Lincoln's MKS luxury sedan comes up short in comparison with German and Japanese competitors, but it does offer good value for money.

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Lincoln's MKS luxury sedan comes up short in comparison with German and Japanese competitors, but it does offer good value for money.

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2011 Lincoln MKS

It's No Cadillac
It's No Cadillac
Lincoln's MKS luxury sedan comes up short in comparison with German and Japanese competitors, but it does offer good value for money.

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Overview
Overview
The MKS, Lincoln's flagship luxury sedan, is suffering right now, with sales off 16.1 percent, to a mere 14,417, last year. So, is the MKS an underappreciated gem or a dog that deserves its falling sales? In our view, it's a little of both. It's a roomy, American-style luxury car with an enormous trunk that offers excellent value. Equipped with Ford's high-tech Ecoboost V6, it's also quick enough to hold its own with a BMW, comes with standard all-wheel drive, and is more fuel-efficient than the base model. However, the Ecoboost MKS costs well over 50 grand when well-equipped but can't quite match the refinement and handling of its German and Japanese rivals. Be sure to test-drive the MKS against a BMW 535i, Mercedes E350, or Lexus GS 460 before buying.
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Interior
Interior
The cabin is well-appointed, with standard leather seats and a stitched leather dash. Wood interior trim is available for an extra $495, and the rear seats are unusually roomy. Standard equipment includes heated rear seats and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel.
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Engine/Transmission
Engine/Transmission
A 3.7-liter, 273-horsepower V6 is standard. Far preferable is the 3.5-liter, 355-hp turbocharged Ecoboost V6 that makes the MKS more fuel-efficient and much quicker. The transmission is a six-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is standard with the Ecoboost engine.
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Performance
Performance
With the standard engine, the MKS accelerates from zero to 60 in about 7.5 seconds; the time drops to about 5.5 seconds with the Ecoboost engine, which comes with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy
With the standard V6, the MKS is rated to get 17 miles per gallon in the city and 24 on the highway with front-wheel drive and 16/23 mpg with all-wheel drive. With the Ecoboost engine, which is only available with AWD, the ratings rise to 17/25 mpg.

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Safety
Safety
The 2011 MKS hasn't been rated but the 2010 earned the top five-star government crash-test rating in every category except rollovers, where it earned four stars. The 2010 MKS also was a Top Safety Pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
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Price
Price

Starting price is $42,095 for the base model, rising to $48,985 with the Ecoboost V6 and all-wheel drive. Average selling price is $44,724, way below even the least expensive of its main rivals. However, a well-equipped Ecoboost MKS costs about $57,000.

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