The odds are pretty good that the last time you rode in a large, 4-door Lincoln, you were headed to the airport. That has all changed with the introduction of the 2017 Lincoln Continental. The first Continental ever produced was in 1939, and until this 2017, we had not seen a Continental made since 2002.
This 10th Generation Continental is truly all new, and it is a world car, meaning everything is the same no matter which country the car is sold in, including China.
The Continental is very elegant looking with a newly styled mesh grill and distinct lines.
The 19” wheels look terrific, but perhaps the most distinctive features are the high beltline, shorter windows, and the nondescript door handles that are built into the chrome trim that runs along the side of the car. Until you get close to the car, it doesn’t appear it has any door handles at all.
When you raise the hood, you could find three different V6 engines.
You can get a 2.7-liter, you can move up to a 3.7-liter six cylinder, or you can get the one my review vehicle has, which is the 3.0-liter V6. This car has the middle engine in terms of liters, but it is the most powerful, generating 400-horses and 400 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter uses twin turbo technology to get that kind of power. All three engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. My tester is all-wheel drive, but front-wheel drive is available, also.
Moving to the interior, it is spectacular.
The Venetian leather is plush and extremely soft to the touch. Stitching and real wood run throughout the interior to complete the rich look of the new Continental.
The gauges are vibrant and easy to read, the steering wheel is large with fingertip controls, and the center console is clean with cup holders and lots of space and storage around it. The console is extremely open due to the transmission shifter using vertical buttons next to the color touchscreen. There are shift paddles on the steering wheel if you choose to alter the natural shift patterns of the transmission.
From the touchscreen, you can operate the 19-speaker Revel audio system, the climate settings, your Bluetooth, navigation systems, a host of apps, and vehicle settings. When you access the apps, you can get traffic info, movie listings, sports scores, fuel prices, weather info, and ski conditions, all in real time.
Continental has a ton of interior room and a massive trunk. One of the features I found pretty cool were the power front seats. You can adjust them 24 different ways, including raising your left or right thigh areas to different heights. This would be awesome for someone with back trouble. If you can’t get comfortable in these seats, something is wrong.
The other thing I really liked is the electronic doors. A push of button pops the doors open, much like a Corvette. Should you have a battery failure, there is an emergency exit handle from the inside, and from the outside you can insert your valet key into the Continental emblem on the side.
Moving to the back seat, my review car has the optional $4300 rear seat package. It features a large pull-down center console with cup holders. From there, you can override the audio, air conditioning, and operate the rear power sun shade and the panoramic moonroof.
In addition, the rear seat is heated and air conditioned, and the seats recline. You can even get a massage from the seats. If you are on the passenger side rear seat, you can slide the front passenger seat forward for more rear legroom.
For more privacy, there are side sunshades. By the way, the rear seat package includes the cost of the massive panoramic moonroof.
This top-of-the-line Black Label package comes extremely loaded.
It features HID headlights, ambient lighting, a heated, power-tilting steering wheel, blind spot monitoring, remote start, and review camera. You also get the terrific Auto Hold function, which allows you to take your foot off the brake after any stop.
This vehicle has the Technology Package, which includes: self-parking technology, adaptive cruise control, emergency braking, lane departure warning, and a 360-degree camera. This package runs $3105.
It also has the Climate Package. For $500 you get automatic high beam headlights, rain sensing wipers, and windshield wiper deicers.
Let’s talk about the Black Label package, something new for Lincoln last year. The Black Label Continental comes in three different themes, Rhapsody, Thoroughbred, and the one this car has, which is the Chalet. Each one has a unique interior.
More importantly, Black Label comes with a 4-year/50,000 mile maintenance plan, which literally includes everything including wiper blades and brakes pads. You also get concierge service, which includes pickup and delivery when you need service or maintenance, free car washes at any time, a yearly full detail inside and outside, and as part of Black Label, Lincoln will recommend top restaurants all over the country.
Driving the Continental is a real joy.
It doesn’t feel like a 4200-pound vehicle. Its handling is very nimble, steering is easy, and you feel none of the bumps in the road. It is also one of the quietest vehicles I have ever experienced. When the twin turbos kick in, this large car really goes!
Fuel economy is OK for a large, all-wheel drive vehicle with 400-horses. It is rated at 16 in town and 24 on the highway.
As I wrote about recently, if you go to Lincoln.com, you’ll see a starting price of $44,720. This one with everything in the world on it is $77,170.
If you want a large, great-driving luxury car, and are thinking about looking at the Audi A6, Mercedes E-class, or BMW 5-series, take a look at the Continental; it’s a heck of car.continental lincoln test drive