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Ford Issues Three Recalls Affecting Over 100,000 Vehicles 25
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Flex, Ford Taurus, Ford Transit, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, Lincoln MKT, Recalls on 08 25th, 2016


Ford has just issued three recalls in North America affecting over 100,000 vehicles.
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Ford Issues Two Recalls, Nearly 10,000 Vehicles Affected 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford Fiesta, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, Recalls on 12 29th, 2015


Ford has just announced two recalls affecting just under 10,000 cars across the United States.
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Ford Issues Two Recalls, Nearly 10,000 Vehicles Affected 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford Fiesta, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, Recalls on 12 29th, 2015


Ford has just announced two recalls affecting just under 10,000 cars across the United States.
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Ford Issues Two Recalls, Nearly 10,000 Vehicles Affected 29
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Ford, Ford Escape, Ford Explorer, Ford Fiesta, Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS, Recalls on 12 29th, 2015


Ford has just announced two recalls affecting just under 10,000 cars across the United States.
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2013 Lincoln MKS AWD EcoBoost Review & Test Drive 18
Dec
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, featured, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, Test Drives on 12 18th, 2012

‘READY TO JOIN A SELECT GROUP’

With an all-new sleeker front and rear fascias, a completely new interior, an all- new adaptive suspension system and the latest in luxury, convenience and infotainment features, the new, updated 2013 Lincoln MKS AWD luxury sport sedan is now very close to joining a very selective group of world-class luxury sedans.  I tested the fully-loaded MKS AWD and was very impressed with the updated model that now will be a competent competitor to the M-B S550, BMW 750i, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ, and Lexus LS460 luxury sport sedans.

New Lincoln MKS AWD highlights include Lincoln Drive Control that is an automatic system that delivers an ideal balance of a smooth ride with confident handling as it intuitively responds to your driving commands and the road itself.  Lincoln Drive Control helps make the 2013 model the most refined and engaging MKS ever.  Additionally, the Lincoln Drive Control enables you to purposefully change the on-road personality of the MKS.  Moving the gear selector from Drive to Sport automatically shifts handling performance, ride firmness, throttle response, shift feel, steering response and traction control/electronic stability control parameters.

The 3.5 liter gasoline twin-turbo direct-injected ‘Eco-Boost’ DOHC all-aluminum V6 engine now pumps out a healthy 365 hp at 5,700 rpm, 10 more hp than last year, and an expansive torque curve that plateaus at 350 lb.ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,250 rpm.  Fuel economy of the Eco-Boost AWD model is 17mpg/city and 25mpg/highway.  It is the most powerful V6 engine in its segment.  It is designed to deliver performance feel that is smooth, effortless and confident.  I felt the power every time I put my foot down on the throttle.

Also new this year is significantly larger brake components that increase braking power and fade resistance while improving pedal feel.  Improved quietness inside is made possible with additional noise barriers and absorbers that are placed in the front wheel wells, around the shock towers, under the hood and in the trunk.  Redesigned exterior rearview mirrors further reduce wind noise.

An expanded SYNC functionality includes standard Operator Assist and local Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities for laptops and tablets.  New collision warning, new Lane Keeping Alert and new Lane Keeping Aid technologies help warn drivers of potentially dangerous situations and can help avoid common accidents.

Exterior styling updates include a new grille, hood, front fenders, HID headlamps, front fascia, 20 in. aluminum wheels, decklid rear fascia, LED taillights and dual exhaust tips.  On the inside newly crafted features include an all-new instrument panel completely cover in leather, chrome and Burl wood and MyLincoln Touch.

A closer look at these new enhancements, styling and technologies is in order.  Throughout 13 decades of the automobile’s development, suspension engineers have worked tirelessly to find an ideal balance between smooth ride and satisfying, confident handling.  Traditionally, smooth-riding cars have not handled well and sharp-handling cars have ridden harshly.  Standard CCD delivers a more confident drive experience that introduces a key new Lincoln DNA-the balance of ride comfort and impressive handling.  Regardless of road conditions, you will enjoy a markedly smoother, more controlled ride because CCD is always tuning and refining the ride quality.  The result of some 4,000 hours of development time, CCD delivers its on-road benefit by significantly extending the chassis’ capabilities compared to a chassis with non-adjustable struts and shock absorbers known as ‘dampers’ by chassis engineers.

Compared with the fixed-rate dampers fitted to the 2012 MKS AWD, the new CCD dampers for the 2013 MKS offer dramatically expanded control range.  CCD utilizes an array of 46 inputs to feed data to a sophisticated control unit that continuously monitors more than 23,000 packets of information per second.  Algorithms react to the data by calculating the optimal damping force every 2-milliseconds or 500 times per second.  The system commands damping force changes 20 times per second (20Hz).  On average, large damper force adjustments (such as firm to soft) occur in just 11 milliseconds.  For engineers, mechanical actions that occur in less than 13 milliseconds are considered real-time actions.  The independent front suspension features these continuously controlled dampers using MacPherson struts, rear-facing L-shaped lower controls arms with an isolated subframe and a 26mm stabilizer bar.  The rear independent multi-link setup includes the continuously controlled dampers over coil springs, stamped steel lower control arms and cast upper control arms.

The system’s powerful processing speed and fast-acting mechanicals enable CCD to constantly read the road surface and continuously adjust damping rates in real time across the three selectable ranges-Sport, Normal and Comfort.  CCD operates so quickly that it can act pre-emptively.

CCD recognizes, for example, when the car is encountering a pothole and can instantly tighten damper control to prevent the wheel and tire from experiencing the full depth of the pothole.  Typically, the damping rate increases by more than 150% versus the system’s softest setting, helping to smooth out an otherwise harsh and jarring event.  The system is so quick that inputs received at the front wheels are then used to prepare the rear wheels to deliver a more refined driving experience.  CCD is always active and it underpins the expanded dynamic capabilities of the new MKS.  It also prevents body roll by up to 20%.  Understeer on the MKS has been reduced by approximately 25%, so the car feels more eager and ready to response.  Further enhancing the refined suspension system is a strut tower brace over the engine to add to the rigidity up front to quicken reaction to your steering inputs.

Lincoln Drive Control is where the magic happens because it pulls all of the car’s adjustable elements-suspension, steering, engine, and gearbox-into one harmonized system.  With Lincoln Drive Control, the new MKS AWD feels sporty, nimble and connected, yet the smooth and quiet Lincoln ride is still there.

