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http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2017-lincoln-mkz-30t-awd-test-review

Zero to 60 mph: 4.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.0 sec
Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 5.5 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 13.4 sec @ 105 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 150 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 156 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad*: 0.93 g
EPA: 17/26 mpg
Curb weight: 4307 lb
As Tested: $59,975 (base price: $43,735)


There's so much to break down in this review, because the numbers tell so little of the story. Like the Fusion Sport, the engine is the car's greatest asset. Hit the gas and it gives serious thrust, though it's connected to an aging 6-speed automatic. Looking at the test results with no context, this seems to be just a hair behind the Audi A6 3.0T, which would be an excellent achievement, but as you read through the driving impressions things look less rosy. Fitted with the mind boggling selection of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires (meant for dedicated high performance cars), the .93g of recorded grip was overkill for the FWD-based chassis.

"...Worst of all, after cornering, the whole car wags like the tail of a Newfoundland puppy that just discovered freeze-dried chicken jerky. It then takes some time to recover its composure. And the all-wheel-drive system isn’t able to keep up, either, as the MKZ still wants to torque-steer off the road.

...these are summer-only sports-car tires fitted to a car tuned for all-season touring rubber. In fact, the placard in the doorjamb of our test car gave away the fact that it started life without these tires—the placard listed a different tire size than those fitted to the car—which Lincoln reps no doubt swapped in hope of improving test numbers.

One gets the sense that these tires were specially chosen for vehicles that would see performance testing by the media. According to Lincoln’s online configurator for the 2017 MKZ, the optional summer tire will be a 245/40R-19 (just like the Michelins on our test car); although the Lincoln website doesn’t specify the tire brand or model, it’s hard to imagine dealers ordering high-performance rubber for this car."

In the end, this car would have likely found greater fanfare with the high-end all season touring tires that it was engineered for. Let the luxury and impressive 400 horsepower engine speak for themselves without trying to be some sort of poseur sport sedan. This also leads us to the other elephant in the room: $59,975 as tested. That's the cost of a Fusion Sport and a Fusion Hybrid combined... for a car based on the Fusion.

Personally, I'm FAR from sold on Lincoln's latest direction, and this review only cements the impression of confused luxury goals and engineering compromises.

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I think it looks great from the front (I like the Jag look even though it is a knockoff design), Terrible back end, and  "meh" center stack.

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:palm: Not even sure where to begin on this, ccap summed it up pretty good.

Meh!

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It's not that they're ringer tires, it's that they don't belong on this car from an engineering standpoint. These are michelin pilot super sports. They're made for Porsches, Corvettes, and V-series Cadillacs. The review illustrates pretty clearly that the suspension reaches its limit before the tires do.

If you put super sports on a Toyota Corolla, it would probably hold .9g and brake shorter too.

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The MKZ with 3.0L and 200A trim package, including upgraded 19” wheels I just built has an MSRP sticker of $39,345 and comes nicely equipped.  I can’t think of ANY luxury maker anywhere that can touch all that for the price.  I dare anyone to try.

 

The ‘ringer’ tire argument is lame and I seriously doubt they put tires on the vehicle that are not available.  Personally, I think Lincoln should have used the standard tires, perpetuating their smooth, quiet thrust narrative, or whatever they call it.  Low profile tires in a luxury sedan is a waste. Today’s cars perform excellent as is, so there was no need to get that extra little bite in a car like this.

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19 hours ago, dfelt said:

:palm: Not even sure where to begin on this, ccap summed it up pretty good.

Meh!

You forgot at least one face palm.

 

11 hours ago, cp-the-nerd said:

It's not that they're ringer tires, it's that they don't belong on this car from an engineering standpoint. These are michelin pilot super sports. They're made for Porsches, Corvettes, and V-series Cadillacs. The review illustrates pretty clearly that the suspension reaches its limit before the tires do.

If you put super sports on a Toyota Corolla, it would probably hold .9g and brake shorter too.

Sport Compact car, and I think Road and track did just that.  Corolla was pretty good with those tires...but still no sports sedan.  Same for the Lincoln.

2 hours ago, Wings4Life said:

The MKZ with 3.0L and 200A trim package, including upgraded 19” wheels I just built has an MSRP sticker of $39,345 and comes nicely equipped.  I can’t think of ANY luxury maker anywhere that can touch all that for the price.  I dare anyone to try.

