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in 2011 Upscale Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $16,934 - $18,017
Original MSRP: $34,645 - $36,535
MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy
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Used Car: 2011 Lincoln MKZ Review

Review Last Updated: 7/31/12

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ has a smooth ride and a comfortable interior, but its stellar reliability rating is what makes the MKZ stand out most when compared with other 2011 upscale midsize cars.

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When it was new, critics liked the MKZ’s well-appointed, high-quality interior, which includes Lincoln’s SYNC infotainment system standard. They also found that its softly-sprung suspension is good at soaking up bumps, which is ideal for comfortable cruises on the freeway. However, its soft suspension also means that hard cornering isn’t the MKZ’s strong suit, so it’s not the best choice for driving enthusiasts. The MKZ’s reliability score is exceptional, though its safety scores are lower than many competitors’.

The MKZ is powered by a 263-horsepower V6 and comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. Critics said there is plenty of power for accelerating and passing, but drivers shouldn’t expect breathtaking speed. Front-wheel drive MKZs net 18/27 mpg city/highway. Opting for AWD reduces those estimates to 17/24 mpg, which is on the low side when compared with similarly-equipped 2011 midsize cars. The MKZ can carry up to 16.5 cubic feet of cargo in its trunk, which is very good for the class.

Critics liked the MKZ’s high-quality interior and the comfortable, luxurious seats, which offer plenty of space for front and rear passengers. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, Lincoln’s SYNC infotainment system, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats and satellite radio. Available equipment includes a touch-screen navigation system, 10-gigabyte hard drive, and a THX stereo. Other packages add features like upgraded leather upholstery and a sport-tuned suspension. Safety equipment includes six airbags and integrated blind spot mirrors.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you want something with handling that’s a bit sportier, consider the 2011 Buick Regal. Critics said the Regal has taut, athletic handling, but that it’s still comfortable over bumpy roads. If you’re looking for good performance, make sure you select a turbocharged model, as most reviewers said the base model is underpowered. Although the Regal doesn’t earn a reliability score that’s as high as the MKZ’s, it does carry better safety ratings.

Many critics agreed that the 2011 Lexus ES is one of the benchmarks for luxury within the class, thanks to its silky engine and comfortable ride. Like the MKZ, reviewers said the ES 350 is no sport sedan, so those looking for driving excitement will be disappointed. However, both the MKZ and the ES 350 earn reliability ratings that are the best you’ll find on a 2011 midsize car.

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