2017 Lincoln Continental Sedan

2017 Lincoln Continental
2017 Lincoln Continental

Pros

  • Very attractive starting price for a large luxury sedan
  • Lengthy list of standard and available features
  • Several powerful engine choices, including a 400-horsepower V6

Cons

  • Can't match the competition when it comes to overall performance
  • Some interior elements don't look the part of a high-end luxury sedan


Which Continental does Edmunds recommend?

The trim we recommend depends on which engine you want. We think the Select is appropriate for Lincoln buyers who don't prioritize performance. It doesn't cost much more than the Premier and includes real leather seating, a hands-free trunk opener (handy if you're carrying groceries) and extra USB ports for passengers in the back. If you like your big luxury sedan with some pep in its step, the Reserve is a worthy upgrade. The Climate package adds little to the bottom line, and rear occupants will appreciate the toasty seats.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

The last time a new Lincoln Continental graced dealership lots, the large sedan was equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission and a CD player was an optional upgrade over a cassette deck. To misquote Dylan, the times, they have a-changed. The 2017 Lincoln Continental is a completely different beast, with no fewer than three engines available (each matched to a six-speed automatic) and the latest smartphone tech such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

But the new Continental isn't just about showing up its 15-year-old predecessor; it's about bringing something unique to the luxury full-size sedan segment: value. Rivals including the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series have long ruled this class, although they cost more than double the Continental's starting price. Even budget-conscious newcomers such as the Kia K900 and Genesis G90 are more expensive than the Lincoln. So this new Lincoln provides a tremendous value, even if you get a fully loaded version with all the bells and whistles. If you're in the market for a roomy sedan with a handsome interior that looks like $100,000 (and doesn't cost it), the 2017 Lincoln Continental is certainly worth a look.

Trim levels & features

The 2017 Lincoln Continental is a large sedan that offers a lot of the same technology and luxury features you'd get from a high-end car such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7 Series, but at a much lower price. It all starts with the well-equipped Premier model, followed closely by the Select, which adds a ton of features for a modest price bump. It also opens the gates to several feature packages not available on the Premier. The Reserve includes more goodies, followed by the exclusive Black Label, which costs considerably more but grants access to Lincoln's Black Label concierge program.

The base Premier trim is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 (305 horsepower, 280 pound-feet) matched to a six-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Its standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, remote engine start, power-folding and heated mirrors with integrated blind-spot sections and puddle lamps, adjustable dampers, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, an auto-dimming driver mirror, chrome exterior trim, active grille shutters, interior ambient lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats, a power-adjustable leather-wrapped steering wheel, driver-seat memory settings and rear air vents. Entertainment features include an 8-inch touchscreen with the Sync 3 infotainment system, Bluetooth, and a 10-speaker audio system with two USB ports and satellite radio.

Stepping up to the Select trim adds 19-inch wheels, soft-close doors, power-folding exterior mirrors, hands-free trunk opening, illuminated sill plates, leather upholstery, wood accents on the steering wheel, two rear charge-only USB ports and a 110-volt household-style outlet. Choosing the Select also opens the door to the optional twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 engine (335 hp, 380 lb-ft).

The 2.7-liter engine is standard on the Reserve, as are 24-way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, navigation, a rear power sunshade, and an embedded modem that allows users to control various aspects of their Continental via the Lincoln Way smartphone app.

The range-topping Black Label takes the Continental over the top with 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, simulated-suede headliner, upgraded leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, power-adjustable rear seats, and a 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system with a CD player and HD radio. It's available in three distinct palettes (Rhapsody, Chalet and Thoroughbred), each of which modify the Continental's exterior and interior color schemes and trim. It also allows access to Lincoln's Black Label member privileges.

For those who want as much power as the Continental has to offer, the Reserve and Black Label offer an optional twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 (400 hp, 400 lb-ft). Summer performance tires are available with this engine.

