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|This Lincoln MKZ Driver Clearly Loves Queen Bey||
Beyonce and her husband, Jay Z, have a combined net worth of around $1 billion. They're hardly living pay check to pay check then, but this Lincoln MKZ recently pictured by an eagle-eyed reader could have you mistaken.
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|Drive.ai Shows An Autonomous Lincoln Navigating Rainy California||
Alongside the dozen or so automakers currently allowed to test self-driving vehicles on the streets of California, Drive.ai is one of a handful of technology companies with the same privileges.
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|Ford Expands Takata Airbag Recall By 816,000 Vehicles In North America||
Following a previous announcement made by Honda earlier this week, Ford has gone down the same road and is now recalling more vehicles fitted with the defective Takata-made airbag inflators.
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|Ford Recalls 680k Fusions & Lincoln MKZs Over Seatbelt Pretenstioners||
Automakers are installing an increasing array of passive and active safety features on their cars, but the most essential of them are still the seatbelts; if those aren't working, there's little point in all the rest. And they're not working on certain examples of the Ford Fusion and its luxed-up counterpart, the Lincoln MKZ. So Ford's recalling over 680,000 of them.
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|2017 Lincoln MKZ Gets Reviewed By Consumer Reports||
Having been launched in 2013, it was high time the MKZ received a mid-life update; and it turned out to be a quite comprehensive one, too.
There wasn’t much wrong with the old saloon to begin with, but this is a fiercely contested segment, so Lincoln couldn’t afford to stay complacent, especially in the face of the competition.
Design-wise, the MKZ has adopted the larger Continental‘s more conservative styling, with the all-new grille and headlights being the most prominent change, while the cabin has received a freshening up, too. Plus, this being a 2017 MY car, there’s the latest comfort and safety tech available – depending, of course, on the trim level.
What’s interesting is that Lincoln has dialed back the sportiness not just on the design, but on the suspension settings and, thus, driving characteristics of the MKZ, opting for more comfort and luxury instead. Consumer Reports has given the updated Linc the once over and highlights its advantages and drawbacks.
|2017 Lincoln MKZ Aces IIHS’ Small Overlap Test, Earns Top Safety Pick+||
The 2017 Lincoln MKZ has earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, thanks in part to modifications to its front-end structure that boosted its small overlap front rating.
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|Ford Expands Takata Airbag Recall By 1.9 Million Vehicles||
|2017 Lincoln MKZ Delivers Matthew McConaughey A Hot Towel In New Ad||
|These Are The Top 10 Cars With The Most Loyal Buyers||
According to a recent analysis of loyalty rates from Forbes, which sourced data compiled by Experian Automotive, the Range Rover sits atop a list of cars most likely to be bought again by brand-loyal customers.
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|2013 Lincoln MKZ 3.7 AWD Review & Test Drive||
The all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ 3.7 AWD model is the first vehicle from the new dedicated Lincoln Design Studio and sales have been increasing every month since its introduction. The all-new MKZ 3.7 AWD model that I tested represents the reinvented Lincoln in both style and substance: stunning design wrapped around intuitive, focused technology, high-performance with a fun-to-drive attitude, new levels of luxury, innovation, comfort and safety not found on other luxury sport sedans, no matter the price.
Standard equipment include a 2.0 liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine, SYNC with MyLincoln touch driver connect technology, Lincoln Drive Control, a unique push-button shift, remote start, LED headlights and taillights and a 60/40 split rear seat with center pass thru. The all-new MKZ features nine class-exclusive innovations, six of which are standard: push-button shift, LED headlamps, a 10.1 inch LCD instrument cluster, Active Noise Control, an 8-inch color touch screen and Easy Fuel capless fuel filler. Options included in my test MKZ included a retractable roof offering a 15.2 square-foot glass panel, one of the largest rooftop openings available and multicontour front seats with Active Motion massage. Unfortunately I didn’t have that option in my test MKZ. The standard Lincoln Drive Control system encompasses the performance of multiple systems including the suspension, steering and noise control, delivering an up level drive experience with a refined smooth ride. The new push-button shift replaces the traditional mechanical transmission shift lever with a contemporary five-button interface and dramatically opens up the floating center console. The Lincoln-exclusive THX II Certified Audio System is world-class and offers 700-watts, 14-channels and 14-speakers. Finally the all-new MKZ is the only sedan in its class to offer inflatable outboard rear seatbelts. This reduces pressure on the chest while helping to control head and neck motion and reduce the risk of injuries.