Lincoln Drive Control is always at work refining the vehicle’s driving dynamics.  Enabled by features including CCD and electric power-assisted rack & pinion steering, the system continuously integrates handling performance, ride firmness, throttle response, shift feel, steering response and traction control/electronic stability control parameters.  Additionally, Lincoln Drive Control allows you to purposely change the on-road personality of the MKS AWD-Drive Mode-When the gear selector is in Drive, Lincoln Drive Control automatically delivers the ideal Lincoln ride, balancing comfort with confident control and handling.  Many drivers will find this setting perfect for everyday driving as it provides a comfortable drive experience and a direct connection to the road without sacrificing the composure and smooth expected from a luxury sedan.  Sport Mode-When the gear selector is in Sport, Lincoln Drive Control transforms the vehicle’s personality to deliver a more performance-oriented driving experience.  The following systems change settings in Sport Mode-The CCD suspension switches from operating in its comfort range to its firmest sport range, emphasizing handling; the electric power-assisted steering recalibrates to provide more road feel and great steering effort; the engine responds more directly to your inputs; the transmission upshifts at higher rpms. Downshifts become more aggressive and the transmission holds gears longer and during cornering.  Additionally, sixth gear is locked out.  The standard paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel come into play as you can change or hold the gears without taking your hands off the wheel.

Handling the 365 hp and 350 lb.ft. of torque generated by the 3.5 liter twin-turbo direct injected V6 engine is the heavy-duty 6F-55 six-speed automatic sequential transmission which benefits from high-energy friction materials, a larger ring gear and a specific torque converter to handle the high torque output of the twin-turbo.  All-wheel drive is standard with the twin-turbo 3.5 liter V6.  In good weather, over smooth roads at modest speeds and when AWD is not needed, the system intelligently routes power only to the front wheels for improved fuel efficiency.  When driver input or road conditions indicate that slip might occur, the system sends power to the rear wheels to help prevent tire slip, for example on rain-soaked or snow-covered roads.  Beyond providing more traction, AWD also improves handling by helping to reduce understeer, the tendency of the vehicle to ‘push’ in a corner at high speeds.  A myriad of inputs enables the computer-controlled system immediately to identify and react in as little as 16 milliseconds to changing road conditions and drive demands.  The amount of torque sent to the rear axle varies depending on road conditions and dynamic needs.

The MKS AWD steering system receives a thorough makeover for 2013.  The gear ratio is quicker (15:1 vs. 17:1) making the steering more immediately responsive at all speeds.  Additionally, steering boost is now electric rather than hydraulic.  The new electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) complements CCD in contributing to the driver-tunable Lincoln Drive Control experience.

Other enhancements contribute to the system’s overall improved performance.  The steering gear is now solid mounted to the chassis’ front subframe.  Additionally, a brace has been added under the vehicle (across the transmission tunnel) to strengthen the subframe’s mounting points to the chassis.  These details help significantly improve your feeling of being connected to the road through the steering wheel.  Overall steering response for the new 2013 MKS is improved by up to 25%.  EPAS offers additional benefits.  At lower speed, when parking, EPAS provides additional boost for effortless maneuverability.  At higher speeds, EPAS increases steering effort and feedback, giving you a more precise steering feel.  It really works and at high speeds the feel is great and linear.  Also, by replacing the traditional hydraulic assist-steering pump with an electric motor, the EPAS operates only when assistance is needed and it is much lighter.  Furthermore, software-based technologies, undetectable by you, boost the capability of EPAS.  Pull-drift compensation detects road conditions such as a crowned surface or crosswinds and adjusts EPAS to compensate.  Active nibble control automatically cancels some unwanted steering wheel vibrations at interstate speeds.  These actions are designed to give you reassurance and maximum control under all driving conditions.

Drivers are most likely to notice Lincoln’s new Torque Vectoring Control (TVC) system when Lincoln Drive Control is set to Sport Mode.  TVC helps the MKS drive through corners with greater balance and poise.  TVC individually influences the speed of the front wheels to enhance cornering agility by mitigating against a dynamic condition engineers refer to as understeer.  When accelerating through corners and the system detects a drop in traction, TVC precisely applies brake force to the inside front wheel (that has less grip) causing a transfer of engine torque to the outside wheel (that has more grip).  This helps keep the MKS tracking on the driver’s intended line through the corner.  You can now slice through curves with the greatest of ease.

EPAS is also the primary technology behind the optional active parking assist (APA) system.  Once engaged via a switch on the center console, ultrasonic sensors precisely measure open spaces to find a suitable parallel parking spot.  With a few actions (gear shifting, acceleration and braking) the MKS steers itself into the open space.  The driver retains full control of throttle, brakes and shifting the entire time the APA is engaged.

To match the engine’s extra power and the suspension’s additional handling prowess, Lincoln has significantly upgraded the MKS braking system giving you more confidence and control.  New vented front discs measure 13.86 in. more than an inch larger than last year’s model.  They are clamped with dual-piston calipers in aluminum housing.  To enhance brake cooling, the ‘hat’ portion of the front brake disc is also vented, a unique design developed by Ford.  The diameter of the rear discs are 13.58 in. 0.58 in. larger than last year’s model, and they are also vented.  The rear brakes are clamped with single-piston calipers in aluminum housing.  When braking the feel is more direct and linear.  An excellent improvement in confidence building when driving at high speeds!

Another improvement that is privy to Ford is the next generation of the award-winning SYNC system that continues to become easier to use and more robust in its operation.  New, simpler screen designs improve the user interface.  Larger and bolder fonts make screens easier to read.  SYNC’s voice recognition experience, powered by Nuance, also is improved.  Microsoft’s Windows Embedded Auto software platform continues to be the operating platform that will deliver faster response times.  SYNC has evolved from a stand-alone module for communication and entertainment to become a fully integrated operating system for Lincoln vehicles with MyLincoln Touch.  As a further enhancement to the SYNC experience, the standard system in the 2013 MKS provides Operator Assist as a standard SYNC Services feature, allowing users to connect with a live persona free of charge.  SYNC also enables the interior of the MKS to become a Wi-Fi hot spot when linked to a data-enabled cellular device.  With active Wi-Fi, passengers can link to the Web on their tablets or laptops.