There are several options packages that add extra features to the Continental. The Climate package (Select, Reserve and Black Label) adds automatic high beams, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Technology package (Select with 2.7-liter engine, Reserve and Black Label) includes a 360-degree parking camera, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic wipers, adaptive cruise control, an automated parking system, lane keeping assist with mitigation, and a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking. The Rear Seat package (Reserve and Black Label) includes a 40/20/40-split rear seat with reclining, heated and ventilated outboard seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment, inflatable rear outboard seat belts, a panoramic sunroof and rear-side sunshades. The Reserve's Luxury package includes the LED headlights and Revel sound system.

Some features are available as individual options depending on trim, including 20-inch wheels, the sunroof, the Revel sound system and 30-way-adjustable seats with a massaging function.

Trim tested

Edmunds has not yet tested any version of this vehicle. The following is our first take on what's significant about it and what you can expect.

Driving

Expect a ride quality that's well controlled yet supple and forgiving. Lincoln's rep for floaty land yachts is a thing of the past. Yet unlike Cadillac, Lincoln is not trying to outdo the Germans when it comes to performance, so the Continental won't have ultra-quick steering and sticky tires.

Acceleration

Given its substantial size, the Continental will likely have modest acceleration with either of the standard engines. The optional 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 is rated at 400 horsepower, however, so it should be capable of delivering impressive performance off the line.

Comfort

The big Continental should excel here. It has a spacious cabin, optional 30-way-adjustable front seats and plenty of room in back. Add in a suspension designed for minimal cabin intrusion and engines designed to work in the background, and you have all the ingredients for a very comfortable sedan.

Interior

A clean design and top-quality materials give the Continental's cabin a refined look and feel. It's not on the same level as the interiors of some European luxury sedans, but at its price point it's well appointed and comfortable.

Utility

Storage space up front is plentiful and easy to access. The trunk isn't likely to have as much room as Continentals of the past, but it should be on the large side for a sedan in its class.

Technology

The Continental uses the same Sync 3 technology interface as other Ford products. It's a much-improved system that is now easy to use and compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. A high-end audio system is also available, along with adaptive cruise control and automatic emergency braking.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 Lincoln Continental.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

