Lincoln MKS: Not Your Grandma’s Lincoln

We’ve Been Told
One of our local Dayton Ford dealers dropped off the sassiest of the vehicles we have driven, the Lincoln MKS. It’s like having a baby around—one cry means hungry, two means diaper change. In this case, three beeps means “Put on your seatbelt, you stupid human!” and two beeps of a different tone means, “You’ve locked yourself out again…really?” The MKS has a personality of its own, and it isn’t afraid to express it.

How, you might ask, is it possible for a car to “yell” at you for locking your keys in it? Enter the keyless vehicle. Step aside OnStar—this feature is free. In place of a key, there is only a beeper to get in and to lock the car. And guess what racing fans—it has paddle shifters for manual driving and a push-button start. This high technology detects the fact that your beeper is in the car before it’ll let you turn it on. So, it knows when you try to get out of the car and leave the beeper in it (mine slid down between the seats, of course). Having been accustomed to locking the car with the door button anyway, I didn’t know my beeper had escaped when I went to push the lock. So, when I shut the door, it simply rejected my request with two mean warning beeps and the car remained unlocked. Like I said, sassy. While I was thankful for this little reminder, I did NOT appreciate the back talk. What’s next? Robots revolting and mixing my white and red laundry?


Not my Grandma’s Lincoln

When the Lebanon Ford staff told me my next car was going to be a real treat, I had high hopes. I have to admit, when I heard Lincoln MKS, my thoughts went to my 83 year old grandmother’s 2000-something Lincoln Continental. In my ignorance, I thought, “How different can one Lincoln car be from another.” I clearly had a lot to learn.

This sporty metallic-turquoise-gray sedan had a sharp black interior and the keyless entry was just the tip of the technological iceberg. Like many of our past cars, the back up camera was back! Oh, I had missed it so. You get used to never turning around to check for other cars—heaven forbid it stops working one day and I back into my mailbox. Or off a cliff.  What else can you do with just a click of a button? Raise the back window shade, sync your iPod, iPhone, or any other iThing (not a real device…but maybe I should patent that idea now?) with the vehicle.

Grandma’s Lincoln sure couldn’t do all that. But they do have one thing in common…they are both drawn to the golf courses around Cincinnati.

A Few Days on the Green
Justin came back from that golfing trip to Tennessee and, as he had put it, he’d been “bitten by the golf bug.” That must be code for “I have to go golfing every day now, so please, please accept it, oh my beautiful patient girlfriend.”

The first outing in the Lincoln MKS was to Indian Ridge Golf Course, just ten minutes outside of Oxford. Justin calls it a “small, quaint, executive-links style course” that he would love to take Grandpa to. The course was in decent shape and the play was fast.

The second outing, just a few days later, was to the Hueston Woods Golf Course. Covered with tree-lined fairways, he said it was a “private club quality” course.  Earning 4.5 out of 5 stars on Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play, he called it the best golf bargain he’s found in greater Cincinnati. And the drive there wasn’t bad either. While I was preoccupied with the keyless-ness (I searched for my “keys” many times), he was excited about the smooth ride and what he calls “gliding power.” The vehicle was classy, responsive, and not too “old-man,” in his words. The cooled seats were also nice in the 88-degree weather after the golf course.

Live and Learn
I will think twice the next time I hear “Lincoln.” While I’m surely not the only one with a misconception of what Lincoln cars had to offer, I was very mistaken. After this week, I am convinced that Lincoln has carved out a respectable following and reputation for sporty, reliable cars with all the new technology any other brand might offer. Watch out, Cadillac… you’ve got some sassy competition in this class.

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