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2006 Lincoln LS Sedan - Overview

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$39,285 – $39,285 MSRP

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2006 Lincoln LS Sedan

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Overview

What's New
The Lincoln LS is in its twilight year in 2006. The V-6 model is no longer available, replaced by the all-new Zephyr. The V-8 LS Sport is the only version still available. In 2005, Lincoln offered an LSE model for the LS, and for 2006 some of the design elements from the LSE are now standard on the 2006 LS. Those elements include a chrome grille with body-color surround, fog lamps, and body-color rear license plate trim. Two new styles of 17-inch wheels are available, as are two new exterior colors.

Overview
The four-door LS was the performance flagship for the Lincoln brand when it first appeared on the market seven years ago. It is built on the same platform as Ford's (now-defunct) Thunderbird coupe and the current Jaguar S-Type. It was also one of the first sedans in its class to offer rear park assist. In 2004, the LS was named a "Best Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The LS also received a 5-star safety rating and a 5-star rollover rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The LS is a V-8 rear-wheel drive sedan with a European-look exterior and a luxury-oriented interior. It was designed to compete in the popular entry-level luxury segment, but never enjoyed the sales success of other models in its price range. For 2006, the LS is available with either the Elite or Premium options package. Inside, the LS features an upscale image, with either aluminum or real American burl walnut on the door trim, steering wheel, and shifter. Standard leather seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a premium audio system help to make the interior more comfortable. Another first in the segment is heated and cooled front seats, which first appeared on the Lincoln Navigator sport utility vehicle.

The 3.9L V-8 in the LS is a derivative of the engine from the Jaguar S-Type, and produces 280 hp and 286 lb.-ft. of torque through a 5-speed automatic transmission. Lincoln's optional stability control program, AdvanceTrac, helps keep the vehicle on its intended path in the event of sudden maneuvers or extreme weather conditions.

The Competition
There are more than a dozen players in the Midsize Premium segment, which for many buyers represents an entry to the luxury sedan arena.

The Lexus ES Series, with 65,577 units sold in calendar year 2005, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM is the number one seller in the segment, followed by the BMW 5 Series (52,722 units in 2005) and Cadillac STS (33,497). The Lincoln LS (19,109) lost some sales momentum as the Lincoln Zephyr appeared to take the place of the LS 6-cylinder model.

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  • 2006 Lexus ES 330 Sedan

    $32,300–$32,300 Base MSRP

    $28,640–$28,640 Invoice

    21/29 MPG City/Hwy

    Overall Quality 5.0

    Overall Performance and Design 2.0

    Overall Dependability 5.0

  • 2006 Infiniti M35 Sedan

    $40,840–$43,640 Base MSRP

    $37,538–$40,105 Invoice

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    Overall Quality 4.0

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    Overall Dependability 4.0

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    $43,340–$43,340 Base MSRP

    $39,829–$39,829 Invoice

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    Overall Quality 4.0

    Overall Performance and Design 5.0

    Overall Dependability 4.0

  • 2006 Infiniti M45 Sedan

    $47,150–$49,950 Base MSRP

    $43,322–$45,888 Invoice

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    Overall Performance and Design 5.0

    Overall Dependability 4.0

  • 2006 Jaguar S-TYPE Sedan

    $45,330–$63,330 Base MSRP

    $41,251–$57,631 Invoice

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