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Top Features of Base Model
- Active-safety features now standard equipment
- Automatic emergency braking, active lane control included
- Adaptive cruise control fitted on all models
- Other optional equipment built in as well
Lincoln Continental: Everything You Need to Know
About the Lincoln Continental
The Lincoln Continental is an old model name on a new, modern sedan. It’s a handsome, spacious five-seat cruiser update of the traditional American luxury car.
Standard versions are found in big-city car services as the successor to the old Town Car. High-end versions are fitted with a powerful 400-hp engine and all-wheel drive. They match up to pricier German luxury sedans in performance—if not in brand value.
The Continental is an overlooked entry in the luxury sedan category. U.S. makes have gotten little traction against the Germans. It’s not a sport sedan, but a luxurious and comfortable way to cover miles in town or on the highway. Parent company Ford is ending all sedan production, so the Continental may not be long for this world.
What’s New in the 2019 Lincoln Continental?
In its third model year, the Continental makes previously optional active-safety features standard. They include automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. Now bundled as Lincoln Copilot 360, the group is in every Continental for 2019.
The Continental comes in four trim levels: Standard, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. All-wheel drive is optional. It cuts 1 mpg off the fuel-efficiency rating versus front-wheel drive. Eighty special “80th Anniversary Coach Door” models are also available. Their rear-hinged rear doors recall 1960s Continentals.
There are three engine options, all delivering power through a six-speed automatic transmission:
- Base: 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6, rated at 20 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, 19 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.
- Optional: 335-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6, rated at 21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, 20 mpg combined with all-wheel drive.
- Performance: 400-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 (exclusive to Lincoln), only offered with all-wheel drive, rated at 19 mpg combined
What Does the 2019 Lincoln Continental Compete With?
Buyers of large luxury sedans favor German makes, which are Lincoln’s toughest competitors. In power, available all-wheel drive, and high-end luxury features, the Continental aligns with:
Exterior Design of the 2019 Lincoln Continental
The Lincoln Continental is a handsome, understated design. It’s a traditional long, wide sedan with a distinct trunk. That’s a style vanishing from American roads with German makes deploying “expressive” shapes and accents.
Lincoln’s large grille opening is shared with other models, but individual details show quiet attention to design. It uses chrome accents judiciously including for door handles integrated into the waistline trim strip. LED lights are standard on higher-end models, and a large moonroof is optional or standard.
Interior Style in the 2019 Lincoln Continental
Like the exterior, the Continental’s interior is understated but elegant. The layout is familiar: two front seats separated by a tallish console, and a three-position bench seat in the rear. Even the base upholstery looks good, with diamond-stitched leather seats in the Black Label version.
Soft-touch surfaces abound, but Lincoln has carefully used more chrome trim to give the cabin a slightly retro feel. Digital instruments and the 8-inch center touchscreen display anchor it firmly in the modern era, however.
Four people can travel in ample room, and even a fifth rider won’t feel as cramped as in mid-size sedans. The Continental isn’t as wide as the biggest luxury model. Still, ample legroom in the rear helps a fifth occupant make the most of the space.
A cavernous trunk holds 16.7 cubic feet of luggage or other goods, though the trunk is longer than it is tall. Cabin storage space is adequate, if not as lavish and clever as the best cars.
What Technology Comes in the 2019 Lincoln Continental?
The Continental is decently equipped even in its base version. But four trim levels plus further optional equipment means features can vary greatly among models. Every Continental comes with 10-way power front seats, wood trim, 18-inch wheels, and reversing sensors among other features.
Standout features moving up the line include leather seats, power closing doors and trunk, active noise cancellation, and a Revel premium audio system with 19 speakers.
The interface for the touchscreen infotainment screen offers not only tap but also swipe functions, bringing it closer to a mobile phone. That’s a good thing. Lincoln’s menu structure isn’t as simple and intuitive as the best mass-market cars. German luxury models are more complex yet, so that’s a win.
What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Lincoln Continental?
This year, Lincoln rebranded its most advanced active-safety options as Lincoln Copilot 360. The package is standard equipment now. Every 2019 Continental includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and automatic emergency braking.
