2019 Lincoln Continental Review
Which Continental does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Exceptional rear-seat legroom
- Strong optional V6 engine with capable AWD system
- Cabin stays quiet at highway speeds
- Interior and build quality are a bit inferior to other luxury rivals
- Value factor is lacking
- Occasional rough and disruptive shifts from the automatic transmission
- Minor adjustments to features availability
- Part of the 10th Continental generation introduced in 2017
Overall rating7.0 / 10
If ever there was an evocative American luxury automaker nameplate, the Lincoln Continental is it. It's been around since the late 1930s, with some breaks in production along the way. Early on, it was a prestigious luxury car that reflected European styling sensibilities and it was among the last American cars available with a V12 engine.
The Continental name lost some of its luster in the meantime, with a succession of models that didn't resonate the way Continentals up through the 1960s did. In creating the current-generation Continental that debuted in 2017, Lincoln aimed to capitalize on the memory of its halcyon days.
Today's 2019 Continental shares its fundamental platform with the Lincoln MKZ and Ford Fusion, albeit with a longer wheelbase. It's handsome and roomy, especially in the back seat. Lincoln packs it with features, including optional 30-way-adjustable front seats and an available turbocharged V6 thumping out 400 horsepower.
However, the Continental suffers from its positioning in the marketplace. Lower trims have an uninspiring engine and can't match the feature content of loaded-up sedans from non-luxury manufacturers, such as the Honda Accord. Meanwhile, costly higher trims of the Continental don't fare well against the formidable competition from true luxury brands.
While the 2019 Continental is quiet and plush, its indifferent steering and handling are in marked contrast to buttoned-down European sedans. Likewise, its cabin design is a mindless rehash of past glories that look and function awkwardly. Overall, there are better choices for a midsize luxury sedan.
What's it like to live with?
The Edmunds editorial team purchased and lived with a Lincoln Continental for a year, logging just over 14,000 miles. We were unanimous in our praise for the powerful 3.0-liter turbocharged engine but had mixed opinions about the 30-way adjustable front seats and build quality. Note that while we tested a 2017 model, our observations still fully apply to the 2019 Continental as well. To learn more, check out our long-term Continental test for all the details, good and bad.
2019 Lincoln Continental models
The 2019 Lincoln Continental is available in four trim levels. The base trim shares some luxuries and features with its more expensive brethren but has a limited options list. The Select is only a modest upgrade but has access to a decent options list. The Reserve trim is more generously equipped with luxury features. The range-topping Black Label comes with unique, upscale interior options and membership in Lincoln's lifestyle service program.
Three engines are available for the Continental. The base engine is a 3.7-liter V6 (305 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque), which comes standard on base and Select trims. A turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 (335 hp, 380 lb-ft of torque) is standard on the Reserve and Black Label trims. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive.
The third engine option is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 (400 hp, 400 lb-ft) that's optional on the Reserve and Black Label trims. To manage this engine's power, Lincoln bundles it with a torque-vectoring AWD system. This engine also uses a six-speed automatic transmission.
Beyond the 3.7-liter V6, the base trim receives 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, power-folding side mirrors (driver-side auto dimming), front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive suspension and keyless entry.
Inside, you get dual-zone climate control with a rear-seat air vents, power-adjustable front seats with heating, and simulated-leather upholstery. Infotainment duties are handled by Ford's Sync 3 system, which comes with an 8-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, satellite radio, two USB ports and a 10-speaker sound system. All Continentals now come with adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane keeping assist as well.
Moving up to the Select trim adds 19-inch wheels, power-operated soft-close doors, a hands-free trunklid opener, navigation, leather upholstery and rear-seat USB ports.
The Reserve trim, in addition to the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, gets heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, an automated parking system, a head-up display, a panoramic moonroof and a 13-speaker Revel audio system. It also upgrades to 24-way power-adjustable front seats that are heated and ventilated, three-zone automatic climate control with separate rear-seat controls, and a power rear window sunshade.
At the top of the range, and nearly doubling the base's starting price, is the Continental Black Label. This trim comes standard with 20-inch wheels, 30-way-adjustable seats and unique interior materials and colors. A Rear Seat package with power-adjustable seats is available as an option.
Buying a Black Label car also gets the buyer access to Lincoln's lifestyle and concierge service. Lincoln will wash your car for free, pick it up from you for service, and book reservations for you (and even buy you dinner), among other services. Black Label Continentals are also covered by a four-year/50,000-mile maintenance plan that covers services and wear items.
|Overall||7.0 / 10|
Noise & vibration8.0
Ease of use6.5
Getting in/getting out7.0
Child safety seat accommodation9.0
Audio & navigation7.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Continental models:
- Pre-Collision Assist
- Alerts the driver of the need to apply the brakes to avoid a forward collision and automatically brakes if the driver takes no action.
- Lane Keeping System
- Warns the driver when the car drifts out of its lane and can apply steering input to keep the car in its lane.
- Blind-Spot Information System
NHTSA Overall Rating5 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover10.6%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2019 Lincoln Continental Overview
The Used 2019 Lincoln Continental is offered in the following submodels: Continental Sedan. Available styles include 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A), 4dr Sedan (3.7L 6cyl 6A), Black Label 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A), Black Label 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A), Select 4dr Sedan (3.7L 6cyl 6A), Select 4dr Sedan AWD (3.7L 6cyl 6A), Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A), and Reserve 4dr Sedan AWD (2.7L 6cyl Turbo 6A). Pre-owned Lincoln Continental models are available with a 3.7 L-liter gas engine or a 2.7 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 335 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Lincoln Continental comes with all wheel drive, and front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Lincoln Continental comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 6 yr./ 70000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Lincoln Continental?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Lincoln Continental trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Lincoln Continental Reserve is priced between $42,000 and$51,590 with odometer readings between 11956 and63284 miles.
- The Used 2019 Lincoln Continental Black Label is priced between $46,990 and$58,590 with odometer readings between 16486 and41956 miles.
- The Used 2019 Lincoln Continental Base is priced between $33,998 and$33,998 with odometer readings between 44760 and44760 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Lincoln Continental?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.