2018 Lincoln Continental Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.9

The 2018 Lincoln Continental uses a fair amount of premium materials, but some spots are subpar, which leaves this vehicle a step below some other luxury large cars. The front seats are extremely comfortable, and the rear seats have ample legroom (though they’re short on headroom).

There are plenty of tech features, though they’re less advanced than in some rivals. The trunk is on the small side, but it features a large opening and a low liftover height.

  • The interior layout is easy to use, although the steering wheel controls are a little complex and the infotainment relies on on-screen buttons. There's lots of room, especially in the rear and the leather upholstery feels upscale, but materials quality is otherwise a bit lacking." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

The Continental seats five and comes standard with heated, 10-way power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. 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 large doors make it easy to get in and out of the car. The front seats won’t disappoint you; they’re comfortable even compared to what other luxury cars provide. The rear seats have an abundance of legroom, but taller passengers will wish for more headroom.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The system is easy to use, though the lower anchors are set a little deep in the seat. You’ll have no issues with the tether anchors, though.

  • There's plenty of room, although the cabin design makes the front feel a little tighter than it is. The excess of rear legroom and toe room is a big selling point here, rivaling that of much larger luxury sedans. Rear headroom is average, and lacking for tall adults, particularly in the center seat." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)

Interior Features

The Continental’s standard features 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 SYNC 3 infotainment system is easy to use, and some buyers will appreciate that there are physical buttons in addition to the touch screen for controlling many functions. This Lincoln offers many standard and available active safety features as well. However, while the assortment of technology is nice, many features are less advanced than in luxury rivals.

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  • The Continental uses some of the best of what parent company Ford has to offer. While the infotainment and driver aids are very competitive in Ford's market, they're less so in a car priced against luxury offerings that are currently pushing the technology envelope." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Cargo

The Lincoln Continental has a slightly smaller-than-average trunk (16.7 cubic feet). It has a low liftover height, which is nice when you have to load something heavy. However, the trunk is wide but not that deep, so you may have trouble fitting bulky objects inside. The trunk opening is pleasantly large. A hands-free power trunk lid is available.

  • The Continental's 16.7-cubic-foot trunk is a little on the small side. It's not very tall inside, and makes up for that with a lot of depth and width, so some bulky objects simply won't fit. Liftover height is pleasantly low." -- Edmunds
  • The Continental's trunk is long and wide, though not exceptionally deep." -- Motor Trend (2017)

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