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While it still shares a platform with the Ford Fusion, the Lincoln MKZ is all-new for 2013, with exterior and interior styling revisions that improve its overall look and feel and also further differentiate it from its more pedestrian Ford cousin.
MKZ buyers who put a premium on fuel efficiency will like having the choice of a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which is expected to return highway fuel economy in the mid-30-mpg range. Those who appreciate having more power on tap can opt for the V6 and its 300 horses.
To enhance the MKZ’s driving experience, Lincoln’s engineers have outfitted it with Lincoln Drive Control, which manages the electric power steering, engine and transmission response, traction control and the car’s adjustable suspension to optimize the MKZ’s road manners.
Additionally, the suspension can be adjusted through sport, normal and comfort settings to either liven up or dampen the chassis’ responsiveness. All the while, Lincoln’s Active Noise Control is working, much like noise-cancelling headphones, to quiet the MKZ’s cabin.
These features, plus a panoramic glass roof (that offers 100-plus SPF sun protection), a standard 8-inch touch screen for systems controls, standard leather upholstery, and the option of a mega-watt THX audio system, will certainly set the 2013 MKZ apart from the Fusion and make it an attractive offering in the entry-luxury sedan segment.
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is a four-door five-passenger sedan available with several powertrain configurations (including a gas electric MKZ Hybrid reviewed separately).
The base powerplant is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Optional is a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are backed by six-speed automatic transmissions with dash-mounted push-button shifters and paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The MKZ’s standard drivetrain is front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is an option.
Instead of trim levels, Lincoln denotes its various MKZ models by their equipment groups. Standard equipment on all MKZ sedans includes 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, heated front seats and the Sync connectivity system with MyLincoln Touch and an 8-inch touch screen.
Moving up to higher equipment groups brings features that include 19-inch wheels, a rearview camera, a premium audio system, HD radio, navigation, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert.
Among the options available for the MKZ are a panoramic glass roof and a Technology Package that bundles adaptive cruise control, park assist, a lane-keeping system and auto high beams.
The EPA has not released fuel economy data for the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, but the manufacturer expects the four-cylinder, front-drive models to return 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway, while the V6 models fitted with AWD will deliver an expected 18 mpg city, 26 highway.
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