Updated: Jul 6, 2021
By Tony C. Lesesne
The 2018 Lincoln Continental Black label which is a five-passenger 2.7 liter v6 engine and I drove the 6-speed select shift transmission and Lincoln says this one is white Platinum Tri-coat with the interior being Alpine Venetian leather sweet. Mileage is at 21mpg or 18 in the city and 27 on the highway. At around $76,355, the Continental is arguably one of the more affordable luxury cars on the market. Note I say “arguably.” What’s impressive well first and foremost you got to start with the drive. Driving the Continental it’s not only a statement and design but also a statement in the experience itself. That’s because right out of the gates the car is heavy and the volume us. The blend of luxury and power is 45 by the weight distribution and confidence that the heaviness delivers.
The distinctive design up front allows the Continental to maintain a unique visual style
Ok, let me digress for a moment and talk about the back seats. My lovely partner Woodie agreed to drive while I sat in the back seat like a boss. WOW. I’m not kidding, the back seats actually recline. Ok, is that over the top or what? The leg room was amazing and as you can see in the image below, I could even cross my legs. Now as big a fan as I am of the Lincoln Continental, I was a bit disappointed that there was no video screen behind the front driver and passenger seats. Yeah, I know, that could be better served in the Navigator. I’m just expressing my opinion.
Luxury meets power in the Continental
On the outside the Black label brand badge is distinctive with the Continental, on the back is a dual exhaust systems and chrome tips all around. Including an elite door handle with power door since closing the grill is a beautiful chrome mesh that is still maintains the distinctive Lincoln face.
Yes, the experience is enhanced by the array of functional assets available to the drive, including adaptive steering, adaptive suspension, the audio revel audio sound system with 19 speakers, the cross traffic alert system and even the Lincoln connect with the 4G modem and Wi-Fi capabilities.
The interior is spectacular and easy to operate
The rain sensing wipers at a touch of high-tech as well as the rear view camera as well and there’s a rear window power sunshade. For safety and technology the impressive five star rating for its overall vehicle score as well as a 5-star rating for front crash for both driver and passenger and a 5-star rating for side crash both front and rear seat. That’s a stellar performance in the government 5-star safety ratings segment.
Back seat space? no problem with the luxurious Lincoln Continental Black Label
At the end of the day driving a Lincoln is about prestige power comfort safety and class. But after driving this classic beauty I’ll have to add power to the mix. The Continental was impressive in my zero-to-60-mph acceleration test, with a 5.0-second result. The base 305-hp 3.7-liter V-6 and the 335-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 will definitely provide even more powerful results.
I’ve read the critics comments about this car. Some have said that its underpriced in the market, while others claim the opposite. Some critics hold Ford accountable for the Continental’s minor flaws, which all car have. I’ll reserve my opinion on that one after I compare the competition myself. It’s a good car for a good price and I think Lincoln should be proud.
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