2012 Lincoln MKS

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Key Specs

of the 2012 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 2012 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

2012 Lincoln MKS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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
  • ...
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.

Exterior
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


Interior
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


Safety
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

 


Latest 2012 MKS Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Beautiful car

by Chad from Evansville,IN on April 1, 2018

Met all of my expectations and more, with the panoramic roof, heated and cooled leather seats, to the touch screen and wood hrain wheel. Most of all only 34,000 mi. Read full review

(5.0)

My dream car!

by Lincoln MKSexy from Kentucky on March 13, 2018

I went for luxury and found it! I love my new Lincoln because 2012 was the year my first grandchild was born. Dreams do come true. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Lincoln MKS currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 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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