Saturday, October 9, 2010
Lincoln MKZ overview
In the 2011 model year, the Lincoln MKZ will add a Hybrid model to its lineup.
After receiving a heavy-duty refresh for 2010, the 2011 Lincoln MKZ is taking on the Upscale Midsize Car segment’s big players. In the tightly packed Upscale Midsize Car segment there are cars that meet every driver’s needs. If you're looking for a relaxing driving experience, the Lincoln MKZ fits.
Buyers looking for a smooth-riding vehicle like the "Lincoln MKZ" should also test drive the Lexus ES. The Lexus offers a similar driving experience and is tuned for comfort over sporting intentions. The Fusion and the MKZ share a number of key components. Edmunds writes, “Under the skin, the Lincoln MKZ is essentially a softly tuned Fusion Sport.” Buyers willing to sacrifice status will benefit by saving thousands of dollars over the MKZ as they drive away in a Fusion.
The 2011 Lincoln MKZ has one substantially-equipped trim and offers the buyer a choice of front or all-wheel drive. Unique standard features include Lincoln SYNC, MyKey and leather-trimmed, heated/cooled/power seats.
The MKZ is Lincoln's representative in the entry-level luxury sedan category. Highlights of the Lincoln MKZ include a powerful V6 engine, available all-wheel drive and a distinctive, retro-look interior design.
Mechanically, the Lincoln MKZ is very similar to the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, but differs with unique equipment, increased power and a more luxurious look and presence. The Lincoln MKZ single trim level is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is the base setup for the MKZ, but Lincoln offers an all-wheel-drive version for enhanced traction. Exterior styling includes the familial Lincoln waterfall grille and tasteful chrome trim. Body panels are tight fitting, with minimal gaps. The recently redesigned cabin is inline with Lincoln's recent products with high-quality interior materials and a more organic design. There's nothing dated about the MKZ's high-tech features list. Typical to the entry-level luxury class, the Lincoln MKZ offers the usual array of items such as automatic climate control, a moonroof, Sync voice activation, Bluetooth, keyless start and rear back-up sensors. Adding the sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch wheels of the Sport Appearance package makes the Lincoln MKZ surprisingly nimble and far more fun to drive than you'd think a Lincoln could be capable of. Used Lincoln MKZ models
The MKZ name debuted in 2007 but Lincoln sold this car the previous year as the Zephyr.