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2018 Lincoln Continental Review

The 2018 Lincoln Continental ranks well among luxury large cars because of its good safety and predicted reliability ratings. It also has a ton of cabin space.

Pros & Cons

  • Above-average safety and predicted reliability ratings
  • Low prices and ownership costs
  • Roomy cabin
  • Comfortable ride
  • Uninspiring interior quality
  • Tight rear headroom
  • Below-average fuel economy




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.9
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.7
Safety: 9.8
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2018 Lincoln Continental Overview

Is the 2018 Lincoln Continental a Good Used Car?

Yes, the Lincoln Continental is a good used car. It may not be the flashiest or most fun-to-drive luxury large car, but its appeal is value and practicality.

The 2018 Continental boasts several strengths:

  • Good predicted reliability rating
  • Excellent crash-test results
  • Insanely comfortable front seats
  • Ample second-row legroom
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Powerful available engines
  • Cushy ride
  • Very low prices for the class

It also has some weaknesses:

  • Unimpressive power from base engine
  • Tight rear headroom for taller passengers
  • Some out-of-place plastic cabin materials
  • Unrefined transmission
  • Below-average fuel economy
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve researched 23 Lincoln Continental reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2018 Lincoln Continental?

Based on listings for the 2018 Lincoln Continental on our site, the average price is $38,800. Prices range from about $30,000 to $58,300 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Lincoln Continental Cost to Own?

The 2018 Continental’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $29,000, or $5,800 per year. That’s below average for a luxury large car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Continental?

For 2019, the Lincoln Continental comes equipped with a long list of newly standard driver assistance and active safety features. These include automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. You can still get those technologies in certain 2018 Continentals, just note that not all models will have them.

If these aren't must-have features, you may want to stick with a used 2018 Continental instead of a new 2019 Lincoln Continental. Buying used will likely save you money, and you'll get a car that's very similar to the new model. Prices for the 2019 Continental range from a little more than $46,000 to almost $79,000, while prices for a used 2018 model range from $30,000 to $58,000.

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Ford resurrected the Lincoln Continental as an all-new vehicle for the 2017 model year. The Continental saw no changes for 2018, so consider buying the nearly identical 2017 Continental instead, which will likely cost less.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Lincoln Continental?

The 2018 Lincoln Continental has a good predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2018 Lincoln Continental Recalls

At the time of writing, there is one recall for the 2018 Lincoln Continental:

  • Doors may open while driving

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Lincoln Continental Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Lincoln Continental is available in four trims: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. Powertrain choices vary by trim, and both front- and all-wheel drive are available.

  • Lincoln Continental Premiere: The base Continental comes standard with a V6 engine, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, a rearview camera, and front and rear parking sensors. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system includes an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, and a 10-speaker stereo.
  • Lincoln Continental Select: The Continental Select comes with the same V6 engine as the base model and is available with a twin-turbocharged V6. The Select trim includes genuine leather upholstery, a hands-free power trunk, power-closing doors, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, and two rear USB ports. Available features include 30-way power-adjustable, ventilated, and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, voice-activated navigation, HD Radio, a 13-speaker Revel stereo, and a moonroof. Available active safety features include automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, automatic parking assist, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver alertness monitoring, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
  • Lincoln Continental Reserve: This trim comes standard with the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, and the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is available. Standard features in the Continental Reserve include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 13-speaker Revel stereo, HD Radio, a rear-window power sunshade, and 24-way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats. Additional available features include a 19-speaker Revel Ultima stereo, LED headlights, and a Rear-Seat package with a dual-pane moonroof, power-adjustable and reclining heated and ventilated rear seats, rear side-window sunshades, and an armrest with a display screen and controls.
  • Lincoln Continental Black Label: The Continental Black Label includes premium leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, the 19-speaker Revel Ultima stereo, and all the driver assistance features. Like the Reserve, this trim comes standard with the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, and the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is available.

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the Continental?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2018 Lincoln Continental an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover evaluation.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Continental a 2018 Top Safety Pick+, the organization's highest honor. The car earned the top rating of Good in all six crash tests. Properly equipped Continentals earned the highest rating of Superior for the effectiveness of front crash prevention features and the top rating of Good for how well headlights on certain trims illuminate the road ahead. Trims equipped with different headlights received the lowest rating of Poor.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • front and rear parking sensors

Available advanced safety features:

  • automatic high-beam headlights
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • head-up display
  • surround-view parking camera
  • adaptive cruise control
  • forward collision warning
  • pedestrian detection
  • automatic emergency braking
  • automatic parking assist
  • lane departure warning
  • lane keep assist
  • driver alertness monitoring
  • rain-sensing windshield wipers

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2018 Lincoln Continental Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Lincoln Continental or 2018 Cadillac CT6?

