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2007 Lincoln MKZ

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2007 Lincoln MKZ Review

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For 2006 Ford introduced its all-new Ford Fusion mid-size sedan and divisional platform mates Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr, all based on Japanese partner Mazda's well-respected Mazda6 front-wheel-drive architecture. All three have earned media praise, strong quality reviews and good first-year sales. Now comes a new, more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission, available "intelligent" all-wheel drive and - consistent with Lincoln's new naming convention - a brand new moniker (pronounced "M-K-Z") confusingly similar to those of its new MKX crossover and soon-to-come MKS luxury sedan stablemates and, as far as that goes, far too many other entries whose makers seem to pick their names from a can of alphabet soup.

You'll Like This Car If...

If a boldly styled, beautifully trimmed, solidly built, well equipped and reasonably priced American mid-size luxury sedan that feels and drives more like a European import might fulfill your needs and desires, this may be an excellent choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Lincoln long competed head-to-head with GM's Cadillac at the top of the U.S. market but has lost a lot of luster in recent years. If brand image ranks higher than comfort, value and substance on your priority list, you may want to look elsewhere.

What's New for 2007

Handsome, classy and nicely turned out, Lincoln's first all-new sedan since the Jaguar-based, rear-wheel-drive LS is well suited to compete with "near-luxury" imports and attract more affluent buyers to Lincoln-Mercury showrooms, and the renamed 2007 MKZ's much-improved powertrain and other upgrades make it that much more competitive. But why jettison an excellent name with strong Lincoln heritage in favor of a soulless acronym after just one year? We think this car is good enough to succeed on its own, whatever it's called, but the label change is confusing.

Driving the MKZ
Driving Impressions

The Lincoln MKZ's specially tuned, fully independent suspension rides a bit softer than the more sport-tuned Ford Fusion's but retains nearly all of the fun-to-drive Fusion's responsiveness and agility. Partly...

... due to the car's stiff structure, its rack-and-pinion steering is precise, with good on-center feel, and transmits little vibration back to the steering wheel due to its mounting on the isolated front subframe. The available "intelligent" all-wheel drive monitors and predicts traction at all four wheels and delivers torque to those with the best grip. There is an overdrive lock-out switch for the six-speed transmission (primarily for hilly roads) but, unfortunately, no way to manually control gear choice and shift timing.

Standard Duratec 35 V6 Engine
Ford has long needed a smoother, more powerful, state-of-the-art V6 for its upscale mid-size entries, and this is it. Along with strong performance, it delivers respectable fuel economy at 19 EPA city miles per gallon and 27 on the highway with two-wheel drive, and one less mile per gallon on both tests with available four-wheel drive.

Optional THX II-Certified Premium Audio
This 600-watt, 14-speaker system delivers surround-sound worthy of an upscale cinema. An MP3 audio input jack and SIRIUS Satellite Radio are also available.

2007 Lincoln MKZ Details
2007 Lincoln MKZ photo Interior

Inside the ultra-quiet, premium-quality cabin are generous portions of real wood, satin nickel and chrome accents. Rear-seat space is surprisingly generous with more than three feet of legroom. The trunk is a best-in-class 15.8 cubic feet, with a flat floor and low liftover height for easy access, and the compact decklid hinges won't crush or interfere with your cargo. The class-exclusive standard 60/40-split rear seats fold flat, with a convenient pop-down spring assist, for easy storage access or to extend the cargo floor straight through from rear deck to front seats.

Exterior
2007 Lincoln MKZ photo

Lincoln says its modern image target is "earned reward" or "American dream," rather than "old world" flashy or "ostentatious luxury," which translates to quiet, casual, confident and more understated design. With its bold waterfall grille, jewel-like quad projector-beam headlamps, judicious use of chrome trim and low-profile tires on 17-inch, eight-spoke machined aluminum wheels, the MKZ certainly looks the part of a credible mid-size luxury sedan. Around back are large wrap-around taillamps and twin chrome exhausts.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The nicely-equipped Lincoln MKZ comes with automatic on/off headlamps, leather seating, 10-way power front seats, tilt/telescoping four-spoke steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, dual-zone climate control, power heated mirrors, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry with exterior keypad, MP3-capable audio with six-CD changer and two 12-volt outlets. Standard safety features include four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock and traction control and six air bags: Dual-stage fronts, front seat-mounted side and side-curtain bags for both seating rows.

Optional Equipment

Among the many MKZ options are chromed wheels, a power moonroof, heated and cooled front seats, High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, 14-speaker THX II-Certified premium audio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and DVD navigation.

Under the Hood

The MKZ's all-new 3.5-liter DOHC 24-valve aluminum Duratec 35 V6 delivers 263 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque through a new six-speed, wide-ratio, multiple-clutch automatic transmission. It boasts variable intake valve timing, a dual-plenum intake manifold and a relatively high 10.3:1 compression ratio to optimize its balance of performance and efficiency.

3.5-liter V6
263 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
249 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (FWD); 18/26 (AWD)

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2007 Lincoln MKZ Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 226 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.4/10
    Performance
    9.2/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

ONE OF THE BEST VEHICLES I HAVE DRIVEN AT HIGHWAY

By on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 125,250

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "nice ride"

Cons: "u-turn turning raius (wide)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The only thing I would change is at low speed like in parking lots of when making u-turns I find it has a very wide turning radius which I find is a problem at times. I drive many different vehicle as a auto technician for over 42 years but overall great car with power and stability"

worse car ever

By on Friday, January 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,500

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "nice looking car"

Cons: "car is no good"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"there is so much wrong with this car headliner to short for car which is making the headliner com down in the front and the back of the car......the brake system is the worse ......most of the time its so hard to stop the car....almost ran in the back of another car a few times......the ride is awful....worst car ever had .....its not worth the money....."

7 people out of 29 found this review helpful

worse car i ever had

By on Saturday, January 9, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 28,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "gas mileage"

Cons: "everything else"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"This car has only two pluses...gas mileage and color. Every part of it is difficult to deal with. Key is sensitive to the touch so the doors lock with out you knowing it. Have to take you eyes of the road to change the lights if not on automatic, to change air temp, to check compass. Can't back out of a parking place with out tons of beeps. Lincoln HQ got a 6pages letter about all of this cars issues."

8 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Brakes are noisy

By on Saturday, October 3, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great Looks Inside and Out, comfortable"

Cons: "Disappointed in gas mileage for a V-6;brakes noisy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Brakes are noisy especially in colder weather; not a big problem; have had it looked at by dealer--says no problem; feel in a car that sold new for almost $37,000 (although I purchased used in 2013) brakes should not be noisy; previously owned a 2001 Lincoln Continental V-8 which had in-town gas mileage of around 16 and highway around 20; disappointed in the MKZ gas mileage for a V-6---in-town around 15; highway around 19; I don't drive much these days (only about 8,000 miles in 2 years) so gas mileage not a huge issue BUT feel it should be much better"

8 people out of 17 found this review helpful

really like this car

By on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great car. Comfortable"

Cons: "SYNC"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I love this car but hate the SYNC that Ford products have. I will change to a GM car so that I can have Onstar again."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

50K miles I've had no repairs, zero.

By on Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
Not Rated
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great dealer service"

Cons: "No complaints"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have replaced the cabin filter which I believe cost $45.00...that's it. I have a 72 month, 100,000 mile warranty on the car and have used none of it."

21 people out of 29 found this review helpful

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