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Continental vs. MKZ


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#1 OFFLINE   brucelinc

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 02:02 PM

I had my Continental at the dealer this week to have the instrument cluster replaced.   The original developed a strange red line running through it and the replacement was done flawlessly but that is not the point of this post.  The gave me a 2017 MKZ as a loaner.

 

While the Z is a pretty nice vehicle, I was struck by the contrast with the Continental.  I had driven 2017 MKZs before when I still owned my MKS, and was not particularly impressed with the ride or overall comfort of the Z compared to my MKS.    However, the difference between the MKZ and the Continental is even more striking.   While a nice quiet car, the MKZ lacks the ride quality and solid feeling of the Conti.  The doors do not close with the same level of refinement, the seat bottoms are too short, the steering wheel buttons are not as intuitive.

 

Additionally, the steering was slower and less precise than the Continental.  In spite of the Conti riding in a more refined manner, I didn't feel that it gave up anything in handling precision or nimbleness to the MKZ.  The Z I drove was a FWD model so it is a bit unfair to compare with with my AWD Conti with dynamic torque vectoring but I expected the Z to be a bit better than it was.

 

This is not to knock the MKZ.  It is probably quite competitive in its class and a pretty nice vehicle.   However, spending some time with it proved to me that the Continental really is a step above.   


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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:47 PM

While you have a top line Continental, was the MKZ well equipped?  Your expert review is appreciated.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:01 PM

The Z was a Select with the Select plus package.

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 08:35 PM

Nice. Thanks.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 07:00 PM

In another topic I posted about an MKZ loaner I had for about a week, it had the 400 HP AWD and was a Reserve. While the interior was smaller and not as high quality as the Continental Reserve I had for two days, I was very impressed with the vast power that thing has. Drove quite well. The price difference between a loaded MKZ and loaded Continental with the 400 HP engine is likely $15,000 to $20,000. So, it is definitely worth taking a test drive to check it out. The rear leg room is definitely tighter, and I think the width difference between the two cars is about 5". I didn't expect to like the MKZ as much as I did, but the wheels are still a turn off to me.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 02:05 PM

Loaded to loaded, there may be quite a price difference but I don't think the difference is nearly that much when similarly equipped.    I test drove 3.0 MKZs and 3.0 Continentals back to back.  There is very little difference in performance.  Magazine road tests only show about one tenth a second difference in quarter mile times.  



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 08:21 PM

I did the Build and Price on the Lincoln website, basically adding all the options I have on my MKX plus the 3.0 engine on each. The MKZ Reserve came out at $51,500, and the Continental Reserve just inched past the $70,000 mark. I then went on Cars.com and looked at inventory within 500 miles of me, and there was not one in stock that was the right color, interior color, options etc. So, if and when I go there, would have to order one. Only have 6300 miles on my MKX, so in no hurry.

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 01:33 PM

Wow, I paid no where close to 70K for my 3.0 Reserve with tech, climate, Revel, 30 way seats, special paint, etc.     However, there is more difference than I thought.  The Reserve Continental 3.0 starts at $60,265 while the Reserve MKZ 3.0 starts at $45,985.



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Posted 02 October 2017 - 04:46 PM

Wow that is a big difference in price



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Posted 03 October 2017 - 01:21 PM

Wow that is a big difference in price

 

Yes, larger than I realized.   However, there is also a big difference in the cars.   If one could live without the 3.0 engine, the Continental with the Select Plus package is a lot less expensive than a Reserve 3.0.  



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Posted 16 October 2017 - 02:00 PM

I wonder if they will have rebates



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Posted 08 March 2018 - 06:11 PM

The Z's very "plastic", and very plastic looking, center stack is a total turn off for a Lincoln.






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