Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Lincoln MKZ

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Getting back into the luxury game could be a tricky proposition for Lincoln, Ford's last brand standing after the economic downturn of recent years. But Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says if the all-new 2013 MKZ sedan is an indicator of what's to come, a triumphant return could be nigh. Sweeping exterior styling succeeds in evoking a high-end image, while a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder provides impressive power for all occasions without sacrificing fuel economy. Although the interior looks great, cheap vehicle controls undermine the design quality. Read Bragman's review below.

2013 Lincoln MKZ Review
By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Lincoln MKZ

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Ford is recalling 107 model-year 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedans due to a problem with the electrical system that could result in exposed wiring, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Affected vehicles were manufactured between April 25, 2012, and March 15, 2013, and are equipped with an engine block heater. During use, the engine block heater cords may be bent, and in certain temperatures the wire insulation may crack, exposing the electrical wires; this increases the risk of electric shock.

Ford will begin notifying owners June 17, and dealers will replace the block heater cord for free. Owners can call the automaker at 866-436-7332 or the NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov, for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 11, 2013 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 420,000 Ford Sedans, SUVs

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Ford is recalling more than 420,000 model-year 2013 sedans and SUVs to check for fuel-tank leaks that could result in a fire; affected models include the 2013 Ford Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Taurus and Police Interceptor sedans and SUVs, as well as the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKS and MKT. In addition, Ford also announced two more separate recalls to address problems with engine-block heater cords in 500 model-year 2013 Lincoln MKZ sedans and steering gears in a small number of 2013 Ford Fusion sedans.

In the largest of the recalls, as of March 31, Ford had received 600 consumer complaints pertaining to potential leaks in the vehicles' fuel-delivery module, which could result in a fire. Ford said there had been no reports of fires or injuries as a result of the leaks.

"The condition could result in customers detecting an odor of fuel, or in some cases, observe evidence of a fuel leak on the ground," said Kelli Felker, Ford safety communications manager, in a statement. "While a fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a fire, there have been no reports of fires. We are not aware of any accidents or injuries attributed to this condition."

By Matt Schmitz | June 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

Two (Hundred) If By Sea: Crossing Lake Michigan on a Car Ferry

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The Memorial Day holiday marks the official start of summer for many people, kicking off a season full of road trips for family vacations in far-off destinations. I recently took a bit of a driving tour myself, from the Cars.com Detroit Bureau home office in Ann Arbor, Mich., to the annual Spring Rally of the Midwest Automotive Media Association at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. My ride for the voyage: the new 2013 Lincoln MKZ, Ford's great hope for trying to keep the struggling luxury brand relevant and appealing to young premium segment shoppers.

But instead of taking the meandering road route around Lake Michigan through Indiana, Chicago and Milwaukee and on to Elkhart Lake, I decided to try one of the two car ferries running from Michigan to Wisconsin, crossing the lake and shaving miles (but not necessarily hours) off my trip.

By Aaron Bragman | May 31, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Join NHTSA's Five-Star Club

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Several new vehicles joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's five-star club today, earning the top score of five stars overall in crash tests performed by NHTSA. New inductees are the 2013 Ford Fusion, 2013 Lincoln MKZ and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Meanwhile, the all-new 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid and redesigned 2013 Nissan Sentra didn't fare as well, with both having to settle for four stars overall.

The Fusion's and MKZ's front-, all-wheel-drive and hybrid models all received five stars in the frontal crash test and four-star ratings in side and rollover crash tests. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class' rear- and all-wheel-drive models scored five stars in the side crash test and four stars in frontal and rollover crash tests.

Both the C-Max Hybrid and Sentra fell short, receiving five-star scores in only the side crash test and four stars in the other two tests.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Podcast: 2010 Lincoln MKZ, MKS EcoBoost

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The current state of Lincoln as a brand is debated among the editors as they discuss two of its recent sedans that visited the Cars.com offices. Mike Hanley, David Thomas and Joe Wiesenfelder discuss the redesigned 2010 Lincoln MKZ and the 2010 Lincoln MKS with the twin-turbo EcoBoost engine. Can either or both help a brand struggling to define itself in a competitive environment?

