Ride, acceleration and handling: It’s totally enjoyable in all three.
Body style/layout: The MKZ is a front-engine midsize sedan based on the Ford Fusion platform. Front-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is an option. It is not Lincoln’s usual “upgrade,” mostly rebadged, of a Ford product. The new MKZ is a distinctively nice piece of work also available as a gasoline-electric hybrid.
Engines/transmission: A 2-liter, 16-valve in-line four-cylinder gasoline engine with variable valve timing is standard (240 horsepower, 270 pound-feet of torque). The model driven for this column was equipped with an optional 3.7-liter, 24-valve gasoline V-6 with variable valve timing (300 horsepower, 270 pound-feet of torque. Both engines get a six-speed automatic transmission that can also be shifted manually.
Capacities: Seats five people. Cargo capacity is 15.4 cubic feet. Fuel capacity is 16.5 gallons of regular gasoline (regular grade is recommended).
Mileage: I averaged 25 miles per gallon in highway driving.
Safety: Standard equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front, solid rear), four-wheel anti-lock brake protection, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability and traction control, and side and head air bags.
The MKZ driven for this column also came with an optional “technology package,” priced at $2,250, that includes forward collision-avoidance, lane-departure warning, and rear collision-proximity warning systems. This column recommends it. Also recommended are optional rear inflatable seat belts, priced at $195.
Price: The sedan has a base price of $37,815, with a dealer’s invoice price of $35,924 for that model. Price as tested is $51,205 including $12,485 in options (3.7-liter V-6, technology package, onboard navigation and Ford MyLink communications system, premium sound system, 20-inch-diameter wheels, power panoramic glass roof, and other items) and a $895 destination charge. Estimated dealer’s price as tested is $48,000.