More safety technologies include a Lane Keeping System that complements the Lane Keeping Alert with the Lane Keeping Aid that sounds an audio alert then a friendly suggestion of a cup of coffee graphic will appear on the left-hand 4/2 in. instrument cluster.  Collision Warning helps prevent common traffic accidents as forward-looking, long distance radar identifies potential obstacles.  Collision warning is paired with adaptive cruise control because both features use the forward-looking radar system.  Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert can detect vehicles in blind sports during normal driving as well as traffic approaching from the sides when you are reversing out of a parking spot.  Lastly is MYKEY which allows parents or other concerned owners to restrict certain Lincoln MKS features when in the hands of a MyKey driver.  Owners can simply program the vehicle key through the message center to incorporate features such as a limited top speed of 80 mph, prevent deactivation of the Traction Control system that limits tire spin; audio system volume limited to 44% of maximum volume; a speed alert chime at 45,55, or 65 mph.

The dedicated Lincoln design studio has developed a contemporary new look for the 2013 MKS.  Every exterior surface from the A-pillar forward is new, including the grille, HID headlamps, front fascia, hood and front fenders.  Continuing the new look are new 20 in. aluminum wheels.  At the rear, MKS get a new fascia, LED taillights, exhaust tips and anew decklid design that improves access to the trunk.  The styling of the new MKS adds both refinement and elegance to the car while visually lowering and widening the front end.  The continuous bright surround linking the grille and headlights is particularly rich and adds something significant to what is already an expressive balanced design.  The new MKS looks sporty and luxurious from any angle.

Moving over to the interior is a true enjoyment for both body and mind.  It is much more inviting and engaging, with new capactive controls and MyLincoln Touch.  The previous MKS was very linear and horizontal, now MKS is dominated by lines that sweep up from the center stack and flow out to the sides.  Subtle ambient lighting throughout adds to the interior’s luxurious, high-tech environment.  The integration of MyLincoln Touch to the new MKS complements Lincoln’s most advanced instrumentation and controls to date.  The main instrument cluster features a center speedometer flanked by two full-color reconfigurable LCD screens.  Content for the 4.2 in. LCDs is controlled by two five-way buttons on the steering wheel (much easier to use than a central dial on the center console since you do not have to take your eyes off the road to make changes).  An 8 in. multi-function LCD touch screen dominates the center stack and provides the visual and control interface for the entertainment system, phone, navigation and climate controls.

The new MKS offers two audio systems, both controlled through MyLincoln Touch.  The standard system includes AM-FM-CD-MP3-Satilliate sources playing through a 210-watt system driving 10-speakers.  The optional, world-class system is the THX II Certified Audio System with AM-FM-CD-DVD-MP3-HD radio capability and 16-speakers, including a 10 in. subwoofer.  Sirius XM Traffic and Sirius XM Travel link with voice-activated navigation controls also are optional.  MyLincoln Touch and SYNC enable voice-activated navigation control.  In addition to an easily updatable navigation database, additional Sirius XM Travel link features include coast-to-coast weather date, forecasts, fuel prices, sports scores, movie listing and more.

Lincoln style is supported by equipment that enhances occupant comfort.  Standard heated and cooled 12-way adjustable front seats are so comfortable and supportive, adjustable pedals and a power tilt/telescoping/leather and wood wrapped steering feels perfect in your hands and allows a wide range of drivers to feel immediately at home behind the wheel.  Class-leading available equipment also includes a retractable rear sun shade and new multi-contour adjustable front seats and a heated steering wheel.  The optional multi-contour seats incorporate seven computer-controlled air bladders to provide front occupants with maximum adjustment.  Four sections in the seat bottom and three in the seat back can be adjusted.  Both driver and passenger seats feature individual static settings as well as dynamic massage settings.  The seat surfaces are provided by world-renowned leather maker Bridge of Weir leather company.  Sourced from Scotland, Bride of Weir leather also can be found in luxury jets, yachts and furniture.  Connoisseurs of fine materials appreciate these leathers for their nature beauty and the company uses a unique organic tanning method which produces a material free of chromium making it one of the most environmentally friendly, and fully recyclable.  New woods (Prussian Burl and Brown Swirl Walnut and leather colors (Hazelnut and Light Dune) complete the extensive list of interior changes of the new MKS.

Standard equipment not mentioned above includes foglamps, heated power mirrors with memory, easy-exit seats/steering column, dual-zone climate control, rear vents and pull-down center armrest in the rear, remote start, all express power windows/door locks, 19X8 in. aluminum wheels/tires, power reverse sensing system, center console with leather-wrapped shift knob, dual cupholders, storage bin with leather armrest, rear reading lamps, dual map lamps, grab handles above all passenger door, thick cut-pile carpeting/floor mats front/rear, and remote trunk release.  Options not mentioned above include rearview camera, active front/rear parking assist, navigation system, heated rear seats, dual panel sunroof.

Standard safety systems include front and side airbags upfront, side curtain airbags, AdvanceTrak with Electronic Stability Control, SOS post-crash system anti-theft system, 3-point airbags with front pretensioners/load limiters, front/rear crumple zones, steel beams in each door, engine immobilizer, LATCH system for child seats and child-proof rear door locks.

The newly updated Lincoln MKS AWD EcoBoost full-size luxury sport sedan is ready to attain what it has been seeking for many years, to be on par with the world’s great full-size luxury sport sedans from M-B, BMW, Audi, Lexus LS and Infiniti M.  With 365 hp the MKS needs just a little more horsepower that can fix that deficiency and become a great choice for luxury buyers throughout the world.  It has everything, and more, that the competition has.

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COPYRIGHT: 2012: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: $49,800.00 base/$58,265.00 loaded including destination charges
  • Turning circle: 39.4 ft.
  • Wheelbase: 112.9 in.
  • Total length: 205.6 in.
  • Total width: 79.4 in.
  • Total height: 61.6 in.
  • Track: f/r-64.9/65.1 in.
  • Headroom: f/f-39.7/38.5 in.
  • Legroom: f/r-41.9/38.6 in.
  • Curb weight: 4,436 lbs.
  • Cargo volume: 19.2 cu.ft.
  • Total passenger volume: 105.8 cu.ft.
  • Fuel tank: 19 gallons
  • EPA mileage: 17mph/city, 25mpg/highway

 



2013 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost Review & Test Drive 28
Sep
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, featured, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, Test Drives on 09 28th, 2012

For 2013 the Lincoln MKS receives major updates in styling and refinement with a slight bump in fuel economy. In an effort to improve an identity within the Luxury car market, the all-new 2013 Lincoln MKS takes all of the embodied principals from the outgoing model and improves upon each one. The outcome is a much more elegant luxury sedan poised to compete.

