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2010 Lincoln MKZ

Joan Rivers has nothing on the MKZ

Lou Ann Hammond, Mon, 30 Mar 2009 08:00:00 PDT

I was watching The Celebrity Apprentice last night and Joan Rivers was doing a comedy stint for ACN, some picture telephone coming to the market. Rivers said, "I'm so glad you can see me. I've spent $150,000 on this face." One wonders what her face would like without the plastic surgery.

Well, take a look at the 2009 Lincoln MKZ, and then look at the 2010 Lincoln MKZ. It might have cost more than $150,000 in plastic surgery to change the MKZ, but every penny was well worth it. The 2009 MKZ is what Joan Rivers would look like without plastic surgery! Thank goodness for plastic surgery, even in cars.

The '09 looked like a bulldog, more like a Chrysler 300C than a luxury vehicle. The 2010 is refined, the exterior quarter panels are softer. The '09 interior was more of the same: boxy, with an in-your-face look. The 2010 doesn't shout, it is inviting. The interior boasts such upgrades as Bridge of Weir leather-wrapped seats.

According to J. D. Shanahan, Chief Engineer for the Lincoln MKZ, one of the top complaints of the 2009 MKZ was turning radius. I know this because when I drove the '09 and then drove the '10 it was one of the first changes I noticed. The 2009 turning radius was 39 ft., the 2010 MKZ turning radius is 37.7 ft.

The 3.5-liter V-6 Duratec engine delivers 263 horsepower and 249 ft.-lbs. of torque. The MKZ comes in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. The front-wheel drive 3.5-liter V-6 gets 18 city /27 highway mpg, while the all-wheel drive 3.5-liter V-6 gets 17 city /24 highway miles per gallon. The 2010 dramatically reduced the 0-60 mph times, dropping from 7.7 to 7.1 seconds.

The ride was quieter, and smoother. But the one thing that really made me smile was the fuel savings. The miles per gallon were the same from 2010 to 2009, but the MKZ doesn't require premium gasoline. The Lexus ES350 and Acura TL both require premium gasoline. So, the 2010 Lincoln MKZ gets better gas mileage, and you save about twenty cents a gallon because you can buy regular gasoline.

All the changes that I could see from the 2009 model to the 2010 model were for the better. But this maybe the one car that I have seen where plastic surgery really worked.



2010 Lincoln MKZ front view

2010 Lincoln MKZ all lit up

2010 Lincoln MKZ birds eye view of the interior

2010 Lincoln MKZ engine

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