Lincoln Zephyr: What a difference three months make

Last November, automotive writer Anita Lienert wrote a review of the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr for the Detroit News. She wrote the car lacked features such as any kind of manual transmission, stability control, adaptive headlights, adjustable pedals, or rear seat DVD entertainment systems, many of which are found in "standard" entry-luxury vehicles such as the Cadillac CTS. And while she found the 221-horsepower, 3.0L V-6 engine potent enough, the ride itself was “tame”, especially compared to its Fusion sibling.
But another test drive months later seems to have solidified her opinion in favor of the car. With husband/writing-partner Paul, she points out the car’s contemporary design, grille, and taillights while he states the interior is “miles ahead of Cadillac and Mercedes.” The Zephyr’s size and platform, both agree, make driving it more like a sports car than a cruising one. Gas mileage, at 20 city / 28 highway, is actually better than the Cadillac CTS. And the price undercuts the competition with a fully loaded Zephyr priced at little over $33,000.

[NOTE: The Zephyr has been recently renamed the MKZ, given a front end face lift and a 250 hp, 3.5-liter V6.]

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