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2015 Lincoln MKS Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Lincoln MKS was new.


Performance: 7.1

According to most reviewers, the base V6 in the 2015 Lincoln MKS offers adequate power, but the optional twin-turbo V6 delivers quicker acceleration. Most critics note that the 2015 MKS' driving dynamics aren't quite as sporty as those of some other luxury large cars. Fuel economy estimates are on par with other cars' estimates in the class.

  • Few could quibble with the serene manner in which the 2015 Lincoln MKS undertakes a long interstate cruise, but detail-oriented shoppers will notice that its ride quality isn't as plush or refined as that of most other sedans in this price range." -- Edmunds
  • 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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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 (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Lincoln MKS is equipped with a 304-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. A 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 is available. The base MKS gets an EPA-estimated 19/28 mpg city/highway, which is comparable to the estimates of other V6-powered sedans in the class.

Most test drivers agree that the base engine produces a decent amount of power for daily driving. They note that the optional turbocharged engine gives the MKS quicker acceleration. Reviewers say the six-speed automatic shifts seamlessly and swiftly.

  • Although 305 hp sounds like a lot, the 2015 Lincoln MKS's standard 3.7-liter V6 needs most of its reserves to accelerate this large sedan, mainly because the MKS is a heavy car: Even the front-wheel-drive MKS weighs more than 2 tons. The engine is plenty smooth, though, and its performance should please most." -- Edmunds
  • "The standard 304-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine in the 2015 Lincoln MKS is a good one, delivering its power smoothly through a 6-speed automatic transmission, and pulling this big 4-door with authority while still managing decent fuel economy. But if you're looking for real power, you'll want to step up to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. With an additional 61 horsepower, it gives the Lincoln MKS a real kick in the pants, delivering nearly V8 levels of acceleration." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)
  • "… the six-speed automatic transmission is smoothly responsive, with paddle shifters for effective manual operation." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Handling and Braking

While some reviewers think the 2015 Lincoln MKS has a smooth ride and controlled handling through turns, others say rivals offer sportier driving dynamics. The MKS earns praise for its accurate steering and strong brakes.

  • "The MKS's adaptive suspension system improves cornering and emergency response, but maintains a comfortable ride. While the MKS is no sport sedan by any measure, it's certainly more fun to drive than a Lexus ES, with precise steering and firm, assuring brakes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • On the other hand, ride quality isn't polished as in similarly priced large sedans, nor does the MKS feel especially adept on roads with tight turns." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "If handling is what you're looking for in a large luxury sedan, there are better, though often more expensive, options out there." -- Autoblog (2013)

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