2010 MKZ New Car Test Drive
The 2010 Lincoln MKZ is a five-passenger luxury sedan that illustrates Lincoln's ambition to make cars that equal or exceed Lexus and Acura in quality, driving dynamics, technology and features.
We think Lincoln has succeeded. The MXZ is an undeniably pleasant car to occupy and operate. It is a mid-size car with a spacious, understated interior, and a well-balanced combination of ride comfort and easy handling. The MXZ retains the traditional domestic notions of practicality and comfort, such as a large trunk, ample leg and hip room front and rear, and builds on it with an infusion of sound proofing, safety technology and audio capable of shock and awe. A sports suspension package and all-wheel drive are available for sportier handling and all-weather capability.
While driving the MKZ, we found it stable and calm through the corners. It has a driving performance envelope that overlaps that of sporty cars. The V6 revs to 6750 rpm and we found engine and transmission responsive when called upon. The MKZ is more of a luxury car than a sporty car, but it can do 0-60 in 7.1 seconds, which is fairly quick.
For 2010, MKZ has been upgraded. An all-new interior design results in a plusher, quieter cabin with higher quality fit and finish. Improved performance comes from a retuned 3.5-liter V6 and a new six-speed automatic. The suspension has been tuned for improved ride and handling. The available all-wheel-drive system has been retuned for better traction and lower noise, vibration and harshness. The styling has been updated with a new front end, a new decklid with LED taillamps. The MKZ is the successor to the Lincoln Zephyr, launched as a 2006 model.
The 2010 MKZ looks decidedly similar to the Lincoln flagship MKS. The MKZ offers many of the features and capabilities as the top-of-the-line Lincoln sedan, but in a more compact and affordable package.
The 2010 Lincoln MKZ is available with front-wheel drive ($34,115) or all-wheel drive ($36,005). It comes with a 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic.
MKZ comes standard with dual-zone electronic climate control with cabin air filter; perforated leather seating surfaces; heated/cooled 10-way power front passenger seats for driver and front passenger seat with memory; 60/40 split bench rear seat with adjustable head restraints and center armrest; leather wrapped shift knob; tilt/telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel with genuine wood accents; Lincoln Premium Sound system with nine speakers, input jack, SIRIUS satellite radio with 6 months pre-paid; fog lamps; eight cupholders; power door locks; overhead console with map light and sunglasses holder; floor mats; two 12-volt power points; power windows; cruise control; delayed accessory power shut-off; EasyFuel capless refueling; message center; SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment system; universal garage door opener.
Options include THX II with 5.1 Surround Sound AM/FM/CD6 ($995); moonroof ($1200); Sport package with sport-tuned suspension ($1,295); remote start ($345); chromed wheels ($895); a Technology Package ($995) with adaptive HID headlights, rain-sensing wipers, ambient lighting. The Navigation Package ($2,495) includes voice-activated navigation system CD/DVD/MP3 player, internal hard drive for map, 10GB Music Jukebox, Sirius Travel Link, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, rear-view camera.
Safety features include dual front air bags, front and rear side impact air bags, and front and rear side curtain airbags; AdvanceTrac with Electronic Stability Control (ESC); SOS post-crash alert; Traction Control; Tire Pressure Monitoring System; Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS); Child Safety Locks (rear) LATCH car-seat belt system; Reverse Sensing System. Optional safety features include all-wheel drive, rearview camera, Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert.