2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for January 2017
by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
We filled our Lincoln Continental a total of six times this month and failed to hit the EPA combined number (let alone the highway number) for any of those tanks. Here's how the car is doing so far.
Average lifetime mpg: 16.3
EPA mpg rating: 19 combined (16 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 17.9
Best range: 283 miles
Current odometer: 2,362 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"The steering feedback/feel effectiveness in this car is bizarre. It's like I programmed it. Not because it matches what I like, but because it feels like it was done by someone with no practical experience tuning electric power steering systems. There are different feedback and resistance levels throughout almost every input, and the actual amount it turns the wheels seems to change, too. Couple this with the fact that the Continental's power steering snaps the wheel back to center as soon as you let up any grip on the wheel and you've got a recipe for a car that needs constant steering attention." — Mike Magrath, Content Strategist
"I was mildly bummed that the Continental projected a mere 321 miles of range when I filled up in the desert. I'd been on the highway all day, so if the prediction was based on recent driving style, it was close to a best-case scenario. Looking at our first few tanks — including my highway efforts — we haven't even come close to cracking 300 miles between fills. Am I crazy to expect a car called the Continental to give me some serious long-distance capability? This seems to be a general philosophy at Ford; I noticed the same shortcoming in our old 2015 Mustang GT and current 2017 Escape. Not that you'd normally drive 400-plus miles in one stretch, but especially in a car like this, it's nice to know you could." — Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist
"Strange that Lincoln would choose to put the electronic parking brake switch way down to the left of the driver's knee, where you'd expect to find an old-school pull handle. The switch is small and hard to find, and it also has an awkward rocker-style operation that increases the degree of difficulty. It's just a switch, guys — you don't have to put it down there, do you? How about putting it somewhere on the center console instead?" — Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist
"I doubt I'll be the only one to say this, but the optional 30-way seats in this Lincoln are some of the best seats I've ever experienced in any car. It takes a little time to dial them in just right, but it's well worth the effort. I've had more than a few multi-hour drives and come away very impressed. The door-mounted adjustment buttons are the only weak point as they have some very awkward angles that make them less intuitive than they should be, but the more detailed adjustments that you make through the touchscreen interface work much better. I wouldn't buy a Continental without this option." — Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor
"First impression from 10 feet away: The silver trim piece on the driver front fender is supposed to flow into the silver 'Continental' insert on the driver door, and something's a little off. On a closer inspection, the latter turns out to be about an eighth of an inch higher, give or take (the red lines in the photo show where the fender piece would need to be to match up). Nitpicking? Sure. But that's what a $70,000 car invites. If I saw something like this on a used car, I might wonder if it had been hit there and imperfectly repaired. I think it's fair to expect more precision at this price point." — Josh Sadlier, Content Strategist