My test drive of the new 2013 Lincoln MKS started with a drive from Miami to Jacksonville, FL. Having stepped out of a previous vehicle with much harder seats and stiff ride, the MKS was instantly a welcoming ride to put on the highway.

Being one of the few truly American luxury sedans on the market, the new MKS starts its life once again as somewhat of an underdog. With a sleeker look from the distinctive grill, almost resembling the teeth of a whale, is a unique characteristic to set the MKS apart from anything else on the road. Not to mention, the new design language of Lincoln tends to mimic the new whale-grill look throughout the lineup. Taking the sheetmetal design lines drawing back and then slightly up to what appears to be a high roofline, and then to the relatively raised rear end, makes for a smooth flow pleasing the eyes. Just like the great mass found in the Ford Taurus SHO, which uses virtually the same underpinnings as the MKS, gives the Lincoln a bold statement on the road and the driver the assurance of some substance under the hood. The redesigned rear end features contoured LED tail lamps and a new large decklid to improve access to the trunk.

Speaking of substance under the hood, my 2013 Lincoln MKS was the EcoBoost all-wheel-drive trim featuring Ford’s 3.5-liter twin turbo direct injection V6 engine producing 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the beefy V6 is 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway. During my drive from Miami I saw a steady 24.5 mpg cruising just above the speed limit.

The MKS EcoBoost trim rides on 20-inch wheels, 19-inch wheels standard on the base 300 horsepower 3.7-liter V6 MKS trim (up from last year’s 273 hp), still provided a smooth ride. The ride quality was superb, thanks to the MKS EcoBoost’s computer controlled continuous dampers making instant adjustments to balance body roll and bounce. The dampers allowed a sport setting through the dashboard set of menus and could be set to access by placing the 6-speed automatic transmission into sport mode. The 6-speed transmission is well-adapted to the twin-turbo engine. It will even hold gears long enough for the turbos to spool up for optimal performance and efficiency under light acceleration conditions. Manual-shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel adds a bit of sport to the MKS, however, the transmission does a good enough job of proper up-shifts when needed especially when in sport mode.

Other performance and road-going characteristics of the new 2013 Lincoln MKS include its optional all-wheel-drive system, adaptive cruise control, a lane departure system and an overly sensitive Driver Alert drowsiness detection system. The lane departure system was enough to intrude on your driving style if you ever merge into another lane without using the signal. Basically, the MKS will nudge the steering wheel in the opposite direction once it sense you cross a lane (lane markings in the road). If you continue to cross the lane markings, the system will ever-so-politely vibrate the wheel, almost violently. I could see this being beneficial if you really were lacking your early morning dose of caffeine. The Driver Alert system, going off of driver steering and throttle inputs, sometimes mistakes your jerky reactions as a sign to alert you to “take a rest”. My drive from Miami involved several occasions of the system falsely telling me to “take a rest”. If you must know, I was already well awake and alert.

Driving the MKS near the limit does require some extra attention because it is prone to understeer easily, more than likely due to its 4,200 pound curb weight. Steering response and feedback don’t help either with a slightly mushy and numb feel. Although, this is somewhat expected from a large luxury sedan.

Lincoln has a level of pride in some of the new gadgetry in their vehicles. Just like Ford’s MyTouch system, Lincoln’s MyLincoln Touch with SYNC usually has a love-hate relationship with the driver and passengers. I found that the latest MYLincoln Touch system in the MKS, also mentioned in my review of the new Lincoln MKX, is not any worse than other infotainment and vehicle integration controls in other luxury vehicles. However, using the MyLincoln Touch system can turn into an aggravating situation at times. Some of the menu buttons do not respond as quickly as you would like on the center LCD screen, and is seldom prone to glitches preventing functions until you revisit the same task. Otherwise, the MyLincoln Touch LCD screen, dual dashboard menu readouts and the button-less touch-sensitive center-stack is a comprehensive system after you have been through 15 or so minutes of a learning curve.

Interior space, including legroom and headroom, is plentiful in the new 2013 MKS. Cargo room and trunk space (18.4 cubic feet) is generous, too. The front seat positioning is much better in the MKS than what I found in the MKX crossover that I recently reviewed. The feeling of driving a big car is present when you first step into the MKS. Nevertheless, you get a sense of control once you start driving the new MKS, especially when you have the power of a V8 in a much more efficient force-fed V6 engine.

Rear seating area is plentiful where the seats are mounted a little high but have good support. The power rear sunshade and rear perforated leather outboard seating areas are quite inviting for rear seat passengers.

The dashboard is kept clean due to the MyLincoln touch-sensitive stack. Small wood trim, chrome accents and a stitched leather dashboard all add to the luxury appeal of the MKS’ interior. Even the power telescoping and heated leather steering wheel gets the top inlayed with a wood accent to accentuate the soft appeal of the interior. The MKS also gives the driver a lot of customization such as the ability to change the ambient LED lighting colors and adjust the pedals saved to the memory seat settings. One particular qualm, also found in other new Lincoln vehicles, is their new turn signal stalk. The stalk takes a bit of extra effort to access the turn signals where it will make you inadvertently access the high-beam headlights. Hopefully everyone forgave me for flashing my high-beams every time I prepared to take turn. I didn’t do it on purpose.

The all-new 2013 Lincoln MKS is a confident class contender that deserves a thorough look even if it is still playing catch up to the German likings of the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E class. In the American spectrum of luxury sedans, the new Cadillac XTS would be a level-playing segment contender for the new MKS.

The new 2013 Lincoln MKS has a base starting price of $42,810 for the 3.7-liter V6 trim. My MKS EcoBoost trim adds another $5,000. Add full list of options found in my MKS EcoBoost trim with the all-wheel-drive system, elite package and about 6 additional standalone options and you will end up paying about $58,000.

