Her and His Reviews

June 2010

2010 Lincoln MKZ AWD
2010 Lincoln MKZ AWD

There are always two sides to everything, right? Well, the truth is there are many more than that! To keep our car reviews innovative and well-rounded, we are providing you with not just one, but two points of view on the same exact vehicle – Her and His perspectives.
 

Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate,women-drivers.com
His: Chuck Kerber, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

Anne Chuck
Price
MSRP: $43,245 as tested MSRP: $43,245 as tested
Performance
This car has good looks, manueverabilty and real style. With 263 ponies ad a 3.5 liter engine, the car feels like its sailing, even in post-winter pot-hole driving.

The car has 4 wheel Anti lock Braking system and stops and starts quickly and easily on all types of road conditions. The steering and handling is impeccable and offer a sleek, smooth ride.

Acceleration in the Lincoln MKZ is swift, and the 3.5 liter 24 Valve, duratec engine. Has the torque of a larger V-8. Taking corners in the Lincoln is soft, but steady; it's a luxury car even with its 263 horsepower. I took it from 0 - 60 in 7.1 seconds. Stopping is a snap, thanks to the 4-wheel ABS, all-wheel drive, and traction control. The MKZ rides smoothly around the city, and very comfortable at higher speeds. Road noise is almost unnoticeable due to the excellent insulation in the cabin.
Fuel Economy
17 MPG City, 24 Highway 17 MPG City, 24 Highway
The Car
The Lincoln MKZ has many things to boast about. Just sitting in the most plush and attractive cabin stimulates the senses.

This sedan screams luxury at the mid level and wants to be driven. With its power and handling, the car remains relatively quiet. It seats 5 comfortably and the adjustable seats are great for longer trips or simply commuting across town. Voluminous trunk stores 17 cubic feet of luggage and necessities.

The dashboard is attractive and LED night lights are easy on the eyes. After test driving the Ford Taurus SHO with a most compelling performance and aesthetics story, I am left curious as to how much the new Taurus SHO sales - and pricing - will impact the upper-esh Lincoln sister brand. Or, visa versa.

The completely re-designed MKZ is a visual stunner, if you're fond of the larger Cadillac-like luxury cars. The 10-way power driver's and passenger leather seats inside the Lincoln MKZ are plush, and offer ample support. Leg room is plenty for front, and rear passengers; this would be a perfect vehicle for long road trips. There are ample cup holders in the front, as well as the rear seating area.

Instrumentation is very straightforward, but lacks refinement and innovation. Other controls in the interior also seem to fall short when comparing to similar vehicles in the same class.

Safety
Advanced Stability Control and 4 wheel anti lock brakes makes this vehicle a winner in all types of road conditions.

Driver and passenger side airbags. The perimeter Anti-Theft system curtails extra-curricular activity and the car features and SOS Post-Crash System.

Advanced Stability Control

4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes

Driver and Passenger Side Airbags

Dual Stage Front Air Bags

Personal Safety System

Perimeter Anti-Theft System

SOS Post-Crash System

Technology
The sound system is meant to be listened to! The test car I drove offered the Tech Package with full Navigation - getting me where I needed to be exactly at the time I needed to be there.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System included along with Sync Voice-Activated System for instant connectivity.

Remote keyless entry system with electronic keypad

push button start with smart key.

THX II Sound System

Technology Package with Navigation

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Remote Keyless Entry System with Electronic Keypad

Sync Voice-Activated System

Push Button Start with Smart Key

Aesthetics & Styling
Refreshed for 2010, the vehicle has nice lines of simple, sleek attractiveness. The interior looks, smells and and feels comfortable. Not the strongest leader in this mid-luxury category versus the competition, however, the MKZ is a good solid buy. The 2010 Lincoln MKZ is totally redesigned for the new model year. The front grill is large and menacing- too big? Perhaps. The long, sleek lines on the Lincoln are esthetically pleasing, especially if you decide on black as your color preference. Optional 17" inch chrome wheels add to the appeal. The rear of the vehicle has integrated tail-lights that blend well with the rest of the body design.

The interior is functional, but still lacks the high-end materials found in European luxury sedans.

Warranty
4 year, 50,000 Bumper-to-Bumper 4 year, 50,000 Bumper-to-Bumper
Non-tangibles / Other
Gas mileage can be improved. Again, while not as 'refined or loyal' of a customer, is the new Ford Taurus SHO creeping into Lincoln's pricing and marketing territory and what fall-out, if any, will that bring? The Lincoln MKZ AWD is a very pleasant and comfortable luxury car. It's upgraded interior, exterior and bigger engine are a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, it still falls short when trying to compete with the likes of Lexus, BMW, Cadillac and Infiniti.

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