2017 Lincoln Continental

Dec 24th
It was with some trepidation that we punched the start button on this Lincoln Continental road test. What if Lincoln revived its hallowed nameplate only because its own execs couldn’t keep straight the alphabet soup of three-letter badges beginning with MK? What if this new flagship turned out to be another lightly fluffed Ford? What if this Conti is no…
2015 Lincoln Navigator

Dec 21st
Ford has dropped $2 billion on developing new Lincolns in the past few years and promises to keep spending on its luxury division at the rate of $1 billion annually for the next five. But the brand’s big-daddy Navigator full-size SUV won’t really benefit until a full replacement—with aluminum body panels and on the new F-150 platform—gets here in 2017.…
2016 Lincoln MKX

Dec 18th
We’ve been warned about expectations. “No expectations, no disappointments,” read one familiar saying we saw on a wall plaque somewhere. Another one read, “Expectations are merely resentments under construction.” But when it comes to luxury vehicles such as the Lincoln MKX, the prices charged by their makers inevitably raise certain expectations.As the ostensibly cushier expression of FoMoCo’s two-row, mid-size SUV…
2016 Lincoln Navigator

Dec 16th
Ardent Lincoln Navigator owners note that the two steps up to the driver’s seat remind them of boarding their private jet. What they prize, and what very few crossovers really offer, is a three-dimensional view of the road. The vertical ecstasy comes from peering over lowly automobile roofs. Horizontal fulfillment comes from the joy of driving one of the largest…
2014 Lincoln MKZ

Nov 29th
It’s hard not to root for Lincoln in its struggle to become a bona fide luxury brand, but it’s also hard to find compelling reasons to do so. The MKZ, poster car for the Lincoln Motor Company’s renaissance program, is a case in point. In test after test, the MKZ has come across as a fancified Ford Fusion but not…
2017 Lincoln MKZ

Nov 15th
Somewhere in the recent past, Lincoln devolved into the afterthought division of the Ford Motor Company. Once the last Town Car passed into the hands of some livery service, Lincoln’s inventory was reduced to a slew of remade Fords in search of a market niche to fill. And here’s the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, an updated version of the second-generation sedan…
2011 Lincoln MKX

Nov 10th
We’ll forgive you for not believing us, but there are signs of life at Lincoln. First came the MKT, which, no matter your opinion on the boattailed exterior styling, proved the brand could do a decent interior. Next was the MKZ hybrid, which builds on its roots as the excellent gas-electric Fusion with a healthy dose of value and actual…
2015 Lincoln MKC

Oct 8th
Let’s state one inescapable truth right now: The Lincoln MKC is based on the Ford Escape. But this Pygmalion strategy is neither unique nor scandalous: Other luxury marques disguise mass-market products beneath thin veneers of extravagance. Think Acura RDX/Honda CR-V or Porsche Cayenne/Volkswagen Touareg.The key is that most brands are adept at differentiating the pricier product, but Lincoln hasn’t successfully…
2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

Oct 5th
Despite its name change to the Lincoln Motor Company, every Lincoln remains based on the products of the, ahem, Ford Motor Company. And without any platforms of its own, Lincoln continues to produce vehicles that invite comparison with their Ford counterparts.It is both a blessing and a curse that the Fords are good. This leads to a good Lincoln, but…