I was in the market for a NEW car and just before making a commitment, I test drove some similar used cars, including this 2009 Lincoln MKZ. Converting from a Suburban two years ago, then to a new Santa Fe, then then to a sedan had me sitting lower to the ground than ever, but once I got used to that, I was sold! The 2009 Lincoln rode nicer than the 2013 Fusion I was considering, and they share the same chassis. Overall cabin noise was much quieter than the 2011 Santa Fe I was trading in that day and the car was loaded with every option, making the price more than 60% less than a similarly configured 2013 Lincoln. Not knowing the service history of this 57,000 mile used car, I researched and found no major hits against its 3.5L engine nor its transmission. CarMax had changed the oil, and I back-flushed the transmission fluid, installed 6 iridium spark plugs, a new air filter, a trusted fuel injector cleaner and topped off the tank. The car already had nearly new Michelin tires and aftermarket aluminum wheels, new brakes and rotors, so I did not have much to do. I have now driven over 5,000 miles in my first 6 weeks of ownership (now 62,300) and can very confidently say I do NOT regret my descision to buy the Lincoln! My aveage mileage in the city is 22mpg (not bad for a V6) and I easily clear 30mpg highway. I use both trip meters to measure performance and am currently averaging 28.2mpg spread over the last two tanks of gas, most of which was to and from central Virginia with a lot of mountain driving! Engine runs smooth as silk, is quiet and has plenty of passing power when I need it. My heated and air conditioned seats are a HUGE bonus, especially in the summertime. The touchscreen navigation is factory with a 2009 DVD, but I don't mind because I usually prefer my portable anyhow. The built-in Sirius was activated when I bought the car and has not stopped yet. CarMax said this is not a 90-day trial, it was working when they bought it and they do not reset subscriptions by default. Maybe previous owner paid for lifetime subscription? Time will tell. The Lincoln 2009 MKZ is a great car overall for anyone looking for a very nice mid-size, comfortable, well-equipped near luxury car. The only complaint I can offer is the side windows came with vertical scratches as if sand or dirt was present on the window when running up and down and got caught in the track. It appears this is from less than perfect design of the rubber weather stripping on the top of the doors where the window slides that hold debris instead of shedding it. Because I carry tools and equipment in the trunk everywhere I go, I had the car aligned with the weight in the back to correct for an otherwise permanent outward rear tire camber. This will extend tire life. Very happy with my purhase!
I am enjoying my new mkz. I have very little to complain about, with the exception of the level of difficulty that comes with navigating through some of it's technology, such as sirius radio (I have three months free, but it's been inoperable since I got it). I can,say the say for trying to operate the gas mileage indicator, and Bluetooth.
Everything about this automobile represents status backed-up with solid construction and reliability.