2009 Lincoln MKS Expert Review

You'll Like The 2009 Lincoln MKS If...

If you like this new Lincoln's look, especially its heritage-based "double-wing" grille, there's not much to dislike about it. With an agreeable balance of performance, efficiency, room and value, and front- or available all-wheel-drive, it lacks only most rivals' rear-wheel drive and a prestigious import nameplate.

You May Not Like The 2009 Lincoln MKS If...

While Lincoln's new flagship sedan punches most of the right buttons, competition at this level is tough. Most competitors offer rear-wheel drive, available higher performance and better-respected brand names. If you're willing to pay more for it, a German, Japanese or a domestic Cadillac luxury sedan may suit you better.

What's New

This new top-of-the-line sedan should go far toward propagating Lincoln's recent brand renaissance. Powered by a new 3.7-liter V6 through a new six-speed automatic transmission, Ford says it offers the largest selection of comfort and convenience technology features in its class.

Interior Features

The 2009 Lincoln MKS cabin marries best-in-class interior and cargo volume to a precision-crafted environment of hand-wrapped, double-stitched premium leather, genuine wood and sculpted aluminum accents. The symmetrical instrument panel, an updated version of the design found in the Lincoln Navigator and MKX, is bisected by a strip of sculpted wood, and its upper surface is durable leatherette. The standard leather seats have supportive side bolsters, the leather-wrapped steering wheel is topped by a strip of real wood, the round gauges are ringed in delicate chrome, and a large, integrated information/navigation screen tops the center stack.

Exterior Features

MKS is the first new production Lincoln with design elements harvested from signature Lincoln cues of the past. Its most striking exterior feature is a double-wing grille inspired by that of the 1941 Lincoln Continental. A sculpted hood, a fast-raked windshield and a beltline that kicks up slightly over the rear wheels are highlighted by polished stainless steel side window surrounds. Around back, vertical white light strips separate LED taillamps from the decklid edges, and a horizontal chrome strip along the rear deck is inset with a Lincoln star.

Driving Impressions

The 2009 Lincoln MKS follows through on its good first impression. Power from its 3.7-liter V6 is strong, smooth and responsive, and its cabin is unusually quiet and serene at any reasonable speed. The MacPherson-strut and lower-control-arm front suspension maximizes travel, while the fully independent rear arrangement isolates noise and harshness without isolating the driver from feeling the road. One unique element is rear shock absorbers mounted vertically at the outboard ends of the suspension arms, near the wheels, to accommodate the available 20-inch wheels while allowing precise suspension tuning. The power rack-and-pinion steering is precise and responsive, the brakes are powerful and secure, and the car feels surprisingly agile for its size.

Pricing Notes

At a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $38,500, the MKS occupies a unique niche among its logical competitors. Many of the MKS' natural competitors are smaller and pricier, including the Lexus GS 350, Acura RL, BMW 528i, Infiniti M35 and Cadillac STS (all of which in the mid-$40,000 range). Its only near rival with a slightly lower MSRP is the smaller, rear-drive Cadillac CTS. In short, it's a lot of car for the money and even carries a higher projected residual value over time than any of the above rivals, and substantially higher than some. Before heading to the dealership, be sure to check the Fair Purchase Prices to see what buyers are actually paying for their MKS in your area.

Notable Equipment

This well-equipped Lincoln packs all expected bells and whistles and some Ford exclusives, including a next-generation "SecuriCode" keypad that unlocks the driver's door, a new capless fuel filler system and the SYNC hands-free entertainment and communications system. Also standard: a premium AM/FM/six-CD changer 6-speaker audio with SIRIUS Satellite Radio; premium leather seating; leather-wrapped shifter; 12-way power, heated and cooled front seats with power lumbar; heated rear seats with pass-through; power tilt/telescope steering wheel with memory; dual-zone automatic climate control and reverse sensing. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with stability control; anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist; Dual-stage front, front side and roof Safety Canopy system airbags.

Notable Options

Most notable among the MKS' many available features are all-wheel-drive; 19-inch bright machined or 20-inch polished aluminum wheels; THX II Certified 14-speaker premium surround sound; voice-activated navigation; rear-view camera; adaptive cruise control; dual-panel power moonroof and "PowerCode" remote starting. Option packages include a Navigation Package (navigation, surround sound and rear-view camera); a Technology Package (adaptive headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, forward sensing system, rear-window power sunshade and "Intelligent Access" key with push-button start); and an Ultimate Package that combines both of those with the moonroof; special seating trim and 19-inch premium painted wheels.

Favorite Features

Voice-Activated Navigation with SIRIUS Travel Link

This state-of-the-art system integrates climate control and SIRIUS Satellite Radio into a large, easy-to-use touch-screen display. It also provides up-to-the-minute traffic and weather information, current gas prices, sports scores and movie listings, and it can store, catalog and play more than 150 hours of music.


Jointly developed by Ford and Microsoft and standard on all 2009 and most 2008 Lincoln vehicles, this industry exclusive, voice-activated hands-free communications and entertainment system fully integrates most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and digital media players into the vehicle.

Under the Hood

The 2009 Lincoln MKS is powered by a new Lincoln-exclusive 3.7-liter V6 that develops 275-horsepower and 276 pound-feet of torque on (recommended but not required) premium fuel, or 273-horsepower and 270 pound-feet on less-expensive regular. Based on Ford's award-winning 3.5-liter V6, it shares the same die-cast aluminum block, lightweight four-valve heads and variable valve timing. To save fuel, its fuel pump shifts to a lower-speed setting when conditions allow and cuts off fuel to the injectors when the driver backs completely out of the throttle in fifth or sixth gear. The standard SelectShift six-speed automatic can be manually shifted when desired, and the available all-wheel-drive can distribute up to 100 percent of torque between the front and rear wheels.

