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entirely new from A-pillar forward
looks quite good
Car and Driver
strikes a handsomer pose, outside and certainly in
There are familiar lines and curves in the 2010 Lincoln MKZ sheetmetal borrowed from the Ford Fusion, but a distinct Lincoln look is evolving right on its nose and tail.
The 2010 MKZ is "entirely new from A-pillar forward," Autoblog reports, "highlighted by Lincoln's soon-to-be-signature split-wing grille and a subtly revised lower fascia." That grille "highlights the list of subtle exterior modifications" that extend to new tail lamps, door panels, and exterior trim, Motor Trend says. Updated this year to share more cues with the larger Lincoln MKS, the latest MKZ also wears slimmer headlights, which Ford designers say give it a wider look. The taillights are wide and narrow toward the center of the trunklid, a look that's more Japanese family sedan than luxury liner. "Lincoln did an admirable job of giving the new MKZ a more modern look," Autoblog says, while Car and Driver observes, "In this class, exterior styling counts for a lot, and the 2010 MKZ looks quite good." Jalopnik feels "it's quite handsome in proportion, and the rear has a far more finished appearance than the original."
Motor Trend feels the "'10 MKZ strikes a handsomer pose, outside and certainly in." Inside, the MKZ is much happier in its imitation of the MKS. "Gone are the square, retro gauges, passable leather, plastic trim, and tall, boxy dash," Motor Trend explains. There's a wide band of wood or aluminum trim against dark, tightly grained plastic, framing a big LCD screen for audio and entertainment features. "The dash design," Car and Driver details, "while rather cabinetlike, is far lovelier and is now rendered in authentic woods and metals, not facsimiles." Thin ribbons of metallic trim frame big panels of dash in a look harking back to the heyday of Lincoln in the 1960s-but also recalling Ford's work with the Land Rover brand. "The upgraded interior is now more of a contender for best-in-class with its abundance of soft-touch materials," Autoblog observes. Simply put, Motor Trend reports the "ambiance is warmer, richer, and quieter than before."
The 2010 Lincoln MKZ doesn't turn its convention on head, but a dandy new interior and subtle changes elsewhere sharpen its luxury focus.