Review and Test Drive: 2017 Lincoln Continental

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Unlike some pretenders, the materials used in the Continental are worthy of this luxury vehicle. Soft leather abounds, the wood is real and elegant, everything lines up perfectly, and the damped action storage and cup holder lids slide silently into place.

The car’s knurled-metal knobs don’t appear to be from the Ford parts bin and the standard seats are adjustable in 24 ways (30-way power seats are a $1,500 option). The seats have a massage function that is superior to any other massaging seat I’ve ever sat in. Yet the best seats in the car are in the back, if you are lucky to have someone to drive you.

A $4,300 package gives rear passengers the near equivalent of the comfort of a business-class cabin on a long-haul flight: power reclining seats with massage, a center console with controls for the infotainment system and AC, the list just goes on.

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Lincoln’s strategy with the tenth-generation Continental was to create a true flagship and spare no expense. Knowing it couldn’t really gain credibility as a performance luxury sedan à la the BMW 7er or the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it aimed for “quiet luxury.”

Open the electronically actuated door with the window-line chrome door handles (driver and passenger open the door with a button and the courtesy light in the door changes from blue to red once the door opens) and take a seat.

Back behind the wheel, it was immediately apparent that the transmission is button controlled, an approach Lincoln has been using recently although it is evocative of what 1950s Chryslers used.

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