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2009 Lincoln MKS AWD Review

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After Cadillac, it now looks like Ford's premium division is going through a rebirth. Similar to the mythical Phoenix, Lincoln seems to be rising from the ashes of the Continental and Town Car with a new flagship sedan that's more dynamic and especially more compact.

The new design is classy, understated and very clean-looking.

The luxurious MKS is nearly identical to the MKS Concept. The only difference is the front grille, which is actually derived from the magnificent MKR Concept. For 2009, the brand decided to make a splash by introducing a futuristic yet extremely well-executed automobile. The MKS has size and presence, particularly up front with the stunning waterfall grille separated by the Lincoln logo. Sporting tasteful chrome accents, this car is all about prestige and confidence -- all the more so when equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels.

Save for a few tiny details, the interior is also a carbon copy of the MKS Concept. In doing so, Lincoln is throwing away the "modern '70s" styling theme that defined some of its recent models. The new design is classy, understated and very clean-looking. Materials were wisely selected and the layout is reminiscent of the new Jaguar XF. The automaker also raised the bar in terms of fit and finish.

Voluntary simplicity
Functional and user-friendly, the interior of the 2009 Lincoln MKS keeps things simple. Of course, you'll find a host of comfort features like a navigation system and a THX-certified premium audio unit, but it's all convenient and purposeful. Unlike many rivals, there aren't countless unnecessary gadgets. You get what you need, period.

The controls and instruments are nicely positioned for easy reading and manipulation. I would even say that the entire dashboard becomes intuitive after a while. Again, there aren't too many gauges and buttons. Ergonomics are spot-on.

The MKS is not a small car, so expect the interior to feel quite roomy and friendly. Every seating position is generously sized and comfortable. Moreover, access poses no problem. I liked the heated/ventilated leather seats up front, not to mention the pleasant driving position. The multiple seating adjustments come in handy to preserve your comfort level during long drives, making the MKS a true touring sedan.

The MKS is not a small car, so expect the interior to feel quite roomy and friendly.