A head-up display, surround-view camera, and parking assist are part of the Technology package. That’s standard equipment on the Reserve trim level and higher.
The 2019 Continental gets top safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a Top Safety Pick+. The sedan received its top rating of “Good” for every crash test and its headlights.
The IIHS called its front-crash prevention “Superior,” and only its LATCH child-seat fittings got a lower rating of “Acceptable” for usability. Similarly, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Continental its top rating of five stars for every crash test. Only its rollover resistance earned four stars.
What is the 2019 Lincoln Continental Like to Drive?
It’s worth taking a minute to adjust the seat on the first drive in a Lincoln Continental. Even base models have 10-way adjustment. The 30-way seat on the Black Label trim is worth investing the time. It’s comfortable even after hours on the road. Raising the seat high helps front vision. Despite the thick roof pillars, rear vision is decent too.
On the road, base versions offer average performance. The 400-hp top-of-the-line version with all-wheel drive is unexpectedly fast, a hot rod in civilian clothes. All-wheel drive adds confidence to the handling and roadholding. All Continentals are solid and heavy rather than light sport sedans that you can fling around curves.
Noise suppression is very good on all models, adding to the luxury feel. And the top-end stereo system is superb, making this an excellent cruiser for long road trips.
Should I Buy a Current 2019 Lincoln Continental?
Feature for feature, the Continental costs a bit less than similarly sized luxury sedans from Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. Then again, it won’t convey the prestige of those makes. It offers a good value for buyers who don’t need to demonstrate the importance of their car. Call it subtle luxury.
Should I Buy a Used 2019 Lincoln Continental? Are There Any I Should Avoid?
The Continental launched as a 2017 model, but its sales fell by a third in 2018 and haven’t recovered for 2019. That means that finding a used Continental in the first place may be a challenge. Its rarity, however, may mean few buyers know what it is. This is an advantage in used luxury models, which tend to lose value faster than more pedestrian brands like Toyota.
How Much Does the 2019 Lincoln Continental Cost?
The 2019 Lincoln Continental spans a wide price range. The Standard starts at $47,140.
Moving up to the Select trim bumps that to $50,940, while the more luxurious Reserve model is a full $10,000 more, at $60,705.
The top-of-the-line Black Label model starts at $71,040, and the line tops out around $80,000. All prices include a mandatory $985 destination charge.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Lincoln Continental
- Handsome looks
- Capacious interior
- Oodles of luxury in top Black Label trim
- 400-hp AWD powertrain: a quiet hot rod
- May be mistaken for a hire car
- Low sales mean selection is limited
- Lincoln brand no longer prestigious
- Sedans no longer favored by buyers
The History of the Lincoln Continental: Three Years of Continental
The original Lincoln Continental debuted in 1939 as a personal vehicle for Edsel Ford. The exterior was blessed with European “continental” styling, hence the name. There are ten generations of the Lincoln Continental. Production ran for fifty-five years until Lincoln until Lincoln discontinued the Continental nameplate in 2002.
Fifteen years later, he Continental name was resurrected for 2017 to give Lincoln a larger sedan above its midsized MKZ. You might view it as a successor to the old Town Car, and you’ll see it in fleet service in some cities.
Versions ranged from a base model with front-wheel drive and a simple V-6 engine to an ultra-luxury model with a surprisingly powerful turbocharged V-6 and all-wheel drive.
