Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln MKZ

About Lincoln MKZ

Lincoln’s 2017 MKZ luxury sedan gets a right proper facelift and a powerful new engine, helping this midsize-luxury sedan go head-to-head with the best from Europe and Japan. The 5-passenger MKZ offers a number of variations, including an all-wheel-drive model and fuel-efficient hybrid. Although no slouch in the curves, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan isn’t designed for the BMW set, but rather for those who appreciate a luxury sedan that delivers a smooth ride, a silent cabin and powerful engine. The MKZ feels more exclusive than a Lexus ES 350, more distinctive than a Cadillac ATS and more affordable than a loaded Mercedes-Benz C-Class. However, an Audi A4 or a Volvo S60 is certainly a more appealing competitor with a more substantial pedigree.

LATEST MODEL
2017 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2017?
2017 Lincoln MKZ

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan gets a new Continental-inspired front end. Also new is a 400-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The 2.0-liter turbo gains five horsepower, and new options include full LED headlights and Driver’s package. Last year’s capacitive touch-slide controls are replaced by proper knobs and switches.

  • Expert Rating: 7.5
  • Consumers Rating: 8.9
  • MPG 21|31
2016 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2016?
2016 Lincoln MKZ

The 2016 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan carries over largely unchanged from the previous model year.

2015 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2015?
2015 Lincoln MKZ

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.

2014 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2014?
2014 Lincoln MKZ

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

2013 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2013?
2013 Lincoln MKZ

2013 marks the 2nd generation of the Lincoln MKZ. In an effort to regain some credibility in the luxury space, Lincoln endowed its best seller with a sleek new exterior design, more powerful and fuel-efficient engines (including a hybrid powertrain), and a full menu of high-tech gizmos such as Active Park Assist that automatically steers the car into a parallel parking space.

2012 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2012?
2012 Lincoln MKZ

There has been little more than tweaking for the 2012 model of the Lincoln MKZ, a reliable indicator that an all-new MKZ sedan is just over the horizon. In the interim, numerous premium features have been made standard, such as heated and cooled seats. And, as with most Ford passenger vehicles, there remains a huge emphasis on in-car technology, such as SYNC Applink. Finally, there are two new metallic colors: Crystal Champagne and Cinnamon.

2011 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2011?
2011 Lincoln MKZ

For 2011, HD Radio is added to the available voice-activated navigation system, while the all-new MKZ Hybrid begins its first year in production (reviewed separately.)

2010 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2010?
2010 Lincoln MKZ

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).

2009 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2009?
2009 Lincoln MKZ

A special "Midnight Black" package adds a black-themed interior with perforated black leather seating and contrasting piping. Lincoln's AdvanceTrac stability control is now standard on all MKZs.

2008 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2008?
2008 Lincoln MKZ

All MKZs receive SIRIUS Satellite Radio, heated and cooled leather front seats and the Sync hands-free audio and communications system (late availability).

2007 Lincoln MKZ
What's new for 2007?
2007 Lincoln MKZ

Handsome, classy and nicely turned out, Lincoln's first all-new sedan since the Jaguar-based, rear-wheel-drive LS is well suited to compete with "near-luxury" imports and attract more affluent buyers to Lincoln-Mercury showrooms, and the renamed 2007 MKZ's much-improved powertrain and other upgrades make it that much more competitive. But why jettison an excellent name with strong Lincoln heritage in favor of a soulless acronym after just one year? We think this car is good enough to succeed on its own, whatever it's called, but the label change is confusing.

Consumer Reviews

Love this vehicle! Beautiful, smooth, quiet.

