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2013 Lincoln MKZ: A game-changer

Using the base from the Ford Fusion. the Lincoln MKZ is literally a completely vehicle. (Credit: © Ford Company)


Lincoln has its cut out for it, but if any car can turn buyers on to Ford premium division, it’s the new MKZ.

The MKZ (previously the Zephyr) has its first total overhaul the 2006-model-year debut. Everything the sedan’s powertrains, suspension, and bodywork has been turned down. And that’s not counting the new systems and technology that or can be, been installed.

Based on the new Fusion platform, the MKZ exhibits a appearance. The signature waterfall has been replaced by a series of bars in a shape reminiscent of the 1940s Lincoln Continental. But for design drama you can’t the sweep of the roofline that well past the rear-most pillar almost to the trailing of the body.

It makes you wonder if Lincoln about the trunk, but no, there’s one there and a generously sized one at

The rest of the MKZ exhibits a high-waist but with the car’s massive and rear window glass, the optional retractable panoramic it’s doubtful passenger will pose a problem.

passengers will appreciate is the leather- covered and wood-trimmed with a floor console extends almost the full of the cabin. The rear-bench design suggest three-abreast seating, but forced to sit there likely be too comfortable. Meanwhile, outboard passengers can be secured with inflatable seatbelts that improved crash protection regular belts.

The MKZ’s quiet cabin can be attributable to Active Noise This system uses microphones and a special control to create opposing sound sent through the car’s that cancel unwanted noises.

Lincoln Drive which is standard, tailors the of the electronic shock absorbers, shifting and electric steering and them in three driver-selectable Normal; Sport; and Comfort.

A gear selector next to the replaces the traditional floor Very cool.

Lincoln offers three powerplant choices for MKZ. is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost four-cylinder generating 240 horsepower and 270 of torque. Optional is a 3.7-liter V6 Ford installs in vehicles as as the Mustang and F-150 pickup. In the MKZ rated at 300 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of

As a point of differentiation the V6 is not found in the

For maximum fuel savings, the MKZ with its gasoline-electric Hybrid with a 141-horsepower 2.0-liter combined with an electric worth a combined 188 horsepower.

The and V6 come with six-speed transmission and front or optional The Hybrid uses a continuously transmission and is available only in

Hybrid fuel-consumption numbers been released, but should be to the Ford Fusion Hybrid’s 47 mpg city and highway rating Fusion uses the identical drivetrain), compared to 22 city/33 posted by the MKZ’s turbo EcoBoost engine.

As with near-luxury sedans, the MKZ can be had with crash-mitigating safety systems help prevent rear-end keep you in your intended and alert you to others in your spot.

Pricing starts at for both the base and Hybrid MKZ destination charges) That’s to the competition’s prices and represents a deal for Hybrid shoppers. the primary challenge is to entice of European and Asian luxury to shop the Lincoln brand. The MKZ be just the right bait to them in.

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What you should know: Lincoln MKZ

Type: Four-door, all-wheel-drive mid-size sedan

(hp): 2.0-liter DOHC I4, (240); 3.7-liter DOHC V6 2.0-liter DOHC I4 and electric (188 net, hybrid)

Six-speed automatic; continuously (Hybrid)

Market position: leading contenders in the luxury are following the Lincoln MKZ’s in offering a variety of powertrains, gasoline-electric versions that, for a deliver impressive fuel

Points: Arresting design no looks like warmed-over Fusion; Base turbocharged engine posts impressive mpg but pales against the Hybrid; panoramic roof makes top appear all glass; Shifter is absent.

Safety: Front front-/rear side-impact airbags; airbags; anti-lock brakes; control; stability control.

MPG (city/hwy) 22/33 (2.0); price (incl. destination)

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Base price:

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