Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:07 PM
I reviewed and test drove MKZs and Continentals extensively. While the Z offers some of the same features, the driving experience is quite different. The Z drives like a Fusion or any other nice mid-sized sedan - and most are pretty good these days. However, the Continental is quieter, more isolated and has a much more solid and refined feel. The steering in the Conti actually feels quicker and more direct than the Z, too. Additionally, the front seat comfort, rear seat room, fit/finish, sound and feel of door closure are all vastly superior in the Continental.
A customer working with a tighter budget might choose the Z over the Conti and they would probably be happy with it. Another reason to choose the Z is that it is available with driver's package that includes sportier interior and firmer suspension. Those looking for a smaller and sportier car would prefer that over the more luxury oriented Conti.