I have had my Continental for about 10 days and have accumulated 800 miles. I had test driven several Continentals prior to ordering one so my ownership hasn't revealed too many surprises but my opinions have gotten more solid with ownership.
These cars drive much smaller than I expected and handle much better than many might think. The adaptive steering is excellent. It is VERY quick at low speeds making the car quite maneuverable in parking or U-turn situations. The steering ratio slows down at higher speeds and the car tracks beautifully even on crowned roads or in windy situations. There much less understeer than one would expect from a FWD based heavy car. It is clear that the Dynamic Torque Vectoring is doing its job. No serious customer for this car will complain about the handling.
As all reviewers have said, the car is very quiet. They have done a nice job with door seals and insulation. Obviously, there is some tire noise over rough concrete and broken pavement but it is quite subdued and wouldn't likely be noticeable at all if the wind and mechanical noise wasn't so well controlled. I use the comfort mode damper setting in Drive and the Normal mode in Sport. I really don't see much use for the Sport damper setting unless you really want to push it hard through the twisties. The settings do make quite a difference in ride quality. The Comfort setting will likely be great for most people. Even at high speeds over undulating pavement, there is no floatiness. In fact, former Town Car owners might even think there should be a softer setting. I find the overall ride quality to be near perfect for my tastes.
The 3.0 engine is a jewel. It is very quiet and refined and has MUCH more kick than I recall from my test drives. Clearly, the miles I have accumulated have improved the performance. I think it would hang with or even beat my tuned MKS through first gear. The MKS had a 2.77 gear while the Conti has a 3.39. Off the line acceleration with the Conti is exceptional. Also, overall throttle response and passing ability is excellent. Driven normally or even somewhat aggressively, the transmission is very smooth and shifts are hardly noticeable. However, under wide open throttle, the shifts are slow and lazy. It feels like someone turns off the engine just before the shift, the shift occurs, and then it surges forward again. That can be addressed with an aftermarket tune and I will definitely do it. Additional miles may improve the quickness of the shifts even without tuning.
While not unique to the Conti, Sync 3 clearly has some advantages over earlier versions. However, compared to the sync/nav system in my 2010 MKS, I find a few things about Sync 3 that are a bit annoying. I will get into that in another thread but overall, I would say the ergonomics and overall user friendliness of the controls are very good. A larger screen would be welcome and a few additional configurations of the gauges would be nice.
The 30 way seats are fabulous. My wife and I enjoyed the massaging feature on our road trip and I especially like the way you can move the top part of the seat back independently of the lower part. The various bolsters, extensions, and lumbar adjustments should accommodate about any human shape and many non-human ones! One disappointment was finding that the memory seats in my car did not work. The mirrors remember the memory setting but the seats do not. I have an appointment next week to have that fixed. I hope it is a software glitch and they don't have to remove a door panel or seat.
I still think the e-latch doors are awesome. The overall fit/finish of the interior and exterior are the best I have ever seen on a Ford product. I think the dash could have been a bit softer and the door pass-through from the rear seat to the trunk is cheap. Also, the cup holders in the rear armrest are not very good. If a buyer frequently has rear seat passengers, they might want the rear seat package. Either way, there is a ton of room back there.
Overall, I am happy with the car. I will be happier when the memory seats are fixed. After a few more miles, I will be obtaining a Livernois tune. Their first version with the 3.0 adds 53 HP at the wheels and improves shift quality. I look forward to that.