2017 Lincoln Continental Review: Feels Like Real Luxury

– San Francisco, California

Developed as a replacement for the forgettable MKS large sedan, the 2017 Lincoln Continental began as a striking concept car in 2015 and arrived on dealer lots less than two years later. The production version is a genuinely good luxury car, the best from the brand in over a decade. It’s also a great value, offering the larger size of something like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class for the smaller price of the midsize E-Class. And despite still sharing an underlying front-wheel-drive-based platform with other Ford products (the Fusion and Edge, for example), the Continental looks, feels, and drives like the brand’s first authentic luxury car in years.

 

 

Pros

High style. Thankfully the Continental continues the move away from the split-wing grille design some Lincoln models are still wearing. The new front end, shared only with the smaller MKZ sedan so far, is much more stately; many bystanders confuse it for a Bentley. The rest of the body features elegant yet powerful lines that create a formidable presence. The design is not avant-garde, but neither is it simple. It’s classic and handsome with delightful details – like the door handles integrated into the window trim, which were carried over straight from the concept car – that make the design more interesting than your average luxury car.

Silent interior. During a lengthy drive up the California coast, I noticed that almost no road or tire noise was entering the cabin of the Continental. None. It was...