The MKZ is a very nice car, but it has a hard time standing up to its competition, whether American (Cadillac CTS), Japanese (Lexus ES, Acura TL, Infiniti G37), or German (Mercedes-Benz C-class, BMW 3-series, Audi A4). The entry-level Lincoln stacks up best against the Lexus, which boasts similarly cushy ride and handling characteristics that do nothing to feign sportiness.
Lincoln's new look works very well on the face-lifted MKZ. The slimmer taillights look less awkward, and the more prominent grille is more in line with those worn by the new MKS and MKT. As Joe D suggested, the MKZ now looks less like a pretty, more sedate Ford Fusion and more like a proper Lincoln. The face-lift also blesses the MKZ with Ford's snazzy new navigation system, a nicely revised interior, and more oomph, resulting in a 0-to-60-mph sprint that's half a second quick than before, according to Ford.
Besides the primary issue I have with the MKZ - that it can't hold a candle to the driving experience of the Cadillac CTS - I was also bothered by a few less significant niggles:
-The seats felt uncomfortably firm.
-The orientation of the third brake light, mounted at the base of the smallish rear window, kept fooling me into thinking that another car was tailgating me.
-The power window switches are mounted so far forward that I lowered the rear windows several times when I meant to open the front windows.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor