Perfect days for driving are easy in Lincoln Continental


2017 Lincoln 
AWD Select
• Large sedan, AWD
• 2.7L GTDI (turbo) V6 engine
• 6-speed automatic transmission with sport shift
• Twin moonroof with power shade
• Continental climate package: auto high beams, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer, rain-sensing wipers
• Revel Audio System
• Forward & reverse sensing system
• 6 Year/70k Powertrain Limited Warranty. 4 Year/50k Warranty & Pick Up & Delivery Service
• 20 mpg (17/25 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $59.6k, pictured
As always, check with dealer for details

With a thick haze of smoke from the wildfires in Utah, it was a picturesque day to drive the Grand Valley in the 2017 Lincoln Continental, if not the best day to breathe the air.
Thankfully, I was in my own private little world in the Continental’s cabin, thanks to the quiet from the Active Noise Cancellation and the cabin air filtering minimizing smoke from wildfires that would otherwise be troublesome.
And it’s oh-so-easy to shut out the world. The Continental provides a rich environment to sink into. Adjustable, deep seats (the headrest even accommodated my somewhat extreme height) with soft leather, simple accents with wood burl and chrome edges add a quiet elegance, and beautifully animated electronics remind drivers and passengers alike that they’re riding in a unique experience.
That’s evident from the curbside walk up, though. Lincoln seems to be trying out new looks for making their vehicles stand out on the road. The traditional split grille is muted with a large badge splitting an elegant chrome intake.  Bevels and lines are smooth with just a bit of shoulder.
I particularly like the tech-like polish of the black glass of the Lincoln’s top, mirror-like in the summer sun, and reminiscent of the inky glass of a modern touchscreen. It gives the Continental something from this new century.
It also looks sleek.  In the past it seemed the large cars (affectionately known as ‘boats’) moved down the road against the rules of wind and asphalt.  The brute force of those big V8s have been replaced by smaller, more fuel-friendly engines, and the cars themselves seem to be part of the windstream, with just enough squared off to be defiant.
To say the Lincoln Continental was a pleasant drive down the highway would be an act of understatement to rival the dryest of British comedies. It floated, yes, with its continuously controlled damping, it kept even the floating tight and pleasant. The 2.7 liter turbocharged engine made passing and merging a thoughtless task, so the driver could focus on the business at hand.
Stopping on a back road in Palisade for the photo, the doors popped open easily at the touch of a button. No lever-based latch here, the Continental I drove actually used motors to open and latch the doors. Easy to open and close, I was reminded of the sound-dampening and air blocking power of the car when I opened the door to the sound of a passing truck and the waft of smoky air.
Outside, it was very hot and the air hazy, but inside it was a lovely day, cooled neatly and perfect for a scenic drive past the Bookcliffs and through the orchards and vineyards.
Alas, I had to drive the Continental back to Western Slope Ford, where it will await some lucky driver (maybe you). 
In keeping with Lincoln’s luxury outlook, it also features 4 years/50,000 miles of Pick Up and Delivery Service, where you won’t even need to drive the car to the dealership for maintenance or service. 
Find out more details and appreciate the attention to detail on the Lincoln Continental at Western Slope Ford.

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