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Copyright: 2012 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Price: Base MKS FWD $42,810.00 / As-Tested est. $58,000
  • Engine: 3.5-liter Twin-Turbo EcoBoost V6 DOHC 24-valve 365 horsepower @ 5500 rpm / 350 ft-lbs. torque @ 3500 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 112.9 in.
  • Total length: 204.1 in.
  • Total width: 75.9 in.
  • Total height: 61.6 in.
  • Track: f/r-64.9 in./65.1 in.
  • Fuel tank: 19.0 gallons
  • Headroom: f/r-39.7 in./38.6 in.
  • Legroom: f/r-41.9 in./38.6 in.
  • Cargo capacity: 18.7 cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 39.4 ft.
  • Curb weight: 4,200 lbs. (est.)
  • 0-60 mph: 5.6 seconds
  • EPA mileage: 17 mpg/city, 25 mpg/highway


2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost – ‘Luxury and Efficiency’ 29
Mar
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in 2011 Lincoln MKS, Automotive, featured, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, Test Drives on 03 29th, 2011

When you see a luxurious, high-performing sport sedan on the road you may think that it is a ‘gas-guzzler’ and the wealthy owner doesn’t care much of the environmental damage that it causes.  If that luxury high-performing sport sedan is the new 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost you’d be wrong because this car offers smooth performance from direct injected and turbocharged 3.5 liter V6 engine providing V8 power with V6 fuel economy and lower emissions.  The 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost flagship sedan evokes luxury from its exceptional quietness and comfort to its premium materials, class-exclusive features and confident high-performance driving demeanor.

Putting you in command, the Lincoln MKS EcoBoost chassis provides supreme isolation from the road noise and harshness but doesn’t isolate you from the road.  The electric power-assisted rack & pinion steering gives an excellent feel for the road, is not over-boosted and with a strut tower brace up front it gives very quick and accurate reaction to your inputs.  The ride is smooth yet taut, braking is linear and controlled, and with a twin-turbocharged 3.5 liter Direct Injected, DOHC, all-aluminum V6 engine with intake variable cam timing this potent engine generates a very healthy 355hp at 5,500rpm and 350lb.ft. of torque at 5,250rpm.

This powerful, high-tech V6 engine is mated to a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with paddle shift activation.  This advanced six-speed gearbox offers you a choice between fully automatic operation, and when the time and place is right, manual control.  In addition, paddle shifters are integrated into the steering wheel spokes.  Intuitive to operate, a squeeze back on either paddle will deliver an upshift, while a gentle push forward on either paddle will induce a ‘matched-rev’ downshift.  This capability makes the Lincoln MKS driving experience sporty yet smooth.  Unlike some competitive transmissions, SelectShift won’t ‘second guess’ you with an override shift.  With SelectShift, manual control is truly manually controlled.

All MKS models with the EcoBoost engine come standard with the great all-wheel drive transmission that enhances the vehicle’s capability in a variety of weather conditions while further enhances its stability and cornering capabilities.  The AWD system is full automatic using an advanced array of internal electromechanical clutches to efficiently distribute torque between front and rear wheels as needed.  With the 3.5 liter V6 and the six-speed automatic transmission spinning all-four wheels, EPA specs are 17mpg/city and 25mpg/highway, specs you’ll find in larger displacement V8 engines.  The MKS races out to 60mph from a standstill in just 5.4 seconds, good numbers for a V6 powered luxury sport sedan.

You will appreciate the solitude that comes courtesy of the MKS’s premium noise, vibration and harshness characteristics.  Chassis and body bracing and strategically placed sound-deadening materials produce an extraordinary level of cabin isolation giving you a sense of sanctuary when is a thoughtful mood, or turn up the THX audio system and enjoy your favorite music without any outside interference.

The structural stiffness is supplemented by a suspension designed to further isolate occupants while also enhancing the driving experience when pushed hard.  Up front is an independent MacPherson strut setup with rear facing L-shaped lower control arms, coil springs, a 26mm stabilizer bar all held tight with an isolated subframe.  The rear independent multi-link setup includes coil-over shocks, stamped steel lower control arms, cast upper control arms and a 21mm stabilizer bar.  Mounts and bushings have been carefully tuned, and spring/shock tuning and front suspension geometry have been engineered to give you exceptional handling capabilities in a full-size luxury sedan.

In addition, the MKS EcoBoost takes the tuning further with larger stabilizer bars that provide flatter cornering characteristics, and a front subframe that aids in handling dynamics perfectly matched to its powerful, responsive turbocharged engine-all without sacrificing the luxurious ride Lincoln owners demand.

Slowing the MKS EcoBoost down from speed is easy and fast with 12.25 inch front discs with dual-piston calipers and 12.75 inch discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Standard ABS, BA, AdvanceTrak Electronic Stability Control and Brake Actuated Traction Control enhance your control when braking under severe condition.

Coming down the mountain during my photo shoot I did notice a lot of smoke coming from all four wheels when I reached the bottom stop sign so I would encourage Lincoln to put in large rotors and maybe four-piston calipers up front and dual-piston calipers in the rear for ‘fade-free’ and ‘smoke-free’ braking under heavy loads.  The car is fast and begs to be pushed hard!

My test MKS EcoBoost rides on optional, wheel-well stuffing 20X8 inch, multi-spoke, polished aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with Michelin 245/45R20 inch high-performance, all-season radial tires for excellent grip and a very compliant ride.

New for 2011, music lovers will enjoy the addition of HD radio technology to the available voice-activated navigation system.  The HD radio receiver enables more listening options and digital sound quality with no additional equipment or cost.  To use HD radio, listeners simply tune in their favorite station.  If the station is broadcasting with HD radio technology, the system automatically picks up the signal and will transition to digital audio once decoded.

The Lincoln SYNC voice-activated in-vehicle connectivity system, standard on the MKS, now integrates Traffic, Directions & Information with the voice-activated navigation system.  Traffic, Directions & Information leverages industry-leading voice-recognition software, integrates GPS technology and a customer’s Bluetooth capable mobile phone to provide simple hands-free access to personalized traffic reports, precise turn-by-turn driving directions and up-to-date information including business listings, news, sports and weather.

The new MKS EcoBoost delivers technologies aimed at making life luxurious for both driver and passengers.  A holistic approach was used to develop these features, where ease of use and intuitive operation were key objectives.  Nowhere is this focus more apparent than with Active Park Assist that is enabled by the electric power assist steering system (EPAS).

This technology employs an ultrasonic-based sensing system, as opposed to video camera-reliant competitive offerings, making parallel parking a breeze.  Active Park Assist activates at the touch of a button, determining an adequate parking sport, detecting the edges of adjacent objects to calculate an optimized angle, and then steering the MKS into the sport while coaching you through conventional throttle and braking inputs.

In addition to completing a parking maneuver quickly, Active Park Assist also works in uphill parking situations, unlike some competitive systems.

