The 2011 Lincoln MKZ mid-size sedan is the luxury brand’s smallest car this year, and it comes in two versions, offered at identical base prices. They are the MKZ Hybrid, with Ford’s hybrid-electric powertrain, and the standard MKZ, which comes standard with a powerful 263-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine.
The 2011 MKZ is essentially a gussied-up Ford Fusion sedan, but despite sharing roofline and doors, a front end restyle last year underscored its Lincoln identity. Still, the MKZ is pretty invisible on the road, befitting the brand’s marketing approach of understated luxury for buyers who don’t feel the need to make a statement. The MKZ also sports an interior somewhat different from the Fusion’s, with wood trim and buttery leather on offer for traditional luxury buyers.
Sitting solidly in the middle of the mid-size luxury sedan category, the Lincoln stints on room versus larger competitors like the Buick Lacrosse and the Lexus ES model. That’s...
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