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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
Seats are "particularly nice
six-footers get ample headroom and legroom
best in class" trunk
Kelley Blue Book
whisper quiet at speed
Car and Driver
TheCarConnection.com's editors have praised the Lincoln MKZ's interior in the past, and for 2010 there's even more reason to cheer.
The 2010 MKZ has an interior that's among the roomiest in its class, and with ventilated, power-adjustable front seats, the MKZ is quite comfortable to drive over long distances. "Particularly nice are the seats," Car and Driver says, "with their cloudlike cushioning, creamy Bridge of Weir leather surfaces, and optional ventilation." Autoblog asserts the seat "have just the right amount of bolstering," and suggests they "could easily spend hours inside the MKZ and never feel uncomfortable."
In the backseat and in front, "six-footers get ample headroom and legroom," according to AutoWeek, while the backseat's good enough for two large adults in long-trip comfort. Kelley Blue Book reports "rear-seat space is surprisingly generous, with more than three feet (!) of legroom."
The trunk is especially spacious-on par with the larger Lincoln MKS, with a much more cargo-friendly opening. Cars.com reports "the 60/40-split rear seats fold to provide access to the 15.8-cubic-foot trunk." ConsumerGuide says the cargo area "is useful in shape and volume," but is "ill suited to tall boxes and lined with cheap-feeling material." Nonetheless, Kelley Blue Book calls the trunk "best in class."
The MKZ's new interior is several steps up the quality ladder from the 2009 edition, with tighter fits, better-quality plastics, and lovely leather and wood trims as options. Autoblog reports "cabin noise has been reduced thanks to upgraded sound absorbent material in nearly everything surrounding the cockpit," and Jalopnik confirms the upgrades: "At freeway speeds the car is dead silent." Car and Driver agrees, too: "the MKZ is whisper quiet at speed, and the engine note, although still far from as symphonic as that of, say, a BMW inline-six or Infiniti's VQ V-6, is more pleasant than before." Most reviews do not mention noticeable quality gaffes, but Jalopnik's test vehicle has many: the "hood didn't align properly at the cowl, the bumper cover continually popped out of flush just below the headlights on both sides after rough pavement driving and the ignition didn't even come close to lining up with the surrounding plastic."
The 2010 Lincoln MKZ has plush seats and lavish interior room, but assembly quality is worth a second look.