The top-end Black Label version layers on luxury features like diamond-stitched leather upholstery and a driver’s seat that adjusts 30 ways. It’s surprisingly nice inside. Only a few equipment changes have been made to the Continental since it launched. Industry rumors suggest it may not continue past 2020.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Lincoln Continental
- Body Style
- 3.7L Ti-VCT V6
- 305 hp
- 6-Speed Automatic w/SelectShift
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Front Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- Android Auto
- Apple CarPlay
- Back Up Camera
- Blind Spot Sensor
- Cruise Control
- Heated Seats
- LCD Monitor
- LED Lights
- Lane Departure Warning
- Leather Seats
- Leather Steering Wheel
- Remote Keyless Entry
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 3.7L Ti-VCT V6
- Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic w/SelectShift -inc: paddle shifters
- 50-State Emissions System -inc: Standard equipment in all states
- Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Oil Cooler
- Front-Wheel Drive
- 2.77 Axle Ratio
- 72-Amp/Hr 650CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- 175 Amp Alternator
- Class II Towing Equipment
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
- Automatic w/Driver Control Ride Control Adaptive Suspension
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 19 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
- Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake
- Wheels: 18" Premium Magnetic Painted Aluminum
- Tires: 235/50R18 All-Season
- Steel Spare Wheel
- Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
- Clearcoat Paint
- Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
- Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Chrome Bumper Insert
- Chrome Bodyside Insert
- Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
- Chrome Door Handles
- Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
- Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
- Light Tinted Glass
- Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Chrome Grille
- Trunk Rear Cargo Access
- Autolamp Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Directionally Adaptive Auto High-Beam Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Perimeter/Approach Lights
- LED Brakelights
- Laminated Glass
- Radio: Lincoln Premium Audio System -inc: 10 speakers, AM/FM stereo and steering wheel audio controls
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Voice Activation and Radio Data System
- Regular Amplifier
- Streaming Audio
- Window Grid Antenna
- SiriusXM Radio -inc: a 6-month prepaid subscription, Service is not available in Alaska and Hawaii, SiriusXM audio and data services each require a subscription sold separately, or as a package, by SiriusXM Radio Inc, If you decide to continue service after your trial, the subscription plan you choose will automatically renew thereafter and you will be charged according to your chosen payment method at then current rates, Fees and taxes apply, To cancel you must call SiriusXM at 1-866-635-2349, See SiriusXM customer agreement for complete terms at www.siriusxm.com, All fees and programming subject to change, Sirius, XM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of SiriusXM Radio Inc
- Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
- 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
- Lincoln Soft Touch Heated Front Seats -inc: comfort 10-way power driver and passenger seats, driver 2-way lumbar support and memory, passenger lumbar support and power driver and passenger seat recliner
- Bucket Front Seats w/Leatherette Back Material
- 8-Way Driver Seat
- 8-Way Passenger Seat
- 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Lincoln Soft Touch Leatherette Rear Seat
- Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Power Rear Windows
- Lincoln Connect Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
- Leather Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
- Interior Lock Disable
- Valet Function
- Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
- Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
- Garage Door Transmitter
- Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
- Distance Pacing w/Traffic Stop-Go
- Voice Activated Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning w/Steering Wheel Controls
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
- Illuminated Locking Glove Box
- Driver Foot Rest
- Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood Console Insert, Chrome Interior Accents and Leatherette Upholstered Dashboard
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Leatherette Door Trim Insert
- Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
- Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
- Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
- Front And Rear Map Lights
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
- Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
- Cargo Net
- Cargo Space Lights
- Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors and Steering Wheel
- FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Remote Engine Start
- Smart Device Remote Engine Start
- SYNC 3 Communications & Entertainment System -inc: enhanced voice recognition, 8" LCD capacitive touchscreen in center stack w/swipe capability, 911 Assist, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 2 smart charging USB ports and SYNC AppLink, SYNC AppLink lets you control some of your favorite compatible mobile apps w/your voice, It is compatible w/select smartphone platforms, Commands may vary by phone and AppLink software
- Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Locking Interior Concealed Storage, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
- Systems Monitor
- Trip Computer
- Outside Temp Gauge
- Digital/Analog Display
- Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Foldable Rear Head Restraints
- Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru w/Storage
- 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
- Perimeter Alarm
- Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
- 3 12V DC Power Outlets
- Air Filtration
- AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Front And Rear Parking Sensors
- Lincoln Co-Pilot360 - Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) Blind Spot Sensor
- Lincoln Co-Pilot360 - Automatic Emergency Braking and Lincoln Co-Pilot360 - Cross-traffic Alert
- Lincoln Co-Pilot360 - Lane Keeping Aid Lane Keeping Assist
- Lincoln Co-Pilot360 - Lane Keeping Aid Lane Departure Warning
- Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
- Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
- Rear Child Safety Locks
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
- Back-Up Camera