The 2018 Cadillac CT6’s overall performance is among the best in the luxury large car class. It handles sharply but doesn't sacrifice comfort at the expense of fun. The Caddy has three available engines with pleasing power, and in general it returns better fuel economy than the Lincoln. The CT6 boasts arguably the nicest interior in the class, outshining the Continental. While both cars have comfortable and spacious front seats, the Cadillac offers more rear headroom for taller passengers. These American rivals are both at the low end of the class for five-year ownership costs, with the CT6 saving you about $1,150 in total compared to the Continental. However, the CT6’s average list price is about $14,000 higher than the Continental's. Because of its subpar predicted reliability rating, the CT6 ranks much lower than the Continental. If you can overlook that and prioritize performance and interior luxury, the CT6 is a fine buy. Shoppers on more of a budget will be better off with the Continental.

Which Is Better: 2018 Lincoln Continental or 2018 Lincoln MKZ?

The Continental and 2018 Lincoln MKZ have a lot of similarities, including infotainment usability, ride comfort, and so-so interior quality. As a luxury midsize sedan, the MKZ will likely cost you a lot less – both upfront and in operating expenses – but you’ll sacrifice some cabin space. Those who prioritize fuel efficiency should check out the MKZ's available hybrid powertrain, which gets significantly better mileage than both the Continental and MKZ base engines. If you need extra cargo and passenger space, go with the Continental. Otherwise, save some money and get the MKZ.

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2018 Continental Performance

How Does the 2018 Lincoln Continental Drive?

The 2018 Continental is available with one of three V6 engines. The base naturally aspirated engine has adequate muscle for getting around town but struggles at times to get this big Lincoln up to speed on the highway. You probably want either of two twin-turbocharged V6s, which move this sedan with ease. They both deliver swift acceleration, and there's little noticeable difference in power between the 2.7-liter and a 3.0-liter versions. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that may disappoint you with its erratic, rough shifts.

The Continental’s soft ride and composed handling make it a great cruising vehicle. It’s not the most athletic car, but it maneuvers well despite its size. It also has sturdy brakes and good stopping power. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

  • Base engine: 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V6
  • Available engines:
    • 335-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6
    • 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Lincoln Continental Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2018 Continental gets unimpressive fuel economy for a large car. However, you can run the Continental on regular gas, while many rivals require premium.

  • 3.7-liter V6, FWD: 17/26 mpg city/highway
  • 3.7-liter V6, AWD: 16/24 mpg
  • 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, FWD: 18/27 mpg
  • 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, AWD: 17/25 mpg
  • 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, AWD: 16/24 mpg

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2018 Continental Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Continental Seat?

The 2018 Continental seats five people in two rows. The front seats are among the best in the luxury large class. They're extremely comfortable and available with up to 24- or 30-way power adjustments and a massaging function. The rear seats have plenty of legroom, but headroom is tight for taller people. You can also find rear-seat upgrades like power reclining and an armrest with cabin controls.

The Continental is easy to get into and out of thanks to large doors. The available and intuitive E-Latch exterior door handles operate electronically, providing a soft open and close. The Continental has a quality interior and uses high-end materials in general. However, there are a few spots where material quality is lacking, leaving this Lincoln a notch below the competition.

Standard seating features:

  • synthetic leather upholstery
  • 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel

Available seating features:

  • genuine leather upholstery
  • premium leather upholstery
  • 24-way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats
  • 30-way power-adjustable ventilated and massaging front seats
  • power-adjustable and reclining heated and ventilated rear seats
  • heated rear seats
  • heated steering wheel
  • power-closing doors
  • rear side-window sunshades
  • rear-seat armrest
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Lincoln Continental?

The 2018 Continental has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The lower anchors are set deeply in the seats, but the IIHS doesn't note any other major problems.

2018 Lincoln Continental Features

There’s no shortage of technology available in the Continental, starting with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. It has a user-friendly touch screen and smartphone integration through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are even physical controls for many functions if that’s more your speed.

  • Standard infotainment features: 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio, and a 10-speaker stereo 
  • Available infotainment features: two rear USB ports, voice-activated navigation, HD Radio, a 13-speaker Revel stereo, and a 19-speaker Revel Ultima stereo 
  • Additional standard features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and remote start
  • Other available features: a 110-volt household-style power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a regular or dual-pane moonroof

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2018 Lincoln Continental Dimensions

Lincoln Continental Cargo Space

The Lincoln Continental has 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is decent for the luxury large class. The trunk opening is nice and wide, and the liftover height is low. You might not be able to fit in big, bulky items because the trunk shape is wide but not very deep. A hands-free power trunk is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Lincoln Continental Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 9.4 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,224 to 4,523 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Lincoln Continental Built?

Ford built the 2018 Continental in Michigan.


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