Consumer Reports Takes The 2017 Lincoln Continental Out For A Short Drive

Sharing its architecture with latest Ford Fusion (Mondeo), the new Lincoln Continental looks imposing, and is very tech friendly.

Despite its long legacy, the big luxury sedan brings some unique features to the segment, such as the exterior door handles that blend into the upper body crease below the window. Moreover, it lacks interior door handles, which makes exiting an unique experience that requires pushing an electronic button, as CR’s Michelle Naranjo noticed while taking the Select model with AWD out for a quick review.

As expected, the ride is very comfortable, and soundproofing is good, but there are a few drawbacks, such as the standard seats, without lumbar adjustment, which are said to be too narrow, and the fact that the company’s engineers chose to position the gear selector buttons near the SYNC 3 infotainment system. They are still within reach, but it could take time to get used to their unusual positioning.

Having features such as the collision warning and automatic emergency braking means choosing an optional technology package, which is only available on the mid-range Select and Reserve models. This, along with blind spot info, navigation system, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, auto high beams and windshield de-icer will bring the car’s price up to almost $55,600, which is nearly $10,000 more than the entry-level version.


  • antbee

    Until Lincoln’s cars are not stretched out versions of Ford’s cars, I don’t have any interest in any of them. I love the look of the Continental, but telling us it’s based on the Fusion/Mondeo, turns me off. I really like the mkZ they put this grille onto, it looks great, but too much like the Continental from the front, but I think the rear of it is quite striking. I’m glad Lincoln kept that. So, from a design standpoint, most Lincolns are very well done, but I can’t get past that I would be driving a polished Ford.

    • Benjamin B.

      The Continental actually has been doing pretty well. It outsells the Cadillac CT6. Plus 400 HP with torque vectoring AWD is way more than needed for most buyers of the segment.

      • TheBelltower

        It’s been good for Lincoln because they had nothing in the showroom to sell prior to the Conti. It also costs considerably less than the CT6. I don’t believe that either car went far enough to improve their brands’ respective brand image, but the Cadillac is by far a more legitimate luxury sedan.

    • Karl

      I wonder if you say the same thing about the front of Mercedes Benz,BMW,Audi, Lexus and all the others front ends too?

    • Kax

      This is hypocritical as most car companies share platforms between vehicles now.

  • Craig

    I’ve only seen the Continental in pictures. And as I imagine it – it’s about the size of a Honda Accord. But it’s actually much bigger than that. The Continental is 9″ longer. 2.5″ wider. And it’s wheelbase is 8.6″ longer than the 2017 Accord sedan. In fact it’s 4.6″ longer than my 2006 Chrysler 300C.

  • rover10

    I doubt this would match up to global equivalents. Something is missing and a longer hood would help the profile considerably. I understand the reasons why that isn’t possible, but until Lincoln can be given true independents, achieving a more graceful proportion, will be difficult.


    I’m seeing this car in my neck of the woods used mainly as a livery or limo rental which makes it a high end taxi

  • Dennis James

    This looked a lot better as a concept car. Now it just looks like a run-of-the-mill car. It could have been great, design-wise.

  • BlackPegasus

    Did she really start the video by saying “good things come to those who wait?”
    Ugh 😒 She’s too annoying to bare.

    • brn

      It was a pretty poor review.

  • eb110americana

    You have to option up to one of the top trims to get all of the goodies, but I was blown away by how nice the reclining rear seats and adjustable fronts were at the auto show. The Revel audio system is impressive as well. The outside is rather plain, but some people will appreciate the anonymity in their luxury cars. It reminds me a lot of how the Genesis is a “bargain” entry into the luxury field, and in many respects, it is a better car if you don’t need the premium badge on the hood.


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