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2013 Lincoln MKZ [w/video]

Rebranding When Reinvention Is Requisite Lincoln – pardon us, the Lincoln Motor Company – assures us that Ford is committed to its success. The awkwardness of the statement (which feels vaguely like your mother telling you that she loves and supports you regardless of what everyone else thinks) was hard to escape when we recently spent a few days with the all-new second-generation 2013 Lincoln MKZ. Launched earlier this year at the 2012 New York Auto Show, the MKZ is a midsize premium sedan that shares platforms with the Ford Fusion (also all-new for 2013). The sedan's... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
3.7L V6
Power:
300 HP / 277 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
MSRP:
$37,155 (base)
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