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RIDING IN THE LINCOLN MKZ IS A TREAT

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
It was a first for us, test drive of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, and we must admit, it left us highly impressed. Available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive, under the entry-level midsize luxury sedan resides an all-new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine cranking out a striking 400 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and 400 pounds-feet of torque @ 2750 rpm. That is plenty for the nearly 4,000-pound vehicle to scoot from any speed. The 6-speed auto gear box is effortless though somewhat outdated.
A revised split-winged satin aluminum grille with the centered Lincoln emblem, surrounded by adaptive HID headlights and LED signature lights, conveys a robust stance. But it is in the lavish, modish and beautifully made cabin that the MKZ justly shines. Out goes the MyLincoln Touch to be replaced by the user-friendly Sync3, an interface to control audio, phone and navigation systems via voice, touch or both. The 10.1-inch configurable LCD gauge cluster is simple and clear-cut. Passenger volume is plenty with 96.6 cubic feet and the trunk opens up to 15.4 cubic feet of space.
Dual-zone auto a/c, Revel Ultimate sound system, 10-way power cooled/heated front and perforated leather seats, 60/40 fold second-row seat, power tilt/telescopic steering column, wood on doors, steering wheel and instrument panel, hands-free lift gate and the Lincoln welcome/farewell light elements when you enter or exit are standard. 
The MKZ comes with a plethora of standard safety features, including dual front and side airbags, front knee airbags, side curtain airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic stability and traction control, blind spot monitor with cross-traffic alert, rear camera and parking sensor, front and rear three-point seatbelts, remote start, tire pressure monitor and daytime running lights.
Indulge yourself and the passengers in this remarkably smooth and exceptionally quiet MKZ. Plus, it is a nice-looking sedan. These should help justify the high-ticket item. 

MKZ
Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
Length: 193.9 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, independent rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 18 gallons
City: 17 mpg
Highway: 26 mpg
Base price: $49,560
Price as tested: $60,840
Web site: www.lincoln.com

CALLING ALL LINCOLN DEALERS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA: if you would like to be listed here as one of the test-drive dealerships, e-mail us at motoringtampabay@gmail.com