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2018 Lincoln MKZ Introduction

The Lincoln MKZ, built on the front-wheel-drive Ford Fusion platform, isn’t the flagship for the marque (that would be the larger Continental); instead, it is sporty, responsive, enthusiastic and entertaining. With its fastback profile it looks Jaguar-esque, and rivals include like Lexus ES envy the Lincoln’s lines. It’s been around since 2013; for 2017 it got a new nose and new engine, and for 2018 it gets four new colors.

Base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 240 or 245 horsepower; it gets 24 combined miles per gallon with front-wheel drive, a bit less with available all-wheel drive. It comes with every model, meaning the more powerful V6 is an option in all of them. There’s also a front-wheel-drive Hybrid model (at the same price), a 2.0-liter four with two motors driven by a lithium-ion battery pack. It gets 40 miles per gallon combined, using a CVT transmission.

The available V6 is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost making 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque with all-wheel drive, or 350 horsepower and 400 pound-feet with front-wheel drive. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic, and gets 20 miles per gallon with all-wheel drive. Available with this engine is a Driver’s Package that includes Dynamic Torque Vectoring to tighten cornering, and an active sport-tuned suspension.

Also available is Lincoln Drive Control, with three modes to set the dampers, steering response, and stability control; it also has active noise cancellation to help build luxury silence in the cabin. An upscale version of Ford’s Sync 3 interface is used for infotainment and connectivity.

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