It's been over a decade since we last saw the Lincoln Continental and now the iconic nameplate has returned to reclaim its flagship title. So how does it stack up against the competition? Quite well actually and it might just be the most interesting and compelling value proposition in the segment.
The company has shifted its focus to this idea of "quiet luxury" and that's immediately evident once you get behind the wheel. The cabin is quiet, comfortable, and purpose driven and that comfort can be further enhanced with their available 30-way massaging "Perfect Position" seats, which is the ideal retreat when you're stuck in traffic.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic wasn't the worst place to be when sitting inside the new Continental. It's hard to complain when you're being massaged and the the adaptive noise cancelling tech drowned out the chaos while the 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system flooded the interior with audiophile-grade sound.
As for performance, our configuration featured a 400-hp turbocharged 3.0L V6 with AWD, which made for an effortless mix of power and versatility. Once you hit the pedal, the car launches quickly, but remains comfortable and poised. The car isn't going to break any speed records, but that's not the angle they're going for. Hell, the dashboard doesn't even have a tachometer.
What they're pushing is business class at ground level. Function and luxury is the priority here and we think they've nailed it. If you've been in the market for a big German sedan, we suggest you head down to the Lincoln dealership and give it a go. This one's definitely a winner and worthy of wearing the Continental badge.
$44,720 ($77,050 price as tested), lincoln.com
2017 Lincoln Continental
- Power: 305-hp 3.7L V6, 335-hp 2.7L V6, 400-hp 3.0L V6 (Available in AWD and FWD)
- Efficiency: 3.7L: FWD- 17 City/ 26 Highway/ 20 Combined
2.7L: FWD- 18 City/ 27 Highway/ 21 Combined
3.7L: AWD- 16 City/ 24 Highway/ 19 Combined, 2.7L: AWD- 17 City/ 25 Highway/ 20 Combined, 3.0L: AWD- 16 City/ 24 Highway/ 19 Combined
- Price: From $44,720