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7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.4
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.9
Reliability:
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2015 Lincoln MKS Review

The 2015 Lincoln MKS stands out with one of the segment’s best cost of ownership ratings, as well as above-average trunk space and predicted reliability. Its interior, while roomy, suffers from too many nonluxury touches for the competitive luxury large car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Ample trunk space
  • Good predicted reliability rating

  • Subpar cabin materials
  • Less nimble than rivals
  • Confusing infotainment system

2015 Lincoln MKS Overview

Is the 2015 Lincoln MKS a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Lincoln MKS is a good used car in two important areas: total cost of ownership and predicted reliability. It also has a powerful base engine and a comfortable ride. However, it has one of the lower safety ratings in the class, and its interior can’t compete with other large luxury cars. It might be a good choice for those who want a luxury vehicle without spending too much.

Used 2015 Lincoln MKS Performance and Interior

The 2015 Lincoln MKS is equipped with a 304-horsepower V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. A 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 is available. The base engine produces a decent amount of power, but the available turbocharged engine gives the Lincoln quicker acceleration. The MKS has a smooth ride and controlled handling through turns, but some rivals offer sportier driving dynamics. The base MKS gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is comparable to other V6-powered sedans in the class. Models with the EcoBoost engine have a fuel economy rating of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.

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Many of the 2015 Lincoln MKS’ interior appointments are borrowed from the Ford Taurus, which makes the MKS seem less luxurious than rivals. The MKS seats five and comes standard with leather upholstery and 12-way power-adjustable, heated, and ventilated front seats. Available features include a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals, and heated rear seats. The MKS' front seats have good head- and legroom and are comfortable, even on long drives. Large roof pillars and a high beltline can make the cabin feel cramped, though. There is a generous amount of trunk space for the class. The MKS has three complete sets of LATCH connectors for anchoring child safety seats in the second row.

The Lincoln MKS is well-equipped and comes standard with push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, a 10-speaker stereo, and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. Navigation and a 16-speaker THX stereo system are available. The infotainment system takes time to master, and the touch-screen controls can be sluggish.

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Used 2015 Lincoln MKS Prices

The price of a used 2015 Lincoln MKS ranges from about $23,800 for the base front-wheel-drive model to around $28,000 for the EcoBoost model with all-wheel drive. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 51 Reviews Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews are not based on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total ownership costs, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 51 Lincoln MKS reviews for this overview.

Why You Can Trust Us

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

How Reliable Is the 2015 Lincoln MKS?

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

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How Safe Is the MKS?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 MKS a Good rating (the best possible) in four crash tests: moderate overlap front, side impact, rear crash protection, and roof strength. It received a Poor rating, however, for the small overlap front crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the MKS five out of five stars overall, with four stars for the rollover crash test.

Standard active safety equipment in the MKS includes a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. Available active safety features include adaptive cruise control, collision warning with automatic braking, lane keep assist, parallel park assist, and blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used MKS?

The 2015 Lincoln MKS is part of the car’s first and only generation, which includes the 2009 through 2016 model years. The MKS received a significant refresh for the 2013 model year, which brought interior and exterior styling updates, more-powerful engine choices, and new available features, such as a Wi-Fi hot spot. A rearview camera was added to the standard features list for 2014. There were no significant updates for the 2015 or 2016 model years, so you can likely find a similarly equipped 2014 model for less money.

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Which Used Lincoln MKS Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lincoln MKS comes in base and EcoBoost trims. The base trim has a V6 engine and front-wheel drive. EcoBoost models come with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic temperature control, remote start, leather upholstery, and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system. Available features include a navigation system, a THX II certified audio system with 16 speakers, and multicontour front massaging seats.

Even with its above-average predicted reliability rating, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned MKS. 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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2015 Lincoln MKS and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKS or 2015 Hyundai Equus?

The 2015 Hyundai Equus has a lavish interior that ranks above the MKS'. It also bests the Lincoln with strong performance from its available 429-horsepower V8 engine and standard 305-horsepower V6. Though the Equus tops the MKS in several categories, its starting price is higher by more than $10,000, and its total cost of ownership estimates are significantly higher as well. Additionally, the MKS has a higher predicted reliability rating. For luxury on a lower budget, the Lincoln is the better choice.

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

The 2015 Cadillac XTS, like the MKS, can be considered a value proposition in the luxury large car segment. It offers a well-appointed interior and slightly more interior legroom front and back. The XTS also has a higher safety score, which helps make it the better choice.

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