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2010 Lincoln MKZ

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2010 Lincoln MKZ Review

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In 2006 Ford introduced its Ford Fusion mid-size sedan and its divisional platform-mates the 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. Building on this proven platform, Lincoln adopts a more powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, six-speed automatic transmission and available "intelligent" all-wheel drive to create the mid-size 2010 Lincoln MKZ (pronounced "M-K-Z") luxury sedan. Although the name is confusingly similar to the MKX crossover and new MKS luxury sedan, Lincoln simply follows a long line of luxury manufacturers whose marketers prefer letters and numbers to easily-recognizable names.

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 would fulfill your needs and desires, the 2010 Lincoln MKZ 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 2010

For 2010, the MKZ receives a new front and rear fascia design, LED tail lamps, and a new instrument panel and center console. New available features include rain sensing wipers, Adaptive HID headlamps, voice activated navigation and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).

Driving the MKZ

Driving Impressions The 2010 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, thanks 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. The six-speed SelectShift automatic allows the driver to manually shift gears with no forced upshifts and an "enhanced overdrive cancel" mode locks out the fifth and sixth gears permitting shifts at higher speeds for better engine braking.

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 of 18 EPA city miles per gallon and 27 on the highway with two-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 standard.

2010 Lincoln MKZ Details
2010 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
2010 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 split-wing 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 2010 Lincoln 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 2010 Lincoln MKZ comes with automatic on/off headlamps, leather seating, heated and cooled 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, SYNC communications system, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer and auxiliary audio input jack, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and two 12-volt outlets. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, Reverse Sensing System, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS) with 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, Adaptive High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps, ambient floor lighting, 14-speaker THX II-Certified premium audio with 10 gigabyte Jukebox hard drive and SIRIUS Travel Link, voice activated navigation, rear back up camera, rain sensing wipers, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and remote start.

Under the Hood

The MKZ's 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: 18/27 (FWD); 17/24 (AWD)

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2010 Lincoln MKZ Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 225 Ratings for the 2007 - 2012 models.

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

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....."

worse car i ever had

By on Saturday, January 09, 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."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best of the Ford/Mercury/Lincoln mid-sized in 2008

By on Saturday, November 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 32,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Small nice Lincoln ride as in the bigger Towncar"

Cons: "Gas mileage could be a lot better than it is"

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

2008 Lincoln MKZ in Light Sage Green

"I just replaced my old trustworthily Lincoln Towncar - Touring Sedan w/ 235,000 miles with this 2008 MKZ that was in mint condition and only 30,650 miles. Have sense replaced original tires, all fluids, and added rear (roof and truck) spoilers plus a clear nose bra. This car looks and drives like it just rolled off the showroom floor. Not too crazy about its 8-year old DVD based Navigation system and the fact that I can't get a good replacement for it since I would loose the THX stereo system. I did purchase at the 2015 version of the Nav DVD to replace the original 2007 one that that came with this car. Found only one interior light bulb burnt out (in the driver's window control switches), but hey, it is an 8 year old car. Original owner only used this car to go back and forth from his country farm home to his summer home on the Oregon coast one a year. Always garaged. Nice upgrades from my 2001 LTC, but a little different ride and feel. The 3.5L V-6 is good , but not as powerful as the old 4.6L V-8. MPG could have been better. I went from 16/23 to 18/26). Six speed tranny took awhile to get use to since it revs high when it downshifts several gears when I step on the gas to pass someone. I've only had this car for 2,000 miles and all is fine."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

2008 Lincoln MKZ in Light Sage Green

Brakes are noisy

By on Saturday, October 03, 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"

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

really like this car

By on Tuesday, September 01, 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."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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

By on Wednesday, July 08, 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."

13 people out of 21 found this review helpful

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