Based on the same platform as the Ford Fusion, the MKZ is Lincolns entry into the entry level luxury sedan segment. This is a category already stuffed with models from all of the top auto makers from the US, Germany, and Japan. Any car would have a tough time in such company and the MKZ manages to stay above water, even in such company.
This model, once known as the Zephyr, isn’t’ the fastest car in its class. Though it won’t be at the back of the pack either. The fusion chassis it rides on was rated Motor Trends car of the year for 2010, so the MKZ is already doing pretty well for itself. Power comes from a 263 HP, 249 Ft. Lbs of Torque, 3.5 liter V-6 engine feeding its power through a 6 speed automatic. Standard is front wheel drive, but an all wheel drive option, controlled electronically to transfer power side to side and front to back, is available as well.
New for 2010 is a Sport appearance package. This finally offers 18 inch alloy wheels to this model. The package also included sport tuned suspension and a host of other options.
Engines: 3.5L V-6
Transmissions: 6-speed automatic
The MKZ was restyled for 2010 along with its Ford and Mercury brethren, receiving a 1941 Continental-inspired front end similar to that of the larger MKS. The interior of the car has also been updated, with a focus on creating a quieter and better appointed cabin. Additionally, the 2010 MKZ’s transmission receives new gear ratios and a slightly revised engine, though power output remains unchanged.
While the Lincoln signature split-wing grille really helps the 2010 MKZ stand out from the crowd, the large headlights that extend deep into the trunk lid and Lincoln badges that adorn the front fenders are not for everyone.
The MKZ’s Fusion-derived interior is highlighted by a big navigation screen and the Lincoln version of Ford’s famous Sync system, but the widespread parts-sharing may put some buyers off. However, equipment levels are above-average for the class and price point.
The MKZ’s lone engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes an adequate 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode is standard. By default, power is sent to just the front wheels, but an all-wheel drive model is offered and the 2010 model accelerates roughly a half- second faster than its predecessor.
The MKZ features side-impact and side-curtain airbags for both front- and rear-seat passengers along with stability control and dual-stage front-impact airbags along with driver-seat position sensors and a three-level front passenger seat load sensor.
MKZ FWD: 18 mpg city/27 mpg hwy
MKZ AWD: 18 mpg city/24 mpg hwy
- Competitive pricing
- Solid entertainment options
- Needs sport variant
- Average fuel economy
Lincoln finally holds its own
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