Based on the engaging Ford Fusion, the upscale Lincoln MKZ received some recent updates, including new engines, a plusher ride, simplified controls, and a more conveniently located trunk release.
Base models get a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that provides lots of power.
In our tests, the hybrid got 34 mpg overall.
For more punch, the available 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 puts out 400 hp when paired with all-wheel drive and 350 hp on front-drive versions.
The MKZ delivers a comfortable ride.
The cabin is quiet and luxurious, with comfortable seats, but it's a long reach to the push-button gear selector, and the rear seat is snug.
Standard equipment includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning, and lane keeping assistance.