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2017 Lincoln Continental: What You Need to Know

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The 2017 Lincoln Continental is a high-ranking luxury large car that boasts great safety and predicted reliability ratings. Although it has a roomy, elegant cabin and plenty of power, its numb steering holds it back.

Is the 2017 Lincoln Continental a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Continental is a good used luxury large car. Its three available engines have ample power, and its forgiving suspension smooths out bumps in the road nicely. This luxury sedan offers a ton of first-class amenities, some of the most comfortable seats on the market, and more than enough back-seat space. Still, the Continental’s handling and fuel economy aren’t that impressive.  

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How Much Is the 2017 Lincoln Continental?

Used prices for the 2017 Continental sedan range from about $34,000 to about $57,500, with the average price landing just over $45,000. This data comes from more than 400 used listings for the 2017 Continental on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

How Much Does the 2017 Lincoln Continental Cost to Own?

The 2017 Continental tends to be more expensive than its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $30,000 over five years for these expenses. In comparison, the 2017 Cadillac CT6 has lower five-year costs by about $1,900, and the 2017 Lincoln MKZ’s costs are lower by roughly $5,900.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Continental?

Lincoln made no major changes to the Continental for 2018. You can likely save thousands of dollars and get a nearly identical car by shopping for a used 2017 Continental instead of a new 2018 Continental. Since the average price of a used 2017 model is close to the base price of a new model, you’ll likely get more for your money as well.

For less than what you might pay for a 2017 Continental, you could consider a new nonluxury large sedan like the highly ranked 2019 Toyota Avalon. It’s fully redesigned for 2019 and has a luxurious interior with plenty of space and most of the features found in the 2017 Continental offers. An Avalon Limited with the Advanced Safety package comes in at under $43,000. An Avalon with that configuration features five USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a head-up display, a 14-speaker JBL audio system, a surround-view camera, and rear automatic braking. All Avalon models come with advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.

Which Model Year of the Lincoln Continental Is Best?

After a 15-year hiatus, Lincoln reintroduced the Continental as an all-new car for the 2017 model year. As such, there are no similar used models available from previous years.

How Reliable Is the 2017 Lincoln Continental?

The 2017 Lincoln Continental has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

2017 Lincoln Continental Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are two open recalls that apply to the 2017 Continental. One corrects a problem with a front airbag not deploying properly in a crash. Another recall involves incorrect headlight lenses that may reduce turn signal visibility to other drivers and pedestrians. Make sure these issues are taken care of by a Lincoln dealer before purchasing a used 2017 Continental.

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Which Used Lincoln Continental Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Continental is available in four trim levels: Premier, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. A base Premier model comes with a ton of features and a relatively powerful engine for everyday driving, but it's probably worth looking for a Reserve model. This trim adds 24-way power-adjustable and ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, navigation, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Its 335-horsepower twin-turbocharged engine also gets the best fuel economy in the Continental's engine lineup.

Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln Continental Warranty

Though it usually costs a bit more, a certified pre-owned Continental may suit you better. However, nearly all other luxury brands provide better coverage and benefits with their CPO programs than Lincoln does. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

How Safe Is the Continental?

The 2017 Lincoln Continental has great safety scores. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Continental a five-star overall rating, with five out of five stars in the frontal and side crash tests. It received four stars in the rollover test. The Continental also earned top scores in all crash tests performed at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS named the Continental a 2017 Top Safety Pick+, the organization’s highest award.

A rearview camera comes standard, along with front and rear parking sensors. MyKey is a standard feature in the Continental that allows you to set volume and speed limits for other drivers.

Available driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, a surround-view camera, parallel park assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking./

2017 Lincoln Continental Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln Continental or 2017 Cadillac CT6?

The 2017 Cadillac CT6 has great overall performance for a luxury large car. Both the Continental and the CT6 offer a lineup of three powerful engines, but the Caddy is undeniably sportier. It drives like a smaller car thanks to sharp handling and strong brakes. It also has a comfortable ride, supple seats, and a quiet cabin. On the other hand, the Continental has a soft suspension that helps it better absorb bumps in the road. Both of these large sedans offer all the technology and comfort amenities you would expect in a luxury vehicle, as well as a cavernous second row. You'll get a bigger trunk with the Lincoln, though. The Continental comes out ahead in our rankings because of its higher predicted reliability rating, but the CT6 is the better option if engaging performance is a high priority.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln Continental or 2017 Lincoln MKZ?

