The all-new, 2017 Lincoln Continental leaves precious little to be desired with regard to looks, interior quality, or on-paper specs. Really, the only question left to answer is how well it drives: is Lincoln’s new flagship sedan an all-around great luxury package, or is it a well-appointed shell betrayed by a lackluster suspension and powertrain?
The Smoking Tire‘s Matt Farah is here to answer that question, in a recent episode of “One Take.” If anyone should know what makes for a good drive, it’s Farah. And happily, we can report that according to him, the 2017 Lincoln Continental is a perfectly fine machine to take on the road.
Mr. Farah does take some umbrage with the Lincoln Continental’s transverse powertrain layout, noting that the FWD-based design “is not how most luxury cars work.” (The car he was given to test was a “Reserve” model with Lincoln’s new, twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 and a “Haldex-style” AWD system.) However, “you don’t notice,” says Farah. “It’s the kind of thing where if it’s going to bug you mentally forever, okay; I understand that. But from behind the wheel, in ninety percent of your driving situations, does that matter? And the answer, I think, is no.”
He goes on to say that for the first time, “sporting pretensions” haven’t led the way. Instead, the new Lincoln Continental handles more like a “classic American sedan,” with a “big and floaty” feel intended for comfortable city and highway driving. Yet unlike the large, soft American sedans of yore, the controls are much more precise and immediate, and the Continental, while obviously not suited for track use, feels quite all right through the corners.
In short, the 2017 Lincoln Continental offers a gentle, smooth ride, without handling like a pig. And if you ask us, that’s everything the new flagship sedan should aspire to.
For more of Matt Farah’s thoughts on the new Lincoln Continental, watch the full episode of The Smoking Tire‘s “One Take” above.