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in 2009 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $12,576 - $13,671
Original MSRP: $32,695 - $34,585
MPG: 18 City / 28 Hwy
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2009 Lincoln MKZ Interior

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The MKZ's cabin is a comfortable place to spend time, noted for the quiet produced by its extensive sound-dampening as well as its stylish two-tone design theme. Some, however, say the materials used to build it are cheap for an upscale car. Its seats aren't built for sporty driving, but drivers and passengers have plenty of space. Ford's well-liked SYNC system allows users to control cell phones, iPods and other wireless devices through voice commands.

  • "Squared-off Lincoln-retro dashboard shape and minor rearrangement of controls help distinguish MKZ's interior from that of the related Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan. Unfortunately, the interior is let down by unconvincing plastics designed to look like metal. Other cabin materials disappoint as well, trailing premium competitors in richness." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We don't mind retro interiors when they're well-executed, but the MKZ's tall, angular dual-cowl dashboard would look more at home in an SUV than a luxury sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "The MKZ's interior meshes well with the subdued exterior. It's relaxing and comfortable." -- Detroit News
  • "The cockpit falls a bit short. The massive slab of gray (sorry ... silver) plastic in the center console looks cheap up close -- we're talking sub-B-segment quality here." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Once cocooned in the cabin of the Lincoln MKZ, you'll find a warmly inviting and upscale environment." -- Autobytel

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Seating

The 2009 MKZ offers large car space in a midsize car. Its rear passengers in particular benefit from a tremendous three feet of legroom. The standard leather seats are comfortable for most, but not built for performance driving -- reviewers note that drivers tend to slide on the cars' flat seat cushions in aggressive turns. Not only are the front seats heated, but in a feature usually found only on more expensive cars, they are available with a built-in seat cooling system.

  • "The seats are a rewarding blend of soft padding and comfortable backrest contours. During aggressive cornering, the seat cushion is too flat to provide best support, however." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Over 400 hundred miles of interstate and two-lane travel, we found the Lincoln MKZ driver's seat to be comfortable for two or three hours at a time." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The interior is quiet and upscale. Rear-seat room is especially impressive, with even the center of the back seat fairly comfortable -- something that can't be said for most cars." -- MSN
  • "It boasts a fully usable backseat." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2009 Lincoln MKZ comes in only one trim level, so Lincoln leaves little out -- it includes dual-zone zone automatic temperature control heated, leather-trimmed bucket front seats, 10-way power driver and passenger seats and a premium stereo system. But reviewers say the build quality and materials trail the class standard. Ford's unique SYNC infotainment system is something most competitors can't match. It allows users to control Bluetooth-enabled devices, like cell phones and iPods, with voice commands.

  • "Materials quality pales in comparison to other entry-level luxury cars." -- Edmunds
  • "The main gauges are clear and unobstructed--though some testers found reflection off instrument glass reduced legibility in certain lighting conditions." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Noises from the outside world nearly are imperceptible due to extensive use of sound-dampening materials, a strategy being employed throughout the new Lincoln lineup." -- Ward's AutoWorld
  • "The optional navigation system works well. The video screen is smaller than many, but it's easy to figure out without excessive reliance on the owner's manual. And unlike some nav systems, it had information about some obscure dirt roads in Michigan, where much of our driving took place." -- New Car Test Drive

Cargo

Upscale midsize cars often have surprisingly small trunks. But the MKZ boasts 15.8 cubic feet of trunk space -- much more than BMW or Mercedes-Benz offer at this price. 

  • "With a low, wide load opening and compact, out-of-the-way hinges all the [trunk] space is imminently usable." -- The Auto Channel
  • "The trunk lid's strut hinges don't intrude, and the cargo area is useful in shape and volume, if ill suited to tall boxes and lined with cheap-feeling material. Small bins and pockets shortchange cabin storage space." -- Consumer Guide

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