In recent years, Lincoln has been making major strides in reinventing itself as a premium carmaker. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is the next step in producing midsize sedans ideal for consumers seeking performance and features with reliability and trusted safety features. This generation of the MKZ has been completely reimagined and revamped for a vehicle that appeals directly to the specific audience this maker has been seeking out: the young consumer. Younger audiences concerned with fuel economy will be drawn to the capabilities of a vehicle that offers impressive efficiency without sacrificing technology or connectivity. While not a luxurious vehicle, the MKZ is still attractive, appealing, and fun to drive for those seeking an accessible option.
New For 2013
Lincoln completely overhauled the MKZ for 2013, along with the Ford Fusion it uses as a base. A turbo four-cylinder engine featuring 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque is all-new, and the V-6 engine grows from 3.5 liters to 3.7 and now produces 300 hp. The MKZ Hybrid now uses a smaller engine, which could improve fuel economy. Lincoln’s sophisticated Lincoln Drive Control makes its debut.
The exterior of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ is not a complete departure from its siblings in the brand. The split-wing grille and highly visible placement of the branding Lincoln star are recognizable as features from other models in the brand, but there are features that distinguish this model from others. A slighter grille and decidedly more fluid lines of the body create a feel that is less rigid and bulky than previous incarnations. A tremendous amount of chrome is splashed across the door handles, moldings, exhaust tips, and other details, establishing a distinct presence.
The stance of this vehicle is rather wide, with broad tail lamps that emphasize this look of substance. A visually pleasant balance is achieved from 17-inch wheels established in proportionate wheel wells. The total result of the styling is a resemblance to other vehicles in the Lincoln brand but with distinctly youthful and modern details. An added benefit is the new EasyFuel feature that removes the fueling cap and produces a smoother appearance. Consumers looking for a streamlined vehicle that looks strong, stable, and attention-catching without sacrificing any of the performance and safety features today’s consumers have come to expect will be intrigued by this youngster of the Lincoln family.
Interior & Cargo
The streamlined look of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ is continued into its interior where a conservative, simple cabin conveys control and sensibility. Many vehicles geared toward the youth market have been overrun with frills and excess features that create a cluttered, overwhelming look. The MKZ completely rejects this convention and instead focuses on providing a user-friendly suite of technology and comfortable features. The first thing that consumers may notice is the wide, comfortable seating. This promotes ease in getting in and out of the vehicle both for the driver and front passenger and those in the rear seating area. Ten-way adjustability and both heating and cooling capability in the seating surfaces come standard.
Unlike many vehicles in its class, there is a tremendous amount of legroom in the 2013 MKZ. Even tall passengers can be accommodated in comfort and find that carefully positioned armrests and grab handles promote relaxation and ease of movement within the vehicle. Real wood, aluminum, and leather take the place of most of the plastic within the cabin of the vehicle. The very small amount of plastic that is present has a high-quality textured appearance which maintains its look of quality even after years of use. There is some complaint that the navigation screen is a touch too small, but as with all of the dials, buttons, and other features, it is positioned conveniently and allows for easy use. Fortunately, the intuitive software allows for total use of the screen.
The younger consumer set will likely be drawn to the Bluetooth integration that allows for completely hands-free manipulation of communication and entertainment features. Also included is a standard garage door opener.
Safety features of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ are comprehensive, continuing the tradition of offering every feature that the brand has come up with over the last several incarnations in addition to a few new features. Passengers can expect the usual safety features such as airbags and interesting details such as the unique inflatable rear seat belts. It is the driver, however, who notices most of the carefully designed safety technology. Adaptive cruise control and driver-assistance features such as parking, steering, and even lane-keeping assist help the driver maintain safe driving practices even during challenging moments. With automated steering control, the driver can have added peace of mind knowing that the vehicle itself will help protect those inside should danger arise.
An incredibly quiet soundtrack and smooth ride produce a driving experience that is calm and peaceful. A glimpse of luxury ancestors can be found in the supportive and comfortable ride quality. Drivers negotiating difficult driving environments such as tight curves and steep inclines value the all-wheel drive availability that provides secure handling and supremely receptive brakes.
The respectable, 3.5-liter, V-6 engine is responsive and can handle heavy use even when pushed into the upper registries of the engine capabilities. The six-speed transmission transitions seamlessly for a ride that isn’t hampered by uncomfortable shifts or awkward adjustments.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Lincoln MKZ
- Audi A4
- Buick Regal
- Cadillac CTS
- Lexus ES350