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2014 Lincoln MKS Review

The 2014 Lincoln MKS fails to stand out in its class, but it does have a roomy and comfortable cabin, a good reliability rating, and low ownership costs. Still, these don't entirely outweigh its uninspired performance and confounding infotainment system. 

Pros & Cons

  • Good reliability
  • Strong engine options
  • Large trunk

  • Complicated infotainment controls
  • Muted handling 




Critics' Rating: 6.2
Performance: 6.9
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.9
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2014 Lincoln MKS Overview

Is the 2014 Lincoln MKS a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Lincoln MKS is an OK used car, but it’s a good value among luxury large cars. While some rivals offer more engaging performance or a nicer, more user-friendly interior, the Lincoln's low average price and long list of standard features may satisfy shoppers looking for a bargain.

Used 2014 Lincoln MKS Performance and Interior

Each 2014 Lincoln MKS sedan comes with one of two engine choices – a 304-horsepower V6 or a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 – mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Both rear- and all-wheel drive are available with the base engine, while EcoBoost models only feature AWD. The standard engine delivers enough oomph for a daily driver, aided by the precise and smooth-shifting transmission. However, the twin-turbo EcoBoost powertrain is much more muscular and provides exhilarating power. Fuel economy estimates range from the base model's 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, down to the AWD EcoBoost's 17/25 mpg city/highway.

The MKS' driving dynamics are somewhat mediocre compared to rival luxury sedans. Though it has responsive steering, it lacks athletic handling. Ride quality is expectedly decent, but it's not as plush as some more refined competitors.   

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The Lincoln MKS seats five on standard leather seats, with heated and cooled 12-way power-adjustable front seats. Rear heated seats and front multi-contour seats are also available. Both rows feature ample passenger space, though a high door line and thick pillars make the front seats feel cramped. Back-seat room and comfort is excellent, with ample thigh support, and there are three complete LATCH car-seat connections. The MKS also has a larger trunk volume than most other luxury sedans, at 19.2 cubic feet.

Standard features in the MKS include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, two USB ports, a 10-speaker sound system, satellite radio, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, front and rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Other features you may find include a 16-speaker premium stereo, a voice-activated navigation system, HD Radio, a dual-panel moonroof, a power rear sunshade, and a heated steering wheel. The MyLincoln Touch interface controls most of the car's functions, but multiple screens and sluggish response times make the system a little frustrating to use.

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Used 2014 Lincoln MKS Prices

Average prices for a used 2014 Lincoln MKS sedan range from around $22,000 for a base model to about $25,000 for an AWD EcoBoost model. Exact prices can vary with the car's mileage, features, and condition, and they can depend on where you live.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Lincoln MKS?

The 2014 Lincoln MKS has a reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power. That's solidly above the industry-wide average of three out of five.

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How Safe Is the MKS?

The 2014 MKS earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test. From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the MKS received the highest rating of Good in four crash tests. However, it also earned an alarming score of Poor (the lowest possible) in the small overlap front test, which simulates the front corner of the car striking an object like a tree or telephone pole.

The MKS comes standard with adaptive headlights, a rearview camera, and parking sensors, but it's also available with several other driver assistance and advanced safety features. These include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

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Should I Consider Another Used MKS?

The 2014 Lincoln MKS is part of the car’s first and only generation, which spans the 2009 through 2016 model years. Though you could likely save money by shopping for an older model, the MKS received significant upgrades each year that make a newer version a better purchase. There was a heavy midgeneration refresh for 2013, with updated styling and new engine choices. The 2014 model is a good choice for its standard rearview camera.

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Which Used Lincoln MKS Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Lincoln MKS is available in one trim level with two main powertrain options. A standard V6 is paired with front-wheel or all-wheel drive, while a twin-turbocharged V6 comes with AWD. Choose the more powerful twin-turbo and AWD combination for the most confidence in the driver's seat. A long list of standard features includes amenities like a rearview camera, an infotainment system, leather seats, satellite radio, and remote start, but you may also want to look for models equipped with rear heated seats, navigation, a moonroof, or several driver assistance technologies.

Despite the MKS' good reliability, you may want to consider a certified pre-owned model. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

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2014 Lincoln MKS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Lincoln MKS or 2014 Cadillac XTS?

Though the 2014 Cadillac XTS gets slightly lower reliability marks than the MKS, its higher safety scores help it achieve a higher overall rating. Both models feature an upscale cabin, with quality materials and plenty of passenger space. However, the XTS has a bit of an edge with its intuitive touch screen, though some other touch controls (for volume and climate) are as clunky as the MKS'. The XTS has composed handling and a comfortable ride, along with a choice of two potent V6 engines. Though the XTS is the better overall car, going with an MKS will likely save you money – both up front and in total ownership costs.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lincoln MKS or 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Shopping for a used 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class means you'll move down a class (to luxury midsize) but up in everything else. The E-Class beats out most of its rivals thanks to its perfect reliability rating, good crash test results, and world-class interior quality. With coupe, convertible, sedan, and wagon body styles – as well as several powertrains ranging from a fuel-efficient diesel to a performance behemoth – the E-Class can fit nearly any driver's needs. It'll cost you, though; the low end of the E-Class’ average prices is thousands of dollars higher than the top of the MKS' range.

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