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2013 Lincoln MKS Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2013 Lincoln MKS was new.


Performance: 6.8

Auto writers say that the 2013 Lincoln MKS offers impressive power, at least when equipped with the optional EcoBoost engine. They also comment that the MKS rides harshly over road imperfections, and that its large size makes the MKS feel bulky and cumbersome to drive.

  • "The 2013 Lincoln MKS still suffers from uninspired styling and a general feeling of bulk, but Lincoln's adoption of adaptive dampers and attention to driving dynamics has pulled this car out of its apathetic, anonymous funk." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The 2013 Lincoln MKS feels like the big, solid car it is when driven down the freeway. The steering is responsive and well-weighted, and provides a welcome sense of control. However, the MKS also lacks the ride quality refinement of similarly priced luxury sedans." -- Edmunds 
  • "The MKS is a big car and rarely lets the driver forget it. As speed climbs, which happens briskly with the turbo V-6, the car's responses become reluctant." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "In our time with the MKS, we found the vehicle's size and weight to be its largest impediments to performance, but those qualities are baked into its DNA and physics can't be entirely fooled with electronics." -- Autoblog 

Acceleration and Power

The 2013 MKS comes with a 304-horsepower V6 engine, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional with this engine, or standard if you upgrade to the available 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. The EPA reports that the MKS gets up to 18/27 mpg city/highway, which is worse than the fuel economy of the Hyundai Genesis and the BMW 535i.

Reviewers say that while the base V6 provides adequate power, the EcoBoost V6 offers acceleration that’s comparable with V8-powered luxury cars. Additionally, more than one test driver writes that the six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive.

  • "But that 365-hp 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 felt powerful enough for the car's 4,436-pound curb weight. Likewise, the six-speed automatic did everything it was supposed to without any problem." -- AutoWeek 
  • "In terms of engines, the base 3.7-liter V6 is sufficient for moving the big and heavy MKS. The EcoBoost V6 is very stout, nicely duplicating the sort of acceleration you'd expect from a V8." -- Edmunds 
  • "Even with the base 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 304 horsepower, the 2013 Lincoln MKS feels strong. The sedan's 6-speed automatic transmission is a smooth shifter, and outside noise is hushed thanks to an emphasis on sound-deadening in the cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "… the six-speed automatic transmission is smoothly responsive, with paddle shifters for effective manual operation." -- Popular Mechanics 

Handling and Braking

The 2013 Lincoln MKS now features Lincoln Drive Control, which can adjust suspension and steering characteristics for a sportier feel. Some reviewers are impressed with the upgrade, saying that the new MKS offers better steering and brake feel, as well as better handling than the 2012 model. One test driver says that the MKS rides harshly when equipped with optional 20-inch wheels, while another writes that other cars in the segment ultimately offer better handling.

  • "With the EcoBoost model and its 20-inch wheels, the ride can actually be a bit harsh and tiresome over expansion joints and other pavement imperfections." -- Edmunds 
  • "The steering feels more precise as well and on the stopping side, the new larger brakes are powerful and secure. Overall, the Lincoln feels fairly agile for a car of its size, even in spite of its comfort-crafted personality." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "The electronically adjustable suspension, however, delivers smooth ride quality and does an admirable job managing the Lincoln's substantial mass (two-plus tons) and minimizing body roll." -- Popular Mechanics 
  • "If handling is what you're looking for in a large luxury sedan, there are better, though often more expensive, options out there." -- Autoblog

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