2013 Lincoln MKZ
Looking to inject new life into their ailing Lincoln Motor Company division, Ford has taken the wildly successful Fusion mid-size four-door to the next level to create the 2013 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan.
Featuring a prominent, and now almost handsome split wing grille, the MKZ has serious road presence. Overall body shape and styling borrow much of what works on the Fusion but it still manages to create a look unique to Lincoln. Premium upgrades include LED lighting, both head and tail, as well as big, 19 inch alloy wheels. Stretched overall length and width give the MKZ a much beefier stance than Fusion, though its swoopy design is sure to draw just as many looks.
Interior is likewise more progressive than copied, using digital info screens, electronic shifter buttons, and the latest version of MyLincoln Touch. Redundant touch-bar audio and HVAC controls sit below, and are somewhat easier to use than before.
Comfort is top priority for the brand, and the MKZ succeeds with well bolstered seats, and a clean design that maximizes front cabin space. Rear seat legroom is certainly adequate but less than the rival Lexus ES.
Motivating our test all-wheel drive MKZ is Ford’s 2.0 liter EcoBoost turbo four rated at 240 horsepower. While there is no V6 like rivals, the boosted four still felt great through the six speed automatic, with an eager response, even at cruising speeds. Handling belies the car’s swollen proportions, making our road work surprisingly fun.
BEN DAVIS: Very impressive track performance for a Lincoln. The all-wheel drive lays down enough grip that you can put in some extreme inputs at some pretty impressive speeds. And when you get really aggressive, there’s little bit of oversteer that kicks in too. I mean, I wasn’t prepared to have anywhere near this much fun in a Lincoln.
JOHN DAVIS: Luxury oriented features include adaptive suspension, active noise control, and active park assist, as well as 10 way power driver and passenger seats.
With front-wheel drive prices starting at $36,000, the MKZ serves up premium comfort and styling that should give Lincoln the boost it needs.
Engine: 2.0 liter EcoBoost
Price: Starting at $36,000