Central in Lincoln's campaign to reassert itself as a premium brand, the stylish 2013 MKZ further distances itself from the Ford Fusion, with which it shares a platform.
This year, the MKZ takes a major leap forward with vastly upgraded interior craftsmanship, and a package of suspension and steering enhancements know as Lincoln Drive Control. Standard features include genuine wood trim, power 10-way heated leather seats, remote start, and My Lincoln Touch, a customizable interface for controlling audio and communications via voice or steering wheel-mounted buttons.
Interestingly, the MKZ's standard automatic transmission has no gear shift. Instead, drivers select gears through a series of buttons on the control panel; we haven't seen this feature on cars since the early 1960s. The MKZ also sets itself apart with the largest retractable glass roof on any midsize sedan; a regular single-panel sunroof is also available.
Lincoln offers a choice between two gas engines: Ford’s 2.0 liter Ecoboost four-cylinder with 240 horsepower, and a 3.7-liter V6 good for an even 300 horsepower. Both the Ecoboost and the V6 use a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and AWD is available.
As before, there is no price difference between MKZ hybrids and comparably equipped gas-only models. The hybrid's 2.0 four-cylinder and electric motor produces 188 horsepower, and gets an impressive 45 mpg in city and highway driving. While the hybrid is bound to be slower than average for this class of automobile, its gas mileage is tops in the luxury field, and among the best regardless of class. It's a rather stunning achievement for a highly equipped, roomy sedan.
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