Sedan fans, take note: pricing has just been announced for the 2010 Lincoln MKZ. The base model--a front-wheel-drive, natch--starts at $34,965, including destination and delivery fees. Control junkies who need the all-wheel-drive will pay a bit more: $36,855.
In the release, Ford touts the fact that the MKZ gets buyers more bling for less buck than comparable mid-sized luxury sedans (specifically, the Lexus ES350 and the Cadillac CTS). And in fairness, the standard leather upholstery, built-in SYNC system, and the all-important butt-warming seats do make for a nice starting point. Also included: Lincoln's all-new Blind Spot Information System (BLIS™) with Cross Traffic Alert (CTA), which alert MKZ drivers to other cars while they're on the road and in the parking lot.
Safe driving and climate-controlled keesters are great, but to "youthen" the model, Lincoln is also offering a Sport Appearance Package, featuring sport suspension tuning, 18-inch polished wheels, darkened headlamps, and schmancier upholstery styling. Also in the SAP: aluminum appliqués. Classy! At $1295 ($795 if you're purchasing the top-shelf model), who wouldn't want all that shiny goodness?