2013 Lincoln MKZ Test Drive Review

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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

2013 Lincoln MKZ: Test Drive Review

The all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ is built on the same bones as Ford’s handsome mid-size Fusion, yet looks nothing like a Fusion. Most notable are its nearly coupe-like profile, with a steeply-raked windshield and stretched backlight (it’s 10-percent aerodynamically slicker than the 2012 MKZ it replaces) and a new, more refined, horizontal-bar interpretation of the marque’s recent split-wing grille. The front LED headlights turn with the steering wheel for cornering visibility, and LED lamps at the rear enable a distinctively slim full-width taillamp.


Its beautifully understated cabin is full of rich natural materials and soft-touch surfaces, and its supple premium leather trim is complimented by tasteful wood and metal-toned accents. One bold touch is the row of shift selection buttons (Park, Neutral, Reverse, Drive and Sport) running up the left side of the vertical console, instead of a console-mounted shift lever, which frees up space for more storage areas.

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ also offers a choice of two engines or a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four delivers 240 horsepower and 22/31 MPG. The optional 3.7L V6 ups the ante to 300 horses at the cost of three MPG (city and highway).

Both drive the front or (with available AWD) all four wheels through a six-speed automatic with steering-wheel shift paddles. But the best choice to optimize fuel efficiency is the available Ford 188-hp hybrid system, which teams a 2.0L four with an electric motor and an electronic continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Among the new MKZ’s available safety features is a Lane Keeping System that uses a camera in the rearview mirror to read lane markers and help avoid lane drifting due to distraction or fatigue, and radar-based Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support, which automatically adjust your speed to traffic and give visual and audible alerts when a potential front-end collision is detected. Ford’s excellent Active park Assist and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert make parallel parking a breeze and warn of oncoming vehicles when backing out of a parking space. And the MKZ is the only sedan in its class to offer inflatable second-row outboard seatbelts that spread impact forces to prevent or reduce injuries to rear passengers.

Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)

We were pleasantly surprised by the MKZ’s (refined-strut front/integral-link rear) suspension, largely because standard Lincoln Drive Control delivers an excellent balance of smooth ride and tied-down handling. It transparently responds to driver inputs and road conditions to integrate operation of the engine, transmission, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS), Active Noise Control, traction and stability control systems and Computer-Controlled Damping (CCD). You select Sport, Normal or Comfort CCD modes through MyLincoln Touch, and they do make a difference. Our test car’s V6 was strong (and sounded muscular), its steering was precise and its braking stable and powerful.

We also found its SYNC voice command and MyLincoln Touch systems much improved over earlier versions.

Front to rear, tire patch to top, this 2013 Lincoln MKZ looks great inside and out, drives beautifully and seems in every way a terrific mid-size luxury sedan well worth a serious look. The best new Lincoln in many years, it’s a great start to the revival of this once-great marque.

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Lincoln MKZ Hybrid (2nd gen)
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