2011 Lincoln MKS

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Lincoln MKS. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    19-21 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    273-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
  • View more specs

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Twin-turbo V-6's power, gas mileage
  • Transmission refinement
  • Highway driving ease
  • Interior quality
  • Front-seat comfort

The Bad

  • Brake-pedal feel
  • Small trunk opening
  • Unusually shaped trunk
  • Cheap-feeling shift paddles on steering wheel

Notable Features of the 2011 Lincoln MKS

  • Choice of V-6 engines
  • FWD or AWD
  • Optional two-panel glass roof
  • Optional self-parking system
  • Optional Sirius Travel Link weather info, gas prices

2011 Lincoln MKS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
The Lincoln MKS luxury sedan competes with the Acura RL, Infiniti M and Cadillac STS. Lincoln has at least one advantage going in: The MKS is based on the Ford Taurus, a car whose full-size dimensions mean more interior room than most of the midsize offerings in the luxury-sedan segment. The MKS comes with a choice of V-6 engines and front- or all-wheel drive.

New for 2011
The optional navigation system adds HD radio, and the standard Sync system now integrates directions and traffic information with the voice-controlled nav system.

Exterior
It's difficult to tell the MKS is related to the Taurus, as Lincoln has done much to differentiate its version. Styling elements include Lincoln's familiar waterfall grille, cut by a vertical strip with Lincoln's crossbar logo. The thin, horizontal headlights look a lot like the ones on an Acura TL.

Around back, the taillights flow toward a high bumper. There are chrome elements on the window frames, doorsills and outlines on the lower air dam. The MKS with the optional EcoBoost engine features a unique grille, side rocker panels and a rear spoiler. Exterior features include:
  • Available 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless-entry keypad
  • Capless refueling system
  • Fog lamps
  • Automatic high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Dual chrome exhaust
  • Optional dual-panel sunroof
  • Optional adaptive headlights


Interior
Inside, the MKS' interior comes with lots of leather; it covers the seats, door panels and dashboard. The cen...
Vehicle Overview
The Lincoln MKS luxury sedan competes with the Acura RL, Infiniti M and Cadillac STS. Lincoln has at least one advantage going in: The MKS is based on the Ford Taurus, a car whose full-size dimensions mean more interior room than most of the midsize offerings in the luxury-sedan segment. The MKS comes with a choice of V-6 engines and front- or all-wheel drive.

New for 2011
The optional navigation system adds HD radio, and the standard Sync system now integrates directions and traffic information with the voice-controlled nav system.

Exterior
It's difficult to tell the MKS is related to the Taurus, as Lincoln has done much to differentiate its version. Styling elements include Lincoln's familiar waterfall grille, cut by a vertical strip with Lincoln's crossbar logo. The thin, horizontal headlights look a lot like the ones on an Acura TL.

Around back, the taillights flow toward a high bumper. There are chrome elements on the window frames, doorsills and outlines on the lower air dam. The MKS with the optional EcoBoost engine features a unique grille, side rocker panels and a rear spoiler. Exterior features include:
  • Available 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless-entry keypad
  • Capless refueling system
  • Fog lamps
  • Automatic high-intensity-discharge headlamps
  • Dual chrome exhaust
  • Optional dual-panel sunroof
  • Optional adaptive headlights


Interior
Inside, the MKS' interior comes with lots of leather; it covers the seats, door panels and dashboard. The center controls flow seamlessly toward a center tunnel that supports the gearshift and two independently adjustable armrests. Interior features include:
  • Leather seating surfaces, shifter and steering wheel
  • Powered tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Ford Sync system
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated/cooled front seats
  • Optional voice-activated navigation
  • Optional THX 14-speaker surround-sound stereo
  • Optional adaptive cruise control and self-parking system


Under the Hood
The MKS' base 3.7-liter V-6 is a unique engine, not found on the Ford Taurus. It works with a six-speed automatic transmission and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. For 2010, the MKS added the twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine with direct injection. At 355 horsepower, the EcoBoost has the power output of a 4.6-liter V-8, but with V-6 fuel economy (17/25 mpg city/highway). The EcoBoost V-6 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Mechanical features include:
  • 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque
  • 355-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 with 350 pounds-feet of torque
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Available front- or all-wheel drive


Safety
Ford's Sync system also features a 911-assist feature that connects the vehicle's occupants to an emergency operator when an airbag deploys. Safety features include:
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Traction control
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Reverse-sensing system
  • Optional rearview camera



Latest 2011 MKS Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Outstanding Vehicle

by Windy 52 from Port Charlotte, Fl on August 11, 2018

We have owned and driven this vehicle for the past five years. It is so comfortable to drive and ride in. Especially long distance travels which is why we bought it. Everyone always comments on it and ... Read full review

(5.0)

I fell in love with this car when I saw it on the

by Vmlpowhatan from powhatan point ohio on July 4, 2018

drove to Alabama in my car and I was comfortable the entire way. Had plenty of leg room, seats were so comfortable and ac was cool enough. Cant say enough good things about this car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Lincoln MKS currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2011 Lincoln MKS Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    72 months / 70,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Lincoln

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement for up to $45 per day, fresh oil and filter at delivery and certificate for your first complimentary oil and filter change

  • Limited Warranty

    6 years / 100,000 miles

    6 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Comprehensive Limited Warranty from original in-service date. See dealer for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 200-point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The MKS received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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