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    Re: 2013 MKZ Media Reviews

    "Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spa: From high-end tinkers to streetwise car guys, we take to the road for an unconventional evaluation of the new Lincoln MKZ."

    Not online, but AutoWeek's December 24th print edition has an article on page 32 which is not really a review, but more of an impromptu opinion clinic of the MKZ. They drive the MKZ around the Chicago area and ask various masters of "taste" and "style" professions what they think of the MKZ. It's overall a very positive, if unusual, piece with some nice photos of the car. I'm sure it'll be online soon but is worth going to purchase at the newsstand (as I did).

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    Re: 2013 MKZ Media Reviews

    I updated the list with the Kelley Blue Book Review after the Popular Mechanics one...

    Also of interest is a second article from Automobile Magazine (which had a very favorable first drive) which is more of a Miami Beach road trip piece, but they drive the MKZ and have many observations (much like the similar MKZ drive around Chicago that AutoWeek did listed above). The growing consensus in the last view reviews is much like my sitdown with the MKZ at the Boston Autoshow: Looks great, drives nicely, interesting interior design let down by disappointing materials and MyTouch.

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    Re: 2013 MKZ Media Reviews

    Updated with the KBB video review, the Chicago Tribune mini-review, and the Star Telegram review.

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    Re: 2013 MKZ Media Reviews

    wanted to post a link the GALLERY of a worse than mediocre article

    some NICE pix!

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    realized the large size of my fave ^photo was cut off on their site (dumb!)
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    Beautiful car...
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    Re: 2013 MKZ Media Reviews

    a couple positive reviews via Iiari...

    Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Test Drive - Pursuitist
    By Harvey Briggs in Auto, Green

    ...The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is calm, quiet, comfortable and confident, offering all the features youd expect at this level. If your primary motive for buying a luxury car falls into one of these areas, its an intriguing alternative to the current stable of premium brands...

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    Auto review: MKZ gives Lincoln fresh start on road to relevance - The Miami Herald
    By BARRY SPYKER
    Published: Friday, May. 17, 2013

    ...Having bid a sad farewell to the flagship Town Car two years ago, it is exciting to see a resurgence of the Lincoln. Time will tell if Lincoln can run with the big luxury boys again. But, if the MKZ is any indication of the new direction, I like its odds.

    ( and I've NEVER heard the following 'explanation/rationalization' before... )
    ...Trims? Only two, the standard MKZ and the hybrid. But there are option groups, like the Select package which adds rear-view camera and rear parking assist and wood trim on the steering wheel. Or the Reserve package, with navigation, blind-spot detection and power trunk lid. The Preferred package adds 19-inch wheels and 14-speaker sound system,
    Among stand-alone options is a panoramic glass roof with integrated sunroof...

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    Re: 2013 MKZ Media Reviews

    Consumer Reports just released its testing of the MKZ.

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/m...iews/index.htm

    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.

    Small take:

    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.
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    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.

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