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2016 Lincoln MKS Review

The 2016 Lincoln MKS fares poorly in our luxury large car rankings. It boasts an above-average reliability rating, but its performance, interior quality, and safety scores are outmatched by rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Large trunk for the class
  • Spacious rear seat
  • Cumbersome touch-screen controls
  • Some low-quality interior materials
  • Less agile than competitors
  • Low fuel economy estimates




Critics' Rating: 4.8
Performance: 6.3
Interior: 5.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
Safety: 8.9
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2016 Lincoln MKS Overview

Is the 2016 Lincoln MKS a Good Used Car?

The 2016 MKS is not a very good luxury large car. Although it has a massive trunk and ample rear-seat room, this Lincoln's frustrating infotainment controls, shortage of luxury-car niceties, and poor fuel economy hold it back in the segment. Many rivals are more fun to drive as well.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 54 professional evaluations for this 2016 Lincoln MKS review to help you make an informed buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking vehicles since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry. To ensure our impartiality, we don’t accept expensive gifts or trips from carmakers or dealers, and an outside team handles our site’s advertising.

How Much Is the 2016 Lincoln MKS?

Based on the 109 listings on our site for a used 2016 Lincoln MKS, you can expect to pay between $19,800 and $34,700. The average list price is $25,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Lincoln MKS Cost to Own?

A car’s purchase price is just the first of many expenses. The 2016 MKS’ estimated five-year cost for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs is $29,070. That’s below average for the luxury large car class. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS’ ongoing expenses come out to an estimated $40,527. In contrast, the 2016 Cadillac CT6 is expected to cost $28,215 over five years.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKS?

The 2016 Lincoln MKS was the model’s final year of production, so you won’t be able to find a newer version.

You also won’t find a new luxury large car, luxury midsize car, or luxury small car with a starting price comparable to the 2016 MKS’ average of $25,700. If you want to break in to the luxury class, this Lincoln gives you the best chance.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Lincoln MKS?

The 2016 MKS has a reliability rating of four out of five, which is above average for the industry. Only the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLS shares that score among luxury large cars.

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2016 Lincoln MKS Recalls

As of this writing, the 2016 Lincoln MKS has no recalls.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKS Is Best?

The 2016 MKS was the final year of the sedan's first and only generation. The 2013 MKS received significant updates, including a styling refresh inside and out, more powerful engines, and new technology treats. Few significant changes have been made since, which means you may be able to save money by rolling with a 2014 MKS or 2015 MKS instead of a 2016.

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Which Used Lincoln MKS Model Is Right for Me?

This 2016 luxury sedan is available in two trims. The base Lincoln MKS sedan has a respectable 3.7-liter V6 engine and comes with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. The Lincoln MKS EcoBoost AWD features a more powerful twin-turbo V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive.

The MKS and MKS EcoBoost have the same basic features, but the EcoBoost trim makes two packages standard. The Cold Weather package adds a heated steering wheel and rear outboard seats. The Elite package throws in a 16-speaker audio system, voice-activated navigation, and blind spot monitoring with cross traffic alert. Both models are well-equipped, but this is one case where it’s worth the extra money to step up a trim.  

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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 MKS?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2016 MKS an overall rating of five out of five stars. It earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test. In four out of five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests, the MKS earned a score of Good (the best possible). However, it received the lowest score of Poor in the small overlap front simulation.

Standard safety features in the MKS include a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. The MKS is also available with blind spot monitoring, automatic parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and lane keep assist.

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2016 Lincoln MKS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln MKS or 2016 Ford Taurus?

If getting a good value is more important to you than having a luxury badge on the front of your car, you may want to consider a 2016 Ford Taurus. Its premium Limited trim is nearly on par with the posh cabin of the MKS, and it includes more advanced driver assistance features.

Which Is Better: 2016 Lincoln MKS or 2016 Lincoln MKZ?

Among its fleet of luxury cars and SUVs, Lincoln offers the 2016 MKZ, a luxury midsize sedan. Performance and interior features are nearly identical between the two, so the choice comes down to your lifestyle and personal preferences. The MKZ has more legroom in the front seats and better crash test ratings. It also costs a few thousand dollars less. On the other hand, you’ll get much more space in the back seat and trunk with the MKS.

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2016 MKS Performance

How Does the 2016 Lincoln MKS Drive?

The 2016 Lincoln MKS comes standard with an adaptive suspension and front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is available. The MKS has a smooth ride, responsive steering, and solid brakes. Still, many competitors handle corners with more agility and feel more refined while cruising on the highway.

The MKS comes with a 304-horsepower V6 engine. A 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 is available. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. The base V6 engine is refined and makes enough power for most driving situations. The available twin-turbocharged V6 delivers more muscle and quicker acceleration. The automatic transmission makes quick, swift shifts.

Does the 2016 Lincoln MKS Get Good Gas Mileage?

According to the EPA, the base MKS gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is subpar for the class. Fuel economy drops to 17/24 mpg city/highway when the car is equipped with all-wheel drive, and 16/24 mpg when equipped with the twin-turbocharged V6 and all-wheel drive.

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2016 MKS Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 MKS Seat?

The 2016 MKS seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and 12-way power-adjustable front seats. The standard front seats are also heated and ventilated, which is rare in this class. Heated rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Lincoln MKS?

The Lincoln MKS has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats and a middle-seat tether anchor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety did not evaluate the 2016 MKS’ LATCH system for ease of use.

2016 Lincoln MKS Features

Standard features in the 2016 Lincoln MKS include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, remote start, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch screen. Available features include a 16-speaker THX audio system and navigation.

Instead of simple buttons and knobs for climate and audio settings, the MKS has touch-sensitive buttons and touch-screen controls that respond slowly and are hard to see and use, distracting the driver from the road. The steering wheel is equipped with buttons that can be useful in adjusting some settings.

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2016 Lincoln MKS Dimensions

Lincoln MKS Cargo Space

The 2016 MKS has 19.2 cubic feet of cargo room in the trunk, which is more than most rivals offer. The trunk has plenty of space to haul luggage for at least four people.

2016 MKS Length and Weight

The 2016 Lincoln MKS is 17.1 feet long. The MKS has a curb weight ranging from 4,204 pounds to 4,436 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Lincoln MKS Built?

The 2016 Lincoln MKS was built in Illinois.

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