The tires in question are
But a Lincoln spokesman confirmed that the company only expects less than 1 percent of MKZ buyers to take home a car with these tires. Lincoln says AWD models will account for a quarter of all MKZ sales. Of those AWD sales, 1% to 2% will go home with these Michelins.
The impact tires have on a car's performance cannot be overstated. Because they're the only point of contact between a vehicle and the road, a good tire can yield significant gains in traction, acceleration, braking, and cornering.
In its review of the MKZ, Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com takes Lincoln to task for including on a car for media tires that don't accurately reflect what buyers will take home. After noting that the MKZ completed Edmunds' slalom course faster than a BMW M5, author Erin Riches says this information is misleading and masks the car's many shortcomings.
"That's exactly the kind of data point those tricky tire-switching Lincoln engineers were hoping for. Foolish. Instead of trying to game the media, Lincoln should have designed and engineered a better car," Riches' review states.
Edmunds also faulted the MKZ for having less interior space than the Ford Fusion on which it's based, a low-rent interior construction and a forgettable V-6 engine. Riches concluded by saying: "Lincoln's future is on the line, and this redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ won't be enough to reverse its downward spiral."