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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|2013 Lincoln MKZBrowse Used Listings||2013 Acura TLBrowse Used Listings||2013 Audi A4Browse Used Listings||2013 Buick LacrosseBrowse Used Listings||2013 Lexus ES 350Browse Used Listings||2013 Volvo S60Browse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy||20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy|
|Gas/Electric I4||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I4||Gas/Electric I4||Gas V6||Turbocharged Gas I5|
|Midsize Cars||Mid-Size||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Midsize||Compact|
|4-Door Sedan Hybrid FWD||4-Door Sedan Automatic 2WD||4-Door Sedan CVT FrontTrak 2.0T Prestige||4-Door Sedan Base FWD||4-Door Sedan||4-Door Sedan T5 AWD|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front-Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Continuously Variable Ratio||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift||Automatic w/Manual Shift|
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|2013 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2013 Acura TL||2013 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2013 Audi A4||2013 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2013 Buick Lacrosse||2013 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2013 Lexus ES 350||2013 Lincoln MKZ vs. 2013 Volvo S60|