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Reviving a name from the past, the 2017 Lincoln Continental has little in common with the big, wallowing, graceless Continentals that lead to the discontinuation of the model over a decade ago. Featuring stylish lines, advanced technology, the latest comforts, and advanced power options, the new Continental is a truly impressive package.

Lincoln isn't the only American luxury brand making a resurgence. Buick has also tried to step up their game in recent years, with the aim to appeal to the younger crowd. At the forefront of this push is the Buick LaCrosse, a car that toes the line between mid- and full-size.

So how do these two titans of luxury match up? Does Buick's 117 years of luxury trump Lincoln's 99 years, or does the rebirth of the Lincoln Continental signal an entirely new generation of Lincoln's dominance? We think it leans more towards the latter.

Giving You Choices

Drivers love having choices, particularly when it comes to the power and performance a vehicle can provide. Most vehicles these days that only offer a single engine are either high-performance cars, or high-efficiency vehicles. The Buick LaCrosse, even though it only offers one engine, doesn't fall into either category. Under the hood there is a 3.6-liter V-6 that features fuel-saving cylinder deactivation and Start/Stop technology. Output sits at 309 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque, while front-wheel drive fuel economy is 21 miles per gallon around town and 31 miles per gallon on the open road.


Lincoln recognizes that you deserve options, which is why three engines are offered in the 2017 Lincoln Continental. The standard 3.7-liter Ti-VCT engine produces 305 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, almost evenly matched with the engine in the LaCrosse. The difference comes when you look at the two optional engines, a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 and a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6. The first offers a step up to 335 horsepower and 380 ft-lbs of torque, for impressive on-demand power on the open road and fast response off the stop line. Even with the massive power output advantage, the fuel economy doesn't suffer greatly, with front-wheel drive versions getting 18 MPG in town and 27 MPG on the highway. Like the base engine, this engine is available with both front- and all-wheel drive.

Making the leap to the top engine in the Lincoln stable, the 3.0-liter powerplant, ramps up the power to 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Available in four-wheel drive only, its performance can be improved through the addition of high-performance summer compound tires.

Built for Comfort

Space matters, and the more time you spend in your vehicle, the more it will matter to you. You need a car that not only provides room for front- and rear-seat passengers, but also for cargo. While the exterior of the vehicles are very close in size - the Lincoln is 4 inches longer and one inch taller - there is a much greater difference once you open the doors. Up front, passengers in the Lincoln will enjoy an extra inch of head room, as well as 2.4 inches of leg room. Rear-seat passengers also see extra legroom, 1.3 inches more than in the Buick. It's not just passengers that receive more room, but also cargo, with the Lincoln Continental providing 16.7 cubic feet of storage space versus the 15.0 cubic feet of the LaCrosse.


Mere measurements can't ensure comfort, which is why the Continental provides some of the most impressive seating of any vehicle on the market. The 10-way Perfect Position front seats with 2-way power lumbar are standard on the Premiere and Select models, while the Reserve models receive 24-way Perfect Position seats with power thigh extenders and head restraints, for the most discerning driver and passenger. The LaCrosse only offers 8-way power adjustment, and power lumbar adjustment for the passenger is an option, not the standard - it's going to be a bit harder to find the right seating position for a long ride.

Luxury Should Never Be Optional

Lincoln believes that, when you are paying for a luxury vehicle, you shouldn't be asked to pay more on top of that for features that should be common. The Lincoln Experiences provide the extra touches of class that makes for true luxury, such as dynamic signature lighting, approach detection, backlit e-latch exterior door handles, the Lincoln logo welcome mat, and more. Heated exterior mirrors, standard on the Lincoln, are an option on the LaCrosse.


For the music lover, every Lincoln Continental starts off with a 10-speaker premium sound system, upgradeable to a 13-speaker Revel audio or 19-speaker Revel Ultima sound system. The SYNC 3 system is at the heart of the cockpit, with an 8-inch color LCD touch screen, while six months of SiriusXM provides plenty of options. LaCrosse models offer only an 8-speaker system as standard, with an 11-speaker Bose premium audio system being the only audio option - and you'll be limited to a 3-month trial of SiriusXM. Adding the voice-activated Touchscreen Navigation System with integrated SiriusXM traffic to the Lincoln Continental also provides six years of access, while adding navigation to the LaCrosse doesn't increase the SiriusXM usage at all.



"It might replace the MKS at the top of Lincoln's lineup, but the Continental is a much more fully realized luxury car." - Car and Driver


"If you want the nice Buick, you're not going to get it for the nice price."  - Car and Driver

Return to Prominence

While the Lincoln may start with a higher price tag, it is a price tag that is backed up by content - a base Buick LaCrosse offer you the choice of two exterior colors without an upcharge, and little in the way of common luxury features, such as a power-adjustable steering column or stylish wheels. The Lincoln Continental practices the brand's idea of "quiet luxury" - understated style with substance behind it. It is old American luxury for the new generation.