Used 2000 Lincoln LS Review

Edmunds expert review

What's new for 2000

From the ground up, this is a completely new sport sedan based on an all-new midsize platform. Lincoln worked with Jaguar to develop this platform, which is also being used for Jaguar's S-Type sedan. It is the first Lincoln in over two decades not classified as a full-size vehicle, and should appeal to buyers looking for something sportier and smaller than the Town Car or Continental.

Vehicle overview

Lincoln is on a mission to redefine its image, and the LS model will lead the charge. With a sticker price, overall size and base horsepower nearly identical to Cadillac's Catera, Lincoln hopes to offer more in the areas of performance and passion than GM's Opel-based Caddy.

The first clue to this Lincoln's sporting nature is its optional Getrag five-speed manual transmission, which can be mated to the standard 3.0-liter V6 engine. This base engine makes 210 peak horsepower and 205 foot-pounds of torque. If more go-power is required, an optional 3.9-liter V8, making 252 horsepower and 267 foot-pounds of torque, can be ordered, but not with a manual transmission.

For those who like the idea of shifting, but not necessarily using a clutch, an optional SelectShift 5-speed automatic is available with either engine. The SelectShift automatic is part of the LS Sport Package, which includes 17-inch aluminum wheels, European suspension, body-colored bumpers and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Suspension is another area where Lincoln took the high road when creating the LS. An all-aluminum, four-wheel independent setup means the days of the Lincoln Land Yacht may finally be over. With a 52/48 percent weight distribution (V8) between the front and rear axles, this may be the first "European-inspired" luxury sedan that will truly feel European when attacking twisty roads. There's even an optional Advance Trac yaw control system available for when your driving enthusiasm exceeds your driving ability.

Despite its sporting nature, the LS is still a Lincoln at heart, and standard features like dual automatic temperature control, leather seating, rear armrests with cupholders and an air filtration system speak to those who won't compromise luxury for the sake of performance. A Convenience Package adds further to the LS' posh nature with a memory driver's seat/steering wheel/exterior mirror position, power lumbar support for driver and passenger, a universal garage door opener and moisture-sensitive wipers.

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