Lincoln's naming scheme might not be the most descriptive--or the least confusing--but the MKZ is one worth getting to know. New in 2009, the MKZ isn't a game-changer, but it is good enough on the whole to score 6 in MotorAuthority's overall rating.
Available with a 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the MKZ is powerful enough to be entertaining, and it has the platform to support it. The suspension is comfort-oriented but not floaty, especially with the optional sport suspension, steering is direct and light. It's not a true sport sedan, but it will satisfy the less demanding driver. All-wheel drive is available for those that live in harsher climates, while front-wheel drive is standard.
The MKZ's exterior styling is a bit tame, perhaps too tame for some, but those without the brash and bawdy gene will appreciate its restraint.
Inside, the MKZ shines. Fit and finish are the best of the American luxury brands, with pleasant materials and classy design throughout. There's plenty of room to go with the elegance (except for the back seat), and plenty of technology inside, too.
Ford's SYNC system is available, offering voice controls, multimedia playback, USB connectivity and much more.
Read TheCarConnection's review of the 2011 Lincoln MKZ
for a complete look at the car's safety, quality, performance, styling, and features.