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2014 Lincoln MKZ Review

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2014 Lincoln MKZ Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.1

The 2014 MKZ competes with an established field of luxury brands, so its unique styling and plentiful standard-feature roster are not the only tricks up Lincoln's sleeve. To make the MKZ stand out, Lincoln touts the availability of an all-wheel drive (AWD) model as well as an extremely fuel-efficient hybrid trim priced identically to its gasoline-only equivalent. A clever marketing campaign seeks to associate the MKZ with younger buyers who may be seeking comfort over performance. However, as many Lincoln showrooms reside inside Ford dealerships it may be a tough sell, especially when buyers can get into a loaded Ford Fusion with many of the same features as the MKZ but in a less expensive and arguably more attractive car.

You'll Like This Car If...

If your idea of a luxury car places an emphasis on luxury and comfort over no-holds-barred performance, then the 2014 Lincoln MKZ deserves a good hard look. Impressive fuel economy on the hybrid model comes without the hybrid model premium markup.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The MKZ's Fusion-based roots mean it lacks the refinement of many premium brands. While the MKZ might be a good rival to the Lexus ES, it doesn't perform as well as similarly sized sedans from Audi, BMW or Mercedes-Benz.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.1
  • 5.2
  • 7.6
  • 7.6
  • 5.5
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How It Ranks

#9

out of 48

Fuel Economy

#43

out of 48

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Consumer Rating

8.9 out of 10
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2014 Lincoln MKZ Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

After a complete refresh last year, there are no major changes to the 2014 Lincoln MKZ.

Driving the MKZ
2014 Lincoln MKZ Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Although it's no BMW, the 2014 Lincoln MKZ can take a turn with more athleticism and stability than one might expect. Lincoln has taken pains to improve steering feedback and...

... precision, and the effort has paid off. However, the MKZ's is considerably larger than its midsize rivals and its additional weight precludes it from matching the agility of such cars as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Cadillac ATS. From a luxury-car standpoint, the MKZ scores high by offering a hushed cabin aided by an advanced electronic noise-canceling system. The MKZ's ride is also luxury-car smooth, something lacking in many luxury makes that emphasize handling over ride comfort. The MKZ's turbocharged 4-cylinder engine does a good job of delivering exhilaration and economy; we'd take it over the optional V6. We generally found the 6-speed automatic to operate smoothly and efficiently, and were even more impressed by the hybrid model's gearless CVT that provided a virtually effortless driving experience.

PUSH-BUTTON SHIFT
To free up space, the 2014 Lincoln MKZ features an innovative push-button gear selector in place of a traditional shifter. This vertical 5-button layout resides on the left-hand edge of the center stack, well within reach of the driver.

LINCOLN DRIVE CONTROL
Lincoln Drive Control combines settings for the adaptive suspension, electric power steering, transmission, throttle and traction control into a single dial with three driver-selectable modes: Normal, Comfort and Sport. Simply put, the system helps tailor dynamic performance to your liking.

2014 Lincoln MKZ Details
2014 Lincoln MKZ Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

If the 2014 Lincoln MKZ has an Achilles' heel, it's the interior styling. The ergonomics are sound, but the materials, textures and drab design put its visual appeal at the bottom of the category. The touch-capacitive buttons are rather difficult to use due to poor response, and the lack of conventional audio and climate controls turns simple inputs into a maddening excursion through a vast sea of on-screen menus. The MKZ's sizable exterior dimensions do not translate to roomy interior quarters, either, as rear-seat legroom and headroom are notably lacking.

Exterior
2014 Lincoln MKZ photo

The 2014 MKZ shares its fundamental architecture with the Ford Fusion, but that fact is largely disguised by the MKZ's distinctive design. The significantly revised sheetmetal provides this midsize sedan with a more elegant, up-market flair all its own. In keeping with the current industry trend of enlarging front grilles to absurd proportions, the new MKZ sports a massive split-wing grille, which replaces Lincoln's previous vertical "waterfall" design. Standard across the board, the capless fuel filler is undoubtedly the unsung hero of modern automotive ingenuity, as it eliminates the need for a twist-off gas cap.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Positioned as a value-oriented luxury brand, Lincoln has become synonymous with offering vehicles loaded with a treasure trove of standard features, and the 2014 MKZ is no exception. High-end items include heated front seats, leather upholstery, an adaptive suspension that adjusts to changing road and driving conditions, full LED taillights, an 11-speaker audio system, and the MyLincoln Touch multimedia hub with an 8-inch display and conversational voice-recognition software. With a strong emphasis on passenger safety, the MKZ comes equipped with eight airbags, a comprehensive suite of stability-control systems, and Lincoln's SOS Post-Crash Alert System that activates the horn and hazard lights in the event of an airbag deployment.

