Lincoln MKZ


Yes, it is just a Zephyr with a 3.5 Liter engine.
I still think it looks very nice. (But so does the cheaper Fusion)

I hope Lincoln will start spending more money marketing the car.
The few I have seen around here have always been rentals…

Conversation 20 comments

  1. This car looks good. I’m surprised people don’t give it and the Fusion more credit. Another under rated American car is the Chevy Impala, in terms of looks, I think its better than the Accord, and the old Camry, though not the new one. And I would actually like the MKZ or Fusion more than the Mazda 6 they are based on, and I’m a jap-fan.

  2. Never been a fan of the styling, but, in red it doesn’t look half bad. They should slap a lincoln label on the 2007 mondeo, 3.5 engine and call it the MKZ.

  3. This is one of those cars that looks much better in person than it does in pictures. Before it was launched, I was a vocal critic of the MKZ… especially after I fell in love with the totally different looking concept. On the road however, this thing is sharp. And there really isn’t any visible relationship inside-or-out between the MKZ and the Fusion.

    The three major gripes for me that I feel really underminded the launch of this car… the naming confusion, the lame introductory engine, and that it wasn’t launched as AWD standard.

    Boy, what a difference a year makes.

  4. I agree on the Fusion and Impala.
    I didn’t drive the Chevy but it does look very nice.
    The Fusion looks great and drives very well.

  5. Anonymous said…

    Sure… except no. Now Lincoln has its own ES.

    In the context that Lincoln has merely gussied up a lesser car, yes. But to say a Lexus ES is remarkably different from a lesser Camry? No.

    Next.

  6. I hope they do a better job marketing this than they did with the LS. For those of you with short memories, that one shared a platform with the Jaguar S-type. A good car with tremendous potential which was ignored by Lincoln almost from the day it was introduced. Let’s see if they ignore this one to death also.

  7. The LS is a nice car, and sharing platforms is fine, but this MKZ is sharing more than just a platform.

    The point is that the luster of the Lincoln name is tarnished by such blatant cost saving, just as it would tarnish any so-called premier auto maker.

    Lincoln owners deserve more from their cars’ inflated prices. They deserve more than a modern Cimarron.

  8. To Anon above… Do you know what is meant by the term “platform?” If you do, could you please explain how the MKZ is “sharing more than just a platform?”

    It’s not.

  9. Vince, Vince, have you heard ANYTHING about the “MkS” not being what it’s seemed so far??? _______ becuz (hint/rumor) IF the MkZ&X were Lincoln’s only F-Awd’s, that’d be just fine, wouldn’t it?

  10. Anonymous said…

    To Anon above… Do you know what is meant by the term “platform?” If you do, could you please explain how the MKZ is “sharing more than just a platform?”

    It’s not.

    Virtually the entire body is a Fusion.

  11. “Virtually the entire body is a Fusion. “

    If by “virually” you mean just the doors and roof panel, then you’re correct. Everything else externally is unique to the MKZ. No? The interior is unique as well.

  12. Anonymous said…

    If by “virually” you mean just the doors and roof panel, then you’re correct. Everything else externally is unique to the MKZ. No? The interior is unique as well.

    Then we disagree. Get over it.

    I hope you buy an MKZ, enjoy it, love it, sleep in it, or whatever. But when I see one, I’ll always be reminded of Cadillac’s Cimarron being a tarted up version of a lesser car. At least Ford started with a better Cavalier.

  13. “Then we disagree. Get over it.

    I hope you buy an MKZ, enjoy it, love it, sleep in it, or whatever. But when I see one, I’ll always be reminded of Cadillac’s Cimarron being a tarted up version of a lesser car. At least Ford started with a better Cavalier.”

    Please keep up. The Cim was a simple badge job of Cavalier. As correctly indicated in the post above, the MKZ is not… regardless of what you think.

  14. The Cimarron was based on a pretty bad car.
    And the interior was basically the same as the chevy version.

    At least the Lincoln has an all new interior (That I think looks great) a larger engine (just for now..) and the new front does make it look different.
    If not all new. (not as different as the Lexus ES from a Camry)

    I wouldn’t really compare it to a Cimarron…

  15. Vince Burlapp said…

    The Cimarron was based on a pretty bad car. And the interior was basically the same as the chevy version.

    With an almost identical dash design, but the door panels, steering wheel, the first manual in a Caddy since 1953, and appointments were indeed different. “Tarted up” if you will. And that’s just the inside.

    At least the Lincoln has an all new interior (That I think looks great) a larger engine (just for now..) and the new front does make it look different. If not all new. (not as different as the Lexus ES from a Camry)

    The engine and dash help, but that same body with its awkward-looking trunk and long front overhang remain. The Mazda6 derivative looks better in many ways.

    I wouldn’t really compare it to a Cimarron…

    Yes, I understand, but someone else took an exaggerated but funny comment about the Cimarron comparison and got all pissy about it as car fans do every now and then.

    Something interesting: The Cimarron, introduced on May 21, 1981, was initially advertised as “The Cimarron, by Cadillac,” rather than as a straight-out Cadillac. Alas, the MKZ, by Lincoln.

    Just for sake of interest, look at this:

    http://www.desoto58.com/dreamcar/protocad85.html

  16. Thanks for the links, I had forgotten about that one…

    And thanks for the civilized conversation.
    A blessing compared to the crap I have to filter…

  17. Vince Burlapp said…

    Thanks for the links, I had forgotten about that one…

    And thanks for the civilized conversation.

    A blessing compared to the crap I have to filter…

    No prob, Vince. I enjoy your site. I’m not one to insult my host or his guests.

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