What is it: The Lincoln Continental is the company's modestly successful flagship sedan, which continues to impress full-size car buyers who don't want a Nurburgring lap leader or megabuck German autonomous driving laboratory. With a selection of twin-turbo V6 engines and attractive but conservative styling, it actually manages to stand out.
Key Competitors: Genesis G90, Cadillac CT6, Volvo S90
Base Price: $57,710 As-Tested Price: $72,535
Full review: 2017 Lincoln Continental first drive
Highlights: Lincoln is hoping to appeal to luxury car customers with the Continental by offering things like in-home consultations and test drives, plus remote vehicle delivery. They'll even pick up and deliver your car during scheduled maintenance and service.
Even the non-Black Label interior is a nice place to spend time.
Our Opinion: I've admired the Continental's lines since the first one I saw, despite the fact the far cheaper MKZ sedan shares its general look from the A-pillar forward. It's a traditional domestic luxury sedan, and our tester's 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 delivered smooth power and a muted but slightly gruff exhaust note. Keep in mind it’s more ‘boost’ than ‘eco’ here –- with all-wheel drive in a roughly 4,500-lb luxury car you can’t expect mileage miracles, but neither do you sacrifice for the 3-liter’s incremental gains. It’s a great large-car powertrain.
Oddly enough, my least favorite thing about the Continental is one of its most-touted features: The elaborate ultra-adjustable front seats. Climbing into the car one gets the impression of sitting atop a mechanism rather than in a seat, and despite the number of adjustments I never managed to get completely comfortable. Granted, I’m quite a bit younger than the average Lincoln buyer so maybe I wasn’t the target body shape, but the seating still strikes me as needlessly overcomplicating something that should be simple to get right.
Otherwise there’s really very little to not like about the design and packaging except for the fact it’s not an SUV, and that’s what most large-vehicle buyers at this price point are shopping today. With Ford’s wholesale move away from sedans in the North American market, one wonders how long the Continental will be with us.
—Andrew Stoy, digital editor
Options: Rear seat package including rear center armrest w/cupholder, four-way rear seat power lumbar, heated and ventilated rear seats, 40/20/40 rear seat structure, rear seat back control switch, power recline rear seat, twin panel moonroof w/ power shade, sun blinds, dual rear seat ashtrays, manual rear headrests, rear duct b-pillar registers and inflatable rear safety belts ($4,300), technology package including auto dimming rear view mirror, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, 360-degree camera, head-up display and lane departure warning ($4,215), 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine ($3,265), perfect seating position 30-way ($1,500), climate package including auto high beams, heated steering wheel and windshield wiper de-icer ($850), burgundy velvet metallic tinted clear coat($695)
The top Lincoln Continental trim is called Black Label; this is the interior look.
On Sale: Now
Base Price: $57,710
As Tested Price: $72,535
Powertrain: 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, six-speed automatic, AWD
Output: 400 hp @ 5,750 rpm, 400 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Fuel Economy: 16/24/19 mpg(EPA City/Hwy/Combined)
Pros: Good looking inside and out, punchy engine, traditional big-car ride
Cons: Seats are too complicated for their own good