• Available EcoBoost engine
  • Contemporary design
  • Lots of luxury equipment
  • Complicated secondary controls
  • Adaptive suspension is so-so
  • Big and heavy

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What's New for MKS in 2014

A backup camera is now standard on the 2014 Lincoln MKS. New paint colors called ingot silver metallic, dark side metallic, and platinum dune tri-coat are available...
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Vehicle Summary

The Lincoln MKS was first shown as a concept car in 2006, but it wasn't until a year later that the production version, which went on sale as a 2009 model, made its official debut at the Detroit auto show. The MKS is a big luxury sedan that is built on the basic chassis of the Ford Taurus. However, Lincoln supplies a long list of exclusive features and shiny dress-up parts to help distance the MKS from its more common roots. The car had a thorough freshening for 2013 -- the hood, grille, fenders, and fascias were redesigned, plus more horsepower and improved brakes were added. There are almost no changes this year.

Overview

The 2014 Lincoln MKS is based on the workaday Ford Taurus, but Lincoln offers a long list of technology and shiny add-ons in an effort to transform the sedan into luxury-car material. The most notable of those technologies is Lincoln Drive Control, which allows the driver to switch between Comfort, Normal, and Sport modes for the steering, suspension, and transmission. The suspension firms up in Sport mode, but it also becomes harsh over bumps; the Comfort option provides an excellent ride but also causes the MKS to wallow and roll. Also available are advanced options like blind-spot warning, adaptive cruise control with collision warning and automatic braking, MyLincoln Touch, a self-park function, lane-keeping assist, a giant dual-zone sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, Bridge of Weir high-quality leather, and massaging seats. Remote start is standard.

Although the standard 304-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 is a very good option, the optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 is our favorite thing about the 2014 Lincoln MKS. Its 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque are delivered instantly, with neither lag nor hesitation, and provide the strong acceleration that we think is a must-have in a large sedan. An updated all-wheel-drive system helps put that power to the ground without the steering wheel twitching or pulling to the side, too. (The base V-6 can be equipped with front- or all-wheel drive.)

The new sheetmetal keeps the 2014 Lincoln MKS looking contemporary and fresh, but the styling isn't as cohesive as the bold new Lincoln MKZ. Inside, toggling through screens on the LCD instrument cluster is tricky, and the capacitive slide controls on the center console can be difficult to master. The back seat and trunk, however, are roomy and on par with the best cars in the segment. 2014 Lincoln MKS sales are pretty low, and the company had hoped that the addition of more options and technologies would help boost the car's appeal. So far that hasn't really happened, but there are still plenty of reasons to like the MKS.

Key Competitors

  • Audi A6
  • Infiniti M
  • Lexus GS
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2014 MKS Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer

Interior

  • Cargo Cover
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Parking Distance Control
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Dual Power Seats
  • Front Ventilated Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Heated Rear Seats
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • Compact Disc Player
  • DVD Entertainment
  • Satellite Radio

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
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