The Lincoln MKS is a full-size luxury sedan that had a good run between 2009 and 2016. Unfortunately, the model has been discontinued in favor of luxury SUVs. But if you had your sights on one of these long luxury liners, we have you covered. There’s still the used option, and this user’s guide can steer you toward the used Lincoln MKS that’s just right for you.
Large and In Charge
The MKS measures a whopping 205.6 inches from grille to tail. They don’t call this class full-size for nothing. Sink into 42 inches of legroom in front or 38.6 inches in back. Then pop open the nearly 20 cubic-foot trunk. But it’s not just the interior dimensions that wow you. This is a luxury sedan, after all. There’s a large sunlight-moonlight combination that turns the entire ceiling into a big skylight. Then there’s the Aniline leather with doors, dashboard, and interior panels covered in suede. Instrumentation and controls feature satin nickel inserts and chrome trim with LED backlighting. Finally, real maple wood runs across the instrument panel, bisecting it.
Which Model Year Is Best?
Sometimes this question has an obvious answer. Consumer complaints are recorded and become public knowledge. So, if there was a particular electrical and transmission problem, for example, we could steer you clear of that model year. But there really aren’t any red flags for the Lincoln MKS. If forced to choose, the model year with the most registered consumer complaints would be the 2012, but even that one has pretty low numbers, and mostly to do with non-essential systems.
But there’s one other big thing to take into account when picking the model year. There was a facelift in the middle of the MKS’s run, which changed the look of this luxury sedan. The MKS got a lot safer that year, with new active safety features, including auto high beam, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, and lane-keeping system. There’s more equipment, a quieter cabin and smoother ride on offer. What we like best is the updated and more powerful 3.7-liter V6 engine.
The Lincoln MKS was discontinued after 2016 due to declining sales. Americans do seem to love their SUVs. If those appeal to you, Lincoln makes luxury SUVs in the form of the Corsair and the Aviator. Meanwhile, the spiritual successor of the MKS is the Lincoln Continental, which has been around for decades and is available both used and new. But if you want a great full-size luxury sedan with all the bells and whistles but don’t want to pay a luxury price, a used Lincoln MKS might just hit the spot.