Lincoln MKZ is no classic, but a step in the right direction

The MKZ's exterior represents a compelling departure from old Lincolns, and it offers a quiet, comfortable ride, but its interior has more cheap plastic than buyers might expect.

In a dramatic debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Lincoln billed the mid-sized 2013 MKZ as the standard bearer for a transformed Lincoln, the first of an array of new models to entice younger buyers.