2017 Lincoln Continental review with video


The basics:

Starting price: $56,900 + taxes
As tested: $77,750 + taxes
Average fuel economy over our week of testing: 14.2 L/100 kms (16.5 US MPG)
Competition: Audi A6, BMW 5-series, Cadillac CT6, Lexus GS, Mercedes E-Class, etc

It’s a name badge that’s been around since 1939 but the Continental took a long 15 year hiatus back in 2002. Well, the company’s flagship sedan is back for 2017 and it’s being pitted against some pretty stiff competition (see above). In that company, the Continental is going to have to be meticulously finished and it can’t feel like a Ford Taurus with a bit of lipstick on, either. Don’t worry, it doesn’t! This is one powerful, elegant, well-equipped sedan. And if early sales are any indication (Continental beat out the Audi A6 for Canadian sales in December, 2016), the market could be open to letting this big old Lincoln back into their lives. Watch the video above for our complete review and then scroll through our rapid fire list of pros and cons below.

– Very elegant exterior styling with integrated electronically latching door handles (a first on any Ford or Lincoln car) making for clean, uncluttered lines
– Inside, this is the most premium feeling domestic car I’ve ever tested. It’s very European inspired with what Lincoln calls important “touch points” like the Continental specific steering wheel, high end sound system and optional 30 way adjustable front seats
– Great standard features for Canadians include: 2.7-L twin turbo V6, all wheel drive, 10 way adjustable front seats, Bridge of Weir leather seats, navigation, back-up camera, front and rear parking sensors, blindspot monitoring, push button start, remote start, active noise cancellation, etc
– The Continental’s all wheel drive is very impressive in deep snow. In a week when a lot of people were getting stuck during a big snow storm, we had no problem at all
– The continuously controlled damping makes for a very smooth ride and the noise cancellation and reduction systems create an exceptionally quiet cabin (60 dB at 100 kms/h)
– Adaptive steering (also standard) makes for more responsive driver inputs when in tight spaces at low speeds, like parking lots
– Compared to the MKZ (Lincoln’s slightly smaller sedan), the Continental has better headroom in the first row and way more legroom in second row.
– The Sync 3 infotainment system that we’re seeing in all Lincolns now is one of the best in the business
– And the heated steering wheel and optional massage functions aren’t buried in infotainment system menus like we’ve seen in some Ford products
– The $5,000 rear seat package is unreal: power adjustable lumbar support, recline, massage, heated and ventilated seats, twin panel moonroof, sunshades – a package targeted at the Chinese market where rear seat comfort is incredibly important
– Lincoln is really trying to make customer service a big part of its overall experience with concierge service, loaner vehicles during maintenance and road side assistance for life

– Regardless of the engine you choose – there’s a 2.7 L turbo that comes standard or the optional 3 L turbo – fuel economy is pretty poor in the city. Lincoln says both engines should see over 14 L/100 kms for city driving (around 16 US MPG)
– We also found that the 3 litre engine has been tuned differently in the Continental versus the MKZ. If you’re looking for a more sport inspired drive, the MKZ is the better choice. But if you want a car that offers steady, confident crusing power, the Continental is tough to beat
– While the optional 30 way adjustable front seats are very comfortable, there are a number of seams and gaps that make clean-ups tough
– With the optional rear seat package, the rear passenger can also adjust the front passenger seat. This makes sense if you’re an adult just looking for more leg room in the second row but this could create some serious family rifts if your kids discover this trick!
– Headroom in the second row is far too tight for tall adults. At 6’2, I was hitting the roof
– Large American sedans have historically had very large trunks. The latest Continental’s 473 litre trunk capacity is not much bigger than the MKZ. And to really put it in perspective, the Toyota Prius has a 697 litre trunk capacity. We took this car on a weekend road trip and found the trunk a bit small for all of the stuff that goes along with having a family

The Takeaway:

Family Wheels driver comfort score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels interior layout score: 4/5
Family Wheels infotainment system score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels interior noise score: 4.5/5 (60 dB at 100 kms/h)
Family Wheels performance score: 4/5
Family Wheels rear passenger score: 4/5
Family Wheels trunk test score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels fuel economy score: 3.5/5
Family Wheels build quality score: 4.5/5
Family Wheels value score: 4/5

Family Wheels overall score: 41/50= 82%

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