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2014 Lincoln MKZ

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2014 Lincoln MKZ 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.

What's New for 2014

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

Driving the MKZ
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
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

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

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)

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2014 Lincoln MKZ Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 80 Ratings for the 2013 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.2/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Great ride and very quiet

By on Monday, February 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 7,800

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "comfort, price and technolegy"

Cons: "center console compartment could be larger"

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

"Went from 2015 Mercedes C class to 2016 Lincoln MKZ. Test drove the Mercedes E class and the Cadillac CTS, went with the MKZ for its comfort and value. Went fully loaded, the option packages gave me anything I could ever want and more. We took a 2200 mile trip, felt rested and must say this is the quietest car we have ever driven. The MKZ was a good call."

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Best Value to the money

By on Monday, February 01, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great Price,42 MPG,Pure Luxury ,fully loaded"

Cons: "None"

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

"I went shopping for a new car, i stepped in to the Lincoln dealership to test drive An MKS,so I fell in love with this car,and Lincoln giving away the car really ,almost 8000 in rebates so the total price of the car is like 27000$,cheaper than a loaded camry ,and this car alot better than any hybrid i owned before,i averaged 43 mpg mixed,i am a long time hybrid owner so i know how to get the best out of them,do yourself a favor and check this out before going to any other basic Boring car dealership ,I got the base model Premier 400A is More than enough,I don`t care about moon roof and steering assistance,The car is so comfy,no road noise at all,best car i ever owned"

8 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle all around!

By on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

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: "Excellent price and value."

Cons: "None"

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

"Lincoln did an excellent job with the 2014 MKZ. Excellent ride and handling. Extremely comfortable. Care-free driving. No problems at all."

4 people out of 18 found this review helpful

love this vehicle, especially mpg <42

By on Saturday, January 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

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
8/10

Pros: "It gets a lot oif looks."

Cons: "front headrests"

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

"The only think I am unhappy with is the front headrests. When they are in the position that is as far back as it goes, my head tilts forward and is not comfortable."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Blind Spots

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Car style and it's future looking lines"

Cons: "Blind spots, super senistive steering"

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

"I owned a 2010 Lincoln M-K-Z and traded for this 2013. What a mess this car is to drive. You can't tell were the ends of the car are so you can't judge parking. Yes I have a back up camera and it is the only thing that saves me backing out of the driveway. You can not judge the front of the car for pulling in straight. I'm not at all happy with this car, I wish I hac kept the 2010."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Great vehicle - Terrible Sync System

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 13,200

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Nice vehicle with many features"

Cons: "Sync System leaves much to be desired."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"The vehicle is great however the Sync System is the worst ever. The maps were not up to date when the vehicle was purchased. The verbal commands given to the system do not work; about 20% of the commands for directions are misunderstood. Other commands are understood most every time. Whenever Ford initiates an upgrade to the system new problems are introduced. Map upgrades are expensive and do not contain the latest data. It is interesting to note that most Garmin updates to their maps are free for life. It will be interesting to see if Ford stands behind the Sync System for the life of the vehicle."

18 people out of 24 found this review helpful

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