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2013 Lincoln MKZ Overview
One of the most stunning redesigns of the year, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ infuses more luxury and style into its entry level car along with a few features that are very eye-catching and unique, starting with its new panoramic roof.
The MKZ’s redesign was very comprehensive, changing everything from the engines to the interior and exterior to even the wheelbase on which the MKZ is built. Like all of Lincoln’s cars, the MKZ is based off of a Ford platform, in this case the Fusion midsize sedan with which it also shares one its engines. However, while Lincoln products in the past have borrowed too heavily from their Ford counterparts (GM has also had this problem) the new MKZ cures that ill with a heavy dose of styling and luxury puts it in a different class than the Fusion.
From the outside, the 2013 MKZ is a very noticeable car with a large “split-wing” grille dominating the front and a coupe-like shape that sees the cabin extend rearward to form a short trunk overhang. This modern appearance serves a dual-purpose of bringing Lincoln into contemporary design but also allows for the MKZ’s signature feature, a massive panoramic sunroof (optional). Most sunroofs retract into the ceiling when opened but the one on the MKZ, at 15 sq. feet, is too large for that, instead it lifts and slides rearward offering near convertible levels of sun and wind. On a sunny day, this is a must have option. LED head and taillights, as well as adaptive headlights are standard.
Under the hood the MKZ has two engine options. The new base engine is a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 270 pounds-feet of torque. Optional is a larger, more powerful 300-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 that makes 277 pounds-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is available for greater performance and traction. For 2013, the MKZ also adds Lincoln Drive Control allowing the driver to choose between different driving settings, including Sport, Normal, and Comfort. These modify the suspension, steering, and engine/transmission characteristics of the MKZ so it has you covered whether you’re looking to cruise or carve canyon roads.
Fuel economy also takes a leap forward in the redesign, improving to a very impressive 22/33 mpg city/highway with the turbo four-cylinder and 19/28 mpg city/highway with the V-6. These figures are for FWD models, opting for AWD lowers these figures by one or two mpg respectively.
Inside, the 2013 MKZ was also completely redesigned and now features on the most technology-rich cabins around. Many of the traditional physical buttons and switches have been replaced by touch sensitive controls; there isn’t even a traditional shifter, it’s been replaced by a row of buttons on the left side of the center console which opens up more storage space in the center console. SYNC with voice commands for many car functions and MyLincoln Touch with its customizable full LCD instrument panel are standard, as are leather upholstery and powered/heated front seats for comfort. Options include HD radio, a voice-activated navigation system, cooled front seats, and a powered steering column.
The 2013 MKZ also comes with a host of standard safety features including eight airbags, an electronic stability system, antilock brakes, and family-friendly LATCH seating. There is also plenty of available safety technology including lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and segment exclusive rear seat safety belts, which inflate in a crash to better distribute force and reduce the risk of injury.
All these changes and additions add up to form a comprehensive overhaul for a car that desperately needed one and the 2013 Lincoln MKZ moves from an also-ran to a contender.