As the flagship model, the MKS has always been the most comfortable and luxurious of the Lincoln line. The MKS retains its large interior and generous list of standard equipment for the new model year. For the most part, the 2011 Lincoln MKS is the same as the 2010 model, with the exception of several new paint colors. See how the 2011 MKS performed in our road test in what follows.
Safety and Specifications
Car insurance crash test scores are not yet available for the 2011 Lincoln MKS, but the 2010 model performed impeccably on all car safety tests. Standard safety equipment on the MKS includes antilock brakes, stability control, brake assist, a post-crash alert system, and traction control. This all bodes well for gathering cheap car insurance quotes. The specs for the 2011 MKS are as follows:
- Car pricing: $41,270 – $48,160 MSRP; $38,068 – $44.269 invoice
- Fuel economy: 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway
- Engine: 3.7-liter, 273-horsepower V6; 3.5-liter, 355-horsepower V6
- Warranty: four-year/50,000 mile basic warranty; six-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty; five-year corrosion warranty; six-years/70,000 miles roadside assistance; one-year/15,000 miles maintenance
In photos, you’ll see that the 2010 and 2011 Lincoln MKS are virtually indistinguishable. However, the 2011 MKS offers four new paint colors for the new model year. Car reviews praise the design of the MKS as attractive but not dramatic. The lone complaints critics have is that the MKS blends in a little too well in a class saturated with Lexus and Acura models. The 2011 model is available in three trim levels: FWD, AWD, and EcoBoost. Standard exterior equipment includes LED taillights, HID headlights, keyless entry, 18-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and heated power sideview mirrors.
The 2011 Lincoln MKS’s interior includes features like the MyKey programmable keys, which allow parents to restrict their teenager’s driving speed, encourage seat belt use by muting the stereo, and enforce safer driving habits. Cruise control, power windows, air-conditioning, Sync, and leather upholstery come standard. Auto reviews often agree that the design and long list of standard equipment offered by the interior of the MKS are its strongest features.
Drivers can choose from three different models of the 2011 MKS, all with various engines, gas mileage, and drivetrains. The base front-wheel-drive sedan has a 3.7-liter, 273-hp V6 with a six-speed automatic transmission. The base all-wheel-drive sedan offers the same engine but slightly lower fuel economy. At the top of the lineup is the 2011 Lincoln MKS EcoBoost, which offers a 3.5-liter, 355-hp V6 that offers superior performance to the base model while also offering all-wheel drive and better fuel economy. In an all-wheel-drive model with the 3.7-liter engine, drivers can expect a 0-60 time of around 7.5 seconds. Although the Lincoln MKS has never emphasized athleticism or performance, it corners well and performs strongly for a highway cruiser.
How the 2011 Lincoln MKS Compares to Other Large Luxury Cars
The competitors of the 2011 Lincoln MKS include the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the BMW 5-Series, the Infiniti M, and the Lexus GS. The MKS matches or surpasses its competition in comfort, safety, and reliability. The similar 2010 MKS earned a score of 7.0 out of 10 on the J.D. Power Quality Ratings survey. On the other hand, the 2011 MKS falls short of its competitors in terms of speed, performance, and exterior design. For a comfortable, luxurious cruiser with solid gas mileage, however, the 2011 Lincoln MKS is a wise choice.Tags: 2011 cars, 2011 Lincoln MKS, 2011 sportscar, Lincoln, lincoln car