The last time Lincoln Continental graced the dealership, the large sedan was fitted with a four-speed automatic transmission and a CD player was an optional upgrade. But time has changed. The 2019 Lincoln Continental is a completely different beast, with three engines available and the latest smartphone technology such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The 2019 Lincoln Continental shares its fundamental platform with the Ford Fusion and MKZ, albeit with a longer wheelbase. It’s handsome and roomy, especially in the back seat. Lincoln packed it with features, including an optional 30-way front seat and turbocharged V6 pumping out 400 horsepower.
Three engines are available for the 2019 Lincoln Continental. The base engine is naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 making 305 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, which comes standard on base and Select trims. A twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 producing 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque is standard on the Reserve and Black Label trims. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and can be had with either front- or all-wheel drive.
The third engine option is a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 generates 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, which is optional on the Reserve and Black Label trims. To manage this engine’s power, Lincoln bundles it with a torque-vectoring AWD system. This engine also uses a six-speed automatic transmission. The big Continental isn’t especially thrifty with fuel, with all engines achieving about 20 mpg combined.
305 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
280 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/26 mpg (FWD), 16/24 mpg (AWD)
2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6
335 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
380 lb-ft of torque @ 3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 mpg (FWD), 17/25 mpg (AWD)
3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6
400 horsepower @ 5,750 rpm
400 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 5.0 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.0 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 13.5 sec @ 106 mph
Top speed: 147 mph
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg
The days of Lincolns with outdated interiors full of hard plastics and cheap bits are long over. The cabin of the 2019 Lincoln Continental is modern, stylish and filled with upscale materials and precise fit and finish. The configurable gauge cluster is digital and minimalistic and the Sync 3 infotainment system is easy to use, featuring an onboard 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and a large touch screen. The Continental’s unique push-button shifter takes a little getting used to, but you’ll get used to it quickly.
Although the cabin design makes the front feel a little tighter than it is, there’s still plenty of room. The excess of rear legroom and toe room is a big selling point, rivaling space in much larger luxury sedans. Rear headroom is average and lacking for tall adults, particularly in the center seat. The Continental bucks the low seating position favored by many luxury brands in favor of a more upright position that, while comfortable, makes the front feel less roomy. The variety of adjustments for both seat and steering wheel mean that most drivers will be able to find a comfortable position.
Visibility is good all around, with a clear view of the road ahead and no major obstructions. The sloping rear deck means rear visibility is quite good. While the side mirrors are somewhat small, the well-integrated and easy-to-see blind-spot monitoring warning lights help make up for them. The 2019 Lincoln Continental trunk has a respectable 16.7-cubic-foot capacity. It’s deep and wide but not very tall. Some bulky objects simply won’t fit. Liftover height is pleasantly low.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2019 Lincoln Continental is a five-passenger, large luxury sedan available in four trim levels. The base model shares some luxuries and features with more expensive trim but has a limited options list. The Select bring a modest upgrade but has access to a decent options list. The Reserve trim is more generously equipped with luxury features. The range-topping Black Label comes with unique, upscale interior options and membership in Lincoln’s lifestyle service program.
The base trim come standard with 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, power-folding side mirrors (driver-side auto dimming), front and rear parking sensors, an adaptive suspension and keyless entry, dual-zone climate control with a rear-seat air vents, power-adjustable front seats with heating, simulated-leather upholstery, Ford’s Sync 3 system with an 8-inch touchscreen interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, satellite radio, two USB ports and a 10-speaker sound system. Also standard is adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane keeping assist as well.
The Select trim adds 19-inch wheels, power-operated soft-close doors, a hands-free trunk lid opener, navigation, leather upholstery and rear-seat USB ports. The Reserve trim get turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a surround-view parking camera system, an automated parking system, a head-up display, a panoramic moonroof and a 13-speaker Revel audio system. It also upgrades to 24-way power-adjustable front seats that are heated and ventilated, three-zone automatic climate control with separate rear-seat controls, and a power rear window sunshade.
The 2019 Lincoln Continental Black Label adds 20-inch wheels, 30-way-adjustable seats and unique interior materials and colors. A Rear Seat package with power-adjustable seats is available as an option.
With the Black Label, you can also get the buyer access to Lincoln’s lifestyle and concierge service. Lincoln will wash your car for free, pick it up from you for service, and book reservations for you (and even buy you dinner), among other services. Black Label Continentals are also covered by a four-year/50,000-mile maintenance plan that covers services and wears items.
The 2019 Lincoln Continental has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $47,140 (all prices include the $995 destination charge). The recommended Select trim begins at $50,940. Price climb to $60,705 for the Reserve, topping out at $71,040 for the generous Black Label model. A fully loaded Black Label with the 400-horsepower engine can cost around $80,000.