Optional Equipment

Most feature content is bundled into packages, though options such as 19-inch wheels, a panoramic roof and power rear sunshade are available a la carte. Offered on both the standard and hybrid version, the Preferred equipment package includes premium creature comforts like heated rear seats, a THX II-certified 14-speaker sound system and a power open/close trunklid. For those who long for the latest electronic gadgetry, there is a Technology package comprising Active Park Assist, adaptive cruise control and a lane-keeping aid that adds steering torque to guide you back into the driving lane. Unlike its closest competitor, the Lexus ES, a moonroof is not included as standard fare.

Under the Hood
2014 Lincoln MKZ Engine photo

A new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylider serves as the base engine choice in the 2014 Lincoln MKZ. If you are willing to sacrifice some mph for a few extra mpg, a hybrid powertrain can be had at no additional cost. Also on the roster is a normally aspirated 300-horsepower 3.7-liter V6, though we feel its performance advantage over the base 4-cylinder is modest at best. Both conventional powerplants are matched with a 6-speed automatic, while the hybrid variant directs power through a continuously variable transmission. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, with all-wheel drive (AWD) restricted to non-hybrid models.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/33 mpg (FWD), 22/31 mpg (AWD)

2.0-liter inline-4 and permanent magnet AC synchronous motor (hybrid)
188 net hybrid system horsepower
129 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm (gasoline engine only)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 45/45 mpg

3.7-liter V6
300 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
277 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/28 mpg (FWD), 18/26 mpg (AWD)

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ carries a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $37,000. Adding AWD will set you back another $2,000. A fully optioned MKZ can approach $50,000, which is on par with the Lexus ES, and thousands less than a loaded BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class or Audi A4. While the majority of entry-level luxury sedans undercut the MKZ's starting price, most also fail to offer a comparable level of standard equipment. To see what others in your area are paying for the 2014 Lincoln MKZ, take a look at our Fair Purchase Price at the bottom of this page. When it comes to resale value, the 2014 MKZ retains residuals similar to the Acura TL, but trails the rest of the segment by a few percentage points.

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2014 Lincoln MKZ Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 54 Ratings for the 2013 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    8.9/10

Paid Lincoln premium - would do it again! Worth it

By on Monday, November 17, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,200

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "driving manners, quality, comfort, hybrid economy,"

Cons: "paint chips, needs better interior trim, wifi inop"

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

"I bought the MkZ for Lincoln quality and economy like never before. Economy doesn't measure up to hopes (38 mpg actual through 15,000 mi.). But the unexpected good surprises overcome the disappointing gas milage. This Little Lincoln is a pure pleasure to own! And I paid a premium to get one eqipped as if I'd special ordered it. If it continues like the first year, after my usual 8 years it could be my best Lincoln -- and that's really something to me. Lincoln value is proven by miles and years of trouble-free driving."

Nice car

By on Thursday, November 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"We live in Montana and the mountain passes drop the mileage down a bit. However, we recently went on a trip. We used 7 gallons of gas to go 275 miles for an average 39 miles per gallon."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Pleasantly Surprised - Lincoln MKZ Hybrid 2014

By on Thursday, October 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,300

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great MPG, very comfortable, smooth ride"

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

"I owned a 1989 Lincoln which was a lot of fun to drive (Mark VII) but had never ending issues, so I was a bit reluctant about getting into another Lincoln. But I am incredibly pleased with this car. I get 41 MPG (combined). Its a beautiful car (Color is Ice Storm) and get nothing but compliments on it. I don't know if I would buy a hybrid in the mountains, but for Florida, this is the perfect car."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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