New-Car Review: 2013 Lincoln MKS
2013 Lincoln MKS: What Is It?
MKS is Lincoln’s flagship car. This premium-large sedan borrows some elements of its basic design from the mainstream Ford Taurus. It competes against cars such as the Cadillac XTS, Hyundai Equus, and Volvo S80. MKS is made in the USA.
2013 Lincoln MKS: What’s New
Its platform and choice of engines are unchanged, but the 2013 MKS gets a new look, revised suspension tuning, and additional safety and technology features. It’s essentially a major freshening, rather than an all-out redesign.
2013 Lincoln MKS: Model Lineup, Features, and Options
MKS returns for 2013 as the entry-level Base and high-end EcoBoost. In standard form, the car comes with quite a lot of standard equipment, including: dual-zone automatic climate control, front- and rear-obstacle detection, a wood/leather steering wheel with power tilt and telescopic operation, heated and cooled 12-way power front seats, driver-seat memory, keyless entry/engine start, steering-linked adaptive xenon headlights, and a special version of parent-company Ford’s Sync infotainment.
The EcoBoost model has basically the same level of equipment but adds 20-inch wheels (versus the Base’s 19s) and a more powerful engine, which we’ll cover below.
Two major option packages are available. The first includes blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, navigation system, rearview camera, heated steering wheel, power-adjustable pedals with memory, power rear sunshade, HD Radio receiver, and a THX-certified audio system.
The second package includes the above plus lane-departure warning and prevention, hands-free parallel parking, a heated rear seat, and upgraded interior trim.
Standalone options include a power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and special paint colors.
2013 Lincoln MKS: Engines, Transmissions, and Drive Wheels
The Base MKS is front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional on this model and standard on the EcoBoost.
Powering the Base is a 304-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine. The EcoBoost get a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with 365-horsepower. The latter figure is when the car is run on the recommended premium-grade gasoline. The EcoBoost can run on regular, but horsepower is reduced slightly.
A 6-speed automatic is the sole transmission.
2013 Lincoln MKS: Fuel Economy
EPA estimated fuel economy for the 2013 Lincoln MKS is 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway with the 3.7-liter V6 and front-wheel drive. With the 3.7 and AWD, fuel economy is 18/26. The EcoBoost scores 17/25.
2013 Lincoln MKS: Safety Features
The 2013 Lincoln MKS includes a standard complement of expected and federally mandated safety features. Blind-spot alert and lane-departure warning and prevention are optional.
We have not yet tested the 2013 Lincoln MKS.
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