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2013 Lincoln MKZ AWD

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Ford Fusion, Dressed for Prom

A three-quarter rear view of a 2013 Lincoln MKZ AWD
In short: A roomy and relatively fuel-efficient entry-level luxury sedan.

2013 Lincoln MKZ AWD Review

Based on the Ford Fusion family sedan, the Lincoln MKZ wears elegant sheet metal and comes with a well-appointed interior.

MKZ Interior

While the sedan’s standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 provides efficient performance, an available Atkinson-Cycle hybrid motor boosts the MKZ’s EPA rating to a fuel-sipping 45 mpg combined. A 3.7 liter, 300 horsepower V6 is also available, which gives the MKZ a slight boost in performance, though not enough to seriously tempt BMW 3-series or Cadillac ATS shoppers. We sampled the snazzy Lincoln in 2.0T AWD trim, meaning we got Ford’s torquey, direct-injected turbo 4, an engine which also makes an appearance in the Fusion, Escape, Explorer and even the Focus ST hot hatch. With nearly two tons of all-wheel-drive Lincoln to haul around, however, the little 4 cylinder can feel like it has to work pretty hard.

MKZ three quarter front view

That said, few will buy the Lincoln MKZ with plans to head for a drag strip. The cruise is where this car comes into its own. The six-speed automatic shifts unnoticeably, and it’s possible to drive through the country or in light suburban traffic without ever reaching 2000 RPM. This is the kind of driving necessary to achieve the MKZ 2.0T’s 22/31 EPA fuel economy ratings. The MKZ hybrid offers even greater cruising-per-gallon, despite Ford recently having to downgrade its official mileage estimate from 45 to 37 mpg on the highway.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty; 6-year/70,000-mile roadside assistance

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Make: Lincoln, Vehicle Type: Sedan

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Base Price: $37,815 / As Tested: $45,550

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 with direct injection
Horsepower: 240 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 270 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed SelectShift automatic with paddle shifters

Curb weight: 3,874 lbs
Wheelbase: 112.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 194.1 / 73.4 / 58.1 in
Turning circle: 38 ft

4-wheel disc brakes with ABS
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multi-link independent rear

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

0-60 mph: 7.2 seconds
60-0 mph: 115 ft
Top Speed: 135 mph

EPA City: 22 mpg
EPA Highway: 31 mpg
Combined MPG: 25 mpg

Seating Capacity: 5
Safety: dual-stage front airbags; driver and front passenger side airbags; front and rear head curtain side airbags

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