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Getting Behind the Wheel of the 2013 Lincoln MKZ

June 25th, 2013

consumer car reviewLooking to purchase your next dream car? Take a gander at the redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ. Though our consumer car review testers ranked this car as fifth in the compact luxury sedan segment, they rated it 3.7 out of 5 and had a mixture of positives and negatives to report about it.

Some highlights shared by our consumer car review panel and car experts throughout the Internet on the 2013 Lincoln MKZ:

Pros – 

Plenty of little extras. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ comes loaded with some nice standard equipment, such as adaptive suspension, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 11-speaker sound system, improved SYNC with MyLincoln Touch suite and keyless ignition/entry. For those looking to invest a bit more, additional option include rear parking sensors, ambient light, wood steering wheel insert, retractable panoramic roof and more.

Front Seat Comfort. Our consumer car review testers loved the 2013 Lincoln MKZ’s front seat comfort and ranked it Best in Segment. The panel reported great steering wheel adjustments, an enjoyable center armrest, comfortable leather and nice roominess.

Trunk Area. Also rated Best in Segment by our consumer car review testers, the trunk area includes ample space and a good opening height. Additionally, the rear seats can fold down and create additional trunk space when needed.

Read Seat Environment. This is a topic of debate with the 2013 Lincoln MKZ. Our consumer car review rated the rear seat environment as Best in Class, some car experts have raised concerns about the space. Our testers reported high level of cushioning, good support, overall rear seat roominess and easiness of entering and exiting. However, Motor Trend states, “The north end of my 6-foot, 3-inch-self became lodged firmly in the headliner when trying to sit upright. With 37.0 inches of legroom in the back, there’s some space for slouching, but only if the driver is on the shorter side. Yet, things certainly could be worse — the Cadillac ATS provides a similar 36.8 inches of headroom in the back but just 33.5 inches of legroom.”

Cons – 

Value for the Money. Though our consumer car review panel rated the 2013 Lincoln MKZ as “Average” value for the money, it can seem quite expensive when compared to alternative car options. Edmunds states, “There’s no question that Lincoln has packed on a lot of kit for its newest MKZ. But the end result is a little disappointing. You can still get most of those high-end features on the Fusion, for instance, and for a price that’s thousands of dollars cheaper.”

Exterior Appearance. Our consumer car review testers rated this compact luxury sedan as below average for exterior appearance. Our panel reported that the front view was too bulky, busy and too rounded, the overall exterior appears to be too large, and the rear view consumer car reviewwas too large. Lincoln has previously received criticism for its models looking too similar to Ford, and though the redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ has done a lot to have an alternative appearance, it is disappointing to some. “The exterior transformation was less significant, but it did adopt the more dramatic waterfall grille and bolder headlights inspired by other Lincoln models at the time,” Edmunds states.

Highway Speed Handling. With a Below Average rating from our consumer car review testers, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ was said to have a “softer and less sporty” feel compared to other compact luxury sedan options. Additionally the ability to maneuver throughout traffic at high speeds was difficult.

With a MSRP of $42,870, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ has many things to consider before making that final commitment. Thinking about getting a 2013 Lincoln MKZ? Start a comparison today to see how it ranks against other compact luxury sedan options.