2007 Lincoln MKZ AWD Review
New Face of Lincoln?
short: A fine road sedan to lead Lincoln’s
the exception of the Town Car, Lincoln’s large cars
are gone. The Continental drifted away and the Mark series
stopped count at VIII. This leaves the MKZ as the only
other sedan in Lincoln’s lineup among a sea of SUVs.
Originally named Zephyr for its 2006 debut, the MKZ is the
top rung of mid-sized sedans based on the Ford Fusion.
its sheet metal is nearly identical to that of its siblings,
the MKZ differentiates itself with a grille of vertical
bars book-ended by slim, projector beam headlamps that
create an elegant presence. Around back, large rectangular
tail lamps mimic those of the Navigator, with the Lincoln
emblem positioned in the center. Seventeen-inch, eight-spoke
aluminum wheels finish off the MKZ’s handsome look,
with its overall proportions and a stance that resembles
the Acura TL.
the hood, once you get over the economy class prop-rod
hood support, you’ll find a 3.5L, 24-valve Duratec
V6 that is not shared with either the Milan or Fusion.
Paired with a standard six-speed automatic transmission,
the engine pumps out 263 horsepower and 249 lb.-ft. of
torque – as close to a hot-rod Lincoln as you’ll
get. Even with the available all-wheel drive system that
adds 200 lbs, the MKZ accelerated quickly from a dead stop.
Rolling accelerations from low speeds were another story,
taking a few seconds to follow orders. Unlike other powertrains
of luxury marques that require premium fuel, the MKZ runs
on regular and does so economically. The trip computer
tracked 27 mpg for a round trip dash from Detroit to Chicago,
at an average speed of 66 mph. During city cruising, the
MKZ netted 20 mpg.
AWD adds mass, but significantly helps balance the car
in aggressive handling maneuvers on dry pavement. The limits
of grip are high, and the MKZ makes no complaints about
being pushed. A well-tuned suspension shares the credit
by keeping body motions and weight transfer to a minimum
while delivering better than expected ride qualities.
MKZ accommodates five adults and the rear seats fold down
when cargo outnumbers passengers. The heated and cooled
front seats were a $495 extra on our 2007 model, but that
option is standard for ’08. The cooled seats alone
should be signed into law. MKZ’s can be equipped
with wood or satin metal interior trim pieces, but the
latter looks less luxurious and causes distracting reflections.
Fully adjustable seating makes quick work of finding a
comfortable driving position but taller drivers might be
placed slightly behind the B-pillar, restricting peripheral
vision. The test MKZ also included a navigation system,
but some directions caused suspicions that one of the programmers
is nicknamed Wrong Way.
MKZ is a nicely done package with only a few faults, which
can be easily corrected. Side-mounted front turn signals
could add a dose of safety and the fuel filler door on
the test car wasn’t flush with the body panel. While
most cars in this class have variable assist power-steering,
the MKZ gets by with an old-style constant rate system.
Releasing the trunk latch pops it open barely high enough
to get a finger underneath to lift and there is no convenient
pull-down, usually requiring two hands to close.
is a relative bargain with a final sticker price of $35,640.
It demonstrates what Lincoln can do to make a competitive
luxury sedan with performance attributes. However, faults
must be eliminated if Lincoln is to be considered among
Lexus, BMW and Cadillac to regain the status it once had.
a review of the 2010 Lincoln MKZ
basic; six-year/70,000-mile drivetrain; six-year/70,000-mile
Base Price: $31,820/As Tested: $35,445
type: AWD mid-size sedan
Engine: 3.5 Liter V6
Horsepower: 263 hp @ 6250
Torque: 249 lb-ft
Curb weight: 3,672 lbs
Wheelbase: 107.4 in
Turning circle: 40 ft
Safety: traction control, front and side airbags
0-60 mph: n/a
Top Speed: n/a
EPA City: 18 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg
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Text: Chuck Arehart