The MKZ is a smart-looking and conservative grey pinstripe suit conveyed to sheetmetal; last year's refresh – and its Continental-inspired grille – only makes things better. The near-liftback body is wrapped around an interior that boasts of comfortable front seats, respectable room in back, and 15.4 cubic feett of cargo space in the trunk.
Select and above trims are treated to leather seats and real wood trim, while Black Label buyers can choose from upgraded leather and materials in Chalet, Thoroughbred, and Vineyard themes.
The interior, however, is also the MKZ's biggest weakness. It's most apparent in the Premier model's plethora of matte plastic and synthetic leather. Despite a lofty price tag, even the Black Label – with its softer leathers and exotic materials – is unable to disguise its middle-class Fusion roots.