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TCC Test: 2007 Lincoln MKZ

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TCC Test: 2007 Lincoln MKZ

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Lincoln is pricing the base front-drive MKZ at $29,175, with the all-wheel-drive version coming in at $31,050. This is substantially less than import competitors like the $33,170 Lexus ES350 and the $32,520 Cadillac CTS, which offers a manual transmission (the MKZ is auto-only) but doesn't have all-wheel drive and has a 255-hp V-6 ten ponies shy of the MKZ.

The MKZ also compares quite favorably with middle-brand, mid-priced V-6 almost-luxury sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry that don't have the prestige brand nameplate going for them, or the all-wheel-drive, either. The MKZ's powerful standard engine and available AWD also put big distance between it and other domestic-brand rivals, like the front-drive-only (and barely 200-hp) Buick LaCrosse.

So if a 3-Series BMW is a bit too aggressive, and a Lexus ES a touch too expensive, the MKZ could be a good middle ground.

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The MKZ also compares quite favorably with middle-brand, mid-priced V-6 almost-luxury sedans like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry

:duh: Lincoln should not be competing with Camry and Accord. This car would make a good Mercury

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The MKZ's powerful standard engine and available AWD also put big distance between it and other domestic-brand rivals, like the front-drive-only (and barely 200-hp) Buick LaCrosse.

Lacrosse bases at 22k....At 29k a LaCrosse has 240hp. At a sticker price of $30k you can get yourself a Chrysler 300 250hp V6 AWD... and I bet Chrysler would even throw in a few rebates to sweeten the deal. At 30k one can get a Buick Lucerne with a 275 HP V8, 10HP more than the Lincoln, plus the reputation of the Northstar.

This is substantially less than import competitors like the $33,170 Lexus ES350 and the $32,520 Cadillac CTS

The CTS is an import now?

seriously, this article is $h!. Is it an article or a press release?

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Lacrosse bases at 22k....At 29k a LaCrosse has 240hp. At a sticker price of $30k you can get yourself a Chrysler 300 250hp V6 AWD... and I bet Chrysler would even throw in a few rebates to sweeten the deal. At 30k one can get a Buick Lucerne with a 275 HP V8, 10HP more than the Lincoln, plus the reputation of the Northstar.

The CTS is an import now?

seriously, this article is $h!. Is it an article or a press release?

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Agreed. You really can't compare the MKZ to the CTS. They're two very different cars aimed at two very different sets of customers. The MKZ is aimed at the traditional Lincoln buyers while the CTS is aimed at getting the attention of luxury import crowd. The next CTS will only widen the gap between Cadillac and Lincoln more when it comes with its own AWD system and higher output V-6 and V-8 engines.

I think when Ford finally gives Lincoln a new mid-size RWD platform, then you can start comparing the two brands.

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The ES350 isn't the badge job the MKZ is.  End of story.

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It isn't a badge-job. Milan could be argued as one, but not MKZ.

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The MKZ's platform is stretched 6 inches from the Fusion/Milan, different powertrain, different interior, and mostly unique sheet metal...hardly a badge job.

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The ES350 isn't the badge job the MKZ is.  End of story.

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The MKZ is not, in fact it's just like the Es. Based of a normal car with unique sheetmetal and interior. Plus the MKZ gets that sweet engine/tranny combo...hardly a badge job.

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