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I'm sure it has been discussed here.. but I thought I would bring it up again.

 

Does anyone know that actual things that each setting does?

I don't feel much between Normal and Comfort, while Sport seems a stiffer ride and better for corners...

BUT, I would like to know the technical differences for each...  😎

 

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1 hour ago, Multitask said:

I'm sure it has been discussed here.. but I thought I would bring it up again.

 

Does anyone know that actual things that each setting does?

I don't feel much between Normal and Comfort, while Sport seems a stiffer ride and better for corners...

BUT, I would like to know the technical differences for each...  😎

 

 

Hi Multitask. Not sure exactly what "technical differences" you are looking for, but this Lincoln video explains the Lincoln Drive Control system: https://owner.lincoln.com/support/how-tos/safety/driver-assist-technology/driving/lincoln-drive-control-for-smooth-responsive-handling.html#

 

Good luck.

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NOpe, that is not what I'm looking for...

 

I want to know the specific things each mode is doing...

Like in Sport mode it seems that it's making the steering a bit harder as well as the shocks... where Comfort seems softer... but I want to know things like

is the car suspension going up or down (lower to the ground etc...) for each mode, things like that....

I've also noticed that the seats seem to change too... so I just want to know all the things each mode is doing... the more I know, the more I can understand what each mode is doing.  😎

 

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2 hours ago, Multitask said:

NOpe, that is not what I'm looking for...

 

I want to know the specific things each mode is doing...

Like in Sport mode it seems that it's making the steering a bit harder as well as the shocks... where Comfort seems softer... but I want to know things like

is the car suspension going up or down (lower to the ground etc...) for each mode, things like that....

I've also noticed that the seats seem to change too... so I just want to know all the things each mode is doing... the more I know, the more I can understand what each mode is doing.  😎

 

 

Hi Multitask. "NOpe, that is not what I am looking for...so I just want to know all the things each mode is doing..." lol.  Gee, that was a bit abrupt...you're welcome. 🤣  Would you like one of us to chauffeur you too?  Just joking with you. 🤣 

Did you watch the entire video? The second half explains the Lincoln Drive Control system and what the settings do to the suspension, engine noise etc.

 

It doesn't do any more than than what the video explains. You can also find more explanations by "Googling" Lincoln Drive Control.

 

What the settings do is not all that technical. So to answer some of your other questions: No, it does not raise or lower the suspension. And no, it does nothing to the seats.

And yes, "Sport"  is "making the steering a bit harder as well as the shocks... where Comfort seems softer...".

 

"Comfort" = The softest and floatiest suspension setting, with easier steering effort. Think of it as the Baby Bear setting. Not as floaty and soft as an old time Town Car, but floatier than "Normal" or "Sport".

"Normal" = The middle ground in suspension and steering assist stiffness. Think of it as the Mama Bear settings. Or as Lincoln describes it in the video...''The Signature Lincoln Driving Feel".

"Sport" = The stiffest suspension setting and stiffest steering assist. Louder synthesized engine noises, possibly altered transmission shift strategy (not sure about that in a Hybrid) Think of it as the Papa Bear setting.

 

So to give a bit more detailed but still basic explanation concerning the suspension: Lincoln Drive Control simply stiffens or softens the suspension according to what setting is chosen. So the "Handling in D" part of the settings for "Comfort", "Normal" and "Sport do the following when the vehicle is in "D":

If you choose "Sport", the suspension will be stiffer than the "Normal" setting.

If you choose "Comfort", the suspension will be softer than the "Normal" setting.

 

The "Comfort", "Normal" and "Sport" settings also alter the EPAS (Electric Power Assisted Steering). There will be more assist in "Comfort" than in "Normal". So the steering wheel will be easier to turn.

There will be less power steering assist in "Sport" than "Normal". So the steering wheel will be harder to turn in "Sport".

 

If your Hybrid has configurable settings for "Performance in D" and "Performance in S" like our 2.0T and 3.0T's (you have previously stated you do not have some of those settings), it will also give you choices that alter the engine/transmission shift parameters. "Sport" will hold gears longer, delay or even lock out overdrive etc. But your Hybrid does not have all those settings.

 

As the video mentions, the settings also control the synthesized engine sounds via the Active Noise Control system.

 

Your Hybrid does not have some of these settings, since it is aimed at MPG/fuel conscious drivers.

