2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for June 2017
by Carlos Lago, Senior Writer
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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
This month we recorded the highest monthly fuel economy average yet, though lifetime average fuel economy has remained closer to the EPA's city 16 mpg rating. We managed to set a new best range at 306.3 miles.
Lincoln says our Continental is designed to run on 87 octane fuel — an impressive feat for a turbocharged engine that delivers 400 horsepower — but the owner's manual recommends 91 octane for best overall performance, especially in hot weather. We've used both but have yet to see a significant change in fuel economy.
Average lifetime mpg: 16.4
EPA mpg rating: 19 combined (16 city/24 highway)
Best fill mpg: 23.8
Best range: 306.3 miles
Current odometer: 6,617 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
"I generally like the Conti's ultra-smooth six-speed auto, but the other day I experienced multiple shifts that were unnaturally harsh, odd for this otherwise refined powertrain. In several instances, the 2-3 upshift sent a massive shove throughout the entire car. It's very unsettling and almost feels like you've been rear-ended while moving forward. The shock only occurred when the transmission shifted into third between 15 and 20 mph. Since throttle application was consistent and light, I could never predict when the shock would happen. Sometimes a transmission can produce wonky jostles when you lift off the throttle right before a gear change, but that wasn't the case here. If the transmission was in first and shifting to second at 20 mph, then I might understand the hit. But this was also not the case. The trans was definitely in second and only revving to 2,000 rpm or so when it shifted into third and sent a shockwave throughout the car." — Cameron Rogers, associate editor
"I continue to be impressed by Ford's EcoBoost turbo V6 portfolio, including the 3.0-liter unit in our Continental. Just like the 2.7 and 3.5, this one feels eager at all speeds. It's also quite refined, especially for a V6. I'm less enthusiastic about the four-cylinder EcoBoosts, but Ford's got the V6 thing figured out." — Josh Sadlier, senior manager, content strategy
"This is such an excellent freeway cruiser. Quiet, comfortable, plenty of space in both the front and the rear seats. Honestly, I could drive this thing for 1,000 miles and not get uncomfortable (and hopefully I'll have that opportunity soon). Wind noise and road noise are practically nonexistent and the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 remains quiet most of the time. If Lincoln was aiming for a highway killer: mission accomplished." — Travis Langness, automotive editor
"I had a bunch of friends and family in the Continental over the weekend, and not one of them could figure out how to recline their seat with the door-mounted controls. Everyone eventually got it with some coaching (praise for the massage feature was unanimous), but the ergonomics here make for an unnecessary learning curve." — Carlos Lago, senior writer
"The Continental's auto park system makes for a neat party trick. It's pretty easy to activate and follow, and it's capable of both parallel and perpendicular parking. After it locates the spot, it tells you to stop, switch to reverse, and take your hands off the wheel. The Continental steers itself, often very quickly, and all you have to do is apply the gas or brake pedals. It's a neat system, right up until it fails, which it did twice over the weekend. On both occasions it didn't seem to acknowledge how close it was to either a curb or another car. It continued to get closer and closer until I got uncomfortable and took over. We used this feature a ton, so maybe a few hiccups are to be expected. The lesson? It's a cool system, especially when you want to show off to friends and family, but requires careful monitoring." — Carlos Lago