By on Thursday, November 30, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

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
7/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"MPGs are better than expected and better than EPA estimates. Driving mostly hwy but it matters very little. This MKZ is avg 41-42mpg city and or hwy. Did I say quiet ride? you bet! The premium sound is killer, THX(theatre surround sound).It is fully loaded, the only 2 options available and not on this beauty are the Panoramic Roof(my wife did not like the exterior look(black roof)of this option and the massage seats(ours only has heated and cooled leather front and back!) Park assist steering-yep it parallel parks for you-just gas and brake. When braking(regenerative)or coasting this hybrid charges the battery--then when charge is high enough and or you are cruising, stopped, coasting, or near home the electric motor runs(completely silent) no gas motor until you put AC on high or accelerate too much or when batteries charge gets low. Rain-sensing wipers auto on, windshield dry-wipers off. Driver and passenger side mirrors elect fold in and out. Memory(3)seats,mirrors,temp,radio,etc. Auto on/off headlights AND highbeams auto-sensing. Lane keeping, blindside alert, adaptive cruise(if car in front of you is going slower than your cruise setting this car keeps the cushion distance you set). Ambient lighting? yes(doors,feet,around dash, cupholders lit too) but this baby adds 5 colors to pick and change up. Great navigation-yup and it is updateable and works with or without internet/phone connection. You cant go wrong with this hybrid. Driving coach lets you know if you are maximizing braking and acceleration for mpg. When you rarely gas up there is no gas cap to remove-the gas nozzle just passes through this nascar inspired cap. Remote can open AND close trunk lid. Auto remote start engine also starts AC or heat to max with temp sensing. Punch this accelerator to the floor--well okay, it will not pin you to the back of your seat, but the electric motor assisting the gas gives you good takeoff acceleration and plenty hwy speed passing thrust--you just notice the 4cylindars whirring a bit. You wont hear a good roar but you also wont hear a bad whining from this power combo."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Should help the Lincoln brand

By on Wednesday, November 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Quiet, ride, easy steering control, 3.0performance"

Cons: "rear seat headroom & legroom for tall people"

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

"I test drove many vehicles. When it came down to it I liked the interior, ride and comfort better in the MKZ. And for $55k it is hard to find a creamy smooth 400HP engine. The other midsized luxury vehicles felt inferior. As if the Lincoln had a higher-end quality interior. Multicontour seats well thought out, leather and padded surfaces felt soft and supple. It feels like the Lincoln brand is trying harder since they have to thwart off the sport of American brand bashing that is constantly read in publications such as Consumer Reports. Furthermore, I test drove and ordered a MKZ with the Drivers Package that has dynamic torque vectoring which intelligently applies power to the rear wheels when driving aggressively. With the package on a test ride (not pushing to limits) I did not feel any torque steer or that much understeer typically associated with FWD and some AWD vehicles. And to boot in my opinion the road isolation & ride felt better in the Lincoln than a Caddy, Mercedes or BMW. Looking for true compromise, I passed on the summer only tires this time around. So if there is some impact from having AWD vs RWD it will most likely only be noticed at the track or by very aggressive drivers. That said 99.999999% of the audience buying these vehicles today are not going to the race track. They are looking for stable good grip on a variety of road conditions along with easy control and sure footed steering feel. That’s what the average Joe wants behind the wheel and Lincoln delivers. The AWD with torque vectoring does its job and keeps torque steer under control and steering feel is precise; easy to thread the car through a needle. BTW, I am not an ignorant just looking to be the expert and to hear myself speak. I know the difference between the Lincoln and a true sport sedan and opted for the Lincoln. My other vehicles are; a Corvette, Pontiac G8 GT (RWD 6 liter), F150 and Road Glide. The only cons besides the Lincoln name: scant rear head room, smaller rear seat than some, and weight distribution with AWD (not 50-50% front and rear like a RWD sedan). One more comment. Consumer Reports issue with the push button gear selector is really a joke. Anyone that is off the baby bottle will not mind the change. I actually think it makes a lot of sense to free up the console. Hope other brands do the same. A common solution amongst brands through committee would be best"

22 people out of 24 found this review helpful

MKZ Hybrid Black Label LOVE IT

By on Thursday, December 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300

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: "Smooth ride and very quiet"

Cons: "None"

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

"Changed from Lexus ES350 to Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. This car is so smooth and quiet. The Revel sound system is amazing. Love all the technology."

20 people out of 22 found this review helpful

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