The continental is so nice, I bought one.
DC,11/07/2016
UPDATE: May 8, 2018. I still love the car and it continues to be trouble free. By far the most comfortable car for long drives. Powerful, excellent fuel economy (24.8 mixed driving. I could get better mileage, but the engine is fun to rev.). The car is fast, quiet, extremely comfortable and fun to drive. I highly recommend driving one before you buy any other luxury car. I bet you will be impressed. Over my lifetime I have owned many more expensive German cars but this is the nicest car I have owned to date. UPDATE: November 8, 2017. The car continues to be flawless. I enjoy driving it and it continues to be a luxurious, comfortable, capable and quiet ride. The gas mileage continues to get better, despite my tendency to enjoy the feel the torque of the turbocharged engine on acceleration. I would change nothing on the car. If I did not own this one, I would go out and buy one today. The nicest car I have ever owned. I have not been back to the dealership for any issues. I soon will go to the dealer and receive my free oil change service. ORIGINAL REVIEW: I continue to marvel at the comfort, quietness and performance of this car. It is so comfortable, smooth and quiet that now my other four cars seem noisy and rough. I just love the perfect position seats. I had been looking for a luxury sedan for about a year. I test drove almost every model of every luxury brand and finally decided on the Lincoln Continental. I bought the Reserve model with the 2.7 liter twin turbo engine (380 lbs. of torque) and the perfect position seats (Extra cost, but worth every penny). The Continental is a really high quality, fast, quiet and comfortable car. It is perfect for long trips, where you can enjoy the extremely quiet cabin and amazingly comfortable seats. I tried every seat on the market and the heated and cooled Lincoln Continental Perfect Position seats are the best available anywhere. I have owned seven Mercedes S- class, several Cadillacs and Lincolns. This Continental is by far the nicest of them all. The quality of the leather and wood is outstanding as is the fit and finish of the entire car. The safety and convenience features of the car are wonderful. Lincoln has invested a lot of time and money to design the new Continental and it shows. Lincoln also has put a lot of money into their dealerships and I was pleased with how helpful the dealership and sales staff were. I spent a lot of time driving every model to find the one I liked best and they were most accommodating. I like the fact the Continental has six year power train warranty and a four year, 50,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. When the car needs an oil change or service, the dealer will pick up the car at my home, perform the service, wash the car and return it to my home. There is no fee for this service. The car also comes with lifetime roadside assistance. If needed, Lincoln will provide a loaner car. This gives me assurance Lincoln has confidence in this vehicle and backs it with a very good warranty. There is one more thing I like about my Continental. It is built in the USA by American workers. If you are looking for a really nice, comfortable and well made luxury car, you should try the Lincoln Continental.
Amazing beautiful car!
BJR,02/11/2017
Currently have less than 1,000 miles on the car and couldn't be happier with it. Initially got lousy gas mileage the first week but the dealer assured me it would get better and was stunned to get 32.6 mpg driving down I95. Usually runs about 20 to 24 mpg around town which I am pleased with. The car is extremely comfortable riding and people fight over who will sit in the front seat to get massaged. Still trying to figure out all the gadgets and functions. Love that people stop and walk around the car and always comment on it. I have the white gold color and it is stunning. Did 6 months of research on about 10 different cars, luxury, sporty, muscle cars, etc. and am very pleased with our choice. Update: I have now had the Lincoln Continental for 8 months and have almost 6,000 miles on it. I love, love, love this car! It is so comfortable, responsive and luxurious. There are no adverse comments that I can think of and I continue to have people fight over who will sit in the front seat to be spoiled by the massaging seats! Still getting great gas mileage, 32-36 mpg on the highway and 24-28 around town. It is very difficult to sit in a regular car after being in this one. I recently used a valet service for 5 days and every day who ever was parking the car commented on what a beautiful car and how they hadn't seen anything like it. My 4 grandchildren ages 6-10 always want to show their friends the car and they all have said they want to get a car like this when they are older.
Simply Awesome!!!
Scott G,10/21/2016
What a car! Was leaning towards a BMW 7 series and drove the Lincoln hands down a way better car for way less money.
Great Car
Carlos,10/18/2016
I just got the car from my dealer. First of all the Dealer experience was above the expected service. They delivered the car to me in a pristine conditions. Fit and Finish is great, the seats are out of this world, I had a Mercedes E350 and the comfort and ambience this Continental has is way above the Mercedes. The power of the engine and the way it is delivered to the 4 wheels. It's feel in a category above. The only thing I would criticize is the fuel economy, if you get to happy with the engine revs then the fuel economy goes down...sad because the engine is a silky machinery that calls to be pressed.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$47,675
MPG
17 city / 26 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
305 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$56,075
MPG
17 city / 25 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
N/A
MSRP
$49,675
MPG
16 city / 24 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
305 hp @ 6500 rpm
MSRP
$54,075
MPG
18 city / 27 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
N/A
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Continental safety features:

Front and Rear Park Assist
Sounds an alert if an object is detected in close proximity to the front or rear bumper.
Active Park Assist
Sensors can detect an open parallel or perpendicular parking space and automatically guide the Continental into it.
Pre-Collision Assist
Automatically applies the brakes if a forward collision with a vehicle or pedestrian is deemed imminent.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.6%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

