2016 Lincoln MKS Driving Impressions

Acceleration with either engine is strong, as well as mature and refined, though performance doesn’t approach that from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

The standard 304-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 propels the MKS smartly enough, if short on fervor, but that’s hardly a deficit for most likely owners. Front-wheel and all-wheel drive are available.

Only all-wheel drive is offered with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbo engine, which generates 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. An EcoBoost-equipped MKS feels almost like a V8, though the exhaust has a sound all its own. Each powertrain works with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Despite its uninspired look, the MKS has a more eager personality than you might expect. This sizable four-door might even be called a tad nimble. Then again, that trait has to be balanced against an overall ponderous feel, making the MKS somewhat difficult to park. At any rate, it’s far removed from those best-forgotten land yachts that Lincoln once turned out.

Electric power steering provides a quicker ratio than in the past. To better balance ride/handling characteristics, the MKS suspension uses continuously-controlled dampers all around. All MKS models have Lincoln Drive Control, with settings to adjust the steering, suspension, and powertrain.

For a full-size sedan, fuel-economy ratings aren’t bad, EPA-rated at 19/28 mpg City/Highway, or 22 mpg Combined with the 3.7-liter engine. All-wheel drive drops the estimate to 18/26 mpg City/Highway. The EcoBoost engine sinks it further yet, to 17/25 mpg City/Highway.

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