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Used Car: 2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

Review Last Updated: 10/29/14

Critics said the redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ suffers from lackluster handling, a confusing infotainment system and a cramped back seat.

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and reviewers agreed that it provides adequate acceleration. A V6 engine is available, and while some auto writers were pleased with its strong acceleration and rumbling exhaust, others found the V6-powered MKZ to be slower and much less exciting than other V6-powered rivals. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard in both the base and V6 models. All-wheel drive is available with either engine. According to the EPA, the base 2013 Lincoln MKZ gets 22/33 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. The 2013 MKZ is also available in a hybrid model, which has a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. Reviewers complained that the MKZ Hybrid’s gas engine can be noisy, but they said it has adequate passing power on the highway. The 2013 MKZ Hybrid gets 38/37 mpg city/highway, which is above average for an upscale hybrid car. An adjustable suspension is standard on the MKZ, and most critics said it has a composed ride when set to its comfort setting, but others complained that it clatters over rough pavement, especially with the suspension set to sport mode. Several reviewers criticized the MKZ’s numb steering and bland handling, though others praised its impressive braking power.

Some automotive journalists liked the 2013 Lincoln MKZ's flowing interior design, but others felt that the MKZ’s cabin materials aren’t worthy of an upscale sedan. Several auto writers also criticized the MKZ’s cramped rear seats and frustrating MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which has small buttons and an unresponsive touch screen. Standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, Lincoln’s Sync voice-activated infotainment system and MyLincoln Touch with an 8-inch touch screen. Available features include ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a 14-speaker THX sound system, navigation, a panoramic moonroof, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring. At 15.4 cubic feet, the 2013 Lincoln MKZ’s trunk is one of the largest in the class.

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Automotive journalists said the 2013 Cadillac CTS’ cabin features sharp styling and top-notch materials. The CTS also has a superb reliability rating, and reviewers wrote that its precise steering helps make it satisfying to drive.

The 2013 Buick Regal GS has powerful acceleration, nimble handling and a firm, yet comfortable, ride, according to test drivers. Its trunk is larger than the MKZ's, and auto writers appreciated its handsome interior design.

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