Also working in conjunction with EPAS, Pull-Drift Compensation is a software-based technology that helps you offset vehicle pulling or drifting than can occur in steady crosswinds or on uneven road surfaces.  Pull-Drift Compensation uses sensors to constantly measure the steering input applied to help maintain the vehicle’s chose path; it automatically compensates for slight steering changes causes by environmental factors such as road crowning or steady crosswinds.

On the road, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support allows you to set and maintain vehicle speed, while radar monitors traffic ahead of you.  This optional system automatically adjusts speed and slows the vehicle to maintain the set distance behind the traffic ahead.

Collision Warning with Brake Support provides you with a ‘head’s-up’ display that flashes on the windshield if the system senses a potential collision with the vehicle in front of it.  If you don’t respond and a collision is imminent, the system with pre-charged the brakes and increase brake assist sensitivity to provide full responsiveness when you do use the brake pedal.

MyKey allows parents or other concerned owners to restrict certain MKS features when in the hands of a MyKey driver.  Parents simply program the vehicle through the message center to incorporate features such as limited top speed of 80mph, traction control system that limits tire spin cannot be deactivated, audio system volume limited to 44% of maximum volume, and a speed alert chime at 45, 55 or 65mph.

Lincoln SYNC is standard and provides all occupants with voice-activated communications and infotainment, including 911 Assist, Vehicle Health Report and Traffic, Directions & Information.

MKS is offered with two audio technology choices: standard is a THX II Certified car audio system with AM-FM-CD6/DVD/MP3 capability, 10-speakers, SIRIUS satellite radio, an auxiliary jack and a USB port.  The optional navigation system includes an internal hard drive for map and point-of-interest information storage, THX II Certified car audio system with 14 strategically aimed premium audio speakers and HD Radio technology.  In addition, a SIRIUS Traffic and SIRUS Travel link subscription is included with the navigation system, providing coast-to-coast weather date, forecasts, fuel prices, sports scores, movie listings and more.

The available navigation system also enables you to display personal photos on the center stack-mounted touch screen.  The system can store and display up to 32 photos, sized 1.5MB or less.  The home screen can be personalized by display, desired information, or photos in one-two-or three panel views.

Both audio technology choices feature an internal Jukebox hard drive for storage of up to 150 hours of recorded audio entertainment.  Users can browse the Jukebox via touch or voice control.  Gracenote technology will display the CD cover when a selected track is playing.

On the inside, the meticulously detailed 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost delivers a precision-crafted environment resplendent in premium leather trim real aluminum and metal accents.  Elegant, flowing surfaces create the feeling that the interior has been sculpted, rather than constructed.  The flow-through center stack is topped with an integrated information screen that also serves as the screen for the optional navigation system.  The entire top of the dash is covered in premium leather, and a wide piece of real aluminum with carbon fiber-like swirls rides the dashboard from one end to the other.

A philosophy of ‘guilt-free luxury’ means Lincoln MKS strives to use materials and processes that reflect the finer things in life, but not at the expense of the world around it.

An example is the leather for the seats by Bridge of Weir, the same Scottish company that supplied hides for the iconic Continental Mark II, was chosen for its high quality and its organic, chromium-free tanning methods.

Lincoln comfort seats, developed for the MKS, feature side bolster supports designed for spirited driving.  The standard heated and cooled, 12-way power driver and front passenger seats offer four-way lumbar for added comfort on long drives.  Rear seat passengers also enjoy a luxury experience as they have standard heated rear outboard seats.  Recessed into the front and rear door openings, cleverly designed hidden rocker panels allow for a low step-over height, making it easier to enter and exit.  This design helps shield the rockers from the elements, reducing the likelihood of soiling shoes or trousers when entering or exiting the car.  Grab handles above each door further help when entering or exiting.

Standard features inside and outside the new MKS EcoBoost, not mentioned above, include adaptive HID headlamps, foglamps, heated power remote sideview mirrors, easy fuel Capless fuel filler, sporty, leather-wrapped, tilt-telescoping steering wheel with cruise-control, audio and Bluetooth buttons, two-driver memory for seats/sideview mirrors, steering wheel, leather/chrome stick shifter, dual-zone electronic auto climate control, push button start/stop, ambient lighting, all express power windows/door locks, self-dimming reaview mirror, dual lighted vanity mirrors, a center console with dual cupholders, deep storage bin and sliding leather padded armrests, easy-to-see, chrome ringed instrument cluster, all dials, switches and levers within easy reach and fully illuminated, dual panel electric sunroof, storage slots in the doors, map pockets behind the front seats, reading lamps in the rear, pull-down center armrest and dual cupholders in the rear, a rear pass-thru for longer storage items, remote trunk release, thick cut-pile carpeting and front/rear floor mats.

The red candy metallic tined clear-coat paint is a $495.00 option and really sparkles and draws attention to the beautifully detailed and sculpted exterior design of the MKS EcoBoost with its coupe-like profile, split-wing Lincoln signature front fascia with sculpted lens clusters, lower air intake, scalloped hood, deeply raked A-pillars, full-perimeter greenhouse chrome strip, side roof mounted chrome strip, pull-out door handles, flared fenders, deep side extensions, fast rear glass, a short trunk lid with integral lip spoiler, large rear lamp clusters, a bold rear bumper and dual, 3 inch wide, polished stainless steel dual exhaust tips.  From any angle, the new MKS EcoBoost speaks sleek, sexy luxury and high-performance.

The MKS features an advanced structural safety system that combines octagonal front frame rails, tunnel rails and support members designed to absorb and redirect crash forces away from the passenger compartment.  MKS also features Side Protection and Cabin Enhancement (SPACE) Architecture to optimize side-impact occupant protection.

The SPACE system integrates a hydroformed high-strength steel tube embedded in the floor that runs the width of the vehicle from B-pillar to B-pillar and along the rocker panels to form a safety cage to help protect passengers in side-impact incidents.  Also included is the enhanced Personal Safety System combining multiple technologies to help tailor the airbags and seatbelt functions to each individual passenger and the particular accident circumstances.  The system can identify variables, such as severity of the crash, weight of the individual passenger and seatbelt usage to adjust deployment force.

Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with Brake Actuated Traction Control, dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and side curtains, safety canopy an exclusive side-impact protection system employing side curtain airbags to help protect front and outboard rear passengers in both rollover and side-impact crashes, dual front seatbelts with pretensioners/load limiters, 3-point seatbelts for all rear passengers, tire pressure monitoring system, SOS Post-Crash Alert System flashes signal lights and sounds the horn in the event of an accident, and the LATCH system for child seats.

