2018 Lincoln Continental Review

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.


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.


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

has a 16.7-cubic-foot trunk but it can’t be expanded since the car doesn’t come with split-folding rear seats.

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.

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Source: Car Dealer Now

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