Formerly named the Zephyr, the MKZ shares a platform with the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. The platform is based on that developed for the Mazda6. In the MKZ configuration, it's a midsize sedan with aspirations to luxury.
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The retro grille stands out among the modern-looking headlights on the MKZ. This MKZ is fitted with optional high-intensity headlights.
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The MKZ achieves a good balance between a curvy European design and a more chunky, aggressive look. The roof retains its height over the rear seats so as not to compromise headroom.
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This version of the MKZ has all-wheel drive, a feature that helped the car track around corners.
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Lincoln achieves the look of luxury inside the MKZ with wood accents and aluminum-look panels. But this luxury is only skin deep, as the materials feel a bit thin.
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We like that the audio and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel are complemented by temperature and fan control.
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With an analog clock and a notable lack of plastic over the stack, the MKZ achieves a nice look. We also like the cooled and heated seats, which came as an option on our test car.
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Among all the high-end factory-installed stereos we've heard in cars, the THX-certified audio system in the MKZ retains its top-rated spot.
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The stereo head unit has an in-dash six-CD changer which can play MP3 CDs. This screen shows how it displays ID3 tagging information. We would also like to see a track list.
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The stereo can also use your MP3 player as a source, with an auxiliary audio jack mounted in the console.
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There are no advanced EQ settings for the stereo system--you get basic fader, balance, bass, treble, and mid controls.
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We generally like this navigation system, although the map resolution is a little weak. Street names become difficult to read as they change angles.
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The navigation system's points-of-interest categories aren't as complete as what you would find in a phone book. But we like that you can enter multiple destinations and let the system optimize your route.
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This navigation system is very configurable, not only letting you set how it displays route guidance, but also letting you set average speeds on different types of roads to better estimate your travel time.
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The MKZ's 3.5-liter V-6 has plenty of power for this car, but we weren't impressed by the throttle response.
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