sorry may of missed it, but did you go with AWD? Really like the AWD setup for MKZ, brings it much closer to that german/japanese feel. Congrats on the new car, really you should be glad you went for MKZ over CLA, so much more kit for the money from Lincoln!
Non-AWD... no need for it here in Georgia.
As for bang for the buck... you'd be surprised what the CLA has to offer at a lower price than the MKz... however, the MKz seems much more polished in it's finish... the CLA is a bit small compared to the MKz.