What's New for 2013:
- Revised design inside and out
- Active grille shutters to improve fuel economy
- More powerful standard V-6 engine
- Active Torque Control and larger brakes are standard
- New Comfort, Normal and Sport suspension and powertrain settings
- Next-generation MyLincoln Touch technology
- Multi-contour massaging seats and heated steering wheel available
- Upgraded Sync hands-free connectivity
- Driver Alert, Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid safety features
The 2013 Lincoln MKS wears new front styling with an historical \"split-wing\" grille design including active shutters to help make the MKS more aerodynamic and fuel efficient, according to Lincoln. The trunk, rear bumper and LED taillights are also new. Golfers take note: the trunk measures 19.2 cubic feet.
Lincoln says the new 2013 MKS's cabin employs higher quality materials and is quieter than before. A new version of MyLincoln Touch technology, which Lincoln says is easier to use, comes standard, along with heated and ventilated seats wrapped in Bridge of Weir premium leather. An upgraded version of Sync wireless connectivity turns the MKS into a rolling Wi-Fi hot spot when paired to a smartphone.
Premium and Elite option packages are available for the 2013 MKS. Highlights include premium sound, navigation, dual-panel sunroof, massaging multi-contour front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, Active Park Assist, and 20-inch wheels.
Under the Hood
A 304-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine is standard on the 2013 MKS. A 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission drives the front wheels (FWD), and all-wheel drive (AWD) is an option on this model. Buyers seeking more power can select the twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine, which develops 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,500 and 5,250 rpm. AWD is standard with the EcoBoost V-6.
New Lincoln Drive Control technology includes Comfort, Normal and Sport calibration modes for the powertrain, steering and suspension. Active Torque Control is also standard.
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Lincoln MKS are:
- MKS FWD: 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- MKS AWD: 18/26/21 mpg
- MKS EcoBoost AWD: 17/25/20 mpg
The 2013 Lincoln MKS is equipped with 6 air bags, traction and stability control, 4-wheel vented-disc anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and MyKey programmable safety features. The standard Sync technology provides 911 Assist emergency response service when a phone is paired to the system.
New Driver Alert technology can tell if the driver is drowsy, and recommends a break. Additional safety features include Lane Keeping Alert and Assist, adaptive cruise control with forward-collision warning and brake support, and a blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not performed crash-tests on the MKS as this overview is written. However, the 2013 MKS was named a \"Top Safety Pick\" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).