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2017 Lincoln MKZ KBB Expert Review

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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

Lincoln’s 2017 MKZ luxury sedan gets a right proper facelift and a powerful new engine, helping this midsize-luxury sedan go head-to-head with the best from Europe and Japan. The 5-passenger MKZ offers a number of variations, including an all-wheel-drive model and fuel-efficient hybrid. Although no slouch in the curves, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan isn’t designed for the BMW set, but rather for those who appreciate a luxury sedan that delivers a smooth ride, a silent cabin and powerful engine. The MKZ feels more exclusive than a Lexus ES 350, more distinctive than a Cadillac ATS and more affordable than a loaded Mercedes-Benz C-Class. However, an Audi A4 or a Volvo S60 is certainly a more appealing competitor with a more substantial pedigree.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you imagine a luxury car should pamper its passengers, delight with technological innovation and deliver a smooth but not soft ride, Lincoln’s 2017 MKZ luxury sedan won’t disappoint. Better still, the fuel-efficient hybrid trims carry the same price tag as their non-hybrid equivalents.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is big on luxury but short on spirited handling. If you’re looking for something that can carve up curves, let you shift manually or offer the irresistible power of a V8, you’ll be better off shopping a BMW 3 Series, Infiniti Q50 or Cadillac ATS.

What's New for 2017

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan gets a new Continental-inspired front end. Also new is a 400-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The 2.0-liter turbo gains five horsepower, and new options include full LED headlights and Driver’s package. Last year’s capacitive touch-slide controls are replaced by proper knobs and switches.

Driving It Driving Impressions

If you haven’t driven a Lincoln in the past 10 years, a few minutes behind the wheel of the 2017 MKZ midsize-luxury sedan may come as quite a shock. The 2.0-liter engine is quite an eye-opener in and of itself, but the 400 horsepower/400 lb-ft of torque offered up by the new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 is nothing short of breathtaking. Handling is substantially enhanced when equipped with the optional Driver’s package that combines Lincoln’s Dynamic Torque Vectoring with an adjustable-shock setup offering three modes: Comfort, Normal and Sport. The MKZ’s steering effort is still lighter and less precise than what you’ll experience in a BMW 3 Series or Infiniti Q50, but it’s pretty much in line with similar sedans from Lexus, Volvo and Acura. Inside Lincoln’s MKZ for 2017 one finds a well-insulated cabin free from obnoxious wind, road and engine noise.

Favorite Features

Lincoln’s 2017 MKZ luxury sedan pushes the envelope with a modern twist on an old idea. In place of a traditional shift lever, gear changes are managed via five dash-mounted buttons. Unlike the old push-button systems of the 1950s, however, this one has appropriate safeguards preventing inadvertent gear selections.

Those who wish to have more control over their MKZ’s performance will appreciate the 3-mode Lincoln Drive Control. A choice of Normal, Sport or Comfort sets different parameters for the shock setting, transmission shift points and traction control, as well as throttle and steering response.

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