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    American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review: American Cheese
    Chris Davies - Feb 16, 2017
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    PROS
    • Bold styling is eye-catching
    • 3.0 twin-turbo V6 has plenty of power
    • AWD makes the Continental sure-footed
    • Class-above space in the cabin

    CONS
    • Six-speed gearbox struggles at times
    • Cabin finish lacks polish in places
    • Gets expensive with the right toys added

    EDITOR'S RATING: 7/10

    The 2017 Lincoln Continental had a strong start: indeed, few auto-show cars capture the spirit of their predecessors – and the attention of the buying public – like the 2015 Continental Concept did. Unapologetic in its lavishly-chromed exterior and purple shag-pile cabin, it was far from the milquetoast sedans that had ill-borne the Continental name up until their demise in the early ’00s. Instead, it summoned memories of icons from the fifties and sixties, a conspicuous and distinctive play on the “American Luxury” slogan of the brand.

    A surprising amount of that concept made it through to the production model, even if hopes for rear-hinged “suicide doors” didn’t make it past the accountants. The 2017 Continental is a big, imposing car. Though ostensibly an E-Class competitor, at almost seventeen feet long the Continental is closer in size to the S-Class. The core shape is solid and slab-sided, punctuated with some flowing creases; Lincoln’s chrome-heavy grille pays not-so-subtle homage to Bentley. It all works better at the front than the back, which feels like an afterthought.

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    Re: American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    Choosing the Continental, then, has to be a purposeful decision. Coy, it’s not, though I think the “love it or hate it” design was the right route for Lincoln to take. There’s no shortage of premium sedans making restrained plays for the market Mercedes, BMW, and Audi do so well in; like the Continental, they undercut their German rivals, but competitive price alone is a soulless play in this segment. Better, surely, to capture the hearts of drivers, and win them over for more than just the possibility of saving a few thousand dollars. On that basis, with its brash attitude and a self-confidence that just skirts the line of caricature, just a few tweaks could see the Continental start the charm offensive Lincoln needs.
    I usually don't post car reviews from tech sites, but this one was kind of interesting -- and more harsh than I would have figured from a gadget webpage.

    I want this car to succeed for Lincoln, but I also wonder if the author realizes that Lincoln's "new direction" isn't about chasing the German Triumvirate?
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    Re: American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    Quote Originally Posted by nadepalma View Post

    I want this car to succeed for Lincoln, but I also wonder if the author realizes that Lincoln's "new direction" isn't about chasing the German Triumvirate?
    It's not. It's about chasing this:




    Frankly, the LaCrosse appears to be a better car. Volvo S90 is better than both of them IMO. Either way, if you want a front drive luxury sedan, those are probably your top 3 choices right now.
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    Re: American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    Bold styling is eye-catching
    Generally speaking, "Bold Styling" is eye-catching. But I hardly think this applies to the Continental.
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    Re: American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    Funny how no matter the car the reviews tend to be all over the place. Just goes to show both how subjective it is and how few "journalists" truly understand the vehicle/brands they're reviewing.

    R&T just published a Continental review and had rather high regard for it:

    But these are quibbles. When properly (meaning expensively) optioned and configured, the Continental is easily the best and most competitive American luxury sedan in four decades.

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    I'm a Ford guy and find that conclusion both heartening and a bit far fetched. I guess it in large part comes down to how the reviewer subjectively views luxury itself. If your perspective is more premium vs luxury then you're going to focus almost entirely on the platforms premium shortcomings. If on the other hand your perspective is luxurious comfort vs premium performance engineering then you'd likely fall much closer to Baruth's perspective in the R&T review. Jack Baruth has a history of taking a very tough view of Lincoln, in most cases deservedly so, the fact he would utter the bolded words doesn't necessarily make them true for everybody, but it does suggest just how far Lincoln has progressed in the past few years.

    Progress with each and every new release is all I ask, in that regard Lincoln is doing great!
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    Re: American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    Quote Originally Posted by member12 View Post
    It's not. It's about chasing this:



    Frankly, the LaCrosse appears to be a better car. Volvo S90 is better than both of them IMO. Either way, if you want a front drive luxury sedan, those are your top 3 right now.
    The S90 is my favorite car on the market. I wish it had more balls.

    XC90 my favorite crossover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfbreh View Post
    The S90 is my favorite car on the market.
    I was honestly blown away by it. The Lincoln and Buick are very nice, but the Volvo is what I'd buy in that segment.



    Quote Originally Posted by sfbreh View Post

    XC90 my favorite crossover.
    It seems to be the current benchmark for crossovers.

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    Re: American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    Quote Originally Posted by SP1966 View Post
    Funny how no matter the car the reviews tend to be all over the place. Just goes to show both how subjective it is and how few "journalists" truly understand the vehicle/brands they're reviewing.
    In my humble opinion, you just described today's press/media in general --- regardless of industry or type of coverage. Objectivity, insight, and a sense of what the "journalistic standard" is has been kind of lost. That seems to happen in the car-industry more than most, but it's pretty much permeated everywhere.

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    Progress with each and every new release is all I ask, in that regard Lincoln is doing great!
    Agreed. I want to see Lincoln succeed. In a strange way, elevating Lincoln also elevates Cadillac. Not only because competing brings out the best in companies and their products; but also because what is perceived to be "American luxury" is indirectly tied to your competitors (if Lincoln sells a crappy luxury car in China, then peer-consumers might come to believe that "all American luxury cars are crappy" etc).

    Big steps in the right direction, followed by small improvements in between major launches, will eventually get them to where they want to go. But it's going to take time. The Continental is already miles better than the MKS, but they have a distance to go. I wish them well!
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    Re: American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    To me the new Continental is derivative and anonymous.
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    Re: American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    Quote Originally Posted by johnstarnes View Post
    To me the new Continental is derivative and anonymous.
    The concept certainly wasn't. The production car definitely is though...and it shares a lot with the next generation Taurus. It's still night and day from the old MKS though.

    I really wish that Lincoln could get whatever chassis that the Mustang uses for it's Continental.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnstarnes View Post
    To me the new Continental is derivative and anonymous.
    I think it has a lot of great details in its exterior design, but on the whole it is a bit anonymous and certainly derivative. The interior kicks ass though!

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    This will easily be the cheapest nice car one can get in three years time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    This will easily be the cheapest nice car one can get in three years time.
    I can definitely see that happening.

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    Re: American Cheese: 2017 Lincoln Continental AWD Reserve Review

    I wish Lincoln would and go full tilt luxury. RWD. TTV8. Whole nine yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by megeebee View Post
    Generally speaking, "Bold Styling" is eye-catching. But I hardly think this applies to the Continental.
    I don't see the Bold Styling. I don't think its bad looking, but throw a different manufacturers badge on it and its looks just like any other generic sedan.
    Thats not a bad thing as it won't offend anyone, which is unfortunately the mantra of many designers nowaday. Maybe bland is the new bold? Alternative facts, bland = bold!
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