I am not really a Lincoln kind of guy. I work in a homeless shelter so it felt odd taking it as a tester and I don’t fall asleep thinking of luxury sedans which makes it hard to review but here is my experience with it.
When I got in the first time, I was confronted with my third different Sync setup in three different cars, a decision that confuses me. It did look good with leather, genuine wood and chrome touches. While young families aren’t Lincoln’s target market, there was plenty of room and despite coming from the 2012 Ford Edge, no one in the backseat complained.
What suprised me was the quality of the ride; it wasn’t as good as the Ford Edge or as much fun to drive as the Ford Focus. It does have some strong points. It has both the Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert. Using two multiple-beam radar modules, the car can detect when a vehicle enters the defined blind spot zone and illuminates an indicator light on the mirror. Cross-traffic alert uses the same technology to help detect if a car is approaching from either side within 14 metres of the vehicle when backing out of a parking space. It’s a feature that works well in Saskatoon’s urban jungle, especially when looking for a parking spot.
The car didn’t win me over the first time I sat behind the wheel but it did grow on me as I got used to it. While I wasn’t happy to see a new MyTouch interface, the combination of buttons and touch screen is a good one and the stereo is of excellent quality. Despite the cold, the leather seats heat up quickly and the traction was excellent on some of Saskatoon’s icy streets. The handling was fantastic but it did win me over as being comfortable and relaxing. I never did take the car on a long road trip but after a trip to Pike Lake and back down Valley Road, I realized this would be a fantastic car for a weekend getaway or an extended road trip either with Wendy or the entire family
As for styling; it was non-descript. I kept losing it in mall parking lots because it looks a lot like a lot of other mid sized sedans. While Ford got the design right on the Focus and the Ford Edge, the styling of the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid was very conservative, again perhaps of it’s market.
It was an hybrid and I did get excellent fuel mileage out of it. Ford says that the electric motor can take you up to 75 mph and while I didn’t get it up that fast, it did take a lot less fuel to commute to work than the Ford Edge or my Mazda 5 ever does.
If you are looking for a fuel efficient way to get around in comfort, this is your car. It will get you around the city with class and to your destination with comfort.