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Car & Driver: 2017 Lincoln Continental Fuel Economy Numbers Discovered, Considered


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You know it’s a slow news day when we stumble across fuel-economy data on the EPA’s website for an upcoming vehicle. We didn’t stumble across it, so to speak—we were there looking for it, we just didn’t want to admit as much. As we said, slow news day. Anyway, we found was the mpg figures for the 2017 Lincoln Continental.


Now, how do we know we found the fuel economy numbers for the Continental and not the identical-looking 2017 Lincoln MKZ? Easy! The label says “Continental” right on it, even though the accompanying thumbnail photo looks a lot like an MKZ. Due to go on sale any day now, the Continental will come in front- or all-wheel-drive guises, with front-drivers available with either a 300-hp 3.7-liter V-6 or a 335-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6. All-wheel-drive models add the option of a 400-hp twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6. The base V-6 is EPA-rated at 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway when powering only the front wheels, and 16/24 mpg with AWD. The 2.7-liter V-6 ups those figures by 1 mpg, city and highway, with either front-drive or all-wheel-drive. Finally, the top-dog 3.0-liter V-6 posts a 16/24 mpg rating, same as the AWD base engine.


Those numbers—particularly the fact that none of them break the 30-mpg mark—aren’t great when compared to similarly priced luxury sleds such as the BMW 5-series, Audi A6, Volvo S90, and Cadillac CTS. In fact, the Continental with the 400-hp 3.0-liter V-6 is a smidgen less efficient than the all-wheel-drive BMW 550i, which uses a larger, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 making similar power. How the Conti’s efficiency, or lack thereof, factors into its overall impression will have to wait until we drive one, but for now, consider our appetite for arcane Lincoln news sated.




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