Need a midsize sedan that’s got all the bells and whistles plus that traditional luxury ride and premium cachet? Take a look at the 2012 Lincoln MKZ Base. With room for 5 and 16.5 cubic feet of trunk space, this classy 4-door may be just the thing to liven up the neighborhood gossip mill, maybe give the kids some bragging rights at school.
Starting with 17-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable mirrors on the outside, this classy conveyance again comes with premium leather upholstery, heated and cooled power-adjustable front seats, digital keypad power door locks, power windows, and leather, wood and alloy cabin accents on the inside. Telescoping tilt-wheel steering, SYNC AppLink Destination Download and Smartphone interface, a universal remote garage door opener and rear parking sensors remain standard equipment, as does an alloy and leather steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls.
Comfort-wise, look for dual-zone front climate control, front and rear floor mats and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, while Bluetooth hands-free calling complements a 360-watt audio system with an MP3-capable 6-CD changer, 9 speakers and satellite radio.
Selecting the available Rapid Spec 102A package gets a THX II audio system with 600 watts of power and 14 premium speakers, not to mention a power moonroof, upgraded wheels, rear-view camera, voice-activated hard-drive-based navigation with DVD-capable 8-inch touchscreen and 10GB of music storage.
The Sport Appearance Package with sport-tuned suspension and 18-inch polished alloy wheels is a nice option, too, as is the available Executive Package with unique upholstery and upgraded cabin accents and inserts. Genuine aluminum interior trim accents, meantime, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel each come with the optional Interior Aluminum Trim Package, while standalone options like remote engine start and premium floor mats also are available to throw some added pizzazz into this already well-wrought Base trim.
Powering this 2012 rendition of the MKZ Base sedan is the standard variable-valve-timed (VVT) 3.5-liter V6, with its 263-hp managed by a recently introduced 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission to the tune of 249 lb-ft of torque. Meantime, mileage in this midsize front-wheel-drive (FWD) 4-door is estimated at 18 mpg city/27 highway.
Finally, notable standard safety features include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags and front and rear head airbags. Further standard safety features include front fog/driving lights, SYNC airbag deployment notification, a post-collision safety system and a remote antitheft alarm. Additionally, Ford’s touted BLIS blind-spot warning system, adaptive high-intensity-discharge (HID) headlights and rain-sensing wipers are optional with the 102A Rapid Spec Package.