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2014 Lincoln MKZ KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $36,085

Fair Purchase Price $32,368
Fair Market Range ($32,066 - $33,274)

Invoice $34,326
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KBB Expert Rating 6.1 / 10
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By Editors - Updated Date: 10/25/2013

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.

What's New for 2014

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

Driving It 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.

Favorite Features

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 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.

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