2013 Lincoln MKZ vs. Its Competition

2013 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

Lincoln's competition in the near-luxury market is growing more frail.

Volvo's S60 can be a strong performer in the right guise, and it's much more sleek looking than some of the other cars that hail from its home continent.

The Lexus ES sedan has never pretended to be sporty, but its 2013 edition is lovely, with more rear-seat space and a new hybrid model.

The Audi A4's overdue for a diesel version, but its turbocharged four is a suitable replacement for larger-displacement V-6 models, and its performance feels lighter and more nimble than its more prestigious German colleagues.

Acura's TL is a reasonable choice for tech-friendly shoppers.

Finally, there's the Buick LaCrosse, a less spacious sedan with its own brand of visual intrigue, but lower gas mileage and a bigger dose of big-car dynamics.

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8.4
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ strikes out in a more confident direction, and places a big bet on best-in-class fuel economy and technology.
8.0
The 2013 Acura TL is a comfortable, attractive, and well-equipped luxury sedan--but in top SH-AWD guise it morphs into something that even driving enthusiasts will find compelling.
8.2
Magnificent design and technology sets the Audi A4 apart, but it's not quite as sporty as its BMW and Cadillac competition.
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The 2013 Buick LaCrosse hits the mark for comfort, sophistication, and refinement in a large sedan—and its 36-mpg rating is icing on the cake.
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Larger but leaner, the 2013 Lexus ES gains a hybrid model and some very attractive new styling to stave off strong new competition.
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The stylish 2013 Volvo S60 family spans the range from luxurious to edgy, all while hitting the mark for safety and top-notch interior design.
MSRP From     
$35,925$35,905$32,500$31,660$36,370$31,900
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I4Gas/Electric I4Gas V6Turbocharged Gas I5
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMid-SizeCompact CarsMidsize CarsMidsizeCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige4-Door Sedan Base FWD4-Door Sedan4-Door Sedan T5 AWD
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront-Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Continuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/Manual ShiftContinuously Variable RatioAutomatic w/manual shiftAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/Manual Shift