Figured I'd do a quick update for my tastes after my first 1k miles. I'd been shopping for over a month and have tried out everything available to me in that time. I am loving this vehicle. The car feels very solid near the top in terms of quality even against some of the German makes. I did not drive a BMW or Mercedes but did almost everything else. It fits my large frame very well (6'2 260lbs). Has a good sound system. The fuel economy has been around 25mpg and the ride quality is superb. I do hear a drone noise around 45 mph but have read that is fairly common w/ the AWD. I do feel like its lacking a little power compared to some of the others I considered buying. I would actually say its the least powerful feeling even against the new 2.0T in the Malibu. I was not expecting a speed demon and find it adequate but, just a point I wanted to make.
I decided in favor of the MKZ even though I hadn't driven this iteration. We do have Fusions which I had considered pretty seriously but, finally found this Z I bought.
Just a point of reference, I tried out every other midsize sedan we had including an Infinity G37 AWD, Volkswagen CC/ Passat, Malibu Premier 2.0T, Impala LTZ V-6, Chrysler 200C V-6 AWD, Chrysler 300C, Dodge Charger AWD R/T, , Nissan Maxima 3.5, Toyota Camry V-6, Honda Accord, and a few of the smaller SUV's like Equnox, Cherokee, Escape, and CRV. I just kept coming back to the Fusion and knew I would be happier with the MKZ.
I gambled and boy did it pay off. I have not felt passion for a car like this since my first new vehicle purchase a 2005 F-150 Lariat FX4.
Edited by Shmitty, 07 December 2017 - 09:45 AM.