When Lincoln's MKZ debuted in 2006, it impressed buyers with a luxurious interior that featured an array of standard equipment. What didn't please anyone was its resemblance to the mass-market Ford Fusion. If not for its Lincoln grille and tail lights, the MKZ's exterior styling made it a dead ringer for the Ford.
A 2013 restyle of both models brought greater differentiation. Although many components remain shared, the MKZ now looks and feels like a distinct automobile, especially with its optional sliding glass roof. The hybrid version delivers 45 mpg—tops among all luxury cars—and costs exactly the same as the base non-hybrid V6.