of light on the ceiling to activate reading lamps. The bulbs filter through a soft fabric headliner rather than glaring in eyes. Even the door locks are subtle, emitting a red LED glow when locked.
I liked the subtle feel, but I also wanted to take the salesman up on his offer to see what the MKZ could do going up a freeway on-ramp and getting up to the speed of traffic. Let’s just say the MKZ had no problem going from slow to 70 in the length of a ramp.
I got off the interstate at the next exit and had to negotiate a few of Sheboygan’s roundabouts. Having a vehicle with the handling of an MKZ makes dealing with roundabouts a much more pleasurable experience.
But then it was back up another on-
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ramp (in a hurry), on my way to a more quiet place where I could explore the MKZ a little more.
The distinctive LED taillamp bar is sure to catch the attention of other drivers. The front LED headlamps actually turn to follow curves as the driver steers into them.
Inside, the Lincoln MKZ has all the bells and whistles one would expect from a luxury car. SYNC with MyLincoln Touch provides full voice-command services for everything from cellphone use to radio to turn-by-turn directions, making use of an eight-inch LCD screen in the center stack.
I’ve already addressed the power of the MKZ, but I should note the standard 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 turbocharged direct-injection engine offers up to 33 mpg highway. A hybrid engine option also is available offering up to 45 mpg in the city.
For those people who might be worried about driving a vehicle this nice in the Wisconsin winters, all-wheel drive is an option—just as it is on all Lincoln vehicles.
Along those same lines, the MKZ offers all the safety features one would expect from a car this nice. Lincoln MKZ detects the speed of the vehicle ahead of it, then adjusts the speed to maintain a set gap between vehicles. Blind spot, drift alert and anti-collision systems—invented by a Sheboygan company—also are in place, along with front sensors to advise when to stop before hitting a curb.
I could go on and on about the available features of the Lincoln MKZ, but suffice it to say this was the most luxurious vehicle I have ever driven. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for.