I'm really impressed with the MKZ's styling and overall design. The ride is smooth but stable though acceleration isn't as strong as the Acura or Lexus I test drove.The interior is clean and well laid-out with everything within easy reach and easy to see. The THX certified stereo has nice sound. Hours of MP3s can be loaded into the 6 disk player. I have to say, for the price, I feel you can't beat the options (standard or optional) that are available. There's lot of American cars that really do compare in quality to the Japanese. They'll have a tough row to hoe to convince everyone to pass up the Acura or Lexus lines but I think they're well on thier way.
THX certified 6 disk AM- FM/MP3/CD/Sat/Navigation from Pioneer. Heated and cooled seats. Auto dimming outside mirror (about time!). Ride/handling. AWD
The MKZ not only looks good but it comes very well equipped. The only option that I paid for was the cooled seats, which have already come in handy here in Kansas.
Cooled seats with memory, appearance both in and out, dashboard lights up like an airline cockpit. Outside mirrors seem to provide more visability than any car I have previously driven. Could I have not had them properly adjusted for the last 50 years?
ESP and backup assist which will be available in '08. Diesel engine would make this car perfect.
I am a prior Lincoln owner and a most recent Toyota Avalon owner. So far the two are about equal with the Lincoln feeling more solid. Acceleration is good, but the Avalon seemed quicker. Lincoln feels better on the long trips. Large back seat seemed wasted in the Avalon which has less trunk space. Lincoln handles better around the curves.
The upgraded sound system and navigation are just great. Neat CD storage area.
The door storage is hard to get to and is of little use due to size. Suggest they flip out as do the Avalon's. Trunk is very heavy and does not pop all the way open when released.
This car is amazing. Even in FWD model it seems to grip the road on curves. On acceleration it gives a powerful purr and takes off like a rocket. By far this is the best luxury sedan I ever owned and I've owned lots of luxury sedans.
This car has been a major disappointment as we came from a 2003 Lincoln LS V8 that was averaging the same fuel economy :18 MPG. While the MKZ is AWD, it has less power and a smaller V6 engine. The build quality and the materials is way below sup bar. The hard plastics and the gaps in between the interior and exterior panels is ridiculous. The wood trim looks fake, the dashboard has this twin look going on, that seems as if you could move the steering wheel and gauges over to the other side. Speaking of gauges, the retro looking dash is not cool, its very cheap looking! Note to Lincoln: Hire some better designers and stop looking to the past. This will be a long 3yr lease.
Navigation and audio system. Probably the only decent thing about this car.
Bluetooth connectivity. Adjustable headrests in the back. Better quality leather. More power and or better fuel economy.