Lincoln's midsized MKZ luxury sedan is based on the Ford Fusion. That sounds like humble beginnings, but the MKZ leverages this platform's built-in goodness, striking a welcoming balance of ride comfort, cabin quietness and interior luxury. But the sleek styling compromises visibility and access, the rear seat isn't particularly roomy for the class, and fuel economy from the base EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine is unimpressive.
A 2017 freshening brought an array of revisions. Most apparent is the new front-end styling with a more pronounced grille, but the changes went more than skin deep. Handling remains sound and surefooted but is less crisp than the 2013 to 2016 model; that earlier version drove like a domestic-branded Audi. Crucially, the frustrating MyLincoln Touch controls have been replaced with the Sync 3 infotainment system, which is much more intuitive and responsive to use.