2014 Lincoln MKS

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Lincoln MKS. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    20-22 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    304-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Front-seat comfort
  • Roomy backseat

The Bad

  • Slow-to-react controls

Notable Features of the 2014 Lincoln MKS

  • Newly standard backup camera
  • Available twin-turbo V-6
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Seats five

2014 Lincoln MKS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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. The MKS is Lincoln's flagship sedan and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive. The MKS is powered by a choice of V-6 engines, including a twin-turbo V-6. Competitors include midrange luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Acura TL.
New for 2014
Following styling and drivetrain updates last year, the MKS adds a standard backup camera for 2014.
Exterior Highlights

  • Split-wing grille
  • 19-inch alloy wheels;  20-inch wheels optional 
  • Dual exhaust outlets 
  • Fog lights 
  • Optional power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Sync multimedia system
  • MyLincoln Touch with configurable screens in instrument cluster
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Available navigation system
  • Available massaging seats
  • Available heated steering wheel

Under the Hood

  • 304-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine
  • Available 365-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6
  • Both engines can run on regular gas, though the twin-turbo V-6 prefers premium for maximum performance
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles
  • Adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Six airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Backup camera
  • Available lane departure warning and prevention
  • Available blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

 

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. The MKS is Lincoln's flagship sedan and is offered with front- or all-wheel drive. The MKS is powered by a choice of V-6 engines, including a twin-turbo V-6. Competitors include midrange luxury cars like the BMW 5 Series and Acura TL.
New for 2014
Following styling and drivetrain updates last year, the MKS adds a standard backup camera for 2014.
Exterior Highlights

  • Split-wing grille
  • 19-inch alloy wheels;  20-inch wheels optional 
  • Dual exhaust outlets 
  • Fog lights 
  • Optional power moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Seats five
  • Sync multimedia system
  • MyLincoln Touch with configurable screens in instrument cluster
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Available navigation system
  • Available massaging seats
  • Available heated steering wheel

Under the Hood

  • 304-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine
  • Available 365-hp, twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6
  • Both engines can run on regular gas, though the twin-turbo V-6 prefers premium for maximum performance
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles
  • Adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Six airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Backup camera
  • Available lane departure warning and prevention
  • Available blind spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alert

 


Latest 2014 MKS Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(2.0)

Love the car. But heater comes on by itself.

by JBond3007 from Saint Cloud on September 11, 2018

Love the car when I could drive it.FCIM that controls the air and heat went bad and they've termed the part obsolete. The heat will actually come on and go full blast by itself and you cant turn it ... Read full review

(4.0)

A good alternative for the towncar model

by Bobby from Chicago on July 17, 2018

Front wheel drive or AWD makes it a good choice for places with a lot of snowfall. Exterior design is cool. Could be better on the gas mileage Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Lincoln MKS currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 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 Warranties

Backed by Lincoln
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    72 months / 70,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    unlimited months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    6 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    200-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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