The exterior styling of the new MKZ is pure Lincoln from the wide 62.3 inch front track, to the chrome double-wing grille and a lower air-intake surrounded with chrome. At the sides of the new grille are Adaptive LED lamps that turns in the direction of the car for increased safety when driving at night. The lower bumper also contains the new strip of LED lamps while underneath is a flat bottom to help better manage airflow. From the side are steeply raked windshield A-pillars, a sweeping roofline and lengthened backlight with a height of just 58.2 inches, give the car a sleek, sexy look. The aero-styled sideview mirrors feature heating/self-dimming/repeater signal/puddle lamp elements and are held in place with chrome arms. The long greenhouse features four-windows and is surrounded with a thick chrome strip. A character line runs from the front flared fenders through the chrome pull-out door handles to the rear fenders. Deep side extensions lower the center of gravity enhancing stability and turning prowess. The rear shows a full-width double-strip of LED brake/tail/backup lights, a black lower bumper with diffuser underneath and dual, chrome finished exhaust outlets at the sides. It is a unique look that brings the all-new MKZ to the cutting edge of today’s automotive styling.
The interior is pure luxury surround me and my passengers with soft-to-the-touch materials, rich leather, chrome, brushed aluminum and brown swirl walnut veneers. The sporty leather-wrapped, power tilt/telescopic/heated steering wheel feels perfect in my hands. It features redundant controls for the monster THX audio system, Bluetooth interface, and radar-sensing cruise control. Each button is ringed in chrome for that luxury touch. The 10.1 inch LCD instrument cluster is reconfigurable and simple to use for retrieving vital information. The speedometer and tachometer are large and very easy on the eyes, day or night. Since there is no stick shifter but easy-to-use push-button shift and start/stop, it opens up the center console and center stack. The center console looks like it is floating with dual cupholders, front storage slot and rear storage bin that features stitched leather and lots of storage space. Under the center panel is a long, wide, sectioned flat space to store any items that I might need. Rubber inserts on the flat bottom keep my items from moving around. The center stack is also very unique and innovative. The 8-inch touch screen features the color navigation map, audio system, dual-zone climate control and phone interface. The touch screen is easy to understand and operate. Down below are two hepatic lines-one for the audio system’s speaker control and the fan speed for the automatic climate control system. Just a swipe of my finger raised or lowered the sounds, then increasing or lessening the fan speed. It works great and precisely. The 10-way power seats feature power lumbar supports for me and my front passenger. These sport bucket seats are very comfortable and very supportive during spirited driving times. Even each of the front seat controls are ringed in chrome. The 15.2-square-foot retractable panoramic roof’s glass panel is fantastic when I pushed the button on the overhead console. When closed it even features a power opening/closing sunshade to keep the sun’s rays out when needed. Lincoln’s Active Noise Control really works. When all of the windows and panoramic sunroof are closed you can hear a pin drop. The THX Certified Audio System just sings so strong and clear, it is amazing, just like as if I were watching a movie in a large theater.
Standard equipment and options not mentioned above inside includes all express power windows, power door locks, 3-driver memory, heated/ventilated front bucket seats, self-dimming rearview mirror, 2-12-volt plugs, 1-110-volt plug, dual map lights, sunglass holder, remote power opening/closing trunk, dual lighted vanity mirrors, rain-sensing wipers/washers, heated rear seats with a separate thermostat, remote keyless entry with intelligent access, active park assist, rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping system, remote start, electronic parking brake, THX Certified HDD AM/FM, SYNC with MYLINCOLN TOUCH voice activation, USB/iPod/Gracenote, etc. music interface, front aluminum door guards, Hill Start Assist, map pockets behind the front seatbacks, storage slots in each door, rear pull-out armrest with dual cupholders/storage bin, thick cut-pile carpeting with front/rear/cargo floor mats. Each of these standard and options make the all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ on par with any other true luxury sedan.
