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2016 Lincoln MKS Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Lincoln MKS was new.


Performance: 7.2

Auto writers report the 2016 Lincoln MKS' base V6 engine has a respectable amount of power for daily driving, and the optional twin-turbocharged V6 delivers brisk acceleration. The six-speed automatic transmission is refined and shifts quickly. While the MKS has a comfortable ride, its rivals are more agile. The MKS earns poor fuel economy estimates for 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 (2015)
  • "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)
  • 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)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Lincoln MKS comes with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 304 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard. A 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 is optional. According to the EPA, the MKS will get up to 17/26 mpg city/highway, which is subpar for the class.

The base V6 engine is refined and makes enough power for most driving situations. The optional twin-turbocharged V6 delivers more muscle and quicker acceleration. The automatic transmission makes quick, seamless shifts.

  • "The standard 3.7-liter V6 engine feels smooth and capable, though it needs every one of its 305 (sic) horses to move this heavy car. Even so, we think this base engine should serve most buyers well. For those who feel the need for maximum thrust, the optional turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 all-wheel-drive EcoBoost model should fill the bill quite nicely." -- 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 (2015)
  • "[T]hat 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)
  • "[T]he six-speed automatic transmission is smoothly responsive, with paddle shifters for effective manual operation." -- Popular Mechanics (2013)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 MKS comes standard with an adaptive suspension and front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is optional.

The MKS has a smooth ride, responsive steering, and solid brakes. Still, many competitors handle corners with more agility and feel more refined while cruising on the highway.

  • The 2016 Lincoln MKS drives like the big luxury car it is. It's quiet and composed at highway speeds, but it doesn't have the solid feel of its competitors. Much the same can be said for the car's handling, which inspires confidence everywhere but tight, twisty back roads." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "The electronically adjustable suspension … 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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