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7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 8.9
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2015 Lincoln MKS Review

The 2015 Lincoln MKS has lots of trunk space and a good reliability rating, but it finishes near the bottom of our luxury large car rankings, in part because of a confusing infotainment system and lackluster interior quality.

Pros & Cons

  • Generous trunk space
  • Above-average reliability rating
  • Less agile than rivals
  • Low-grade cabin materials
  • Frustrating infotainment system

2015 Lincoln MKS Overview

Is the 2015 Lincoln MKS a Good Used Car?

Despite its low ranking, the 2015 MKS is a decent luxury large sedan. It maintains composed handling when tackling corners, its ride is smooth, and it features a solid engine lineup. Additionally, it has one of largest trunks in the class. However, many rivals are nimbler and have nicer interior materials than this Lincoln.   

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To give you a complete overview of the 2015 MKS – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 51 Lincoln MKS reviews alongside performance specs, interior dimensions, and more.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lincoln MKS?

Based on about 260 listings of the 2015 Lincoln MKS, the average list price is $24,300, which is below average for the class. Prices range from $19,000 to $29,500 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lincoln MKS Cost to Own?

Five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2015 Lincoln MKS are about $27,490, or $5,500 per year. That's below average for the class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKS?

The MKS was discontinued after the 2016 model year, so you likely won't find a new MKS on dealer lots. You also won’t find any new luxury large cars for the average price of a used 2015 Lincoln MKS.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKS Is Best?

The 2015 MKS is part of a generation that debuted for the 2009 model year. An optional twin-turbocharged V6 engine and additional standard features like rain-sensing windshield wipers and ambient lighting were added for the 2010 model year. There were no major changes for 2011, and blind spot monitoring was made available for 2012.

The 2013 MKS is the best of the bunch because it received significant updates over previous model years, and it's relatively similar to newer MKS models. For 2013, the MKS gained stronger engines, a standard adaptive suspension, and revised interior and exterior styling. Available features like Wi-Fi hot spot were also introduced. Lincoln added a standard rearview camera for 2014, and there were no major changes for the 2015 and 2016 model years.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lincoln MKS?

The 2015 Lincoln MKS has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lincoln MKS Recalls

There are three open safety recalls for the 2015 MKS. One addresses a fuel pump malfunction that may cause the engine to stall, and another concerns fuel tank mounting bolts that may become loose. A third recall involves a parking brake that may not fully engage. Make sure a Lincoln dealer has addressed these recalls before purchasing a 2015 Lincoln MKS.

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Which Used Lincoln MKS Is Right for Me?

The MKS comes in two trims: base and EcoBoost. Both trims have a similar list of features, including leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and the MyLincoln infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and 10 speakers.

What truly differentiates the trims is their respective powertrains and drivetrains. The base trim's V6 engine and front-wheel drive should satisfy most shoppers. However, if you're looking for more power, consider the EcoBoost model. It comes with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine as well as all-wheel drive.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln MKS Warranty

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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.

According to our analysis, Lincoln's CPO program trails those of rival automakers like Cadillac, Lexus, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the MKS?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKS the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the lowest rating of Poor in the driver-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave it an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The MKS comes standard with a rearview camera as well as front and rear parking sensors. Available safety features include collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and parallel park assist.

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2015 Lincoln MKS Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKS or 2015 Cadillac XTS?

Although the MKS has a better reliability rating and a lower average price, the Cadillac XTS fares better in our luxury large car rankings. The Caddy has a more refined cabin and a better safety score than the Lincoln. Additionally, the XTS has almost as much passenger and trunk space as the MKS, and its smooth, quiet ride makes it an ideal highway cruiser. Skip the MKS, and go for the XTS.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKS or 2015 Lincoln MKZ?

The Lincoln MKZ, a luxury midsize car, is essentially a smaller version of the MKS. Both cars have similar features and performance. Despite it being a smaller vehicle, the MKZ has more front-row legroom. It also has a lower average list price and a better safety score than the MKS. That said, its rear seats offer limited headroom. Choose the MKZ if you're willing to forfeit some space to save some money. If not, spend a little more for the MKS.

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2015 MKS Performance

How Does the 2015 Lincoln MKS Drive?

The MKS delivers a smooth ride and composed handling, but it's less agile than many of its competitors. The base power plant is a 304-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine, which has a good amount of gusto for most shoppers. If you want quicker acceleration, a 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine is also available. Some reviewers claim that the upgraded engine is nearly as powerful as a V8. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission that shifts smoothly.

Does the 2015 Lincoln MKS Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base 2015 MKS delivers 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Base models with all-wheel drive get 18/26 mpg city/highway.

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2015 MKS Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Model Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the MKS, and it has plenty of comfort-oriented features. These include standard leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats with lumbar support, and driver's seat memory settings. A heated steering wheel and heated rear outboard seats are available. Both rows are comfortable and offer plenty of space. However, the MKS has large roof pillars and a high beltline that make the cabin feel smaller than it actually is.  

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Make Model?

There are two sets of LATCH child car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the middle seat.

2015 Lincoln MKS Features

The MKS comes standard with a MyLincoln infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, 10 speakers, two USB ports, satellite radio, and Bluetooth. The standard infotainment system features touch-sensitive controls that are slow to respond to user inputs. The graphics are hard to see when driving. Steering-wheel mounted controls that make it easier to operate the system.

Navigation, voice control, HD Radio, and 16 speakers are available. Standards have changed over the years, so you’ll want to make sure your devices can connect to the Bluetooth system.

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2015 Lincoln MKS Dimensions

Lincoln MKS Cargo Space

There's 19.2 cubic feet of trunk space in the MKS, which is one of the highest capacities in the luxury large car class.

2015 MKS Length and Weight

The 2015 MKS is roughly 17 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,125 to 4,480 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lincoln MKS Built?

Lincoln built the 2015 MKS in Illinois.

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