With a base price of just $48,160.00 and $56,980.00 fully loaded, the new 2011 Lincoln MKS is one of the world’s best looking and best luxury equipped sport sedans.  It has it all to enjoy the ride and the interior luxury, convenience and high-tech amenities.

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SPECIFICAITONS

Price

Base

  • $41,270

As-Tested

  • $56,980

Exterior

Body

  • Chrome grille

Tires and Wheels

  • Painted alloy wheels
  • 19 x 8.0 in. wheels
  • Alloy spare wheel
  • P255/45R V tires
  • All season tires
  • Inside mounted spare tire
  • Temporary spare tire

Roof and Glass

  • Intermittent wipers
  • Rear defogger
  • Power rear sunshade

Measurements

  • Width: 75.9 in.
  • Height: 61.6 in.
  • Length: 204.1 in.
  • Front track: 64.9 in.
  • Rear track: 65.1 in.
  • Wheel base: 112.9 in.
  • Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 18.7 cu.ft.
  • Maximum cargo capacity: 18.7 cu.ft.
  • Maximum towing capacity: 1000 lbs.
  • EPA interior volume: 124.5 cu.ft.
  • Gross weight: 5400 lbs.
  • Curb weight: 4305 lbs.

Exterior Options

  • 20″ Polished Cast Aluminum 11-Spoke Wheel
  • Front License Bracket
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat Paint
  • Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Paint

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

  • Engine size: 3.5 L
  • Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
  • Cylinders: V6
  • Valves: 24
  • Valve timing: Variable
  • Direct injection
  • Torque: 350 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm
  • Horsepower: 355 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Turning circle: 39.7 ft.
  • Engine type: gas
  • 0-60mph: 5.4 seconds

DriveTrain

  • Drive type: all wheel drive
  • Mechanical center differential
  • Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
  • Center limited slip differential

Suspension

  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Front and rear stabilizer bar

Fuel

  • Fuel type: gas
  • Fuel type: premium unleaded (recommended)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 19.0 gal.
  • Range in miles (cty/hwy): 323.0/475.0 mi.
  • EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 17/25 mpg

Mechanical Options

  • PowerCode Remote Start System

Safety

Safety & Security

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Child seat anchors
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Front fog/driving lights
  • Auto delay off headlamps
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
  • 2 front headrests
  • 2 rear headrests
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Rear center 3-point belt
  • Front and rear seatbelt pretensioners
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Emergency interior trunk release
  • Front height adjustable headrests
  • Rear fixed headrests
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Self-leveling headlights
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Airbag Deployment Notification*

Safety & Security Options

  • Active Park Assist

Warranty

  • Basic: 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
  • Drivetrain: 6 yr./ 70000 mi.
  • Free Maintenance: 3 yr./ 45000 mi.
  • Roadside: 6 yr./ 70000 mi.


2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost AWD Review & Test Drive 31
Dec
Posted by Malcolm Hogan in Automotive, featured, Lincoln, Lincoln MKS, Test Drives on 12 31st, 2010

“Tastefully blending luxury, performance, and advanced technology”

Lately Ford’s luxury division is not getting as much front-page exposure as the company’s latest redesigned vehicles. Nevertheless, Lincoln should in no way be overlooked.  Ford ingenuity and survival skills have trickled down into vehicles such as the new Lincoln MKS luxury sports sedan.

The new 2011 Lincoln MKS is not just a redone or rebadged Taurus. It is much more and it is ready to battle with any car in its class. If the American car companies have learned anything over the past decade it is that the old rebadging notion will only result in possible bankruptcy. Fortunately for Ford they were able to keep things moving without the assistance from the government.  The reasons why really show in not only the Ford lineup but also in the Lincoln division, especially when it comes to cars such as the new MKS.

Ever since Ford decided to dissolve Mercury, the Lincoln name now stands out a bit stronger. One of the strong standing cars for 2011 is the Lincoln MKS. The MKS, with its original look, is a stunningly beautiful car in my opinion. From the front elongated grill mimicking other current Lincoln models to the stylish tall tail-lamps that give the MKS a classy look, the MKS is something “different” to look at.

During my time in the new MKS I received several complements about the styling. People would act as if they have not seen a Lincoln that looked this good in a long time. Although that may actually be the case for some, the MKS is undoubtedly one of the better-looking luxury sports sedans on the road if you can get used to the uniquely styled front grill. Everything on the exterior flows well, even the 20-inch polished silver wheels. The MKS has a tall roofline. This is something I noticed while parked next to a BMW X3 because the MKS was just as tall. This can also be said about the current Ford Taurus because the MKS shares the same platform.

Inside the new MKS you will find a plush interior that has a bit of excitement. It is too often that you find interiors that are lost in translation because everything is the same color. Not so with the new MKS. The perforated and climate controlled leather seating areas are a shade different from the floors. The instrumentation is brightly lit and relatively easy to operate. Ford’s new SYNC system is nicely integrated into vehicle controls and functions allowing the driver to seamlessly change the settings of a specific item with the push of a button and a voice command.

It is a common trend to see new luxury cars with all types of high-tech gadgetry but it seems to be a difficult task to make it easy for the driver to operate everything and drive at the same time. This is where the SYNC system, developed in part with Microsoft, really shines. Finding a location and having the GPS navigation system direct you to it is almost as easy as asking for directions from the local Andy Taylor in the town of Mayberry. Ford has developed an industry leading navigation system integrated into a well-thought-out voice activated vehicle control system.

In the area of performance, the 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost has V8 power written all over it, with the fuel economy of a V6. The MKS EcoBoost is equipped with a 355 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque 3.5-liter EcoBoost (twin-turbocharged) direct-injection V6 engine. You would never know the engine is forced induction because it has virtually no turbo lag. Torque comes on early and carries through the lower RPM power band. Fuel economy figures during my drive around town in rush-hour traffic came in around 19mpg. On the highway where I really stretched the EcoBoost’s legs the gas mileage figure averaged 24mpg which was 1mpg short of the EPA figure of 25mpg highway. EPA figures for city driving in the MKS EcoBoost is listed as 16mpg.

All-wheel-drive is a very commonplace feature among new luxury vehicles including luxury sports sedans such as the MKS. My 2011 MKS EcoBoost model was equipped with an all-wheel-drive system that really helped in the area of keeping the MKS planted when accelerating in a turn. However, the MKS did suffer from an extensive amount of torque steer under heavy acceleration. Those of you who like to keep a light touch on the steering wheel or even those who may turn the wheel with a couple of fingers, may want to consider a tighter grip on the MKS’s leather wrapped steering wheel.

