Thoughts on my new 2017 MKZ 3.0T FWD - after my first full week of driving with roughly 300 miles. In many respects, this is in comparison to my 2013 MKZ which I traded in. Both were fully loaded with whatever was available at the time. Or my 2015 MKC, which I still have.
This is the first car where I have not read the instruction manual from cover to cover. But it is also the first time that I bought a 2nd generation of the same car. The 2013 and 2017 are very similar. I typically switch brands from car-to-car. But after my 2013 MKZ and then a 2015 MKC, I think I have found a brand worth keeping around.
The feel and sound of the 3.0T is amazing. Although I have not pressed it during the break-in time frame, the power is exactly as the commercials say – effortless.
I do not like the 2017 cupholders. My 30 oz. insulated Kodiak cup doesn’t fit well in the 2017 cup holder. You can jam it in, but then it is hard to get out. It fit perfectly in my old 2013 MKZ and also fits nicely in my 2015 MKC. Don’t know why they spend money on redesigning these things…. it’s a friggin’ cup holder for God’s sake.
The button to open the trunk has moved from the license plate area to a small button about waist high hidden in the area of the red “brake” light strip across the spoiler. I keep reaching down to open the trunk, but will get used to it. The technology exists for the “foot kick” motion detector to open the tailgate on my MKC, why wouldn’t they do it on a car trunk. It is the handiest thing ever.
Not totally sold on the new buttons on the center stack. Although there are more of them so they are handy. I like the redesign, but I liked how easy the old array was to clean. The jury is still out on design vs cleaning vs handy.
They put a button to “kill” the parking sensors in the button array just to the right of the Sync screen. That was genius. Wish I had that on my MKC. I like having the parking sensors on – but then they start beeping at every drive thru (bank, coffee, etc). I have a routine down to kill them via the menus on the MKC, but that single easily accessible button in genius.
Love love love having a digital (actual numbers) MPH available on the center screen.
Lane keeping doesn’t seem to be quite as aggressive. I need to experiment more with that. I like aggressive.
Massaging seats are “da bomb” – albeit a little creepy.
The single best and highly used change is the adaptive cruise control that brings you to a full stop and then starts you up again. Really great in bumper to bumper, stop and go traffic during rush hour.
Sync 3. Jury is still out for me. I was so used to the old Sync and loved the four corner concept. The new screen is very nice and doesn’t show finger prints nearly as much. I guess it also has more pixels (or whatever) since the fonts are smaller and various buttons are clearer. The map in the Nav System is still horribly out of date. I live in an area that is growing - streets/highways/new off and on ramps that have been built for 2-3 years are not on there yet. New businesses, like my closest Dunkin Donuts (2+ years old) are not on there yet. But that is not Sync per say, it is just that they are using crappy out-of-date data. The data is readily available since Google Maps and Apple Maps has it. I do like the (tablet like) ability to use my fingers to squeeze the map to zoom in and zoom out. Jury is also still out on Apple Play. If Apple allowed Google Maps rather than Apple Maps – I might use it more. It is not easy using Apple Play options and then getting back to the Sync Nav screen. It sort of seems like they want you to use one or the other but not both in conjunction with each other. As I play with it more, maybe I will find an easier way.
Voice recognition is 1000% better. It has gotten it right every time. Just wish it covered more items like turning on the AC seats.
I had CocoMat Floor Mats for the front seats – kinda pricey but really nice. They are 3 years old but still look new – very durable. The passenger side from the 2013 fits perfectly in the 2017. The driver’s side, not so much. I can jam it in there and it kinda sorta fits, probably no one else would know. But I know that little piece sticking up by the foot rest on the left shouldn’t be there!
My ProClip iPhone mount from my 2013 fits perfectly in the 2017. It sorta hides a couple buttons on the center stack because those buttons didn’t exist on the 2013. You can reach around to use those buttons – frankly, the phone is way more important than those buttons.
The 2017 has individual tire pressure amounts (i.e. 36 psi, etc). Rather than just saying low pressure as it did on the 2013 - and not knowing which tire! Great feature.
The 2017 has a padded right side driver’s seat arm rest that the 2013 did not. I love that arm rest.
The front grill will have to air dry. It is way to intricate to actually dry with a cloth – unless you have a whole lot of free time!
Enjoying every minute of the new car...
Edited by KenZ, 08 August 2016 - 01:07 PM.