app with an embedded modem, a twin-panel moonroof, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, windshield wiper de-icers, a power rear sunshade and two rear-seat USB charging ports. Options for the Reserve include the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and much of the same options from the Select. The Rear Seat Amenities package adds rear sunshades, 40/20/40 seats with a folding control-panel armrest, power-reclining rear seats, heated and cooled rear seats with power lumbar, inflatable rear safety belts and rear vents.
The Continental Black Label ($71,040, FWD; $73,040, AWD) includes the Black Label membership (mobile showroom, personal liaison, 4-year/50,000 mile maintenance coverage and complimentary vehicle washes and detailing), 20-in wheels, an Alcantara headliner, in-cabin air filtration, a luxury console, the Lincoln Way mobile app with an embedded modem and Lincoln Concierge, Venetian leather seats, tri-zone climate control, a heated leather steering wheel, a 19-speaker Revel audio system and unique Black Label styling cues. Options include the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, most of the packages offered on the Reserve trim that aren't already standard, plus three unique interior color themes: Chalet, Rhapsody Blue and Thoroughbred.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2019 Lexus LS -- The Lexus LS gives you a bit more room and unique luxury features, like the Executive Class Seating option, and it offers more power. The LS's styling might be a bit too over-the-top for some, but it does have a long and proven record of reliability and strong resale values.
2019 Volvo S90 -- The S90 offers a handsome exterior that's a bit more refined than the Continental's, and its interior is an exercise in elegant simplicity. The S90 has some of the most sophisticated autonomous driving assists available, but its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine might put off some luxury buyers. There's also a powerful hybrid version.
2019 Cadillac CT6 --The CT6 offers a less flamboyant design and is geared a bit more toward aggressive driving. The CT6 can match the Continental in power, and enthusiasts will prefer the Cadillac's rear-wheel drive to the Continental's front-drive design. There's also a plug-in hybrid model.
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class -- A 2013-2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class can be had for about the same cost as an entry-level Continental. You'll have more engine choices, more interior room and a lot more clout with the parking valet.