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2017 Lincoln Continental: Update for August 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
Eight months into our yearlong long-term test of the 2017 Lincoln Continental, we passed the halfway point to our mileage goal. Somewhere between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the odometer crossed over the 10,000-mile mark. On that trip, I also managed to top the best result for fuel economy. Otherwise, in regular commuter duty the Continental has received praise and a few complaints. Click on through to see what we're up to.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Lincoln Continental stretched its legs a bit in July on a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back. We also drove it on plenty of local trips, including jaunts to the beach and of course daily commutes. In July, our editors noted the Continental's level of seat comfort along with its powerful engine and useful adaptive cruise control.

Our Continental also faced off against the Genesis G90 in a head-to-head comparison test to see which car delivers the most bang for the buck at a similar price point.

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2017 Lincoln Continental vs. 2017 Genesis G90: Comparing Our Big Luxury Cars

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental vs. 2017 Genesis G90

Our long-term 2017 Genesis G90 and 2017 Lincoln Continental are philosophically very different but physically very similar. Both are large, all-wheel-drive luxury sedans powered by turbocharged six-cylinder engines that cost about $70,000. They also accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds and have neat-looking machined grilles for their premium speakers.

Heritage is where they start to diverge. The G90 is an all-new car with a new nameplate from a new company. Hyundai spun Genesis off into its own brand less than two years ago. Meanwhile, the Continental is a revival of a nameplate that dates back to before World War II, from a brand that's celebrating its 100th birthday.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for June 2017

by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
After sitting at a dealer for nearly all of last month, our 2017 Lincoln Continental spent June doing what it does best: leisurely commuting to and from the office. We added a little over 1,000 miles to the odometer in the process, matching the Continental's six-month average. The miles are easy to add since this big, comfortable and powerful sedan makes for an excellent cruiser, be it on city streets or the freeway.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
It wasn't a month full of road trips or long journeys for our long-term2017 Lincoln Continental. There were several necessary repairs and a dealer service, so it sat quite a bit. We did, however, drive it around town and get to know it better than we had the previous months. No doubt, we'll start stretching this big sedan's legs pretty soon.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
It was a pretty quiet month for a 2017 Lincoln Continental. We only managed to tack on another 500 miles before taking it to the dealer to address a few issues.

Most of the comments from those who did drive the big sedan this month were generally positive. The performance, in particular, was called out by several drivers who were surprised by how quickly the Continental can get up to highway speeds. Commuting was the name of the game for most of the month, so it's likely that most drivers forgot what the Continental was like at speeds over 20 mph.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for March 2017

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Lincoln Continental traversed 1,373 miles last month. Its role as a comfy commuter accentuated its more graceful qualities. Yet under the same conditions we also uncovered some of its daily-driver shortcomings.

Senior Editor Brent Romans had our Continental over two weeks, longer than any other driver this month. This gave him plenty to say about the Lincoln, including some frustration with its door locking technology. Senior Road Test Editor Jonathan Elfalan and Senior Editor Ed Hellwig both exposed the smooth-shifting automatic transmission as well as its alter ego, the confused, hard-upshifter. And Associate Editor Cameron Rogers had commentary about our Continental's 30-way power seats, for better and for worse.

Read on for more.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Performance Tested

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

2017 Lincoln Continental

Our new long-term 2017 Lincoln Continental had some interesting potential at the test track. Not only was it an all-new car from top to bottom, ours has the top-of-the-line, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. With 400 horsepower on tap, the Lincoln-exclusive engine has enough power to make even a large luxury sedan quick on its feet.

So where did the Continental excel and where did it fall flat? Check out the numbers to find out.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
We pick up where we left off last month. Edmunds CEO Avi Steinlauf had our new-ish 2017 Lincoln Continental for the first part of February, using it primarily for commuting to and from the Edmunds mothership. After that the Lincoln returned to its normal duties, spending an extended weekend in the hands of Josh Sadlier and then heading north with Brent Romans, our man in Fresno.

If you recall last month's update, we were unimpressed by the Continental's fuel economy results. February didn't see much improvement, but there's still time.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Lincoln Continental joined the long-term test fleet in January and quickly proved itself to be a comfortable cruiser. Despite arriving in the middle of the month, the Continental has already covered more than 2,000 miles.

The Lincoln spent some time in the city with Edmunds CEO Avi Steinlauf, while Content Strategist Josh Sadlier drove it to Palm Springs and deemed it "one of the quietest highway cars in recent memory." Additionally, the Continental got the star treatment from photographer Kurt Niebuhr, who shot the Long-Term Introduction on location in the San Fernando Valley.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 12, 2017

2017 Lincoln Continental

What Did We Buy?
Over the last couple of decades, many of Lincoln's products have been modestly upgraded Fords. Sure, the Lincolns had different names and a few unique features, but even the most casual shopper could tell that a Navigator was just a fancy Expedition or the MKZ was a Ford Fusion in different clothes.

The new 2017 Lincoln Continental doesn't follow that formula. It not only revives a classic name, it gets Lincoln back into the game of making its own unique cars again.

More importantly, the Continental is the kind of car that Lincoln built its reputation on. It's a big, powerful sedan, but it's not trying to be a better BMW. The ride is forgiving, the cabin is quiet, and there's plenty of passenger room in every direction. It has plenty of modern technology, too, all of which we intend to test over the next 12 months.

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