This article was published on November 29th, 2014
Lincoln. The first thing you probably thought of was a giant boat of a car that you remember your Uncle Bob driving back when you were a kid. While it’s true, Lincoln had an amazing reputation for decades of producing full-size luxury automobiles, today’s Lincoln’s are completely different. They are awesome and cool!!
Just seeing the 2014 Lincoln MKZ for the first time in person will make your heart skip a beat for a few moments. It’s nothing like you’d ever expect. It’s super sleek. Jetson’s style. Like something off a Paris fashion runway.
The outside design is very aero-dynamic, with graceful, yet edgy curves and angles. It’s low-profile, subtle splashes of chrome, and black accents make it stand out. It’s sophisticated, prestigious, and yet commands attention without the feeling of arrogance. It’s stance is gorgeous, sitting up high on the back end, yet low to the ground, meaning it’ll corner like mad as you gracefully cruise up and down the mountain highways.
The first time sitting in the drivers seat will blow your mind. It’s unlike any other vehicle you’ve ever been in before. Most people are used to getting into a car, putting on their seatbelt, inserting the key into the ignition and grabbing the gearshift to put it in drive. That’s not the experience you’ll have in the 2014 Lincoln MKZ. There’s no ignition and no gearshift! The entire driver experience is based on touch.
The controls to turn on/off the vehicle and shift gears are cleverly hidden away in the center console. They are so well disguised it’s like they are part of the overall design of the dash.
From there is just gets more and more cool. As a luxury automobile, it has every bell and whistle you’d ever imagine and expect. The leather drivers seat can be adjusted in almost any direction, plus it is equipped with both heat and air conditioning; a beautiful touch.
Most vehicles today claim to have an upgraded audio package. While they might think their audio is upgraded, play one Lady Gaga song at ¾ of the sound level and it’s fuzzy and the bass buzzes. This isn’t the case in the Lincoln MKZ. For a stock audio system, it’s actually pretty decent when you crank it up. The only complaint abut the audio system is that it still incorporates CD’s. That’s not really a problem, but really, when was the last time you played a CD in a tech-friendly car? Try never!
Of course there are the other expected tech toys jammed in like smartphone Bluetooth connectivity, hands-free calling, heated mirrors, rear-view camera, dual-climate control, park assist, lane sensors, and eco-sensors to track your driving efficiencies and so much more. However, the only things this car is really missing out on perhaps is a right side view mirror to help reduce the blind spots when lane-changing, and an accident avoidance sensor that automatically locks the steering and/or brakes when an accident is about to occur.
Ok… if you weren’t already amazed by the 2014 Lincoln MKZ, you’re missing out on one of the biggest wow factors. The entire roof is glass, and, with the push of a button, is quietly slides back, opening up the roof to let the sunshine pour in. It’s absolutely epic! Well done team. The retractable panoramic roof is 100 times better than any other sunroof on the market.
About the only thing left to talk about is the super cool hybrid-electric engine and transmission. When first started, it’s like it’s not even on. A touch of the gas and you’re off! It’s super responsive and there are no delays between the change from electric to gas-power. The transmission smoothly shifts from gear to gear. There is a lot of power under the hood, which powers this car up the hill, gaining speed along the way, leaving the rest of the pack behind.
Yup. The 2014 Lincoln MKZ certainly isn’t the granddaddy of a vehicle that you recall from your childhood. Those days are long gone. It’s time to discover the new definition of domestic luxury automobiles, designed for people with style, class, and a bit of attitude.
Original Style / Design: ★★★★★
Material / Workmanship: ★★★★★
Makes a Statement: ★★★★☆
Price / Value: ★★★★☆