 

 

 

The ‘ringer’ tire argument is lame and I seriously doubt they put tires on the vehicle that are not available.  Personally, I think Lincoln should have used the standard tires, perpetuating their smooth, quiet thrust narrative, or whatever they call it.  Low profile tires in a luxury sedan is a waste. Today’s cars perform excellent as is, so there was no need to get that extra little bite in a car like this.

 

Personally, I would be buying a Lexus IS series and calling it done with this price range. The only reason I would stop in my local Lincoln dealer with this in the showroom would be to get a free cup of coffee and shoot the bull about Ohio State Football.

In all honestly the modern Acura lineup is as ugly as home made sin from the front, but the chassis on Acura's are much more nimble than pretty much anything Lincoln builds.

Lincoln will never re gain its spot as an aspiration automaker, something it has not had since the Beetles all played together and we were about to take one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind.

Really, honestly, cannot tell you how quick this would go in for a trade in if it were in my driveway. But then I am not really a luxury car kind of guy anyways. 

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2 hours ago, Wings4Life said:

The MKZ with 3.0L and 200A trim package, including upgraded 19” wheels I just built has an MSRP sticker of $39,345 and comes nicely equipped.  I can’t think of ANY luxury maker anywhere that can touch all that for the price.  I dare anyone to try.

 

 

 

The ‘ringer’ tire argument is lame and I seriously doubt they put tires on the vehicle that are not available.  Personally, I think Lincoln should have used the standard tires, perpetuating their smooth, quiet thrust narrative, or whatever they call it.  Low profile tires in a luxury sedan is a waste. Today’s cars perform excellent as is, so there was no need to get that extra little bite in a car like this.

 

And I also agree with your logic here.  People are not running these at your local autocross or doing track days in them, they are picking up their kids from middle school and taking their spouse to a basketball game.  All sticky tires will do on a car like this is infuriate owners when they have to replace them at 12,000 miles.

 

People got angry with the Honda S2000, STI WRX, and Mitsu Evo for having to replace tires after 12,000 miles...what will peoples reaction be with a car like this?

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2 hours ago, Wings4Life said:

The MKZ with 3.0L and 200A trim package, including upgraded 19” wheels I just built has an MSRP sticker of $39,345 and comes nicely equipped.  I can’t think of ANY luxury maker anywhere that can touch all that for the price.  I dare anyone to try.

 

The ‘ringer’ tire argument is lame and I seriously doubt they put tires on the vehicle that are not available.  Personally, I think Lincoln should have used the standard tires, perpetuating their smooth, quiet thrust narrative, or whatever they call it.  Low profile tires in a luxury sedan is a waste. Today’s cars perform excellent as is, so there was no need to get that extra little bite in a car like this.

 


Base MSRP for a 3.0T AWD is $43,735. This is included in the C&D specs I posted and confirmed on Lincoln's website. They shouldn't even offer that engine with FWD, which is what you used (along with incentives) to get it under $40k.

The tire argument is lame to *YOU* because you refuse to see the reality of Car & Driver's comments or anyone else's perspective, for that matter. Ford sent that car--insane options and all--so the fact that the review turned into a big joke at Lincoln's expense is their own fault.

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9 minutes ago, cp-the-nerd said:


Base MSRP for a 3.0T AWD is $43,735. This is included in the C&D specs I posted and confirmed on Lincoln's website. They shouldn't even offer that engine with FWD, which is what you used (along with incentives) to get it under $40k.

The tire argument is lame to *YOU* because you refuse to see the reality of Car & Driver's comments or anyone else's perspective, for that matter. Ford sent that car--insane options and all--so the fact that the review turned into a big joke at Lincoln's expense is their own fault.

Bingo!

21 hours ago, cp-the-nerd said:

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Can we keep the kind of cool historical looking greenish house in the back ground and send this to IIHS for voluntary crash testing?

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I hit $56k MSRP on the configurator by selecting black label, 3.0T/AWD, and picking a paint color that wasn't silver or black. It's a lot easier to push $60k than you'd think.

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2 hours ago, cp-the-nerd said:

I hit $56k MSRP on the configurator by selecting black label, 3.0T/AWD, and picking a paint color that wasn't silver or black. It's a lot easier to push $60k than you'd think.

And at that price, a whole new world opens up to you.

...and sorry if I seemed unusually harsh in my earlier comments. The existential angst of selling back my TDI is starting to hit home.  Beginning to think there won't be a fix and I do not want to subject my  car to a sad, short life after it leaves my hands.

Also do not really find myself being sold on anything I am looking at for a repalcemnt.  that being said, I really dislike the Lincoln in question in this thread.

