Lincoln is the luxury/premium division of Ford, making more upscale versions based on Ford model platforms. There is also plenty of crossover between the two brands when it comes to technology; Lincoln cars feature versions of Sync and MyLincoln Touch.
In 2013, Lincoln made big changes to its passenger cars that included a redesign for the midsize MKZ and numerous updates for the larger MKS.
The MKZ sedan is also available as the MKZ Hybrid for those looking for greater fuel efficiency. Both the MKZ and the MKZ Hybrid were redesigned for 2013 along with the Ford Fusion on which they are based. There are now two available engines, one a 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder that focuses on efficiency, or a 300-hp V-6 which is geared more towards performance. There are plenty of standard features to go around in the MKZ, including Sync and MyLincoln Touch, leather upholstery, and a 10.1-inch LCD instrument cluster. Also offered is a new, retracting panoramic roof that is our favorite new option of the model year on any car.
The MKZ Hybrid combines efficiency and luxury, with a 141-hp four-cylinder under the hood that works with a 47-hp electric motor.
The flagship MKS also got its own set of updates for 2013, with a redesigned interior and several powertrain tweaks that mean more power as well as improved fuel economy. Last year's 274-hp V-6 has been bumped up to 300-hp and fuel economy is improved to 19/28 mpg city/highway from 17/25 mpg the previous year. Inside, physical controls have been replaced by touch-sensitive buttons on the center console, and a pair of LCDs now flanks the speedometer in the instrument panel. For 2014, it adds a standard rearview camera.
Lincoln also offers a trio of crossovers and SUVs for those who are looking for more utility from their vehicle. The five-seat MKX is a close relative of the Ford Edge, and shares with the Edge an emphasis on technology, with MyLincoln Touch, Sync, and touch-sensitive controls across the dash.
If more seating and cargo space are needed, the MKT seats six- or seven-passengers across three-rows of seats. Sharing a platform and engine options with the MKS sedan, the MKT also got much of the same interior upgrades that the sedan received in 2013.
Finishing things up is the full-size Navigator SUV, which comes in a long-wheelbase version as well (Navigator L). The Navigator and its powerful V-8 also comes with plenty of convenience features like a power liftgate, power-folding third row, heated and cooled front seats, and a navigation system all as standard equipment.