The all-new MKZ’s powertrain and driveline are also excellent. My test MKZ came equipped with the 3.7 liter, DOHC, 24-valve, all-aluminum V6 with intake variable camshaft timing for excellent low-end power delivery. This potent powerplant is smooth and quiet as it produces 300hp at 6,500rpm and 277lb.ft. of torque at just 4,000rpm. It is mated to Ford’s reliable 6F-50 six-speed SelectShift automatic all-wheel-drive transmission with paddle shift actuation. With all-four wheels making traction it gives the MKZ amazing stability on dry or wet pavement. The MKZ zooms out to 60mph from a standstill in just 6.2sec. The Lincoln Drive Control is an automatic system that delivers an ideal balance of a smooth ride with confident handling as it intuitively responds to my commands and the road. Always on and standard, Lincoln Drive Control orchestrates the performance of the Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) adjustable suspension, the electronic power-assisted steering and the Active Noise Control Systems. This results in an excellent combination of a refined ride and engaging driving dynamics. CCD contributes to Lincoln Drive Control’s transparent action by ‘reading’ the road and adjusting the shocks within 20 milliseconds to precisely tune, refine and balance to deliver more controlled handling with a smoother ride. CCD offers three modes that can be programed into the computer-Sport, Normal and Comfort. The fully independent suspension features MacPherson struts, aluminum control arms and a stabilizer up front and an advanced multi-link rear setup with coil springs, and stabilizer bar in the rear. Standard AdvanceTrac and Electronic Stability Control help keep me on line during very spirited driving. The electronic power-assisted rack & pinion steering system is very responsive to my inputs, has a great feel for the road with excellent on-center feel. It is boosted just right when looking for a parking space and becomes progressively heavier as my speed increases.
Quickly and safely slowing the new MKZ down from speed are large, power-assisted steel disc brakes. Up front are 12.4 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 12.4 inch solid discs clamped with large single-piston calipers in the rear. Standard ABS and standard AdvanceTrac help keep me from getting into trouble when going into a turn at too high a speed and when braking hard on wet or slick pavement. The MKZ with the 3.7 liter V6 rides on large 19X8 inch polished 18-spoke painted aluminum wheels wrapped with Michelin 245/40R19 inch high-performance, low profile Primacy tires.
Standard safety features include front dual-stage airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver/front passenger knee airbags, front/rear safety canopy, 5-3-point seatbelts with front pretensioners/load limiters; 5-adjustable head restraints, perimeter anti-theft system, SOS post-crash notification and steel beam in each door plus front/side crumple zones.
COPYRIGHT: 2013: HARVEY SCHWARTZ
- Price: $37,815.00-base/$51,205.00 loaded including destination
- Engine: 3.7-liter DOHC V6 300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm / 277 lb.ft. of torque @ 4,000 rpm
- Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
- Total length: 194.1 inches
- Total width: 73.4 inches
- Total height: 58.2 inches
- Track: f/r-62.3/62 inches
- Turning circle: 38 feet
- Headroom: 37.9/36.5 inches
- Legroom: 44.3/37 inches
- Fuel tank: 17.5 gallons
- Curb weight: 4,002 pounds
- Cargo volume: 15.4 cu.ft.
- Passenger volume: 96.5 cu.ft.
- Towing capacity: 2,000 pounds
- EPA mileage: 18mpg/city, 26mpg/highway
- 0-60 mph: 6.2 seconds
|2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Boasted as Most Fuel Efficient Luxury Vehicle w/45mpg||
The all-new 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, sharing its underpinnings with the new Ford Fusion Hybrid, is now the most fuel efficient luxury vehicle (with a hybrid powertrain) available in America. Just a while ago, the new Ford Fusion Hybrid was touted as the most fuel efficient midsized sedan with an astonishing 47 mpg across the board. With the new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid utilizing the Fusion’s powertrain, it is expected to be just as efficient. However, the new Lincoln MKZ only gets an EPA certified 45 mpg city and 45 mpg highway rating (45 mpg combined), possibly due to a heavier weight and other design factors.
At any rate, with a combined 45 mpg figure and lower price than the midsized luxury Hybrid competition, the new Lincoln MKZ is an attractive package, mostly in a literal sense considering the sleek styling of the MKZ. Another astonishing aspect of the new MKZ Hybrid, is that it can be had for virtually the same price as a non-hybrid model with the standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost getting 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Though, the new MKZ is offered with a total of 3 different engine configurations, the 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder, 3.7-liter V6 -both available in all-wheel-drive, and the hybrid powertrain with a 2.0-liter engine and electric motor setup.