3.7-liter V6

275 horsepower @ 6250 rpm

276 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4250 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (FWD), 16/23 (AWD)

Editors' Notes

Ford's luxury Lincoln brand has been on a recent roll with its MKX (X for crossover) and MKZ (formerly Zephyr) mid-size sedan. Derived from Ford's less-expensive Edge and Fusion, both have received positive reviews and have sold surprisingly well. Now comes this all-new flagship MKS (S for sedan). While it's loosely based on the excellent Volvo-derived architecture that underpins Ford's Taurus (formerly Five Hundred) and Taurus X (formerly Freestyle), it bears no resemblance to those distant relatives. We question Lincoln's move from names with heritage to MK-this and MK-that, but at least (unlike some) that key third letter helps identify the model.

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Hands down, the best vehicle I've ever owned.

The Lincoln MKS is the type of vehicle you can feel good about owning. In addition to its attractive outer appearance, it provides a safe, comfortable and extremely reliable driving experience that any driver would be lucky to have. The MKS is a quality model from the long list of trusted vehicles created by Lincoln and is equipped with several bonus features that further enhance the overall experience. My personal favorites include the driver's seat position memory buttons (there are two, which is perfect for families like mine where driving is often shared with someone else) and the front seat heating and cooling elements. Another extremely useful tool is the indicator that sounds when anything gets too close to your car, be in the front end or the year.

- Kris M

2009 Lincoln MKS with a front and back seat sunroof and cooled seats!

I love this car, but there is some room for improvement. For it being ten, almost eleven years old, the car runs smoothly (for the most part) is quite spacious. However, some of the detailing and trim are starting to come off though. The Bluetooth system works great, and I use it multiple times everyday. You can also call people and view your recent call lists all from the steering wheel. The car also comes with front and rear beepers (that's what I call them because I don't know the technical term) and those are GREAT! But overall, I love this car despite it's minor problems.

- Courtney C

Spacious luxury sedan with surround sound and soft leather interior.

Need to purchase CDs to update the navigation maps. The car performs very well and has never broken down or had major issues (currently at 220,000 miles). The leather interior is very comfortable and the seats have both heating and air conditioning options. The dual sunroof and thx sound system are incredible features. I also enjoy the spacious back seats and enormous trunk... It is amazing how much space this sedan has! I also enjoy the touchscreen and Bluetooth features. However, I wish the cup holders were larger and there was a remote control start function.

- Rachel W

Lincoln mks comes with smarts and looks.

The car gives a smooth and quiet ride. The seating is comfortable on long drives. The stereo system plays well with no distortion. The Bluetooth always connects when needed. My passengers enjoy the panoramic sunroof while it is open. The seats are warm and comfortable when the heated seats are on. The cars curves are still stylish for its age. Also the car will let you know when to change the oil and if tires have the correct amount of air. This is a great option for someone if they do not know much about car maintenance.

- Michelle G

The Lincoln MKS exudes luxury and comfort.

It is so comfortable to ride in. I love the heated/cooled seats, along with the many adjustments I can make on the seat. I thought I would use the skylight window more, but it's pretty much ignored. At first I thought it would be great to have the built in DVD player on the dash, however it won't play except sound while in motion. I realize it's a safety factor, but it's useless. Who wants to sit in the car and watch movies in the driveway or parking lot? It would be nice to have it working properly while on long trips.

- Ventana W

Is 2009 Lincoln mis is a beautiful car, its luxurious, and a smooth ride.

This car is pure luxury. I love the looks and the feel. The heated and air-conditioned seats are amazing too. However, if you use anything except for 93 gas in the vehicle, then it tends to do a sputter jump all over the road. The air conditioner around the airbag on the passenger makes a clicking noise constantly. I used to be able to hit the air circulation button and it would stop the sound however now it is constant. All in all the car is a luxurious car however I need to get that looked at.

- Andrea D

Looks sharp. Great inside options. Good sized trunk. Family friendly.

Pros; visually my car is beautiful. I enjoy the heated and air conditioned seats.There's plenty of room in the front and back seats. The trunk is good sized. I have a sunroof which is nice for letting light and fresh air in. . Cons; the cup holders in the front are not really usable for coffee cups with handles. To small and too deep. I am 5'4 and had to remove the headrest on passenger side so I could see more clearly when changing lanes.

- Katherine M

My car continues to look new.

Problems I have with my vehicle include the seat goes into a reclining position when I unlock the door and the seat belt is too close to my neck which feels like it is choking me. My car has been very reliable. I give the car a very high score for comfort. The features I like most is the air conditioner program that allows me to set different temperature of the driver and the front seat passenger.

- Sharon S

My Lincoln has two sunroofs. One in the front and one in the back.

First time that I have had a Lincoln and it is by far the best car that I have had. Mine is a 2009 and rides like a brand new vehicle. It has sync in it and I am able to connect my phone to it. My Lincoln has black leather seats and also has the ability to cool or heat the seats. It is great on gas and I can get a regular oil change. Love it.

- Kelly S

Lincoln mks a great car to drive.

It is a great vehicle that is full of equipment including navigation, automatic headlight. , CD player, Sirius, speed and distance control, front and rear heated and cool seats, headlights that turn with front wheels, has a built in mps player and jukebox, leather seats, front and rear Chargers.

- Mark A

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