KBB Editors' Overview
By Keith Buglewicz
- Updated Date: 5/12/2014
The 2015 Lincoln MKZ sedan competes in the most hotly contested luxury segment there is, against many well-established brands. Beyond its styling, the 2015 MKZ offers a compelling level of equipment that includes all-wheel drive (AWD), and can be had as a high-value hybrid or dressed as the new, top-line Black Label edition. As an alternative to cars like the Lexus ES 350, the MKZ is a compelling package. However, this 5-passenger Lincoln's biggest competition may come from within, specifically, the Ford Fusion upon which it is based. Like the Lincoln, the Fusion offers up a lot of eye candy for its segment, and a lot of high-tech features. It also costs significantly less, and unfortunately for this Lincoln, could very well be on the same dealer lot.
You'll Like This Car If...
If you're looking for an attractive sedan, loaded with high-tech gadgets, and putting an emphasis on comfort over performance, then the Lincoln MKZ could be the ticket. That goes double if you want the fuel economy of a hybrid, but don't want to pay a premium for it.
You May Not Like This Car If...
While the 2015 Lincoln MKZ may have lots of stuff, its relative lack of refinement belies its common ancestry with the Ford Fusion. While it's a good alternative to the Lexus ES 350, it's no match for a BMW 3 Series or Audi A4.
What's New for 2015
2015 marks the debut of the Black Label Lincoln MKZ. This top-of-the-line model brings not just finer interior materials such as Alcantara and designer woods, but a premium ownership experience that includes enhanced personal service, annual vehicle detailing, complimentary car washes, and more.
If you're expecting the 2015 Lincoln MKZ to ride and drive like the company's discontinued Town Car, think again. This Lincoln can handle corners more athletically than you might imagine. But it's no sport sedan, and is outclassed by cars like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, or other similarly priced sedans. On the other hand, the Lincoln MKZ is larger than those cars, offering more interior space. The quiet interior is aided by a noise-canceling system, and the suspension is adept at absorbing bumps. The 4-cylinder engine is surprisingly good at motivating this heavy sedan, but the optional 3.7-liter V6 is still a better choice. The hybrid isn't particularly quick, but Lincoln's fuel economy claims are no joke, as it's easy to keep it in the 40 mpg range. The standard 6-speed automatic and the continuously variable automatic transmission on the hybrid both worked unobtrusively.
Five buttons on the dash replace the traditional console-mounted gear selector in the Lincoln MKZ. Arranged in a familiar "PRNDL" pattern, the push-button arrangement frees up space on the console and under it, all while remaining easy to use and within the driver's reach.
LINCOLN DRIVE CONTROL
Virtually every car these days comes with different settings for drive functions. The Lincoln is no different, combining settings for electronic power steering, transmission, throttle and traction control, and the suspension into a single knob, with Normal, Comfort and Sport modes.
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