2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for April 2017
by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
This month the fuel numbers were pretty average. We didn't make any headway on getting the overall number up, and it didn't break any range records either. It's a continuing struggle to achieve the combined mileage rating, although that's what happens when you have 400 horsepower at your disposal.
Average lifetime mpg: 16.1
EPA mpg rating: 19 combined (16 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 23.8
Best range: 301 miles
Current odometer: 5,083 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
This month we dropped the Lincoln off at the dealer to address a few issues. First, there was the 5,000-mile service, which didn't consist of much and was a relatively straightforward checkup. Next up was an airbag recall (NHTSA 17V123) or Complaint Notice 17C02. According to NHTSA, there's a possibility that the airbag wouldn't inflate completely in the event of an accident, so it will be replaced. Finally, we ran into a bit of a seat issue. While attempting to remedy a massage button that wouldn't activate, the passenger seat in our Continental became stuck. And when we say stuck, we mean nearly all of the seatback bladders were inflated. We'll be curious to see what caused it, and hopefully it won't be a problem going forward.
"I really like this twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6. It feels underworked and happy to flex at the slightest provocation. Rolling into the gas pedal returns a smooth but powerful surge forward that's amplified by the car's body rolling slightly back on its soft suspension. The ample power means the car never feels overworked or challenged, a crucial sensation for a large and powerful luxury sedan. Even better, it gives you command of your place in traffic. You can surprise almost anything on a freeway on-ramp merge — no one expects a Lincoln Continental to rocket away. And then it does. Though you experience the good parts of acceleration (the surge and the sound), undesirable vibrations and noises are harder to detect. Lincoln did a great job isolating the engine from the cabin." — Carlos Lago, senior writer
"As for the drive, the 400-hp twin-turbo engine is beautiful. It's incredibly smooth, quiet, and the power that comes out of the car is very linear. Interestingly enough, while you know the engine is a beast when you stomp your foot into the pedal, even in Sport mode, you don't get a sensation that the car is fast. Don't get me wrong, the car doesn't feel slow either, but when I found our car does zero to 60 in 5.5 seconds I was surprised. It might be because the car is so big and the engine is so well behaved even when being pushed hard, but I didn't get the sensation that the car is throwing you back as you see the speedometer race up in speed." — Edmunds staffer
"A strange thing happened during my first time driving the Continental: I could see the exterior door handles from the driver's seat. I can't think of any other car that does the same. Placing the door handles in chrome trim on the beltline (where the windows and the doors meet) gives the Continental a unique look. I like it; catching a glimpse of chrome (a material I'm normally opposed to) added a stateliness to a decidedly nonglamorous rush-hour drive home." — Carlos Lago
"So the car will go into the shop this week and hopefully the airbags will get deflated and the seats will be fixed. On a side note, when I called about taking the car in, I did ask if Lincoln would provide a complimentary loaner. The answer was yes, but interestingly the first question from the service person was whether this was a car used for a car service, because if it was they would not be able to provide a loaner car. Obviously this was an innocent question from the service person, but I couldn't help but think that if I paid $70K-plus for this car and was asked this question, it would make me wonder if buying a 'fleet' car was the right choice." — Edmunds staffer