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In 2006 Ford introduced its Ford Fusion mid-size sedan and its divisional platform-mates the Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr, all based on Japanese-partner Mazda's well-respected MAZDA6 front-wheel-drive architecture. All three have earned media praise, strong quality reviews and good first-year sales. Building on this proven platform, Lincoln adopts a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and available "intelligent" all-wheel drive to create the mid-size 2010 Lincoln MKZ (pronounced "M-K-Z") luxury sedan. Although the name is confusingly similar to the MKX crossover and new MKS luxury sedan, Lincoln simply follows a long line of luxury manufacturers whose marketers prefer letters and numbers to easily-recognizable names.
If a boldly-styled, beautifully-trimmed, solidly-built, well-equipped and reasonably-priced American mid-size luxury sedan that feels and drives more like a European import would fulfill your needs and desires, the 2010 Lincoln MKZ may be an excellent choice.
Lincoln long competed head-to-head with GM's Cadillac at the top of the U.S. market, but has lost a lot of luster in recent years. If brand image ranks higher than comfort, value and substance on your priority list, you may want to look elsewhere.
For 2010, the MKZ receives a new front and rear fascia design, LED tail lamps, and a new instrument panel and center console. New available features include rain sensing wipers, Adaptive HID headlamps, voice activated navigation and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).
Driving Impressions The 2010 Lincoln MKZ's specially tuned, fully independent suspension rides a bit softer than the more sport-tuned Ford Fusion's but retains nearly all of the fun-to-drive Fusion's responsiveness and agility....Partly due to the car's stiff structure, its rack-and-pinion steering is precise, with good on-center feel, and transmits little vibration back to the steering wheel, thanks to its mounting on the isolated front subframe. The available "intelligent" all-wheel drive monitors and predicts traction at all four wheels and delivers torque to those with the best grip. The six-speed SelectShift automatic allows the driver to manually shift gears with no forced upshifts and an "enhanced overdrive cancel" mode locks out the fifth and sixth gears permitting shifts at higher speeds for better engine braking.
Standard Duratec 35 V6 Engine
Ford has long needed a smoother, more powerful, state-of-the-art V6 for its upscale mid-size entries, and this is it. Along with strong performance, it delivers respectable fuel economy of 18 EPA city miles per gallon and 27 on the highway with two-wheel drive.
Optional THX II-Certified Premium Audio
This 600-watt, 14-speaker system delivers surround-sound worthy of an upscale cinema. An MP3 audio input jack and SIRIUS Satellite Radio are standard.
Inside the ultra-quiet, premium-quality cabin are generous portions of real wood, satin nickel and chrome accents. Rear-seat space is surprisingly generous, with more than three feet of legroom. The trunk is a best-in-class 15.8 cubic feet, with a flat floor and low liftover height for easy access, and the compact decklid hinges won't crush or interfere with your cargo. The class-exclusive standard 60/40-split rear seats fold flat, with a convenient pop-down spring assist, for easy storage access or to extend the cargo floor straight through from rear deck to front seats.Exterior
Lincoln says its modern image target is "earned reward" or "American dream," rather than "old world" flashy or "ostentatious luxury," which translates to quiet, casual, confident and more understated design. With its bold split-wing grille, jewel-like quad projector-beam headlamps, judicious use of chrome trim and low-profile tires on 17-inch, eight-spoke machined aluminum wheels, the 2010 Lincoln MKZ certainly looks the part of a credible mid-size luxury sedan. Around back are large wrap-around taillamps and twin chrome exhausts.
The nicely-equipped 2010 Lincoln MKZ comes with automatic on/off headlamps, leather seating, heated and cooled 10-way power front seats, tilt/telescoping four-spoke steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, dual-zone climate control, power heated mirrors, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry with exterior keypad, SYNC communications system, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and auxiliary audio input jack, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and two 12-volt outlets. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, Reverse Sensing System, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with traction control and six air bags: Dual-stage fronts, front seat-mounted side and side-curtain bags for both seating rows.
Among the many MKZ options are chromed wheels, a power moonroof, Adaptive High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, ambient floor lighting, 14-speaker THX II-Certified premium audio with 10 gigabyte Jukebox hard drive and SIRIUS Travel Link, voice activated navigation, rear back up camera, rain sensing wipers, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and remote start.
The MKZ's 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve aluminum Duratec 35 V6 delivers 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque through a new six-speed, wide-ratio, multiple-clutch automatic transmission. It boasts variable intake-valve timing, a dual-plenum intake manifold and a relatively high 10.3:1 compression ratio to optimize its balance of performance and efficiency.
263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
249 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/27 (FWD); 17/24 (AWD)
By lMO (CA) on Saturday, November 30, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Very comfortable, nice sound system"
Cons: "Could use power outlets in the back seat"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"We bought this new. It is very comfortable front and back and is nice to drive. I love the look and feel of this car. It can snow where we are so the AWD is nice to have. The sun/moon roof creates wind noise even when not open, so we usually keep it completely closed, I would probably skip it if I purchased it again. Hopefully Lincoln has corrected this because I am considering replacing this with a new MKZ."
By bill (FL) on Friday, November 29, 2013
I owned and sold this car
Reason: noisy rough ride - My approximate mileage is 21,000
Pros: "35mpg--easy handling"
Cons: "road noise; rough ride- noisy body"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I have just traded this for a lexus hybrid. This car has the body quality of a 30 year old ford with a facelift. Every little crease in the road rattles the car-close the door & sounds like a slam.Honest gas mileage is around 34--35mpg.I'm still getting over the irritation from this car."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful
By OldSalt (GA) on Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Price for a luxary Car"
Cons: "Color Choices"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Great Car and well worth the price! Great milage for a luxary car. Very comfortable on the road. Rides smoothly!"
2 people out of 2 found this review helpful
By Juan (IL) on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Everything including the Lincoln Extended Warranty"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Just purchased over the weekend and my wife was even impressed with ride, quietness, power, and luxury appointments. She is not easy to impress so when she agreed to go with me to see and test drive the car, we were comparing with another vehicle at the same dealership and for the same money but 2 years difference in age it was like comparing Smallville to Metropolis. This car is superior in engineering and they thought of everything! The cooled seats, lighted outside mirrors when you unlock the doors, the power seat automatically goes to it's rear limit for easy exit, the bluetooth feature, even the chrome on the running board as you enter the forward compartment from either driver or passenger side. I can't say enough with how impressed we were and a fantastic value too. If you can, go out and buy a 2008-2013 MKZ, you won't regret the investment."
10 people out of 10 found this review helpful
By Julee (AZ) on Thursday, August 29, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, smooth ride, back-up sensors."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"She drives smooth and is good on gas. I really love the fact of no hands calling, air conditioned/heated seats ."
5 people out of 6 found this review helpful
By Hotelmomma (OK) on Saturday, August 10, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great Price, Great Ride."
Cons: "Can't seem to find one."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased this vehicle when I was driving 30K a year, it Handles wonderful, more get up and go than I expected or need. I highly recommend this vehicle to anyone considering a 4 door with a stylish look and great performance. 30 MPG on the highway consistently."
6 people out of 6 found this review helpful