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2010 Lincoln MKZ - Review

 

2010 Lincoln MKZ

2010 Lincoln MKZ

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Last year's 2009 Lincoln MKZ was a story of 'almosts' - almost sporty enough, almost luxurious enough, almost refined enough to compete with its American and Japanese competition. After a slick but inexpensive re-hash, the question is: is the 2010 Lincoln MKZ still 'almost', or is it enough?

In the exterior styling department, the 2010 MKZ is a lot like one of its prime competitors: the Acura TL. It's a love-it or leave-it design, with a pleasing outline dominated by a toothy, bright-chrome grille - though it's by no means as controversial as the TL's bionic beaver tooth. A similar unit seems mostly at home on the nose of the larger MKS, but on the MKZ, it definitely draws the eye a bit more than it should.

If you can get past that, however, there's a lot to like about the MKZ's shape. It's a shape shared fairly closely with the 2010 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan, however, so don't expect to stand out from the crown until that grille comes into view.

Inside is where the 2009 MKZ needed the most attention - the materials and styling were a bit on the drab side for a car sitting astride the $40,000 mark. The 2010 version fixes this, however, with materials no one in the price bracket can seriously complain about, and more attention to putting soft surfaces in all the right places than either GM or Toyota.

One area of particular note to longer-legged drivers is the center tunnel, which when edged with hard and flashy aluminum or plastic trim can cause a bruise or at least discomfort on longer trips. The MKZ has a pleasantly soft, rubbery material here that makes it almost unnoticeable - exactly as it should be.


 
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  1. The problem with this car is the nameplate and the grille: If this were a Mercury, we'd all be dancing around in circles about how great this car is and how it measures up to Buick and Lexus...
    ...but as a Lincoln? Ho hum - it's an EmKay What?
     
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  2. A reasonable package for the American car buyer, but will likely not interest anyone that usually would buy European.
    But the interior....VW's lowest end GOLF does much better with appearance design, quality of materials and fit/finish.
     
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  3. So a $40k jazzed up Fusion? Yea, OK Ford.
     
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  4. Automatic parking works incredibly well in the 2010 Lincoln MKS, as does adaptive cruise control. Sync and Sirius Travel Link provide useful device connectivity and information for road trips. Ecoboost power gets this sedan moving fast.
     
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  5. VW's lowest end GOLF does much better with appearance design, quality of materials and fit/finish.
     
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  6. Purchased a 2010 mkz almost exactly one year ago. This car with awd, sports appearance pkg (inclu. extremely nice 18in aluminum mags), excellent audio system, nice ride balance between comfort and solid road manners, HID headlamps, quality leather interior, solid quality fit and finish, generous trunk room, practical design, hot looks, heated cooled seats and much more has confirmed my initial impressions, Lincoln delivered best value for $ vs. all domestic and foreigh competition. Seats are extremely comfortable vs. the extreme opposite of which the best example would be VW (VW = most uncomfortable seats in the business), excellent 3.5 liter engine that delivers good fuel economy and smooth performance with no lack of power when you need it. Overall, very satisfied, for the money Japanese and German competition falls short. Great Car!
     
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  7. how do you like the sports appearance, some have said it rides almost too harsh?
     
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  8. I have the 2011 AWD version. A course the new gen is out but got a great deal on a CPO 2011 and the new gen MKZ has the crappy all touch system and a much higher price.

    Overall its a premium car that is sprinkled with luxury accents, but never cohesively comes together to compete against the TL or ES.

    And that is the problem for the car that approaches $40k, it's not as athletic as the TL and not as comfortable as the ES so why buy? The answer to that is traditional Lincoln customers which has become increasingly slim.
     
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  9. Purchased a 2010 Lincoln MKZ in 2012. Nothing but problems,and then entire sunroof unit replacement.I've had cars for 15 years that never needed sunroof replaced.Lincoln's response: sorry about your luck. Car constantly pulls left. No one can get it aligned, dealership included. Back to the dealership again this week. Will never buy another Lincoln, do not recommend anyone does. Apparently it’s normal for the Lincoln MKZ to: pull to the left constantly, need sunroof $1400 replacement every 4 yrs, LED tail light go out needing $420 replacement,highlight switch retaining ring break into pieces,the carpet on the driver’s side tear after 90k miles. Too many things wrong with this car. Should have gone with the Hyundai or Nissan.
     
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