Not everything that's new and shiny is always better than before, but the 2018 Lincoln Continental does a great job of delivering on both its enviable history and pedigree and modern design. The Continental incorporates much of what makes newer cars so good, but in a format that has stood the test of time.
The 2018 Lincoln Continental is a car that makes no apologies for being something of a throwback, but the only thing that's not thoroughly contemporary about it is its style. The underpinnings are achingly 21st century, but they're delivered in a package that screams individuality. A Continental driver has the confidence to do things his or her own way by owning a vehicle that's just perfect for what it's designed to do.
It's nearly impossible to choose one version of the Lincoln Continental that's better than the other. Of course, if you spend the most money and go for the all-singing, all-dancing Black Label you'll get the ultimate in features, equipment, and comforts. But if money is an object and you want a full-size luxury sedan that you can afford, whichever trim level fits your budget won't disappoint.
The Continental comes in Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label grades, and you can choose between three engines and front or all-wheel drive. All three engines are V-6s, though, so it's up to you whether you want the base, the small-displacement twin-turbo, or the larger-displacement twin turbo to fit your particular bill.
Modern technology and design means most cars have considerable merit in their own right. But with Lincoln you're buying into a luxury brand, which means expectations are high--and Lincoln delivers on those expectations.
Some observers may wonder how well Lincoln compares to a number of well-known German or Japanese rivals. But that question is really a moot point, since the quality, comfort, and luxury of any Lincoln--and especially the Continental, can never be questioned. Bonus? The Lincoln delivers all of that for a price tag that's significantly less than some of its rivals.
While some large luxury sedans adopt a take-it-or-leave-it approach to things like drivetrains, the Lincoln Continental offers a wide range of choice and that means a number of different price points. The most affordable way to get into a new Lincoln Continental is with the 3.7-liter T-VCT V-6 engine and front-wheel drive, which has a starting MSRP of $44,000. Adding the extra capability of all-wheel drive adds $2,000 on that price.
If you want to go for an upgrade of features and equipment, the next level is the Select that has an MSRP stating from $47,995, and the Reserve trim sees that rise to $54,625. But if you want the ultimate Lincoln Continental, an all-wheel drive Black Label model costs from $67,225.