• (5.0) 9 reviews
  • Available Prices: $9,814–$21,998
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 19-21
  • Engine: 273-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2012 Lincoln MKS

Our Take on the Latest Model 2012 Lincoln MKS

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

  • 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

2012 Lincoln MKS Reviews

Vehicle Overview

The Lincoln MKS luxury sedan competes with the Acura RL, Infiniti M and Volvo S80. The five-seat MKS is based on the Ford Taurus, and it comes with a choice of V-6 engines and front- or all-wheel drive.

New for 2012
A blind spot warning system with cross-traffic alert is now included in the Navigation and Ultimate packages, and a remote-start system is available.

It's difficult to tell that 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 those on the 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 turbocharged 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 headlamps
  • Dual chrome exhaust
  • Optional dual-panel sunroof

Inside, the MKS' interior comes with lots of leather; it covers the seats, steering wheel 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
  • Power tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Ford Sync system
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Ventilated 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 engine works with a six-speed automatic transmission and is available with front- or all-wheel drive. Also offered is a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine with direct injection. The EcoBoost V-6 comes standard with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 with 270 pounds-feet of torque
  • 355-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 with 350 pounds-feet of torque

Ford's Sync system 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
  • Parking sensors
  • Optional backup camera


Consumer Reviews


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The sharpest car I've owned I feel royal.

by The Kyles from Detroit on December 1, 2017

This car is royalty my dad owned one passed away left the car to me it was totaled. After having driven and owned a Lincoln I had to purchase another to replace it. My husband and I love it. My husban... Read Full Review

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2012 Lincoln MKS Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKS Base

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front
Roof Strength

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKS Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $3,000 per year.

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Roadside Assistance Coverage


Free Scheduled Maintenance


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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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