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MKZ: "Mexican Killer Zepher" by Jay on the Gulf Coast. on 10/02/2011. Trim: 2012 Lincoln MKZ FWD, Owned less than 1 year.
Pros: This 2011 mid-size sedan rides like a full-size car. "It rides like a Cadillac" may not be an appropirate expression for a Lincoln, but it does. With its 263 hp 3.5L V6, engine performance and response are smooth, quick and quiet. Interior is what's expected of a luxury sedan - well appointed with real wood trim. The 2011 MKZ is a high-tech sedan and more so with the navigation package. Features like GPS, bluetooth with steering wheel controls, voice activation and control and "blind spot" warning are included in the package. If I had a redux I would also opt for the tuned sport suspension with 18" wheels (17" are standard). Actual city/highway combo gas mileage is 23-24 mpg.
Cons: Having bought this car just two weeks ago, I am still under the ether, but one Con is the mid-to-high $30's MSRP. Pricy for a Lincolnized version of the Ford Fusion. However, that's not a fair comparison because the MKZ is much more that a "twice-baked" Fusion. I bought a Ford product in order to "buy American" from the only car company that did not take any stimulus money. Cool, right? NOT! 45% of the parts are made in Mexico, 20% in Japan, 20% US/Canada and 15% Other. The final assembly point is Hermosillo, Mexico. I think I am coming out from under the ether.
Overall review: Smooth quiet ride, good acceleration, bells and whistles including navigation, bluetooth and sirius satellite radio, heated and cooled leather seats, good gas mileage. $3000 rebate or 0% APR for up to 60 months or 1.9% APR for 72 months. Additional $500 rebate when financed with Ford Motor Credit. Although the MKZ is made in Mexico with an American engine and a Japanese transmission, the ride, comfort, performance and high-tech features compensate for the non-American birth certificate.
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