We just got finished ringing out the Ford Fusion in the Autoblog Garage and here Autoweek comes with a preview of its sister sedan, the Lincoln Zephyr. The very first thing that jumps out at you is the Zephyr's base price of $29,660. That's $11,865 more than the Fusion's base price. Granted, the base Fusion includes zero options while the Zephyr is almost loaded, but that's a pretty large gap between two cars that share the same Mazda6-derived platform and Ford 3.0L Duratec engine. The Zephyr, however, would be more fairly compared to the Fusion we tested: a top of the line SEL V6 that goes for $25,795.
The Autoweek article isn't too insightful and states that the Zephyr should be able to compete against cars like the Acura TL, Lexus ES and Cadillac CTS. That claim may be a bit optimistic until we get an AWD version of the Zephyr with Ford's new 250-hp 3.5L V6. Until then, however, Lincoln shouldn't have too much trouble meeting its modest sales goal of 30,000 units/year for this sharply dressed sedan.

Related posts:
2006 Ford Fusion SEL V6: In the Autoblog Garage Day 1
2006 Ford Fusion SEL V6: In the Autoblog Garage Day 2-3
2006 Ford Fusion SEL V6: In the Autoblog Garage Day 4-5


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