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2013 Lincoln MKS Review

Reviewers were disappointed with the 2013 Lincoln MKS’ lackluster handling and cheap interior materials, though they liked its spacious cabin and huge trunk.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent trunk space
  • Strong safety scores
  • Dull handling
  • Some low-quality interior materials
  • Confusing infotainment system

New for 2013

  • Revised interior and exterior styling
  • More powerful engine choices
  • New standard adaptive suspension
  • New available features, including Wi-Fi connectivity




Critics' Rating: 6.2
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 8.9
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2013 Lincoln MKS Overview

The 2013 Lincoln MKS comes standard with a V6 engine, and most critics said it provides adequate acceleration. A twin-turbocharged V6 is available, and reviewers noted that it delivers strong acceleration. The MKS comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available (standard with turbocharged V6). According to the EPA, the base 2013 Lincoln MKS gets 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is low for the class. Test drivers wrote that the MKS feels heavy and doesn’t handle with as much agility as rivals. Most critics thought it has a composed ride, however several commented that models fitted with 20-inch wheels can have a brittle ride. A few reviewers did note that the addition of a standard adaptive suspension to the MKS for 2013 improved its driving dynamics compared to the 2012 model.

Most automotive journalists said the 2013 Lincoln MKS’ cabin isn’t as luxurious as that of rivals, and they were disappointed that it shares a number of parts with the Ford Taurus. The standard MyLincoln Touch infotainment system also drew criticism for its complicated layout and finicky touch-sensitive buttons, which they said can make it hard to adjust the audio volume. However, most critics appreciated the MKS’ spacious front and rear seats, and the MKS has a very cavernous trunk for the class. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, rear parking sensors, proximity key, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, Wi-Fi connectivity, Lincoln’s Sync voice command system and MyLincoln Touch. Available features include heated rear seats, a rearview camera, a dual-panel sunroof, navigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, parallel parking assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic monitoring and blind spot monitoring.

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers appreciated the 2013 Cadillac XTS’ comfortable ride, attractive interior styling and top-notch materials. Like the MKS, the XTS has a much bigger trunk than most rivals.

Automotive journalists said that the 2013 Hyundai Genesis has a powerful standard V6 engine and strong acceleration with its available V8. Most test drivers found its touch-screen infotainment system easy to use.

Compare the MKS, XTS and Genesis »

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