Base 4dr Sedan
2006 Lincoln Zephyr

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Engine Engine 3.0LV-6
MPG MPG 20 City / 28 Hwy
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2006 Zephyr Overview

After a week spent with what will soon be the short-lived 2006 Lincoln Zephyr, we’ve learned that beneath its tame exterior lies a uniquely attractive interior. But there’s more beneath this sedan’s sheetmetal than leather, soft-touch vinyl and aluminum trim. The Zephyr’s mighty heavy hood hides the same 3.0L DOHC V6 producing 221hp and 204 ft-lbs. of torque that can be had in the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. Though the Zephyr’s chassis has proven to be an exciting performer in past acts, will the relatively small V6 and the rest of the platform’s supporting cast be enough to prevent a harsh review? Read on to find out… As we said earlier, the Zephyr’s chassis has earned many a thumbs up in past performances. You can catch its act while driving a Ford Fusion or Mercury Milan, and the Mazda6 features a slightly shorter and thinner version of the same platform. Those cars have earned standing ovations for their portrayal of smooth riding FWD sedans able to dial in responsive handling at the drop of a hat. Whereas the Mazda6 is perhaps the most stiffly sprung player in the pack, the Lincoln Zephyr is the most damped with a discernibly softer ride than the others. While the Zephyr’s two sides are tied together with front and rear anti-sway bars, the car does pitch and roll a bit more than the pair of Fusions we tested last year. Despite the softer settings, the Zephyr remains a very well composed car. Inducing understeer on public roads required more gumption than we cared to muster, which means the limit to this sedan’s handling are certainly higher than the law allows. Though the Zephyr would likely trail its platform mates through the slalom cones, it would be our first choice for any extended excursion. In fact, the Lincoln’s highway ride was surprisingly serene and the combination of its finely tuned four-wheel independent suspension and strong chassis allowed for road irregularities to be absorbed with a compliance that belied its relatively short wheelbase. In fact, we’d rate the interstate experience of a Lincoln Zephyr higher than the recently reviewed 2006 Buick Lucerne, the latter’s decade old chassis being no match for the Zephyr’s modern frame despite eight inches of extra wheelbase. In order to get the Zephyr to dance, however, one has to ask a lot of this little six cylinder. We commented on this powerplant’s lack of grunt and coarseness when called upon in our review of the Fusion SEL V6. The issue only becomes exacerbated in a car that costs thousands more than a deluxe Fusion with all the trimmings. While the Zephyr’s six-speed auto does what it can to keep your tach in the power band, this usually means keeping the revs up where this little-engine-that-could-but-not-quite-but-maybe-with-a-tailwind shows that it just can’t muster any serious motivation without conducting a symphony of thrashing that threatens to drown out the THX II sound system. While many people decry Lincoln’s lack of stability control in …
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2006 Zephyr Overview

After a week spent with what will soon be the short-lived 2006 Lincoln Zephyr, we’ve learned that beneath its tame exterior lies a uniquely attractive interior. But there’s more beneath this sedan’s sheetmetal than leather, soft-touch vinyl and aluminum trim. The Zephyr’s mighty heavy hood hides the same 3.0L DOHC V6 producing 221hp and 204 ft-lbs. of torque that can be had in the Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. Though the Zephyr’s chassis has proven to be an exciting performer in past acts, will the relatively small V6 and the rest of the platform’s supporting cast be enough to prevent a harsh review? Read on to find out… As we said earlier, the Zephyr’s chassis has earned many a thumbs up in past performances. You can catch its act while driving a Ford Fusion or Mercury Milan, and the Mazda6 features a slightly shorter and thinner version of the same platform. Those cars have earned standing ovations for their portrayal of smooth riding FWD sedans able to dial in responsive handling at the drop of a hat. Whereas the Mazda6 is perhaps the most stiffly sprung player in the pack, the Lincoln Zephyr is the most damped with a discernibly softer ride than the others. While the Zephyr’s two sides are tied together with front and rear anti-sway bars, the car does pitch and roll a bit more than the pair of Fusions we tested last year. Despite the softer settings, the Zephyr remains a very well composed car. Inducing understeer on public roads required more gumption than we cared to muster, which means the limit to this sedan’s handling are certainly higher than the law allows. Though the Zephyr would likely trail its platform mates through the slalom cones, it would be our first choice for any extended excursion. In fact, the Lincoln’s highway ride was surprisingly serene and the combination of its finely tuned four-wheel independent suspension and strong chassis allowed for road irregularities to be absorbed with a compliance that belied its relatively short wheelbase. In fact, we’d rate the interstate experience of a Lincoln Zephyr higher than the recently reviewed 2006 Buick Lucerne, the latter’s decade old chassis being no match for the Zephyr’s modern frame despite eight inches of extra wheelbase. In order to get the Zephyr to dance, however, one has to ask a lot of this little six cylinder. We commented on this powerplant’s lack of grunt and coarseness when called upon in our review of the Fusion SEL V6. The issue only becomes exacerbated in a car that costs thousands more than a deluxe Fusion with all the trimmings. While the Zephyr’s six-speed auto does what it can to keep your tach in the power band, this usually means keeping the revs up where this little-engine-that-could-but-not-quite-but-maybe-with-a-tailwind shows that it just can’t muster any serious motivation without conducting a symphony of thrashing that threatens to drown out the THX II sound system. While many people decry Lincoln’s lack of stability control in …Hide Full Review