I dont really understand, or the cars really sucks or car & driver and others just hate the brand
I don't think it sucks, "Car and Driver" was probably just expecting a car that was much better and much more luxurious than the Fusion it's based on.
If it will cost $10K-$20K more than a Fusion, it should feel $10K-$20K better. I guess this was made tougher because the 2013 Fusion is already a good car.
It's as if the guys at Ford were aiming the MKZ somewhere in between a Buick LaCrosse and a Cadillac CTS
If Hyundai and Kia can give their luxury sedans a modern RWD platform to set it apart from the lesser FWD mainstream models, Ford should be able to do it.
They did try this a long time ago with the LS, I think they should try it again. Imagine a modern Lincoln LS with MKZ styling.
Give it a well-balanced RWD/AWD platform that can be tuned for luxury and sporty high-performance models.
Giving the car its own styling is a step in the right direction, making it drive and handle differently from lower priced Ford model is an even bigger step in the right direction.
Many people will probably still consider the MKZ as a Lexus ES350 or Acura TL competitor and not as a Cadillac CTS or Mercedes E-class competitor.