2010 Lincoln MKZ Test drive and new car review 2010 Lincoln MKZ

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Look out, Lexus. No,

If you told me Lincoln was going to a car that would nip at Lexus’ I’d tell you that believe it when I see it. If you told me car would be the MKZ, I don’t if I’d believe it even if I did see it.


now I’ve seen it. And I’m to believe it.

Meet the new and improved Lincoln MKZ, which a new look outside and in and a host of from stem to stern. Can a really be as good as a Lexus? on and decide for yourself.

Price $34,965 — $43,440, EPA economy estimates 17-18 MPG 24-27 MPG highway.

First Of lounge chairs and punching

Before we talk about the MKZ, let’s talk the Lexus ES350. I happen to the ES350 is one of the best luxury on the market: Soft, cushy, and reasonably priced, the automotive of a lounge chair on the beach and a tropical drink in your What’s wrong with

Not a damn thing, that’s And yet most luxury automakers to want to be BMW. Not that anything wrong with (Geez, I can’t even that with a straight I appreciate sporty luxury — the Infiniti G37 is one of my favorites but when I go on vacation, I go to a place I can relax. Not to a place where guy punches me in the butt every I walk over a bump. Am I

I mean, which would you have for your drive to — the lounge chair or the guy?

Lincoln is betting on the chair. Their benchmark for the MKZ was the Lexus ES350, with the key being comfort, quietness, and design. But they had other to do. The old MKZ looked like a car developed on a Lincoln has updated the MKZ with front sheetmetal, including a split grille.

Out back, the old ugly taillights have swapped for new ugly taillights. look like a giant red Still, the MKZ looks more its own car and less like a tarted-up Fusion (the car on which based). There were that didn’t need to like the roomy back and the spacious trunk. and Lincoln has left those alone.

In the Driver’s Seat: Much, better

MKZ’s interior Most Improved Player note real wood and proper three-port gauge

Photo Aaron Gold

the MKZ is where things really to get good. Gone are the old MKZ’s 1970s-style gauges ; in their is a proper three-pod instrument that looks like straight out of a sports car. A sports car.

The rest of the is more-betterer, too. The first car I had a two-tone black-and-tan interior by a lovely strip of blond that looked like it from an actual tree, as to an injection mold and a printing It’s a really nice — not quite Lexus or Mercedes E-Class territory, but very close.

The second car I had a black interior with trim. All-black interiors my cup of tea; many of them try to sporty but come across as But I thought the MKZ looked better the Mercedes C-Class or the last Lexus I drove (an RX400h

For those who want something in the Lincoln offers a bluish-gray that is hard to describe and harder to photograph.

Cars navigation (a top-notch voice-activated by the way) get a big 8 touch screen does a beautiful job of displaying stereo and climate information looking cluttered. (Non-nav still get the screen, but there’s no only real disappointments the climate and stereo controls. come straight from the parts bin and have tiny designed for people with glasses built into fingertips. Surely Lincoln have made better use of all empty real estate on the stack.

On the Road: Shhhhhhhh

I have a problem with the way the old MKZ It was a competent handler (that platform is a real cracker), not a whole lot of fun. For 2010, has split the MKZ’s personality sport and non-sport versions, available with front- or

The non-sport is Lexus-smooth, yet still good in the curves. The sport which has firmer suspension and lower-profile tires, feels tighter. It has a firm ride sticks close to the road, yet pummel your backside sharp bumps. The sport steering is noticeably more though the feedback through the feels a bit artificial. It’s no G37. but both sport and versions are much more to drive than the Lexus

Personally, I prefer the non-sport It’s the lounge chair vs. thing again, even if the guy only delivers love

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What impressed me most, were the sound and the silence. Not did Lincoln go on a witch-hunt for road and noise, but they re-tuned the of the V6 engine so that when you the pedal, you get a racy soundtrack to go the racy acceleration (as opposed to the mechanical roar of the old MKZ). It — and I hate to keep this word, but if the shoe — Japanese.

Best when you ease off the throttle, the shuts up. It’s not quite at idle — once testing an ES350, I almost it up and walked away while the was still running — once again, it’s damn close.

Journey’s End: Hard to

2010 Lincoln MKZ

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I’ll be honest: having a little trouble my head around the fact the Lincoln MKZ is within a hair’s of being as good as the Lexus It’s one of those things the mind just wasn’t to handle, like the concept of and the fact that without Paris Hilton really is of hot. It can’t be true. And it is .

Pricing for the 2010 MKZ starts at That’s $180 less the ES350. and you get more stuff, heated and cooled leather and the fantastic SYNC system allows voice control of Bluetooth phone and iPod or The MKZ is available with a bevy of options, including rain-sensing headlights that turn the steering wheel, a rear camera and a blind spot system with Cross Alert (helpful for backing out of spots). Go for all the gizmos, including and the sticker rises to a mere

Which means.

Oh, my. It means the MKZ is as good a deal as my favorite bargain, the $42,000 Hyundai .

But wait, you say. American are built like crap. I a Lexus, because it won’t me any trouble. Ready for this?

to Consumer Reports. which real-world data for their the current MKZ is every bit as reliable as the ES350.

Ow.

I think I need to sit Anyone have a lounge I could borrow. and maybe a — Aaron Gold

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