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2003 Lincoln LS
2004 Lincoln LS
2005 Lincoln LS
Lincoln LS interior
Lincoln’s LS offers a reasonable array of features, capable road manners, and the least-costly V8 in the premium midsize class. Sales have been slow, reflecting the car’s unexceptional interior decor and relative lack of cachet compared to similarly-priced rivals. Of course, that could be good news for used-car shoppers, because resale values are somewhat on the low side.
More powerful engines, newly available features, revised styling, and additional sound-deadening measures updated Lincoln’s near-luxury sedan for 2003. The LS sedan shared its platform with the British-built Jaguar S-Type, but differed in styling and equipment. Jaguar was a Ford subsidiary. The Ford V6 engine added 12 horsepower for 2003, while the Jaguar-designed V8 gained 28 horsepower. Both engines came with a five-speed automatic transmission. The manual transmission, formerly offered with the V6 engine, was dropped.
Front side airbags, antilock four-wheel disc brakes, and traction control were standard. An antiskid system was optional. Later in the year came optional curtain side airbags. Other new options included cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a navigation system, and xenon high-intensity headlights. Power-adjustable pedals and one-touch power front windows were newly standard. Ford claimed that noise levels were reduced, due to more effective sound insulation.
Styling changes included a new grille surround and front fascia, new taillights and rear decklid, and restyled wheels. Interior appointments also were updated. Lincoln’s LS competed against the Acura TL, BMW 3-Series, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti G35, and Lexus ES 300/330.
Minor suspension revisions and available satellite radio highlighted the 2004 changes. V6 models rode on 16-inch wheels, while V8s got 17-inch wheels and sport suspension. Head-protecting curtain side airbags were optional. Heated and cooled front seats were available on all but the base V6 model. Satellite radio was a new dealer-installed option. Lincoln said suspension revisions for 2004 reduced noise, vibration, and harshness. Later in the model year, an LSE appearance package became available, including unique front and rear styling, chrome wheels, a spoiler, and special interior cues.
Little changed on Lincoln’s near-luxury sedan for the 2005 model year. Once again, an LSE Appearance Package was available, for the V8 Sport model.
There are no significant changes for the LS in 2006.