The new 2013 Lincoln MKZ is set to go on sale later this year. Review the full Lincoln press release on the new MKZ Hybrid below.
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid: America’s Luxury MPG Leader Delivers Personal, Unique Experience
- All-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid delivers more miles per gallon than every other luxury vehicle in America: EPA-certified 45 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 45 mpg combined
- MKZ delivers 5 mpg better city and combined as well as 6 mpg better highway than more-expensive all-new Lexus ES Hybrid
- Lincoln is the only brand offering an advanced hybrid model at the same price as non-hybrid modelDEARBORN, Michigan, Oct. 15, 2012 – The dynamic, all-new Lincoln MKZ Hybrid delivers more miles per gallon than any luxury vehicle in America with an EPA-certified 45 mpg across the board – city, highway and combined.”The all-new MKZ Hybrid proves that thoughtful customers who prioritize fuel economy and reducing emissions do not need to compromise on luxury, driving quality or advanced technology,” said Jim Farley, group vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Service. “MKZ is our strongest proof yet on what the reinvented Lincoln stands for – beautiful vehicles with compelling and warm experiences that create a clear alternative in today’s increasingly competitive luxury marketplace.”EPA ratings put MKZ Hybrid ahead of its key competitors in the luxury midsize sedan market – 5 mpg city and 6 mpg highway ahead of Lexus ES 300h; 18 mpg city and 13 mpg highway ahead of Infiniti M35h and 20 mpg city and 16 mpg highway ahead of BMW ActiveHybrid 3.Additionally, the new MKZ Hybrid is 2 mpg city and 5 mpg better highway than the smaller Lexus CT 200h. The 2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid also is more fuel efficient than Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles.Lincoln is offering the new MKZ Hybrid at the same price as the equivalent non-hybrid model, giving luxury midsize sedan customers maximum choice as well as top fuel economy, true luxury sedan performance and superb value.
Lincoln was the first automaker to offer a premium hybrid vehicle with a suggested retail price matching its conventional-powered sibling.
Other competitors charge a premium for their hybrid models. The 2013 Lexus ES 300h, for example, is priced at $38,850, representing a $2,750 premium over the 2013 Lexus ES 350.
All hybrids are not available with all the options of their non-hybrid-powered models, but the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is. This provides the opportunity to tailor one’s own MKZ Hybrid and make it a real personal statement.
The standard Hybrid Premiere equipment group features SYNC® with MyLincoln Touch™ with 8-inch touch screen, premium leather-trimmed seats (heated front seats), class-exclusive LED headlamps, 18-inch premium painted wheels and Lincoln Drive Control.
Always on, Lincoln Drive Control orchestrates the performance of the Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) adjustable suspension, electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) and Active Noise Control (ANC). This ensures true Lincoln dynamic characteristics and not a lesser dynamic hybrid experience as is the case with some others.
The result is an unsurpassed combination of refined ride and engaging driving dynamics. CCD contributes to Lincoln Drive Control’s transparent action by “reading” the road and adjusting the shocks in the blink of an eye to precisely tune, refine and balance to deliver more controlled handling with a smoother ride.
The new Lincoln MKZ and MKZ Hybrid will go on sale later this year, and customers can configure their own virtual MKZ at http://www.lincoln.com/cars/mkz/2013.
The new MKZ is the first of four all-new vehicles Lincoln is introducing in the next four years.
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|Report: Lincoln to Focus on Mainstream Models, Axes Plans for Flagship||
Some consumers and avid fans in Ford’s corner feel that Lincoln is a sleeper that has yet awakened to be a mainstream competitor. Sure, Lincoln may have some great vehicles dabbing a bit in the Luxury segment, but has yet to shine as bright as its competitors. In an effort to alleviate declining sales and consumer interest, Lincoln will reportedly gain a sharp focus on mainstream models and abandon their dreams of a flagship model.
High volume models will be Lincoln’s forte as they seek a bigger return on their investments. Lincoln has placed the new 2013 MKZ at the forefront to kick things off in this new direction. Later, a new crossover, the MKC, will join those ‘mainstream’ efforts based off of the Ford Escape to slot below the MKX.
Look for Lincoln to claim a reinvention of themselves in the coming months with new mainstream vehicles to dedicate themselves to high-volume products. Hopefully this will work for them. What do you think? Any immediate thoughts on current and future Lincoln?