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  • (4.2) 35 reviews
  • Inventory Prices: $10,381–$25,493
  • Body Style: Sedan
  • Combined MPG: 20-21
  • Engine: 304-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2013 Lincoln MKS

Our Take on the Latest Model 2013 Lincoln MKS

What We Don't Like

  • Slow-to-react controls

Notable Features

  • Updated styling, redesigned dashboard
  • Upgraded base V-6
  • Available twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Full-size dimensions

2013 Lincoln MKS Reviews

Vehicle Overview

Lincoln updated its flagship MKS for 2013, redesigning the interior and installing a host of mechanical changes. The cabin gets a new touch-screen multimedia system, while the V-6 has more power. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Though the MKS competes with midrange luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Acura TL, it has full-size dimensions.

Exterior
Lincoln retailored the nose, fenders and tail, with a grille that comes closer to those on the MKT and MKX crossovers. Lincoln officials describe the effort to visually lower and widen the front end. Everything forward of the A-pillar is new, albeit still recognizable as an MKS. The tail gets revisions to the taillamps, tailpipes and lower bumper.

Nineteen-inch alloy wheels are standard, with 20-inchers optional.

Interior
Inside, the instruments and steering wheel are new, and physical center controls have been replaced by Ford's touch-sensitive MyLincoln Touch panel. The MKS will get the latest version of MyLincoln Touch and Sync that has usability and processing improvements over earlier renditions. LCD screens now flank an analog speedometer; they can be configured via steering-wheel directional buttons to show everything from navigation and vehicle menus to a virtual tachometer.

New luxury options include massaging multicontour seats and a heated steering wheel.

Under the Hood
The front-drive MKS boasts a 3.7-liter V-6 with 300 horsepower, up from last year's 274-hp V-6; gas mileage improves to 19/28 mpg city/highway from 17/25 mpg last year. All-wheel drive is optional with the 3.7-liter. Optional on all-wheel-drive models is a twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 that puts out 355 hp and 350 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines get a six-speed automatic transmission.

An adaptive suspension is now standard. It can be adjusted to three modes. The MKS also gets more sound insulation and larger brakes.

Safety
Six airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system are standard. Safety options include lane departure warning and mitigation systems, drowsy driver detection and a blind spot warning system.

Consumer Reviews

(4.2)

Average based on 35 reviews

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Very Comfortable and reliable everything I wanted

by ED from Virginia on December 2, 2017

It is an exceptional value for the price. i am satisfied with the purchase and look forward to driving it for the next few years.

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2013 Lincoln MKS Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKS Base

Head Restraints and Seats
G
Moderate overlap front
G
Roof Strength
G
Side
G

IIHS Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKS Base

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

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

Moderate overlap front

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

Other

Roof Strength
G

Side

Driver Head Protection
G
Driver Head and Neck
G
Driver Pelvis/Leg
G
Driver Torso
G
Overall Side
G
Rear Passenger Head Protection
G
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
G
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
G
Rear Passenger Torso
G
Structure/safety cage
G
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.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKS Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Lincoln MKS Base

Overall
Overall Front
Overall Side
Overall Rollover Rating
Driver's
Passenger's
Side Barrier
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole
Side Pole Barrier combined (Front)
Side Pole Barrier combined (Rear)
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Recalls

There are currently 7 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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Warranty Coverage

Bumper-to-Bumper

48mo/50,000mi

Powertrain

72mo/70,000mi

Roadside Assistance Coverage

72mo/70,000mi

Free Scheduled Maintenance

48mo/50,000mi

What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained

Bumper-to-Bumper

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.

Powertrain

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.

Other Years