 

I can also mention that the suspension damping in "Comfort", "Normal" and "Sport" are quite noticeably different in my 3.0T. My MKZ is noticeably floatier over bumps when in "Comfort" mode. And noticeably stiffer and more controlled over bumps in "Sport" mode. "Normal" essentially splits the difference.

 

But again, according to your previous posts, it seems the MKZ Hybrids have fewer driver configurable "Performance" settings for "Sport" mode than our 3.0T's, but more alternative settings for MPG/Fuel Economy related concerns.. Good luck.

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Yup, that is what I was looking for.  😎

 

Yea, the Hybrid does not have some of the 'features' that are mentioned, and I figured the video was more toward the 3.0T anyway.

 

I find it funny that when you want more info about the seats, they give you a video about the Continental .. Helllooo Ford, I have a MKZ!!!  😎

 

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"Comfort" = The softest and floatiest suspension setting, with easier steering effort. Think of it as the Baby Bear setting. Not as floaty and soft as an old time Town Car, but floatier than "Normal" or "Sport".

"Normal" = The middle ground in suspension and steering assist stiffness. Think of it as the Mama Bear settings. Or as Lincoln describes it in the video...''The Signature Lincoln Driving Feel".

"Sport" = The stiffest suspension setting and stiffest steering assist. Louder synthesized engine noises, possibly altered transmission shift strategy (not sure about that in a Hybrid) Think of it as the Papa Bear setting.


To me the suspension settings only adjust the rebound circuit via the spool valves. Comfort tends to float/bounce more on undulating surfaces. Normal is less floaty, and Sport mode recovers as fast as possible. No real change to the compression circuit so if you hit a bump in the road, it felt the same to me in all 3 modes.

 

The steering can be adjusted separately, and like what was written above, Comfort/Normal has the most steering assist with Sport being the least for a more "sporty" feel. Tesla has the same settings for its steering.

The fake engine noise is indeed more noticeable in Sport mode.

There is a different Sport mode transmission shift schedule, but Sport mode also activates rev-matched downshifting during hard braking events, and allows you to hold gears. On the 6F55s and 6T70s/6T80s and basically Fords/Chevy's that don't have a sport mode,  you can engage the same mode by driving aggressively (braking, turning hard within a time window) to kick in a "Performance Shift" mode. I believe the police cars have this in a different setting as well, but all perform similar functions. The PCM doesn't seem to have the rev-matched downshifting tables, so I am assuming it is part of the Vehicle Dynamics Module (VDM) that has to be edited separately.

Ford and Lincoln shared so much stuff across the CD4 platform (My Fusion factory air dam under the radiator has a huge LINCOLN embossed logo) that I found it funny how Lincoln marketed these features and refused to call the 3.0 the 3.0 EcoBoost to make it exclusive, yet a few years later the 3.0 EcoBoost made its way into the Bronco Raptor, Explorer ST, etc except with a belt-driven oil pump. While the CD4 2.7/3.0 still use chain driven oil pumps.

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Being this is a Hybrid, there is no 'Sport' shifting...

 

Now that I've had it for a while, I can say this....

Sport = tighter suspension, steering seems tighter too.... good for the curvy roads

Normal = Supposed to be best of both words , and it can be... sometimes..

Comfort = yes a bit more 'bouncy' but you still feel the little nooks n crannies of the road. and it seems to 'bounce' too much at times...  😎

 

I tend to leave it is Comfort mode most of the time.  Sport when I'm driving on a curvy road, Normal not so often...

 

I know tires tend to play in here too.... the original Michelins were great, (the goodyears were horrible) , replacing them with Michelins while still good, did not help.... but then I have 114k or so miles on it now...

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Ah I forgot the hybrid has a CVT. So everything else applies then since it is the same CCD suspension.

I found that Ford did not calibrate my height sensors correctly so the Fusion Sport had wonky steering during turn-in with cornering. I was able to recalibrate the sensors and the CCD suspension feels much much more predictable during turn-in.

Ford's CCD suspension works pretty much the same across all the vehicles that use it. The Expedition had it, and the Fusion and MKZ share the same dampers. It's a spool valve that is electronically controlled, and as I mentioned it mainly seems to adjust the rebound circuit and not the compression.

And yes the tires make a difference. The MKZ has thicker sidewalls, so that helps a lot. My Fusion came with 235/40R19 from the factory while the MKZ 3.0 has 245/45R18 stock with 245/40R19 available. Switching to 235/45R19 made a huge difference in ride quality.

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Yup. my average has gone slightly down since I got it.  Maybe I push it harder now..shrug... 38-40 now and 42 when I first got it...

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