Then again, what do you get for your $43,575? As a starting point, a lot of performance: 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque from a 3-liter twin-turbo V6, all-wheel-drive, LED signature lighting, lots of goodies and luxury, as well as distinguishing exterior aesthetics.
Opting for what Lincoln calls the Driver’s Package will upgrade the range-topping MKZ with a Focus RS-derived torque-vectoring rear differential. This should be interesting, but don’t expect to find a Drift Mode in there because that’s not appropriate in a Lincoln. If the twin-turbo V6 model is too audacious for you, $35,935 will buy you the entry-level model with FWD and a 2-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine rated at 245 horsepower. AWD hikes the price of the 2-liter model by $1,890.
As for the mid-range option, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ comes with the same 3-liter twin-turbo V6 engine, albeit “limited to 350 horsepower and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque” due to the limitations of the front-wheel-drive chassis. At the end of the day, the MKZ is a fair proposition in the mid-size luxury segment. But then again, German brands won’t let Lincoln have its way for fairly obvious reasons.