2017 Lincoln MKZ Review: Luxury, style, and 400 horsepower

– Detroit, Michigan

Sometimes I like a car instantly, as soon as I see it or drive it. Other times it takes some time for me to warm up. It took a while for me to like the Lincoln MKZ, but the latest iteration, introduced at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show, finally appeals to me. I enjoyed driving the MKZ in every situation. It’s not perfect in terms of interior packaging or technology, but overall, it’s a pleasant way to get from A to B in style.

 

 

Pros

Gutsy engine. One could argue for days whether anyone really needs a 400-horsepower engine in a Lincoln MKZ, but the fact is, I quite enjoyed the effortless passing power as I blasted around Metro Detroit on a cold weekend. The biturbocharged engine, as is the habit, builds boost early and eagerly, with a surge of torque that makes this car far quicker than any Lincoln MKZ before. It’s also more power and more torque than a Ford Focus RS. Make sure to buy all-wheel drive, though, or you’ll “only” get 350 hp from this engine.

Elegant interior styling. Sure, you can find fault with some of the plastics or the lack of room (more on that shortly), but the materials within this cabin are lovely. The interior has far more warmth than the inside of an Acura TLX or Lexus ES. And the metallic surfaces on all the center-stack controls are all great to touch and look at.

Outstanding Revel audio system. When I went to a press conference a few years ago that was touting the partnership between Lincoln and Revel, I suspected it might just...