Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lincoln MKZ quick drive

 I attended a Lincoln event a few days ago, and was able to drive the all new MKZ for a bit.
So I though I'd share my feelings about the car. Even though this is not a full test drive.
That will come later as I will have access to the car for a few days.

The model I was the most interested in was the Hybrid.
First, I have to say the car looks very nice in person. It does look quite upscale and very modern. Much more so than a Lexus ES.
 The giant opening roof does make the rear of the car look heavy and awkward when opened all the way.
But since you are inside the car, it is something you'll never actually see.






Inside, things are really modern, and a bit futuristic. Which is how it should be in 2013.

Everything feels really solid and well put together.
But, the overall feel is still a bit close to the cheaper Ford Fusion.

I was not able to check gas mileage so I won't comment on that. I know most test drivers are not able to achieve the official MPG numbers. I will figure this out when I get to drive the car for a few days.

The ride is very comfortable. The steering feels precise.

The thing I noticed the most was the switch from electric to gas. The engine isn't that quiet around town. Pretty much like a Prius.
The CVT was a bit annoying and slow to react, again, like the Prius.

These are just a few quick observations. But I do think the car deserves more attention than what it is getting.

Lincoln is facing an tough time trying to convince people to even step into its showrooms.

Cadillac and Buick did it, so there might be hope...



7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I for one think it looks great in person, I thought it looked awkward in pictures though. Sounds good enough for the segment, but Lincoln needs a better MKS more than this or the MKC.

Dav said...

My sister-in-law just bought a (fully loaded) 2013 MKZ Hybrid and I find it to be one of the single most impressive vehicles currently in the 40 to 50k price range.

Luxuriously equipped, well-handling, surprisingly efficient, and simply stunning to look at, this is a car that deserves to succeed.

Anonymous said...

Nice interior, even have the volvo storage behind the center stack.

moore said...

Lincoln has this image or stigma of being over-styled, big and forcing unproven technology on buyers. I remember the Lincolns of the 1970's with their weird and extravagant scrolling on the trim panels and the louvers on the headlamps that never worked right. I'll never forget when my grandfather's 1993 Continental's air suspension quit working. I knew it would happen eventually. I had already seen it fail on others before that. A full glass roof that slides over the rear window? I can't imagine the horrors that await owners with that option.
The MKZ is too big and is just trying too hard. Build something around the size of the Volvo S60 that brings some nostalgic styling and REAL performance. It would sell.

6-speed said...

Depreciation city. It's a fusion in Lincoln duds. Too bad so many can be fooled into one of these cars. I do agree it at least does look great minus the "butterfly" shaped grille up front. Go home Lincoln, you're drunk.

6-speed said...

Depreciation city. It's a fusion in Lincoln duds. Too bad so many can be fooled into one of these cars. I do agree it at least does look great minus the "butterfly" shaped grille up front. Go home Lincoln, you're drunk.

Anonymous said...

Interior is a bit plain; but that exterior is the best-looking sedan ever for under $100k. Thinking seriously about trading the Bimmer in on this but I worry that the performance will be more Mercedes/Buick/Lexus than BMW/CaddillacV. So I may keep the 6 and add on another garage for the Lincoln.