The MKS interior is an environment in which you could spend all day without complaint. In addition to its hushed interior, the MKS features Scottish-sourced leather seats which are both heated and cooled in the front with optional rear heated seats. Legroom in the rear is copious, as is headroom.
The MKS also features technological innovations that are actually useful, unlike some other luxury brands which overdo technology to the point of making its owner commit harakiri. However, we were a bit miffed with the whole keyless entry system. First off, if you have a keyless entry system, and your key is buried in your pocket, how about having a button on the door handle which automatically unlocks the door? Although the MKS features Ford’s classic SecuriCode door system, which has been upgraded to a sleek, invisible, heat-sensitive LCD on the B-pillar, it still begs the question, what’s the point of keyless entry if you still have to punch in a door code? And we’re still not sold on the whole keyless, push-button ignition fad.
But those are minor quibbles. Ford’s SYNC system, which comes standard, is superb. It works so well that I still have a hard time believing that Microsoft developed the technology. After spending five frustrating minutes trying to unsuccessfully use the Nav system by hand to punch in an address, I realized the car had SYNC, pushed the talk button, and viola!, within 30 seconds I was rolling to my destination. Being a late-adopting techno-grouch, I’m not ashamed to say that SYNC is awesome, because it’s a technology that’s actually useful and easy to use. Add on the Sirius Travel Link that gives real-time gas prices, movie listings and sports scores, the MKS is practically a mobile mission control center.
In the cargo department, although the trunk has a generous 19 cubic feet of space, the trunk opening is not like a Town Car, it’s tiny, which doesn’t make much sense considering the expansive overall length of the MKS. So although you might be able to fit a lot in the trunk, it’s gonna be limited to a certain width and girth.
On the outside, the MKS has some really tasteful touches. Chrome trim runs the length of the roofline and down the back to enhance the sleek look of the body. Chrome trim also surrounds the window lines, evoking the look of a European luxury sedan. The front double wing grille with a Lincoln badge in the middle is inspired by the 1941 Continental, and Lincoln badges also attractively adorn both sides of the front fenders. However, one of the best features on the outside hides behind a door, the fuel door. Although pretty basic in theory, Ford’s capless “Easy Fuel” filler system completely eliminates the fuel cap, which makes you wonder why someone hadn’t already invented this simple, yet convenient innovation.
The MKS is a solid value car. Note the word solid. Equipped with AWD, the $40K base price and $46K price as tested isn’t particularly outstanding. We’ve definitely seen other luxury cars which offer more performance, luxury and prestige for the same or less money. The MKS is a bit underpowered next to its competitors, but the biggest quandry we see with the value of the MKS is the lack of prestige the Lincoln brand offers. Lincoln, at least right now, doesn’t have the luxury reputation of a Benz, BMW, or Lexus, or even an Infiniti or Acura for that matter. So by itself, the MKS is a terrific value, but when matched against its competitors, it falters.
Who Should Buy It?
This car is for that American who wants to support American products without suffering the shoddy quality and engineering that has plagued American cars in the past. If you don’t care about status or keeping with with the Jones’ new Benz or the current public opinion regarding the Lincoln brand, the MKS is a terrific car.
Ford is really turning its business around with some quality products, and the MKS is a perfect example. Although it falls short in performance and reputation, consider this: In the past five years, Ford has reported a 50 percent decrease in warranty-related repairs. 50 percent. That’s a huge number, and proves that perhaps Ford is making Quality Job #1 once again. Of course, the muckity-mucks will say ‘Ford got those numbers by denying customers warranty-related repairs’, but I’m willing to bet those muckity-mucks haven’t driven a Ford lately.
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