 

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Loading up premium trim interiors and technology packages will radically increase the price of any premium car.

The fact of the matter is, you can get all that power, nicely equipped, and yes with AWD for $44K……and NOTHING can touch it for less.  So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

 

Oh, and the tires are ABSOLUTELY available as well. 

 

So…….

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On the tire thing.  This is what I was referencing. Edmunds accused Ford of a "ringer" in 2012 by putting .... wait for it.... Michelin Pilot Super Sports on an MKZ for the Press Fleet... an addition that allowed the MKZ to beat an M5 through the slalom. However, while it is correct that the MKZ is technically available with them, less than 1% of MKZs came so equipped. 

So rather than give a realistic view of the car, Lincoln hands the press a Ringer that isn't one based on a technicality. Based on that percentage... it means about 300 MKZs out of the ~34k sold per year are equipped with these tires. 

So really, the review should have the disclaimer "Results not typical".

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24 minutes ago, Wings4Life said:

So Lincoln put track tires on a car that never sees a track, except for testing.

 

Sounds right to me.  Who cares about percentages.

Because as journalists, our job is to report our findings on cars as people would actually use them.  It's precisely why I got into this business. I would see stupid comparisons of Lincoln Continentals and BMW 5-series in slalom runs... as if 1) Any Lincoln buyer 15 years ago cared about slalom times and 2) Any 5-series buyer was cross shopping a Continental.    Years ago I got mad at Cadillac for sending me an SRX in a configuration that had already been canceled... what's the point of writing a review on a product that people were no longer going to be able to buy?  In the case of this MKZ, what's the point of writing a review (except perhaps as a sidebar) of a vehicle that virtually no one will buy?

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Don't bother, Drew. He's got the Ford blinders on at full power. We've all made perfectly rational arguments as to why the tires are comically ridiculous, and he just says "Lincoln offers them so it counts."

He read this review like
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22 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

On the tire thing.  This is what I was referencing. Edmunds accused Ford of a "ringer" in 2012 by putting .... wait for it.... Michelin Pilot Super Sports on an MKZ for the Press Fleet...

Very interesting, indeed.

22 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

an addition that allowed the MKZ to beat an M5 through the slalom.

That tire shouldn't make it or break it to an M5.

 

46 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

However, while it is correct that the MKZ is technically available with them, less than 1% of MKZs came so equipped.

I definitely see your point.. but the same can be said when they test near 50k mustangs and Camaros. Very few in owners hands are that loaded up but that's what they get to test because you're showing off the best of the best for the car.

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27 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

Very interesting, indeed.

That tire shouldn't make it or break it to an M5.

 

I definitely see your point.. but the same can be said when they test near 50k mustangs and Camaros. Very few in owners hands are that loaded up but that's what they get to test because you're showing off the best of the best for the car.

Mags generally test Mustangs and Camaros in every available powertrain configuration. While most people do opt of the lesser models... there is a point to reviews of the ZL-1 and GT350 reviews even though only a small percentage of either will be sold.  When you buy a ZL-1 or GT350, you're buying more than just a set of wheels and tires... there are a whole host of upgrades that come with it.   Furthermore, journalists know they are testing some high performance machine.

As for this MKZ, sure it's got 19s on it, but unless you make a habit of noting the sidewall before you get in and drive, there is no reason to expect the car to be any different than what you'll find on a typical dealer's lot. In this case with the MKZ, Lincoln supplied a car in a configuration that virtually no one will buy and attempted to pass it off as normal. Furthermore, the build sticker on the door jam indicated that the car was originally configured with 18s but whoever manages their press fleet decided to swap out the wheels. When you select the high performance tires though, the suspension gets recalibrated to handle it.  This test car didn't have the recalibration...meaning that technically, no, you can't buy this configuration from Lincoln without someone pulling a switcharoo at the dealership.

 And yet... even configured properly, it is highly unlikely that you will find one of these MKZs at a Lincoln dealership. Lincoln is only building about 300 of these cars per year with this tire package.  There are about 325 Lincoln dealerships, so less than one per dealer per year with these tires.

