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The 2020 Lincoln Continental was the last model year before Ford and Lincoln discontinued their flagship four-door sedans. The move left General Motors (GM) and Stellantis alone in the gas-powered, production domestic sedan space. Still, it also meant the discontinuation of the storied Continental nameplate, barring some electrified or hybridized reboot. Is the swan-song Continental worth it? Or is it just a 2020 Ford Fusion in a handsome three-piece suit?

Is the Lincoln Continental based on the Ford Fusion?

A white 2020 Lincoln Continental drives on urban streets.
2020 Lincoln Continental | Ford

The Continental, MKZ, and Ford Fusion all ride on the Ford CD4 platform. However, between 2016 and 2020, the Lincoln Continental ran a stretched version of the CD4. As a result, the Continental is longer and heavier than its Blue Oval sibling. 

LengthWidthHeightCurb weight
2020 Lincoln Continental 201 inches75 inches59 inches4,224 lbs (FWD)
2020 Ford Fusion192 inches75 inches58 inches3,470 lbs (SE FWD)

Of course, the extra length isn’t just for appearances; the Continental boasts an additional 0.7 cubic feet of trunk volume over the Ford Fusion and generous interior cabin space. While the final Continental sedan might seem needlessly long, it’s a compact compared to its predecessor. For instance, the 1963 Lincoln Continental is as long as 213.3 inches, per Automobile Catalog.  

What engine options does the 2020 Lincoln Continental offer?

A black 2020 Lincoln Continental shows off its longer version of the 2020 Ford Fusion and its CD4 platform.
2020 Lincoln Continental | Ford

The 2020 Lincoln Continental boasts three six-cylinder engine options, including a 400-horsepower twin-turbo mill. 

3.7L N/A V6305 horsepower280 lb-ft of torque
Twin-turbocharged 2.7L V6335 horsepower380 lb-ft of torque
Twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6400 horsepower400 lb-ft of torque

According to Car and Driver, the 400-horsepower 3.0L Continental comes standard with all-wheel drive (AWD). As a result, the range-topping, Lincoln-only powertrain option is the most potent domestic AWD sedan for the 2020 model year. 

How much is a 2020 Lincoln Continental?

A Continental shows off its leather and wood interior features.
The Continental’s interior | Ford

Today, the 2020 Continental has a Kelley Blue Book (KBB) of $30,313 with average mileage. Depreciation like that represents a decrease of over 43% of the Reserve trim’s original value. As a result, the Continental model could be a luxury car bargain. 

Still, even with a shared platform with the Ford Fusion, the Continental is a much more posh affair. Specifically, the long-body Lincoln integrates desirable materials, like genuine wood trim, leather, and handsome aluminum. However, Car and Driver points out that the Lincoln sedan keeps some “down-market” plastics from the Fusion and MKZ. 

Is the Lincoln Continental worth it?

A white 2020 Ford Fusion drives on city streets.
2020 Ford Fusion | Ford

The 2020 Lincoln Continental is large, luxurious, and the last of its kind. As a result, the model could gain value. However, the Continental’s thirsty V6 engines and high price tag make it a tricky proposition in the face of competitors like a comparably old Chrysler 300 or BMW 5 Series. 


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