With the new generation of Continental, Lincoln as a luxury brand Ford is trying to offer cars that honor its long-lived glory days while remaining modern to attract a new generation of luxury sedan buyers.
The 2018 Lincoln Continental is a large luxury sedan that comes in four trim levels: Premiere, Select, Reserve and Black Label. It offers a lot of the same luxury and technology features you’d get from a flagship car such as the BMW 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but at a much lower price.
Powering the 2018 Lincoln Continental Premiere and Select trims is a 3.7-liter V6 engine that puts out a 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Lincoln also offers a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 (335 hp, 380 lb-ft of torque) that provides better fuel efficiency as an optional upgrade for the Select trim, and as the base engine for the Reserve and Black Label trims. Both engines are matched to a six-speed automatic transmission and can be had with either front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive.
For those who want more power, the Reserve and Black Label offer an optional twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that delivers 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. This engine also uses a six-speed automatic transmission.
In track testing, the 2018 Lincoln Continental Black Label 3.0T AWD went from zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, quick, but average for the class.
EPA fuel economy for the base engine 3.7-liter FWD at 20 mpg combined (17 city/26 highway) and 19 mpg combined (16 city/24 highway) for AWD version. The 2.7-liter FWD checked at 21 mpg combined (18 city/27 highway) and (20/17/25) with AWD. The turbocharged 3.0 return (19/16/24).
The 2018 Lincoln Continental price list: Premiere $46,085, Select $50,295, Reserve $55,710 and Black Label $69,630. All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option.