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      The Details: The Nautilus is a refreshed Lincoln MKX, but the most refreshing part about it is the return to a real name.  Power changes include a switch to an all turbocharged engine lineup. Base engine is a 2.3 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder producing 245 horsepower, optional is a 2.7 liter V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.  Both engines are coupled to a front-wheel drive 8-speed automatic with all-wheel drive standard. Automatic stop/start is standard.
      Why it Matters: The MKX was already an excellent entry in the segment. While overall dimensions are unchanged, the Nautilus looks longer and sleeker than its MKX predecessor. Bringing the MKX up to date with the new Lincoln look was essential, but going back to a real name shows that Lincoln is ready to carve out a firm identity for itself. Click Here for more information on the 2019 Lincoln Nautilus
      Competitors: Lexus RX, Audi Q5, Cadillac XT5, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Acura MDX
      2019 Lincoln MKC

      The Details: MKC moves to the new Lincoln look, but product planners didn’t come up with a name in time. Aside from that, the interior and mechanical features carry over.
      Why it Matters: This one is a head scratcher. I can only think that for some reason Lincoln didn’t think there were enough changes to the MKC to warrant a name change. People are inherently visual though, so even if there wasn’t an engine change under the hood, the visual change is distinctive enough that now is probably time to do a name change like the Lincoln Nautilus.  The MKC sells well, and with this handsome new update, I expect it to do even better. Click here for more information on the 2019 Lincoln MKC
      Next Up: Infiniti QX50 and QX80


       
      2019 Infiniti QX50

      The Details: Infiniti finally replaces the old G37 based QX50, but that necessitates a move to front-wheel drive. The QX50 is the launch platform for Infiniti’s revolutionary new engine that is capable of a variable compression ratio.  The new 2.0T with VC can change the compression ratio from 8:1 to 14:1.
      Why it Matters: I’ll be sad to see the old QX50 go. In spite of its aging platform and interior electronics, it had a butter smoothness and great handling. It never really got a foothold in the market. But auto enthusiast feelings aside, this new QX50 is likely to be the bread and butter of Infiniti’s lineup for the foreseeable future.  It hits right in the bullseye of the compact luxury crossover market and does so with a compelling performance argument and a fantastic looking interior. Click here for more information on the 2019 Infiniti QX50
      Competitors: Lincoln MKC, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Acura RDX, Lexus NX, Audi Q3, Land Rover Evoque, Jaguar E-Pace
      2018 Infiniti QX80

      The Details: QX80 gets an updated front clip and a massaged interior
      Why it Matters: Like the Lexus LX650, the QX80 rides on an older platform from a mass-market brand, in this case, the 2010 Nissan Patrol.  The 2017 Armada had a face only a mother could love, but with the update for 2018 it has grown substantially more handsome. The interior has been coiffed with attractive new quilted and stitched leather, though technology has not been updated to include the likes of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.  Mechanically, the QX80 still uses the old 5.6 liter V8 producing 400 horsepower / 417 lb-ft of torque routed through a 7-speed automatic.  Fuel economy is a 1997 like 15 mpg combined.
      Competitors: Lexus LX560, Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Audi Q7
       
      Next Up: Volvo XC40 and Land Rover Range Rover SVAutobiography


      2018 Volvo XC40

      The Details: The XC40 is the first vehicle on Volvo’s new CMA platform.  It features a 248 hp 2 liter turbo four cylinder routing through an 8-speed automatic to all four wheels. People familiar with the controls from Volvo’s larger SPA platform vehicles like XC90 and S80 will feel right at home as most of touchy stuff is lifted straight from them. You will also be able to subscribe to the XC40 rather than buy or lease.  Basically a 15,000 mile a year lease that includes all maintenance and insurance.
      Why it Matters: Another entry straight at the heart of the compact luxury crossover market. The recent Volvos have been a hit and I expect this one to be as well. The floor display had a few questionable interior materials and some visible exterior manufacturing defects, so I hope those get sorted soon as these XC40s are rolling down the manufacturing line already. Volvo’s policy of electrifying every vehicle that make means that a plug-in hybrid version of the XC40 is coming, however the Volvo rep I spoke to refused to confirm.  Volvo’s subscription idea is intriguing and it will be interesting to see if it takes off. Click here for more information on the 2018 Volvo XC40
      2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography

      The Details: An Ultra-Luxury Range Rover
      Why it Matters:  Are you a Russian Oil Tycoon or an NBA star?  If so, then it matters.  If not, just look at it and dream from behind the velvet ropes while the booth attendants sneer at you. It has power close rear doors, executive seating, and a new infotainment system. There is a hidden refrigerator in between the rear seats that holds two wine bottles plus two glasses and opens with the touch of a button. The closest competitor I can think of isn't an SUV at all, but the S-Class Maybach.  This is Land Rover's interpretation of the segment. 
      Competitors: Mercedes Benz GLS550 Designo, Bentley Bentaga, S-Class Maybach
       

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