The new MKZ 2012 has respectable road manners with extra suspension squish, and is quieter and tech-focused inside.
Inside the Cabin
The passenger cabin of the premium midsize sedan gets better materials than its sibling Fusion to be able to compete with Mercedes Benz, BMW, and Audi.
Both front and rear seats are comfortable with decent amount of head-leg room with 17 cu-ft of cargo capacity.
Other features, like THX and Sirius navigation system offer excellent surround-sound system.
The Hybrid Power-Train
A 3.5-L V6 engine with 6-speed automatic gearbox achieves respectable EPA ratings of 18/27/21 mpg and is capable of accelerating 0-60mph in 7.2 seconds.
The range-toping MKZ hybrid features 2.5-L 4-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor that give a total output of 191hp. The front-wheel drive hybrid edition estimates an impressive mileage of 41/36/40mpg and CVT-equipped model accelerate to 60mph in 8.7 seconds.
The price of new MKZ ranges from $34,700-$36,600.
In the Nut Shell
The Fusion-based 2012 Lincoln MKZ endows it with accurate steering and decent chassis reflexes, but Cadillac CTS and Audi A4 feel more refined and sharper.