STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - If you feel smothered by the sheer number of utility vehicles on the market, perhaps a smooth and silky four-door sedan is more your thing. The midsize MKZ's front end is nothing short of stunning. It also completely masks its Ford Fusion heritage, especially the artfully designed flowing roofline. The car's massive windshield and rear window glass, including an optional retractable panoramic sunroof, makes claustrophobia improbable. Inside, there's a sophisticated leather-covered and wood-trimmed interior plus a floor console that seamlessly extends almost the full length of the cabin. In back, optional inflatable seatbelts for outboard riders cushion their heads and necks in the event of a frontal collision. The base turbocharged four-cylinder engine carries on, as does the twin-turbocharged V-6. The front-wheel-drive-only hybrid adds an electric motor to the turbo 2.0, which connects to a continuously variable transmission.
Base price (incl. destination): $37,000 (2.0 or hybrid)
Type: Midsize sedan
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4, turbocharged (240); 3.0-liter V-6, twin-turbocharged (400); 2.0-liter I-4 with a 47-horsepower electric motor (188 net, hybrid)
Transmissions: Six-speed automatic; continuously variable (Hybrid)
Layout: Front- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 21/31/24 (2.0)
Base weight (lb.): 3,740