2017 Lincoln Continental Sedan for Sale

Lincoln Continental 2017 Reserve 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
12,010 miles
Used 2017
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Reserve
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Lincoln Continental 2017 Reserve 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A)
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Used 2017
Lincoln Continental
Reserve
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Dealer Notes
CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. MOONROOF/SUNROOF, ONE OWNER CAR, 4X4/ALL WHEEL DRIVE, TONS OF OPTIONS, AWD**, NAVIGATION, BACK UP CAMERA, Automatic temperature control, Blind spot sensor: warning, Equipment Group 300A, Front dual zone A/C, Heated door mirrors, Luxury Leather Heated/Cooled Front Seat, Memory seat, Radio: AM/FM Stereo w/10 Speakers, Steering wheel mounted A/C controls, Steering wheel mounted audio controls, SYNC 3. Priced below KBB Fair Purchase Price! DON'T DELAY, CALL NOW OR JUST COME ON IN! Reviews: * Stout engine; luxurious cabin; innovative seating. Source: Edmunds
Lincoln Continental 2017 Select 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A)
3,409 miles
Used 2017
Lincoln Continental
Select
List$42,199
Est.Loan: $768/mo
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***SELECT PLUS PACKAGE WITH CAPPUCINO LUXURY LEATHER SEATS,***ADAPTIVE STEERING AND ACTIVE NOISE CONTROL,***CONTINENTAL CLIMATE PACKAGE,***HTD STEERING WHEEL,***HTD REAR SEATS,WINSHIELD WIPERS DE-ICER,***NAVIGATION SYSTEM,***BLIS WCROSS TRAFFIC ALERT,***TWIN PANEL MOONROOF,***SYNC3,...CARFAX One-Owner. Clean CARFAX. White Platinum 2017 Lincoln Continental Select AWD AWD 6-Speed Automatic with Select-Shift 3.7L V6 Ti-VCT 24VThank you for considering Cowles Ford. This vehicle has the following optional equipment: Recent Arrival! Odometer is 6042 miles below market average!Cowles Parkway Ford is the Ford President's Award winning dealer for the last 3 years. We have the largest Ford showroom in the metropolitan area.Which makes sense since we have one of the largest inventories as well. We know that people want a great selection and great service. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are consistently rated at the very tops in customer satisfaction. If you are looking great selection, great service and great prices, stop in at Cowles Parkway Ford today! If you buy a Ford anywhere else you will simply pay to much!Reviews: * Stout engine; luxurious cabin; innovative seating. Source: Edmunds

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More about the 2017 Lincoln Continental

In some ways, the 2017 Lincoln Continental, the brand's new flagship luxury sedan, remains true to the image of the big, fancy four-door that so effectively burned its name into your subconscious over the past half-century or so. It's a roomy sedan with clean, elegant lines, luxurious trappings and an emphasis on comfort-oriented motoring.

All that said, this new Continental isn't a retro throwback. For starters, there are three available engines, including a twin-turbocharged, 400-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 that could scarcely have been imagined when they were designing the previous generation of this venerable nameplate.

These engines also manage to be fairly fuel-efficient, with EPA ratings ranging from 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway) for the midrange 2.7-liter engine with front-wheel drive to a still-respectable 19 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway) for the high-performance 3.0-liter mated to all-wheel drive. Availability of all-wheel drive gives the Continental an advantage in climes where the driving conditions can turn iffy with little warning.

There are four distinct trim levels offered, ranging from the well-equipped entry-level Premiere to what might be considered the top-of-the-line Reserve. Naturally, there are a number of options of which to partake, including a Climate package that bundles extras such as automatic high-beam headlights, automatic wipers, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. Springing for the Technology package gets you a 360-degree parking camera, adaptive cruise control, an automated self-parking system, lane keeping assist, and a pre-collision warning system with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.

The final step up, known as the Black Label, includes still more standard features, while also allowing you to access Lincoln's concierge-like services that include a mobile showroom that comes to you, premium maintenance services including pickup and drop-off, complimentary anytime car washes and annual detailing, and more. The 400-hp 3.0-liter V6 is also offered as an option on Reserve and Black Label models.

Now, in a crowded field full of excellent top-shelf luxury automobiles, the real question becomes what separates this new Lincoln Continental from its many worthy competitors. Though it's true some of those European and Asian rivals have a few select options that aren't even offered here, chances are they're not anything you'll really miss. Instead — and most importantly — the biggest differentiator is the bottom line, which you'll find to be many thousands of dollars less than those of some other new high-end sedans. If Lincoln's new Continental sounds like your kind of car, use Edmunds to help find the perfect one.

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