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2017 Lincoln Continental Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Lincoln Continental was new.


Interior: 8.2

The 2017 Lincoln Continental utilizes premium materials like leather and wood trim throughout its interior. The quality is impressive, with some even mentioning that the Continental bears a slight resemblance to a Bentley. Others, however, think there are a few too many high-gloss spots, which detract from the overall feel.

No matter how you feel about the looks, you'll appreciate the Continental's quiet cabin and luxurious seats. The front seats are supremely comfortable, especially if you opt for upgrades like 30-way power adjustability, premium leather, and massaging seats. The rear seats aren't quite up to the standards of the front, and taller riders may want more headroom, but the back seat is still a great place to ride.

The Continental has plenty of standard and available tech features, and the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment controls much of the action, though there are elegant physical buttons for other functions. There's a laundry list of available active safety features as well.

  • "Whether relaxing on the heated, cooled and massaging seats (available for rear seat passengers, too), blasting sound through the optional 19-speaker Revel audio system (with its intricately machined aluminum speakers) or enjoying the standard Active Noise Control and laminated glass (making highway travel whisper quiet) there's no denying the effort Lincoln expended to create a lavish environment." -- Forbes
  • "On the whole, the cabin has too much shiny chrome and glossy wood trim for my taste, and the less-than-stellar attention to detail, especially in spots like the rear seat center armrest and center console storage compartment door, surprised me." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Interior build and materials quality are excellent. The formal, upright dash also evokes the feel of a Bentley Flying Spur in its design and material use, albeit with far more chrome trim than any luxury car I've experienced recently. Everything is adorned with chrome — every console panel, every knob, even the slats on the air-conditioning vents. The wood quality is outstanding — I viewed both the matte-finish Espresso Ash wood in the Cappuccino tan interior and the superior Brown Swirl Walnut in the Ebony black interior, and both interiors felt truly upscale. The base models may not be as comfortable as the more expensive trims, but there's no denying that these look and feel like expensive cars inside." -- Cars.com


Heated, 10-way power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery are standard in the five-seat Continental. Available seating features include 24- and 30-way power-adjustable seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, massaging seats, a heated steering wheel, and premium leather upholstery.

The Continental's front seats are comfortable even by luxury standards. There's plenty of space and ample support. Additionally, the available 24- and 30-way power-adjustable seats provide so much positional versatility that they feel more like a recliner than a car seat.

The rear seats don't have quite the same level of comfort, but they still impress most critics. There is ample legroom and good overall comfort, but taller passengers may find the headroom lacking, particularly if you get the available moonroof. One thing that anyone can appreciate is that both rows of seats are easy to get into and out of thanks to the Continental's large doors. The rear seats also feature LATCH connectors in the outboard seating positions, providing equipment for you to strap in a car seat or two.

  • "Once inside, I immediately noticed the Continental's extremely comfortable, 24-way power front seats (30-way power front seats are a $1,500 option). The uniquely designed seats offer amazing support from the base of your spine to the back of your head, and the split thigh supports at the leading edge of the seats can move up and down in tandem. The rear seats are just as cosseting and offer lots of legroom, but the optional panoramic sunroof compromises headroom for taller passengers." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The first thing we noticed — and liked — was the driver's seat. Lincoln says it's 'inspired by private jets and high-end office furniture.' Well, we've been in private jets and we're sitting in (low-end) office furniture right now and we can tell you it's nothing like the 30-way adjustable driver's seat in the Continental. The Lincoln is much nicer. If you can't find a comfortable position in this rig you're Quasimodo. Though we suspect even he could find a proper fit." -- Autoweek
  • "The backseat is more comfortable, but headroom in back is strangely limited. My head brushed the ceiling, and while legroom was more than plentiful, the view to the left or right for backseat passengers is obstructed by the falling roofline. It may look like a formal, upright sedan from the outside, but sitting in the backseat proves otherwise." -- Cars.com

Interior Features

Standard features in the Continental include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and voice recognition. Standard driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, park assist, MyKey, and a rearview camera.

Available features include a twin-panel moonroof, rear-seat temperature control, tri-zone automatic climate control, two rear-seat USB charging ports, a 13-speaker Revel audio system, a 19-speaker Revel Ultima audio system, MyLincoln Mobile (which lets you lock, unlock, and start the car from your phone), and navigation.

Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic braking, pedestrian detection, enhanced park assist, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, and a 360-degree camera system.

The Continental offers plenty of tech features. The SYNC 3 infotainment system comes standard, making it easy to control much of the in-vehicle technology. Thanks to SYNC 3's voice recognition capability, you don't even have to use your hands to control some functions. For other tasks, there's a responsive touch screen that lets you use smartphone-style pinch and swipe gestures. It even supports some of the latest connectivity options, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There are several buttons and switches laid out across the dash too. Some reviewers say that the physical buttons provide the kind of precision that most people only expect in German luxury vehicles, but others argue that there are too many switches, especially for climate functions.

The Continental comes standard with a few common driver assistance features like a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. MyKey is also standard; it allows you to set volume and speed limits for other drivers when you're lending them your car. Many more advanced active safety features are available. The optional adaptive cruise control stands out in the eyes of test drivers, who say it works extremely well in all situations and will even bring the car to a complete stop without you even tapping the brakes.

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  • "While I applaud Lincoln for using dedicated function buttons instead of burying them in touchscreen submenus, the Continental has too many buttons, especially on the climate control panel." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Sync 3 is standard on the new Continental, and it is such an improvement over the old MyLincoln Touch touchscreen system that it feels like a complete rethink. Fast, easy to use, well laid out, the latest Sync system transforms Ford and Lincoln multimedia systems from frustrating to fantastic." -- Cars.com
  • "In the dashboard, I recognize Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system on the center touchscreen, featuring a background theme tailored to Lincoln. Sync 3 gives me navigation, stereo and communications, and supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Sync 3's accessible menus show quick touch response, with maps that allow pinches and swipes for zooming and panning. Listening to music from my iPhone, I'm particularly impressed when the applause on a live track emanates distinctly around the Continental's cabin, as if I'm in the audience." -- CNET


The Continental has 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is a little on the small side for a luxury large car. The trunk opening is pretty wide, so you shouldn't have trouble loading most cargo. However, the trunk isn't all that deep, so larger items may not fit well. On the bright side, a hands-free power trunk lid is available, making it easy to open the trunk even if your hands are full.

  • "The Continental's trunk is long and wide, though not exceptionally deep." -- Motor Trend

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