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2017 Lincoln Continental: Wrap-Up

by Edmunds

2017 Lincoln Continental

What We Got
The Continental has been absent from the Lincoln lineup for 15 years, and since then the automaker's vehicles have been little more than slightly nicer versions of their Ford counterparts. That all changed with the introduction of the 2017 Lincoln Continental. This new direction escapes the derision of the recent past, making the Continental worth consideration against premium luxury brands. It marked a significant shift in the brand, so you better believe we needed one in our fleet.

The 2017 Continental was offered in four trims: Premier, Select, Reserve and Black Label. We opted for the Reserve trim and sprung for the most powerful engine choice: The 400-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 also requires all-wheel drive. We added the Luxury, Climate and Technology packages as well as the 30-way adjustable Perfect Position seats, a sunroof and 20-inch wheels. The MSRP for this configuration came to $72,905, but we managed to negotiate it down to $70,432.

Was it worth it? To answer that, here's our summary.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Update for November 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
Our long-term 2017 Lincoln Continental spent the vast majority of November in the hands of one of the Edmunds executives, performing what we'd assume are the typical commuting and family duties. As we're about to say farewell after all this time and miles, there's not a whole lot to say that hasn't already been published.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Update for August 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Senior Writer

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
Eight months into our yearlong long-term test of the 2017 Lincoln Continental, we passed the halfway point to our mileage goal. Somewhere between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the odometer crossed over the 10,000-mile mark. On that trip, I also managed to top the best result for fuel economy. Otherwise, in regular commuter duty the Continental has received praise and a few complaints. Click on through to see what we're up to.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for July 2017

by Ronald Montoya, Senior Consumer Advice Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
Our 2017 Lincoln Continental stretched its legs a bit in July on a road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back. We also drove it on plenty of local trips, including jaunts to the beach and of course daily commutes. In July, our editors noted the Continental's level of seat comfort along with its powerful engine and useful adaptive cruise control.

Our Continental also faced off against the Genesis G90 in a head-to-head comparison test to see which car delivers the most bang for the buck at a similar price point.

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2017 Lincoln Continental vs. 2017 Genesis G90: Comparing Our Big Luxury Cars

by Will Kaufman, Associate Automotive Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental vs. 2017 Genesis G90

Our long-term 2017 Genesis G90 and 2017 Lincoln Continental are philosophically very different but physically very similar. Both are large, all-wheel-drive luxury sedans powered by turbocharged six-cylinder engines that cost about $70,000. They also accelerate from zero to 60 mph in about 5.5 seconds and have neat-looking machined grilles for their premium speakers.

Heritage is where they start to diverge. The G90 is an all-new car with a new nameplate from a new company. Hyundai spun Genesis off into its own brand less than two years ago. Meanwhile, the Continental is a revival of a nameplate that dates back to before World War II, from a brand that's celebrating its 100th birthday.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for May 2017

by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental

Where Did We Drive It?
It wasn't a month full of road trips or long journeys for our long-term2017 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.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for April 2017

by Ed Hellwig, Senior Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental

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.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for February 2017

by Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

2017 Lincoln Continental

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.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Monthly Update for January 2017

by Michael Massey, Vehicle Testing Assistant

2017 Lincoln Continental

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.

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2017 Lincoln Continental: Introduction

by Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor on January 12, 2017

2017 Lincoln Continental

What Did We Buy?
Over the last couple of decades, many of Lincoln's products have been modestly upgraded Fords. Sure, the Lincolns had different names and a few unique features, but even the most casual shopper could tell that a Navigator was just a fancy Expedition or the MKZ was a Ford Fusion in different clothes.

The new 2017 Lincoln Continental doesn't follow that formula. It not only revives a classic name, it gets Lincoln back into the game of making its own unique cars again.

More importantly, the Continental is the kind of car that Lincoln built its reputation on. It's a big, powerful sedan, but it's not trying to be a better BMW. The ride is forgiving, the cabin is quiet, and there's plenty of passenger room in every direction. It has plenty of modern technology, too, all of which we intend to test over the next 12 months.

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