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American luxury has changed over the years - gone are the days of wallowing boats that were clumsy and underpowered, with super-soft rides and overly plush interiors. Today's American luxury is smart, taut, with modern exteriors and the latest technology inside. In other words, a far cry from the past.

Cadillac, Chrysler, Buick, and Lincoln are all fighting to reach the top of this mountain, and the Chrysler 300 has become one of the more widely-recognized full-size American luxury vehicles available. But just because it is recognized, doesn't mean it is the only one, or even the best of the bunch.

For years, Lincoln has been at the forefront, with famed nameplates such as the Continental and the Town Car. Eclipsing the Town Car is the full-sized Lincoln MKS, and it elevates the badge to all-new heights. So how does it match up with the Chrysler 300?

Steady, Dependable Performance

Under the hood of the Lincoln MKS is a V6 engine producing 305 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, strong numbers that provide confidence both in the city as well as overtaking out on the highway. In comparison, the 300 can only offer 292 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. 


While these numbers aren't vastly different, when combined with the fact that the MKS is a little lighter in terms of curb weight, it adds up to a car that has a little more crispness to its movement, and a little less in common with the luxury yachts of old. Adding to that, the MKS offers an active suspension, which is not available in any 300 model.

Expansive, Comfortable Interior

Hauling people or hauling luggage, the Lincoln MKS provides a roomy interior with plenty of creature comforts. You can start at the rear, where the trunk has room for 19.3 cubic feet of cargo - almost 3 cubic feet more than in the Chrysler! How much is three cubic feet? It's another set of golf clubs, another small suitcase, another two bags of groceries.

There's not just extra room for cargo in the MKS either, thanks to a tall, well-shaped cabin. Front seating offers nearly 40 inches of head room, while the 300 has 38.6 inches maximum - dropping to 36.9 with a sunroof. Likewise, rear-seat passengers get a bit more headroom as well, with 38.5 inches in the MKS versus a maximum of 37.9 inches in the Chrysler 300.


Having the right amenities is a big part of being the face of luxury, and the Lincoln offers features that the big Chrysler just can't match. This includes massaging seats with standard driver's seat memory - the former in unavailable on the 300 at all, while the latter is available only on specific models.

Entertainment is up there in terms of importance as well. While the Chrysler does feature a number of information and entertainment options, the Lincoln utilizes the cohesive SYNC system for easier integration and adaptation.

Keeping You and Your Passengers Safe

Superior crash test ratings demonstrate the ability to keep you and your passengers safe in the event of a collision. At Lincoln, their aim is to make sure that you have the best chance possible to walk away from an accident. This means creating a vehicle that is built to survive an accident, respond to it, and even give you a chance to avoid it from the start.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the MKS a five-star overall safety rating, which includes five-star ratings in all crash-impact categories. For rollovers, the MKS was rated at four stars, with all of this combining to make it one of the best-testing full-size sedans available. The Chrysler 300 didn't perform as admirably - it received a smattering of five-star ratings in individual tests, but received only four stars overall, as well as in the very-important Frontal Barrier Crash test.

Even better than surviving an accident is avoiding one to begin with. Features such as Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning are available on all version of the MKS, but only specific versions of the 300. Rear parking aid, HID headlights, and Rain Sensing Wipers are standard on the MKS, but only available on the upper-tier models of the 300.


"The 2016 Lincoln MKS covers all the luxury sedan basics and costs less than many competitors..." Edmunds


"The 2015 Lincoln MKS luxury sedan looks the part of a luxury car, with clean lines, an impressive grille, and plenty of high-tech gadgets filling the interior." - Kelley Blue Book

Keeping You On the Road

You'll get to enjoy the feeling of safety and security for longer in the Lincoln MKS as well. Chrysler provides limited warranties, with the basic warranty lasting 3 years or 36,000 miles, while the drivetrain warranty lasts for 5 years and 60,000 miles. The Lincoln MKS comes backed with warranties that are longer by a year, with the basic warranty lasting 14,000 miles longer and the drivetrain warranty lasting for another 10,000 on top of Chrysler's. Unlike Chrysler, Lincoln also provides 2 years or 24,000 miles of maintenance as well.

When you seek true luxury, you don't want to worry about options, packages, upgrades, and more - you want a car that gives you everything, right from the start. You want a Lincoln MKS.