Download the podcast via iTunes here or listen in a browser here.

By David Thomas | August 24, 2009 | Comments (4)

2010 Lincoln MKZ Priced Just Under $35,000


Last year, Lincoln debuted an all-new sedan called the MKS. It was a leap forward for the company in terms of interior and exterior styling. That left the smaller MKZ sedan waiting for a redesign, and now that it has its new look, price will be the deciding factor in whether it’s a success. Today, Ford announced the 2010 Lincoln MKZ will start at $34,115 with front-wheel drive and $36,005 with all-wheel drive, not including an $850 destination charge.

The MKZ includes a 263-hp V-6 and comes standard with leather, Ford’s Sync entertainment system, heated and cooled front seats, and parking sensors.

We’re a bit surprised Ford would raise the price of the MKZ almost $1,500 without adding much extra content. The 2009 model started at $32,695, and at that price it couldn’t compete with the likes of the Infiniti G37 ($33,250), Audi A4 ($31,000), Acura TL ($34,955) and Cadillac CTS ($36,560). We haven’t driven the 2010 MKZ, but with such a high sticker it will be tough to get shoppers to put it on their test-drive list when there are so many other options out there. Some of the competition also come with things like a power moonroof standard, while that remains a $1,200 option on the MKZ.

The MKZ is also priced near the MKS, which starts at $38,490.

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By David Thomas | March 18, 2009 | Comments (16)

2010 Lincoln MKZ: Video

In the past, the Lincoln MKZ has lagged behind its luxury sedan competitors and left our reviewers lukewarm. At the L.A. auto show, Kelsey Mays found reason to be optimistic about the prospects for the 2010 MKZ, which gets key improvements and new safety systems, like blind spot warning and cross-traffic alert.

By Stephen Markley | November 25, 2008 | Comments (0)

Up Close: 2010 Lincoln MKZ

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The new MKZ makes larger leaps on the inside than its Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan siblings did, in part because the previous Zephyr/MKZ had, to put it charitably, a pretty lackluster cabin. Gone are the shaded plastic buttons, boxy shapes and grainy dash materials. Now the cabin resembles the MKS', complete with a first-rate navigation system and cleverly stacked wood and aluminum trim.

The show car had Lincoln’s Bridge of Weir leather. It’s rich and inviting, but not dramatically better than the cowhide in a Lexus ES or Cadillac CTS. As long as we’re comparing cars, Lincoln’s center controls aren’t terribly attractive; they’re too small in an arbitrary sort of way, as there seems to be plenty of real estate for them to spread out a bit.

I’d like to see Lincoln do a bit more with the car’s rear styling. The front looks like the MKS — opine on that as you will — but the rear perpetuates the outgoing car’s robotic look. I find the MKS’ rear quite attractive, actually, so it’s a shame Lincoln didn’t translate some of that look to the smaller canvas here. More photos below.

By Kelsey Mays | November 20, 2008 | Comments (0)

2008 L.A. Auto Show: 2010 Lincoln MKZ

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  • Competes with: Honda Accord, Saab 9-3, Acura TSX
  • Looks like: Lincoln will be adding the MKS grille to every product from here on out
  • Drivetrain: 263-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 with six-speed automatic
  • Hits dealerships: Spring 2009

Ford’s trio of midsize sedans is topped by the Lincoln model, the MKZ. The previous MKZ didn’t do much to distinguish itself from its less-expensive Ford and Mercury siblings, but the 2010 edition looks to add more luxury touches inside to help set itself apart.

The dashboard is definitely different, with the LCD navigation screen mounted high on the dash, unlike its low position in the Fusion and Milan. This is the same exceptional unit found in the larger Lincoln MKS. Also borrowed from the MKS are the upgraded leather seats. Lincoln says that leather is the same covering that’s found in the MKS, which we found exceptionally comfortable.

By David Thomas | November 19, 2008 | Comments (18)

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