2018 Lincoln Continental Review
The 2018 Lincoln Continental gets standard 4G LTE. Black Label models now come with the Climate package and a moonroof. The exterior colors Blue Diamond, Ivory Pearl Metallic and Iced Mocha Metallic replace Midnight Sapphire, Jade Metallic, Diamond Black and Palladium Gold.
TRIM LEVELS (INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR OPTIONS)
The 2018 Lincoln Continental is a large luxury sedan that slots above the midsize MKZ and is available in front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. In addition to the three trims described below, the Continental is available in a Black Label variant that features two-tone upholstery in vibrant colors, embroidery on the headrests, complimentary maintenance for four years or 50,000 miles, and more.
Continental Premiere: The base Premiere trim comes standard with adaptive steering, adaptive suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, keyless entry/start, remote start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, a 10-inch audio system, the Sync 3 multimedia system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, heated 10-way power adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, leatherette upholstery, and HID headlights.
Continental Select: Move up to the Select grade and you get 19-inch alloy wheels, front parking sensors, ambient lighting, and leather upholstery.
Continental Reserve: The range-topping Reserve trim comes with tri-zone climate control, navigation, a 13-speaker Revel audio system, 24-way power front seats, a power-operated trunk and ventilated front seats.
Options include full LED headlights, heated and ventilated rear seats, 30-way multi-contour front seats with massage function, 20-inch alloy wheels, a 19-speaker Revel Ultima audio system, a heated steering wheel, an automatic parking system, and a head-up display. Features such as navigation, heated and ventilated 24-way adjustable front seats, and the power-operated trunk are available as part of packages or as standalone options on lower trims.
PERFORMANCE AND FUEL ECONOMY
The 2018 Continental comes with three six-cylinder engine choices that are all paired exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission. A 3.7-liter V-6 with 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque comes standard on the Premiere and Select trim. The range-topping Reserve trim comes standard with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 good for 335 hp and 380 lb-ft. This engine is also available as an option on the mid-grade Select. The most powerful engine, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with 400 hp and 400 lb-ft, is only available on the Reserve and Black Label grades and comes standard with all-wheel drive.
EPA fuel economy ratings for the base 3.7-liter V-6 are 17/26 mpg city/highway for front-drive models and 16/24 mpg with all-wheel drive. Move up to the more powerful 2.7-liter twin-turbo V-6 and fuel efficiency goes up to 18/27 mpg for front-drive variants and 17/25 mpg on cars with all-wheel drive. The 400-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 is rated at 16/24 mpg.
The 2018 Continental received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars). In IIHS testing the 2018 Continental received a Good rating in all crashworthiness tests and in the new headlight test (Good is the highest possible score).
In the IIHS’ front crash prevention test, the 2018 Continental received a Superior rating after it avoided collisions in 12- and 25-mph tests (Superior is the highest rating in the front crash prevention test). As a result of its excellent crash test and front crash prevention scores, the Continental received the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS.
Forward collision warning comes standard on all but the base Premiere trim. Blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert are optional on the Select grade and standard on the Reserve and Black Label variants. The Technology package, which is available on all but the entry-level Premiere trim, adds lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams.
The 2018 Continental
In a 2017 First Test, we noted that the Continental, when equipped with the 400-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, offers strong acceleration and handles well for a heavy sedan with most of its weight hanging over the front wheels. However, the six-speed automatic is hesitant to downshift. On the road, the Continental is quiet and the cabin is well-insulated. Ride comfort is excellent for the most part, but sometimes the suspension struggles to soak up sharp bumps, especially when equipped with the 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Continental recently participated in a 2017 comparison test that also included the Lexus LS, BMW 7 Series, and the Genesis G90. The Lincoln placed fourth because it needed more refinement. Throttle tip-in is too aggressive and its cabin suffers from squeaks and rattles. Passenger space, however, is spacious for both front and rear passengers and, overall, editors were impressed by the Lincoln’s potential.
Source: Car Dealer Now