2015 Lincoln MKC Review

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"The 2015 Lincoln MKC approaches a German-luxury-like balance of driving dynamism and comfort, and enters the segment as a truly competitive player," said Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. Check out Bruzek's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 92,000 2012-2014 Ford and Lincoln Vehicles

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 92,000 model-year 2013-14 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans (3.5-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Aug. 25, 2011, and Nov. 30, 2013), model-year 2013-14 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers (3.5-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 12, 2011, and Nov. 29, 2013), model-year 2012-14 Ford Edge crossovers (2.0-liter front-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 29, 2013) and model-year 2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX crossovers (3.5- and 3.7-liter all-wheel-drive models built between Sept. 2, 2010, and Nov. 29, 2013) 

The Problem: Ford is reporting that a faulty halfshaft could become disengaged from the linkshaft, causing the affected vehicles to experience loss of drive function. The automaker also said that this problem could also result in unexpected vehicle movement even if the vehicle is in Park; no related accidents or injuries have been reported.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect to verify the right-hand halfshaft and replace the affected parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not yet released an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. 

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Reduced MPG in Six Ford Models Matches Cars.com's Results

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If Cars.com editors' observed mileage is any indication, more drivers should see real-world fuel economy figures that match the new EPA numbers on six Ford models.

Ford Lowers Fuel Economy Ratings on Six Cars, Will Reimburse Owners

Ford announced June 12 that it would reduce EPA mileage on six vehicles – the 2013-2014 C-Max Hybrid and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid, the 2013-2014 Fusion Hybrid and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, the 2013-2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid and the 2014 Fiesta – because of an error in EPA mileage tests. The revisions, which downgrade EPA combined mileage as much as 7 mpg on the hybrids, will appear on new-car window stickers this week.

We've tracked mileage in four of those six cars, and our results fall a lot closer to the revised numbers than what they used to be. We haven't spent enough time behind the wheel of the Fusion Energi or MKZ Hybrid to report on mileage yet, but here are the rest:

By Kelsey Mays | June 16, 2014 | Comments (7)

Ford Lowers Fuel Economy Ratings on Six Cars, Will Reimburse Owners

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Ford announced today that it is revising fuel economy ratings for six models and compensating owners of about 200,000 vehicles after internal testing revealed errors in its evaluation process. Vehicles affected include the 2013-14 C-Max Hybrid, Fusion Hybrid, C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi plug-in hybrids, and the gas-only 2014 Fiesta; the 2013-14 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is also affected. Ford said it notified the EPA after learning of the discrepancy, and it worked with the agency to retest the vehicles and determine the correct ratings. The automaker said it has reviewed its entire lineup to determine which models required further testing, and that no further adjustments are planned.

Amid Complaints, Ford to Drop C-Max Hybrid to 43 MPG

The testing error was specific to a component of engine-power testing called Total Road Load Horsepower, a measure of resistance. Ford said it has validated the revised TRLHP for affected vehicles through physical testing and put checks and balances in place for future testing. The automaker also said it has notified its dealers and new fuel economy labels will be available in about six days; vehicles will continue to be sold in the interim. Customers can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more info.

Ford said it will pay owners of the affected vehicles the difference in estimated fuel costs between the old and revised ratings; lease customers will be reimbursed at a lesser rate than owners. The specific differences in fuel economy and the amount to be paid in reimbursement to owners, are as follows:

By Matt Schmitz | June 12, 2014 | Comments (4)

2015 Lincoln MKC First Drive

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Cars.com's team of editors at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show were convinced Lincoln's compact luxury SUV, the MKC, had the right attitude to jump into the extremely competitive segment with a full head of steam; we unanimously named it a "Winner" in our auto show postmortem.

2013 L.A. Auto Show: Luxury Car Winners and Losers

Fast-forward a few months and I'm driving preproduction versions of the MKC in the Santa Barbara, Calif., area. Lincoln chose a peculiar selection of pavement for the introductory drive, consisting of high-speed canyon roads with countless tight turns, dips and elevation changes. It's the kind of road motorcycles and sports cars call home, but not small SUVs. Did I mention this is a Lincoln? A brand that doesn't have the most sporting reputation.