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is a luxury midsize car that can’t match the high standards of its flagship sedan sibling. However, the MKZ is worth considering if you must have the Lincoln badge but you're on a tighter budget. Its average list price is about $15,000 lower than the Continental’s, and the smaller Lincoln will also save you almost $6,000 in five-year expenses. The MKZ's second row has adequate space for adult passengers, though it can’t quite match the Continental generous dimensions. These two cars have a comparable list of standard and available features, but the Continental offers more in the way of seating upgrades. The MKZ has ponderous handling, and it has slightly lower safety and predicted reliability ratings than the Continental. If you have the extra room in your budget, the larger Lincoln is a hands-down better choice here.

2017 Continental Performance

How Does the 2017 Lincoln Continental Drive?

The 2017 Lincoln Continental comes standard with a 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 engine. There are also two twin-turbocharged V6 engines available. The midrange 335-horsepower 2.7-liter V6 has ample muscle for any driving situation. The most formidable powertrain is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 that puts out 400 horsepower, giving you outstanding acceleration. You might find some hiccups with the Continental’s six-speed automatic transmission. It's not the most responsive, and it sometimes changes gears erratically. Unfortunately, it's the only transmission available.

The Continental is a luxury cruiser above all else, with a suspension that prioritizes a comfortable ride over sporty handling. You can even tailor that ride more to your liking, as the Continental has selectable driving modes that affect suspension firmness. It has capable handling and remains planted, exhibiting little body lean around corners. The steering may not feel that sharp or responsive, but some reviewers note that it's balanced. Continentals with either of the two less powerful engines are available with either rear- or all-wheel drive; models with the most powerful engine come with AWD.

Does the 2017 Lincoln Continental Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Continental gets its best gas mileage with the midrange 2.7-liter V6 engine: 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The standard engine is a little less efficient at 17/26 mpg city/highway. Fuel economy goes as low as 16/24 mpg city/highway with the 3.0-liter engine.

Most rivals get better mileage estimates than the Continental. Even within the Lincoln lineup, the 2017 MKZ gets up to 21/31 mpg city/highway.

2017 Continental Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Continental Seat?

The Lincoln Continental has plenty of room for up to five passengers. The front seats are spacious and comfortable even in the base model, and you'll have an excellent view of the road from the driver's seat. Heated front seats are standard. There are several upgrades that add to the front seats' allure, including premium leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, massaging seats, and up to 30-way power seat adjustability.

The rear seats offer VIP-level comfort as well. They give passengers plenty of legroom and several luxury upgrades. To provide the most accommodating ride for back-seat passengers, look for models with the Rear-Seat package. It includes heated and ventilated seats, reclining and four-way power-adjustable seats, rear-window sunshades, and a center armrest with an LCD screen and climate controls. The only drawback to this luxury sedan’s stately second row is that taller passengers may wish for more headroom.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lincoln Continental?

The Lincoln Continental has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors. The rear middle seat features a top tether anchor, and it can borrow a lower anchor from either side. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. The IIHS notes that the lower anchors are deep in the seat, but it's easy to maneuver your hands around the anchors once you find them.

2017 Lincoln Continental Features

Standard features in the 2017 Continental include push-button start, remote start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, two USB ports, and a rearview camera. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, a power rear sunshade, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, two rear USB ports, navigation, HD Radio, and a 13- or 19-speaker Revel premium audio system.

The SYNC 3 interface quickly responds to pinch and swipe gestures just like a smartphone. The system also has voice recognition, so you can perform some functions just by speaking. There are also redundant buttons and physical controls for some functions, though some may find the layout to be overwhelming. SYNC 3 also includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, which lets you access your phone's apps and functionality from the Continental's touch screen.

2017 Lincoln Continental Dimensions

Lincoln Continental Cargo Space

There's 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the Continental's trunk, which is pretty good for a luxury large car. The trunk has a wide opening that makes it easy to load, but it isn't very deep. A hands-free power trunk lid is available.

2017 Continental Length and Weight

The 2017 Continental is 16.8 feet long. It ranges in curb weight from 4,224 pounds to 4,547 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Lincoln Continental Built?

Lincoln built the 2017 Continental in Michigan.

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