A Worthy Heir to Past American Luxury
We bought our 2017, AWD 3.7L Select 3 years ago, an off lease car with 31,000 miles on it and we now have just shy of 50,000 miles on it. A coolant leak repaired under warranty within the first week of ownership, last year (year 2) a defective rear door latch button (interior) replaced and the automatic trunk needed a repair later in the year. All told $500 out of pocket in repairs. The fit, finish and interior are outstanding (I traded in a 2005, 3 series BMW for this car, and the Continental’s materials build quality is equal or better). Judge for yourself- but the critical reviews of others simply not justified in my opinion. The ride of this car is not up to 1960s luxury car standards (Lincoln or Cadillac), nor is the noise isolation. The 3.7L V-6 in our car is the same used in previous generations of Mustangs and it shows. I grew up with those ‘60s and ‘70s American luxury cars and I drove them as a teenager (my parents’ and grandparents’ cars). On the other hand, no car currently made can equal the quiet soft ride of those cars. This Continental, however, is close enough it took me back in time. Someone at Lincoln did their homework. The trade off here is exceptional (comparative) acceleration out of a normally aspirated V-6; working harder than a big block V-8 of the ‘60s, but scooting the substantial weight of this car faster than anything of its like made in the ‘60s. The car also out handles those old boats. A fair trade off. I actually love this car. It doesn’t pretend to be anything but 100% American. We actually bought it over a Mercedes S class after driving the Mercedes. A shame Lincoln saw fit to discontinue it, the Continental represents the end of an era (at least so long as Cadillac insists on mimicking a BMW). Nothing is perfect, my complaints are few. The transmission as others have noted can give a rough downshift from time to time at lower speeds. But overall it is well behaved. If left out during winter, ice can collect at the back of the trunk lid where it meets the glass and it must be removed if the trunk is to be opened. Similarly, ice can collect around the folded mirrors and should be removed before starting the car. Ice tends to collect in the door handles’ inner hoops and may need to be chipped away. Our car with a winter package, supposedly has heated windshield wipers, nowhere in evidence. Gas mileage isn’t as bad as some report. Our car has exceeded the EPA mpg estimates. We average close to 19 mpg in town and 26 mpg on the highway on regular.
Excellent Car the best Lincoln has made
Wonderful car one of the best cars Lincoln has made in a long time comfort excellent fit and finish excellent very reliable great road car wish Lincoln would bring it back big mistake gf or ford to stop making one of their best cars ever
This vehicle has been amazing to own. I bought one back 3 years ago, and have put on over 60,000 miles on it without any issues. The ride quality is comparable to cars much more expensive. It is a beautiful car inside and out, and incredibly comfortable. I have gotten a million compliments on this vehicle, and everyone that has ridden in it has loved it. I am sad that these are discontinued, I wish Lincoln would keep at least one sedan in their lineup.
A fine automobile to take a look at.
This car has turned out to be a fine automobile. The ride superb, reminds me of the cars that family used to own back when cars were real. The design is amazing, makes you proud to drive this automobile. The engine seems to be fine, and has enough grunt to get out of the way. MPG seems good, local we average about 23.5, on the highway around 27.8.
Everything I desired in a car
Loving to drive it. Lots of bells and whistles to get used to. Great luxury ride. As a retired trucker I wanted a safe and comfortable ride. I got it in this car.
Because it's no longer made its resale value has probably dropped. Maybe that's a positive for a prospective buyer, but a negative for a present owner.
Fantastic Car! Luxurious, but still fun to drive!
I liked the body style on the Continental since the concept car and finally pulled the trigger on a Reserve model with all the bells and whistles. Only regret is not doing it sooner. I absolutely love the car, and have gotten several compliments on it. There is a noticeable difference however between the base models and the higher up ones, so be sure to check the specs/packages included when comparing. The 3.0 engine 400hp has plenty of oomph for the weekends but sedate enough for everyday driving. I would classify this as "luxury-sport" rather than "sport-luxury". I compared Cadillac CTS, BMW 5 series, Genesis G80 and Infinity Q70. The Continental and Q70 were the finalists. The Infiniti Q70's acceleration and handling were superb but the interior/technology were noticeably lacking vs the Continental. The exterior is beautiful (especially the back end) but the inside shines as well. The rear seats (with the package) in particular are enough to make you wish were a kid (or executive) in the backseat. Indeed, the first time my kids rode in it, they said "daddy bought us a limo" lol. There are a couple minor knobs that are borrowed from Ford, however they are to the side and not often used. So not an issue for me, but may be to some. Have only owned a couple weeks so cannot speak to reliability, but with Lincoln certified I'm not worried about it. All in all, Lincoln has made some big strides in last few years and is no longer a boring afterthought or senior citizen brand (I am 37 yr old male). If unsure give one a drive, you'll like it!
It's unfortunate that domestic luxury brands don't hold their value. It also means you get a LOT of luxury features for a lot less money. The twin turbo V6 performs well but the transmission is better off in sport mode to take advantage of the power. The adaptive cruise control works well but it can be tricked if the vehicle ahead suddenly moves out of the way during deceleration.
I just bought a 2017 Continental Black Label.
I just purchased a 3 year old Continental Black Label. It is Rhapsody Blue with the Chalet theme interior. It is LOADED! Every option except the rear seat control package. I love the massaging seats, programable start- including being able to detect air temperaure and adjusting the temperature of the air flow based on external temperature. I have driven Cadillac Devilles, Fleetwoods, Lincoln Town Cars, but this one beats them all- hands down! As the advertisemts used to say- it is "What a luxury car should be."
There is no better luxury vehicle for the money
I love the way this vehicle looks and rides. I am a Mercedes Benz owner and sales person. When my 17 old little girl received her driver's license , I wanted to get her a Honda or Toyota but she insisted to get the keys to daddy's 1999 C43 AMG, so that left me to find another car. I wanted to get back into a large luxury sedan. I have owned a Town Car and a Grand Marquis back in my younger days. Sense then, I have owned several Mercedes and Audi vehicles. Being that I am on a budget I wanted to focus on Certified vehicles. Being a Mercedes sales associate, I naturally looked at a certified 2017 S550, and I also took a drive in the 2017 Cadillac CT6 . I drove all 3 vehicles for extended time and the 2017 S550 was nice, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 was just not on the same level. It drove ok but the build quality was not on par with both the Continental or the S550. Both the S550 and Continental have all the features you could ask for and the Continental has massaging , heated and cooled seats for both front and back passengers. The S550 was 15,000 more expensive than the Continental that I purchased. I love the way this Continental Rides and Drives and with 28,000 miles and an original MSRP of over 76k the $32,500 that I paid in my opinion is a steal of a deal. If you are in the market for a large luxury cruiser, you need to take a look at the Lincoln Continental before it is gone as Lincoln has decided to focus on SUV segment, and has discontinued both their Sedans.