My chariot for most of the test was a loaded MKC with the optional and more-powerful turbocharged 285-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, which comes standard with all-wheel drive. Perhaps the biggest surprise from this first romp in the MKC is that it's not at all out of place being ferociously driven through winding California roads.

By Joe Bruzek | June 6, 2014 | Comments (13)

Recall Alert: 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ

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Vehicles Affected: About 82,500 driver's-side all-weather floormats in model-year 2006-11 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr and MKZ sedans

The Problem: If improperly installed, the floormats may come in contact with the accelerator pedal, causing interference and increasing the risk of a crash, according to the Detroit News. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is aware of 52 reports of problems related to this issue.

The Fix: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will exchange the driver's-side all-weather floormats for a new set for free; some owners will get as many as four new mats.

What Owners Should Do: Ford has not yet issued an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-392-3673 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid: Car Seat Check

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Since its 2013 redesign, the Lincoln MKZ has delivered in the looks department. When it comes to child-safety-seat fit, this near-luxury midsize sedan and its hybrid counterpart perform well, but a difficult-to-access Latch anchor caused it to lose some points. In this Car Seat Check, we tested the MKZ with optional inflatable rear seat belts ($195) in the outboard seats. The MKZ Hybrid has the same dimensions as the MKZ.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | May 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Lincoln MKX Concept Photo Gallery (22 Photos)

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Ford's luxury brand is entering the Chinese market later this year, and it's wasting no time making a splash with a new concept car. Lincoln's midsize crossover is due for a redesign and what looks like a near-production-version of the new MKX was unveiled last week at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.

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The MKX was last redesigned for 2011, and the concept is clearly an evolution of the current model, retaining a similar size footprint, but adopting a sleeker look overall. Styling highlights include a lower, more sloping roofline; a narrower version of the brand's split-winged grille; wider shoulders; and full LED headlamps and a strip of lower LED accent lights. In back, Lincoln's signature tailgate-spanning taillights return but are slimmed down for a more streamlined look.

There's no word yet on the concept's production plans, but Lincoln says the MKX Concept hints at a global SUV that will become the third of four new Lincoln vehicles in dealerships by 2016, following a new MKZ sedan and forthcoming MKC compact crossover. Check out the gallery below.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 29, 2014 | Comments (5)

Best Hybrids for the Money 2014

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Gas prices remain historically high and volatile, and one of the most successful ways automakers and American motorists have adapted is by embracing hybrid technology. Though a few full-size hybrid trucks from GM have been discontinued, 2014 sees as many models as ever. No matter why you may want a hybrid, you might want to know how well it meets its mission.

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To determine if a hybrid's added expense is worth the cash, we devised an efficiency-cost rating. It's simply the EPA's combined mpg rating divided by the base price (meaning MSRP plus destination charge). We then multiply that result by 1,000. This formula can be applied to any type of vehicle, hybrid or not. A high mpg rating and low price provide a high efficiency-cost rating. A higher score is the better score.

We don't account for equipment levels, quality judgments, cost of ownership or any variances from EPA mileage estimates. The goal here is to pay the least for the most mileage, barring all other considerations.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | April 14, 2014 | Comments (11)

Recall Alert: 2013-2014 Ford Fusion, Escape, C-Max, Lincoln MKZ

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Vehicles Affected: About 42,972 model-year 2013-2014 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans, and Ford Escape SUVs and C-Max Energi and Hybrid vehicles

The Problem:The vehicles' seatback frames do not comply with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards, according to the Detroit News. Certain driver and front passenger seatback assemblies may have been produced with substandard welds joining the seatback recliner mechanism to the seatback frame. This could increase the risk of injury in a collision, the newspaper reported. No crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the faulty frames.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the seatback frames for free. Ford has not yet listed an owner notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | April 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

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