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Kelley Blue Book ® - 2002 Lincoln LS Overview

Vehicle Overview from Kelley Blue Book

KBB.com 2002 Lincoln LS Overview

American Luxury With a Hint of European Flavor

The Lincoln LS is the car that put Lincoln back on the map of serious sport-luxury sedan buyers. Before its creation two years ago, the vast majority of Lincoln passenger cars could be found in the garages of well-to-do retirees and livery drivers. The LS changed all that and continues to appeal to a wide audience. Its rear-wheel drive, V6- and V8-powered platforms combine European-like performance with unabashed—and unapologetic—American luxury.

Though smaller in stature when compared to the rest of the Lincoln line, the LS is still a substantial automobile. With a 114-inch wheelbase and weighing in at just over 3500 pounds, the LS design allows for five-passenger seating, a generous trunk and a smooth, stable ride. From the outside, its chiseled good looks and Navigator-inspired grille/headlamp treatment ensure the LS will not likely be mistaken for one of its overseas rivals. Combine the jet-black paint with the optional five-spoke chrome wheels, and the overall appearance of the LS is downright wicked.

There are two models within the LS line: the LS V6 and LS V8. Both models feature an impressive list of standard equipment, including fog lights, heated side-view mirrors, driver and front passenger side airbags, AM/FM stereo with in-dash 6-disc CD changer, 8-way power driver and 6-way power passenger seat, leather seating surfaces, all-speed traction control, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, alarm system and heated windshield wipers. And that's just a small part of the list. V8 models include even more standard luxury touches and both V6 and V8 LS's have plenty of option packages and add-ons to satisfy even the most demanding car buyer.

Slip inside the LS and a sea of leather and wood veneer surrounds you, with numerous power-assisted functions placed readily at your fingertips. The handsome dash design is elegant yet simple, with large clear gauges recessed beneath a gently sweeping hood that flows down onto the center console, creating a cockpit-like driving environment. Though handsome to look at, we found that the hard plastics used on the center console and door armrests proved an uncomfortable place to rest one's arm for extended periods. You'll love the leather and wood steering wheel, which feels great and is sized just right for quick hand-over-hand action. And because the LS passenger compartment sits between the wheels— instead of overhanging them—interior space is also generous.

Luxury is but one aspect of the LS; power and handling are the others. A 3.0-liter engine that produces 220 horsepower energizes the V6 models. While this engine is by no means underpowered, the size and weight of the LS really cry out for the more powerful V8 engine. One benefit to opting for the V6—besides its lower price—is that it comes standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, which greatly enhances the LS's sporting intentions. Oddly, the manual transmission is not available with the more powerful V8, which comes standard with a 5-speed automatic.

The wide stance of the LS's wheels coupled with their placement at the outer-most corners of the vehicle allow the LS to perform as a true driver's car. Thanks to its front engine/rear drive design, the LS has a nearly 50/50 front to rear weight distribution which means that because the weight is distributed evenly across the car's chassis, its handling and ride dynamics can be tuned for the best possible performance. This fact is born out on the road where the LS negotiates turns and twists with hardly a complaint. We could fill the rest of this page describing the performance attributes of the LS, but we think you'll agree that a test drive is truly worth a thousand words.

If you are in the market for a luxury performance sedan, get behind the wheel of an LS and really drive it, we think that car will sell itself.

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