This is all very helpful. I am indeed comparing the Fusion sport with the MKZ. but things about the MKZ that i CANT get on the fusion...
- Upgraded seat, with lumbar massage,
- Crazy awesome convertible-like roof
- 75+ HP
- style, fit, finish
- 20 speakers
- but... $20k more...
It'll vary by the person, to find justification in a price tag.
My sticker price difference between my choice of Ford Sport and MKZ was roughly 18,000 which isn't counting incentives and X-plan.
X-plan was more effective for the MKZ do to its higher price. As I got a Black Label. Resale value is much better for Black Label than Reserve and below MKZs. Fusions in general will never have good resale.
I'll try to list everything the fully loaded MKZ offers that may incite why it costs a lot more: I did check out a Fusion Sport for fun and comparison and personally, and I find a loaded MKZ justified over a Fusion Sport...which is stuck as an SE model (the tail light difference between Sport and Platnium would bother me).
3.0T Engine: Its more than just 75 HP and 20 TQ over the Sport's 2.7L. You're getting better coolant and oil efficiency, stronger overall engine build, bigger turbochagers, better fueling system (very important for bigger power). A bunch of other more durable tech and parts to make it powerful and smooth. Sure you can tune for cheaper, but it does sacrifice reliability and durability that a bigger and stronger block design will excel out. Plus tuning a 3.0T will just result in even greater gains where as the 2.7L tuned still will lack higher speed Horsepower against a stock MKZ. I personally will tune but stay on stock tune for daily driving most of the time, its thst good and D and S gear are very noticeable in performance difference.
You also get Lincoln Drive Control to change road feel to your liking. Another big REALLY nice feature is Auto Hold. It even makes launching the MKZ super easy with its stock tune.
Revel Ultima: Any music lover will love this. Extremely clear and loud sound potential that makes long drives much more pleasant. Not even the European luxury cars or Cadillac (except maybe the CT6) can fight against this one. Lincoln went all out here for audiophiles.
Fun fact: The last two speakers are small ones right up in the car's headliner with Ultima, many people miss this and thus miscount all 20 speakers.
Seats: More options and I find the leather seats more comfortable personally, making it a pure improvement. Not saying the Fusions are bad either, and especially the unique Black Label style that gives it more theme and distinction. A Fusion Sport is literally stuck to one interior choice (but Reserve Driver's MKZ has this problem too). Interior flexibility something Ford/Lincoln needs to work on.
Headlights and Lighting: the fluid motion of the MKZ is cool, especially as they go off and on during turn signals. This is actually more pleasant to other drivers as DRLs since the lights do not flash immediately off and on. I also like the car can be 100% LED lighting. The HIDs aren't bad though, but I like cool white color temperature over warm.
With driver's package which I consider a must for top notch performance, Dynamic Torque Vectoring helps balance out the car from less of the FWD negatives. The AWD system is more beefed up as well and puts more power to the rear when needed (70% instead of just 50%). This power will optimize too sending to the rear tires individually, so launching with good summer rubber feels great once you learn how to throttle the stock tune properly.
I didn't care for the pana-roof, but it is something cool for those who like that bigger light and open space. Only downside is the headliner is demoted on Black Label models, if getting Reserve its no different.
I love Diamond Black Metallic, which is like a throwback to Tuxedo Black Metallic. Fusion Sport only has Shadow Black...
One thing I personally like? I rarely see MKZs in general (even the Zephyrs!) And they're not bad cars for long term ownership. So the car feels more special. As humans, we all like to differentiate ourselves to stand out in some way or form. Even now I do not see much 2013 to 2016 MKZs. You see Fusions EVERYWHERE.
Oh and warranty...can be much better especially if getting a Black Label. Plus I always get better treatment from my Lincoln dealers than Ford, I take my 2014 Fusion to them as well.
Lastly you get rentals much easier with said Lincoln dealers. Even pickup and delivery for 2017 if you can arrange reasonable exchange time and distance.
In the end a fully loaded Sport is still like the plebian compared to a MKZ, its quality in all aspects, haha. You really just decide if its within your budget and offers enough things for the price tag.
Shop around too and if wanting a loaded MKZ, I recommend Black Label over Reserve, as it gets a prestige boost and improves resale. KBB has nearly a 7,000 resale price gap between 2015 Black Label and fully loaded Reserve, which makes the choice to buy extremely obvious (and this is only for estimated dealer trade in value, not private sale).
Other things I like is a Hood strut and headlight covers, which reduces the amount of dirt getting into the engine bay. Trunk liner is fully enclosed (Fusions expose the upper half). More underbody shielding for less under road grime. We get power Auto folding mirrors, power decklid, no stupid RC antenna or distinguished rear spoiler. At least the calipers get painted too for Driver's MKZ.
Just many little things that I account for when factoring in the price increase. But its up to you to determine what is enough for satisfaction and your budget. But I would not call the money spent on an MKZ a waste, depending on one's expectations.
Edited by Zalvern, 29 October 2016 - 11:39 AM.