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2008 Lincoln MKZ

2008 Lincoln MKZ

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Recently, driving with both hands on the wheel has become a growing casualty of cell phones, text messaging, audio dials or putting a disc into a car's CD player. Driving seems almost secondary at times to such gadgets when we travel. If you think being able to perform such functions while keeping eyes on the road makes more sense, then Lincoln has a vehicle for you.

2008 Lincoln MKZ Interior
2008 Lincoln MKZ Interior

The upscale 2008 Lincoln MKZ is the latest vehicle from Ford Motor Company to get the highly touted Sync technology developed by Microsoft and exclusive for now on Ford vehicles. Arriving late in the model year schedule as standard equipment, Sync is the highlight of several changes Lincoln has added to its premium midsize sedan.

As the name might imply, Sync is a voice command function that meshes cell phone, media players and even USB together using Bluetooth technology, allowing an impressive depth of voice command selections and functions. In addition to Sync, with voice activated navigation system, other top amenities now are standard on the MKZ, including SIRIUS satellite radio connectivity, reverse sensing backup system, premium leather,  heated and cooled seats and tire pressure monitoring. The award winning 600-watt THX II audio system uses 14 speaker surround-sound and can be directed toward the front, rear or throughout the vehicle.

The MKZ competes in the midsize luxury spot and will be joined by the upcoming new, larger LKZ luxury auto. It rides on 17-inch wheels and is powered by Ford's Duratec 35 V-6 engine that  generates 263-horsepower and is mated to Ford's smooth new six-speed automatic transmission. Based on front-drive architecture, the MKZ also comes with "intelligent" all-wheel-drive. Best mileage (front-drive) is 18 city/28 highway mpg. Pricing begins at $30,980.

One of the MKZ's nicest touches is the programmable driver's door that can ensure you'll never be locked out again. That's the exterior keypad that unlocks the car when the proper code is punched in. It's got to be much easier than having to call for help if the keys get locked inside.