[cars name="Ford"] did a pretty nice job classing up the Fusion to make the MKZ, but this Lincoln is no match for the , even with the Lincoln’s slightly lower base price. The MKZ wants to be supernice, but like the Chrysler 300C, it’s missing quite a bit in the execution of the interior (material qualities in particular), and this weakens its effectiveness as a luxury car.
I do like the styling themes of the exterior, though, particularly in the grille. A few hints of sweet-drivin’ Mazda 6 roots are detectable, so the MKZ doesn’t drive like a pillowy Town Car. Still, the suspension is sprung a bit too much, so the car is extrabouncy on rebound.
I like the concept of an entry-level Lincoln, but Ford has quite a bit of catching up to do-not only to Cadillac, but to Acura, Audi, Lexus, etc, etc.