2015 Lincoln MKS

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18 CITY / 26 HWY
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What's New for 2015:
  • Restyled trunk lid
  • Elite package adds 6-year satellite radio subscription
  • Four new paint colors: Java, Magnetic, Bronze Fire, Luxe

The 2015 Lincoln MKS is a full-size luxury sedan based on the Ford Taurus. It competes against the Acura RLX, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, Chrysler 300, Kia Cadenza, Lexus ES, and Volvo S80.

Models and Features
Highlights from this Lincoln's standard equipment list include 19-in. aluminum wheels, keyless passive entry with push-button engine starting, Sync smartphone connectivity with MyLincoln Touch infotainment technology, and premium leather upholstery with heated and ventilated front seats.

When buying a Lincoln MKS--and before selecting options--consumers decide whether or not they want to upgrade the car with the Elite package. This option package includes premium wood interior trim, a blind-spot warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, navigation system, HD Radio, and a 6-year subscription to satellite radio and data services.

Available options include massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, 16-speaker premium audio system, and a dual-panel moonroof. Lincoln also offers a number of safety and convenience technologies for the MKS, detailed below.

Under the Hood
For the 2015 MKS, Lincoln installs either a 3.7-liter V-6 engine or a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The 3.7-liter V-6 makes 304 horsepower, while the twin-turbo \"EcoBoost\" engine generates 365 horsepower.

Both engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. All-wheel drive (AWD) is an option with the 3.7-liter V-6, while the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 is available only with AWD.

Fuel Economy
The most fuel-efficient version of the 2015 MKS, according to EPA fuel-economy estimates, is the one with front-wheel drive and the 3.7-liter V-6 engine. It is expected to get 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. Add AWD to the equation and the rating slips to 18 mpg city/26 mpg highway.

Choose the MKS with the EcoBoost engine and the EPA expects the car to return 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

Safety and Technology
Lincoln Drive Control is standard for the 2015 MKS and includes a Sport driving mode. This feature calibrates the continuously controlled damping suspension, active noise control, and electric steering systems.

MyLincoln Touch is the touch-sensitive display screen in the MKS's dashboard. It provides access to radio, Bluetooth connectivity, climate control and, when equipped, navigation functions.

As an option, buyers can upgrade the MKS with multi-contour front seats featuring Active Motion massage, and an available Active Park Assist system can steer the MKS into a parallel parking space while the driver operates the pedals and transmission.

Adaptive high-intensity discharge headlights are standard for the MKS, turning with the steering wheel to help the driver to see around dark corners. Standard Curve Control technology is designed to automatically brakes specific wheels to help tighten a cornering line and keep the MKS under control.

Safety-related options include an adaptive cruise control system with forward-collision warning and brake support. The 2015 MKS is also offered with a lane-departure warning and lane-keeping aid system, blind-spot warning system, and a rear cross-traffic alert system.


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HistoryFounded in 1917, Lincoln is an American automobile manufacturer that is a brand of Ford Motor Company. Lincoln was started by Henry Leland, one of the original founders of Cadillac. The company's initial plans were to build aircraft engines, but it hit financial troubles and was bought by Ford in 1922 for $8 million.In the early days, Lincoln built a bare chassis with a powertrain and suspension. It was then sent to a coachbuilder, like Fleetwood, to be completed according to customer specifications. In 1924, Lincoln touring sedans, which were known as "Police Flyers," began to become popular with police departments around the country. It wasn't for another two decades that some of Lincoln's most identifiable product names, such as Continental and Town Car, first debuted in the 1950s as the company's flagship models (both have only recently been discontinued).
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