The MKS EcoBoost suffered from a lack of lateral stability. During my drive of the MKS I literally pushed it to the limit.  In a few turns, I found ‘that limit’ and very quickly with the stability control kicking in to keep the car from wavering. In other words, the new 2011 MKS lacks the ability of getting down and dirty in the twisties in terms of performance. The new MKS is more of a luxury car than sports sedan. Best of all you can take advantage of the 355 ponies and 350 foot-pounds of torque. I have to admit, it puts a smile on your face.

Technology is a major part of our lives and any new car that you buy for a reasonable price is surly to surprise you with some type of hidden feature. One feature on my MKS EcoBoost test vehicle was the Active Park Assist system that somehow I would always overlook when I encountered a parallel parking spot. I did however get to try the system out and it surprisingly worked with ease. With the push of one button and reading the digital LCD information display for the next step, I found myself slightly misaligned in a parallel parking spot in a matter of 25 seconds. I was in the spot, but slightly crooked. I am sure this was due to me quickly releasing the brake pedal, which is what’s required, to enter the spot. The Active Park Assist did all of the steering action for me.

Another intuitive feature on the MKS that ‘surprised’ me was is the collision warning system. This alerts you with a string of red LEDs on the dash and a series of audible beeps in the event where you are approaching a vehicle or object too fast. Luckily for me I was paying attention to what was in front of me when the system went off and I did not experience the airbag feature. The collision warning system comes as part of the radar cruise control which also works beautifully allowing me to trail a slower vehicle in front of me at speed and then resume my pre-set speed after the slower car has moved from in front. The system will also apply braking when it detects the vehicle in front starting to slow. Unlike some radar cruise control systems, the one found in Ford and Lincoln vehicles will not bring you to a complete stop but will alert the driver to interact when a certain slow speed is reached.

The Lincoln MKS EcoBoost audio system is THX certified with a total of 5.1 channels for true theater-like surround sound. Simply put, it sounds amazing. Lincoln did a great job with sound insulation and the proof is in virtually no distortion or abnormal vibrations at full volume levels. Bluetooth audio streaming also works seamlessly by easily connecting to my iPhone and allowing me to seek through my tracks with the steering wheel mounted controls. Magnificent!

I have to admit that I believe the MKS is targeted for a certain demographic but still aims to please the pickiest buyer looking value in an American luxury sports sedan. A 2011 Lincoln MKS front-wheel-drive model equipped with the base 3.7-liter 270 horsepower V6 starts at $41,270. The price of my 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost AWD test vehicle came in at $57,805 which is still several thousand less than a comparably equipped BMW 550 or even a Mercedes-Benz E350. The MKS’s price point is still on target, maybe slightly more, for its American competitors such as the Cadillac CTS AWD model. My MKS EcoBoost was equipped with over 8 grand in options including the larger 20-inch aluminum wheels, Active Park Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, Dual panel moonroof, THX-Certified 5.1 audio system, and voice activated navigation.

If you are in the market for a luxury sports sedan, take a look at the new 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost.  It has its own stylistic character, handled in a slightly economical way.

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Copyright: 2011 AutomotiveAddicts.com

SPECIFICAITONS

Price

Base

  • $41,270

As-Tested

  • 57,805

Exterior

Body

  • Chrome grille

Tires and Wheels

  • Painted alloy wheels
  • 19 x 8.0 in. wheels
  • Alloy spare wheel
  • P255/45R V tires
  • All season tires
  • Inside mounted spare tire
  • Temporary spare tire

Roof and Glass

  • Intermittent wipers
  • Rear defogger
  • Power rear sunshade

Measurements

  • Width: 75.9 in.
  • Height: 61.6 in.
  • Length: 204.1 in.
  • Front track: 64.9 in.
  • Rear track: 65.1 in.
  • Wheel base: 112.9 in.
  • Cargo capacity, all seats in place: 18.7 cu.ft.
  • Maximum cargo capacity: 18.7 cu.ft.
  • Maximum towing capacity: 1000 lbs.
  • EPA interior volume: 124.5 cu.ft.
  • Gross weight: 5400 lbs.
  • Curb weight: 4305 lbs.

Exterior Options

  • 20″ Polished Cast Aluminum 11-Spoke Wheel
  • Front License Bracket
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat Paint
  • Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Paint

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

  • Engine size: 3.5 L
  • Cam type: Double overhead cam (DOHC)
  • Cylinders: V6
  • Valves: 24
  • Valve timing: Variable
  • Direct injection
  • Torque: 350 ft-lbs. @ 1500 rpm
  • Horsepower: 355 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Turning circle: 39.7 ft.
  • Engine type: gas
  • 0-60mph: 5.5 seconds

DriveTrain

  • Drive type: all wheel drive
  • Mechanical center differential
  • Transmission: 6-speed shiftable automatic
  • Center limited slip differential

Suspension

  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Four-wheel independent suspension
  • Front and rear stabilizer bar

Fuel

  • Fuel type: gas
  • Fuel type: premium unleaded (recommended)
  • Fuel tank capacity: 19.0 gal.
  • Range in miles (cty/hwy): 323.0/475.0 mi.
  • EPA mileage est. (cty/hwy): 17/25 mpg

Mechanical Options

  • PowerCode Remote Start System

Safety

Safety & Security

  • 4-wheel ABS
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Dual front side-mounted airbags
  • Child seat anchors
  • Remote anti-theft alarm system
  • Emergency braking assist
  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Engine immobilizer
  • Front fog/driving lights
  • Auto delay off headlamps
  • Dusk sensing headlamps
  • Xenon high intensity discharge headlamp
  • 2 front headrests
  • 2 rear headrests
  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation
  • Rear center 3-point belt
  • Front and rear seatbelt pretensioners
  • Stability control
  • Traction control
  • Electronic brakeforce distribution
  • Emergency interior trunk release
  • Front height adjustable headrests
  • Rear fixed headrests
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Self-leveling headlights
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Airbag Deployment Notification*

Safety & Security Options

  • Active Park Assist

Warranty

  • Basic: 4 yr./ 50000 mi.
  • Drivetrain: 6 yr./ 70000 mi.
  • Free Maintenance: 3 yr./ 45000 mi.
  • Roadside: 6 yr./ 70000 mi.







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