Consumer Reports just released its testing of the MKZ.
It scored an 82 and 81 (Hybrid and 2.0T) respectively. This was enough to obtain an "Excellent" rating with the organization.
Highs: Handling, ride, quietness, styling.
Lows: MyLincoln Touch controls, visibility, snug interior, hidden exterior trunk release.
The MKZ is the most appealing and well-executed Lincoln in memory. Its ride and handling rival that of a high-end European sports sedans, and it feels substantial. If you took a ride and were blind to identifying cues, you might mistake this car for an Audi. If it weren't for the frustrating MyLincoln Touch controls and some practical shortfalls, including compromised visibility, the MKZ might have been one of our highest scoring midsized luxury sedans.
Nicely finished and quiet inside, the MKZ has comfortable seats, but rear-seat room and access are limited. Controls include a push button shifter, an unusual feature tried and abandoned by various carmakers over the years and that drew some complaints from our staff.
MKZ Hybrid tied with the ES300h. The MKZ 2.0T scored 1 point higher than the ES350 and 7 points higher than the Buick LaCrosse V6. It scored 1 point less than the Acura TL.
It should be noted that the reasoning for the lower score is CR's distaste for MyLincoln Touch, visibility due to styling, and a smaller backseat. Outside these annoyances, CR has indicated that it is one of (if not) the best driving sedans in the segment.