2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for May 2017
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor
Where Did We Drive It?
It wasn't a month full of road trips or long journeys for our long-term 2017 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.
What Kind of Fuel Economy Did It Get?
With only two fill-ups during May, we had a monthly fuel economy average of just 16.3 mpg. That's just above the Continental's EPA city estimate of 16 mpg. The lifetime fuel economy average stayed the same.
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: 5,577 miles
Maintenance and Upkeep
This month, we took our Continental to the dealer with four items on the list: an airbag recall, the first 5,000-mile service, a hanging wire below the driver footwell and overinflated sections of the passenger seat. All these items were addressed and covered under warranty. Total time at the dealer: 26 days.
"Boy, am I glad we opted for the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. This engine is such a peach. It has plenty of grunt throughout the powerband (400 horsepower, 400 pound-feet), good low-speed throttle response, and it's exceedingly quiet on the highway. I've found it hard to justify our $70K buying price so far, but this engine certainly makes a strong case for itself." — Travis Langness, automotive editor
"The rear- and top-view camera is welcome and necessary on this big car. I used it to squeeze into what I thought would be a failed attempt at a too-small parking space. But with a little finesse, careful scrutiny of the screen and mirrors, and gentle inputs forward and back, I got the big boat in its space. It was only when I stepped out to see my handiwork that I realized I could've probably parked another Fiat 500 in the space that remained." — Dan Frio, automotive editor
"The seats. Have we talked about the seats yet? Comfortable, yes. Gimmicky? Oh, yes. Very yes. Come on, Lincoln. I want to like the Continental. I want to see a home team knock one out of the park. But these seats? With the split thigh supports and independent seatback half-sections? Is this what Lincoln's been reduced to?
"Nobody buys an A6 or even a 5 Series because it has great seats. And I assume Lincoln feels they have a strong enough product in the Continental that the seats are merely a minor talking point. I'm not sold. The car is nice enough but doesn't stand out in any way. When you're starting two laps behind the others, tricky seats and odd door handles don't get it done.
"Frustrating to watch Lincoln's stumbles and apparent cluelessness about what it takes to make an impression in this class: top-notch materials and craftsmanship, effortless acceleration and performance, sublime ride and simple, intuitive tech. The Continental's got a decent bit of all of it, but at a price that buys a Cayman S. Save the tricky seats and door handles, lower the price and increase refinement." — Dan Frio
"With the overinflated seat, an airbag recall, a hanging wire under the driver footwell and the need for its first 5,000-mile service, we took the Continental to a local Lincoln dealer. The airbag repair and the 5,000-mile service (oil change, tire rotation, various system checks) were completed in the first two days, but the dealer expected a two-week downtime waiting for parts for the front seat. Before they got to work on the seat, they had to call the hotline and speak with a Ford engineer. According to service adviser, they'd 'never seen anything like this.' After the hotline conversation, the Lincoln dealer ordered the parts, then 10 days later, the parts arrived and two days after that, the seat was repaired, all under warranty." — Michael Massey, vehicle testing assistant
"The build quality on this Continental is mildly disappointing. There are bad panel gaps and misalignments in several prominent places. We already had that seat-bladder issue in the first few months of the vehicle's life and with a vehicle that cost over $70K, blatant panel misalignments are a hard pill to swallow." — Travis Langness