2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for February 2017
by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
There were only three fill-ups in February over 621.3 miles logged. We poured in 44.4 gallons of 91 octane, which comes out to about 14 mpg. That drops our lifetime average by nearly 1 mpg, but there was one bright spot. Brent managed to score the best recorded result from a tank with 20.3 mpg, though there have been only nine fuel log entries so far.
Average lifetime mpg: 15.4
EPA mpg rating: 19 combined (16 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 20.3
Best range: 283 miles
Current odometer: 3,216 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"No complaints about the twin-turbo V6, aside perhaps from its thirst. This thing is the business in the midrange — a kickdown to about 3,500 rpm at 40 mph sends you rocketing forward. I also like how the softly sprung Continental rocks back on its haunches when you boot it. Appropriately old-school." — Josh Sadlier, Senior Manager, Content Strategy
"The 2017 Continental has a six-speed automatic transmission. A bit behind the times, don't you think? Sure, as six-speeds go, it's fine. It upshifts smoothly and doesn't rush to get to top gear in an attempt to eke out the best fuel economy. But compared to the latest eight-speed autos used in most rival sedans, it comes up short. It lacks the rapid-shift action those transmissions have when you're fully on the gas, and its manual-mode shifting is slower, too. Oh, and our car's fuel economy so far has been disappointing. Ford's putting a new 10-speed auto in the 2017 F-150 with the turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. Seems odd not to have it here, too." — Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor
"Look at that, a tuning knob! In a brand-new car! You mean I don't have to tap a virtual button endlessly to move through the channels, or rub a haptic strip just the right way? What a concept. Thank you, Lincoln, for realizing that retro can also mean progress." — Josh Sadlier
"As much as I like the overall look of the Continental, I wish the front end were a little more differentiated from the MKZ's. Looking at them head on, they're almost indistinguishable. I get that Lincoln is going for a family resemblance, but the Continental is the flagship of the lineup. It should have a little something extra to make sure people know it. There are some small differences, but not enough to tell at a glance." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor
"Here's one appealing aspect of our Lincoln Continental: It doesn't remind me of a Ford product. For many years now, any Lincoln I drove seemed too similar to whatever Ford product it was based on. MKZ? Oh, it's just a gussied-up Fusion. MKX? Gussied-up Ford Edge. But the Continental? There's no obvious counterpart. The company did a nice job of making the sedan's styling and interior design distinct. Plus, the Continental departs from Lincoln's alphanumeric naming logic. That alone is a win." — Brent Romans
"The Continental's doors qualify as luxury-grade. Press the button on the inside of the exterior handle and the door smoothly pops out just a bit. After that, the action of opening the door feels more like you're swinging it open rather than yanking it open. The doors have a suitably solid feel to them, too. (I do wonder if Lincoln went a little overboard on that, though — will the doors be too heavy for some people?) Upon closing, our Lincoln has the power soft-close feature, which is another nice touch." — Brent Romans