The MKZ, Lincoln's newest model, was supposed to show us that Lincoln could be a real American luxury brand. Well, not like this it can't.
To be a real American luxury brand you need real luxury cars. The MKZ, I'm very sorry to say, is not a real luxury car. It lacks an essential quality that real luxury sedans have. It's something called "sophistication." It's that feeling that you are floating serenely a few inches above the earth and yet firmly connected to it and in full control of the craft you are piloting. A real luxury car is like the hero who never loses his fedora even in a fistfight.
The MKZ, by contrast, feels rumpled and out of sorts. It looks nice, but it drives cheap.
The redesigned pony car will offer better fuel economy, an improved ride and better handling, Ford says.