2018 Lincoln MKZ Sedan

City mpg:
21
Highway mpg:
31

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Lincoln MKZ Premiere include 2.0L I-4 245hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac electronic stability.

2018 Lincoln
MKZ Sedan

Starting at: $35,605

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Memory seat
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter
  • Emergency communication system - SYNC 3 911 Assist
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 11
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Smart device integration - AppLink/Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - unlimited months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 245hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 275 lb.-ft. @ 3,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 87.5mm x 83.1mm (3.44" x 3.27")
  • Compression ratio - 9.70 to 1
  • Towing capacity - 454kg (1,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,930mm (194.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,864mm (73.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,478mm (58.2")
  • Wheelbase - 2,850mm (112.2")
  • Turning radius - 5.8m (19.0')
  • Front legroom - 1,125mm (44.3")
  • Rear legroom - 940mm (37.0")
  • Front headroom - 963mm (37.9")
  • Rear headroom - 927mm (36.5")
  • Front hiproom - 1,400mm (55.1")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,367mm (53.8")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,466mm (57.7")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Passenger volume - 2,733L (96.5 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 436 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 436 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 245hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Torque - 275 lb.-ft. @ 3,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 24mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 21mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 31mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • High intensity discharge headlights
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Premiere 2018 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Premiere Search New $35,605   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 31  
Select 2018 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Select Search New $37,355   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 31  
Premiere 2018 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Premiere Search New $37,495   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
Select 2018 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Select Search New $39,245   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
Reserve 2018 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Reserve Search New $40,170   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 31  
Reserve 2018 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Reserve Search New $42,060   245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The base 2.0-liter turbo four accelerates to 60 mph in a leisurely 7.5 seconds, dragging the Lincoln MKZ’s weight of nearly two tons; its 270 pound-feet of torque and 6-speed automatic transmission are frequently challenged and fully used. During two-lane passing, throttle response is prompt, with nary a hint of turbo lag, so the acceleration is decent. However the engine can sound coarse at full throttle, overpowering the noise cancellation system that otherwise keeps noise down.

The V6 works better with 400 horsepower than 350, not because of the power but because of its all-wheel drive with the optional Torque Vectoring. With front-wheel-drive and 350 horsepower, it can spin the inside front wheel when accelerating hard out of slow corners; in the wet, that might be an issue. But the 400-horsepower all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring prevented it, making the cornering, especially under acceleration, more secure.

That same Driver’s Package that brought torque vectoring, also continuously controlled the damping, via the active suspension balances ride and handling. It has comfort, normal, and sport modes.

The paddle-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission is sharp, but in manual mode it’s necessary to stay in a gear that keeps the revs up with the four-cylinder engine, or else acceleration fades. Some cars in this class have 7- or 8-speed transmissions, which help keep the revs up because with tighter gear spacing there’s less of a drop between shifts.

The Hybrid mates its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to lithium-ion batteries and a continuously variable transmission to get its 40 miles per gallon. You can feel more differences, including lighter steering and slower response with the CVT than the automatic; but it’s smooth and quiet, and encourages satisfying efficient driving with smart and engaging displays. However the acceleration is tepid.

Thanks partly to a rigid chassis, the Lincoln MKZ handles well; it’s competent and sure-footed. It changes direction quickly, especially in Sport mode, with level cornering and good grip for a car this size with all-season tread on the tires.

The electric power steering is nicely weighted but a little numb; it’s accurate and quick, from lock to lock just 2.7 turns.

The ride is taut, firm but not harsh in the Sport mode, where we kept it most of the time; we found the other modes too soft. In Sport mode you feel only the big bumps.

Walk Around

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The nose is elegant and conservative, with a soft-edged trapezoidal grille bordered by thin LED headlamps wrapping inward. At the center of the mesh grille lies the Lincoln four-point star.

The overall design emanates character, being daring while avoiding glitz and glamour. It’s smooth from the nose to the deck lid, not as sleek as an Audi A7 (nothing is that sleek), but still eye-catching. Although maybe not so much as in 2013.

Interior Overview

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The cabin in the base Premiere model suggests a Spartan lifestyle, with fabric upholstery, plastic panels, and plastic knobs and switches that are satisfying to operate but no so much to look at. It also feels European, with a lot of real wood. And the top upholstery feels very luxurious, a supple leather sewn in diamond patterns.

The optional panoramic sunroof opens a vast 15 square feet to the sky.

With a pushbutton gear selector, there is no shift lever, so the console has more space for storage. The Lincoln MKZ copies Volvo’s good idea with storage behind the console, but it’s harder to reach.

The main screen dominates the instrument panel, mounted low and wrapped in metallic trim; it suits the cohesive arrangement of the gauges, and their glow. But the Sync 3 system can be maddening, so it’s a good thing there are redundant steering-wheel controls. There is also voice command, which doesn’t do much of what you command it to do.

The front seats are slightly firm, narrow but not too narrow, and well bolstered. As sport seats they go pretty far, with cushions that inflate and deflate depending on the G-forces in the corner. Too far, we think, to distraction and annoyance. Goosed while driving. We wish we could have gotten seat time in the sleeker and less ambitious standard seats.

The Lincoln MKZ doesn’t offer expansive legroom like the Lexus ES, or even as much as many other rivals. Meanwhile the rakish roofline steals headroom; there’s less than the Fusion, which isn’t exactly ample itself.

The trunk holds 15.4 cubic feet, a bit above average.

Summary

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The Spartan cabin might be a dealbreaker; or you might like it. Not many like the Sync 3 infotainment interface. After that there’s much good news: ride and handling are excellent, the three powertrains all good in their own ways. The 400-horsepower all-wheel-drive V6 makes the Lincoln MKZ a contender with the best sport sedans, while the Hybrid is slow but gets great fuel mileage for no extra cost.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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MKZ models are the Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label, with either the standard four-cylinder or available V6, and all-wheel drive available. Prices range from $35,445 for the front-wheel-drive Premiere to $49,720 for the all-wheel-drive Black Label.

The Hybrid is only front-wheel drive, in the Premiere, Select and Reserve models, at the same prices as the base engine, which is uncommon if not unique.

Available safety equipment includes inflating rear seatbelts, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and collision warning with braking. There’s also parking assist, which takes control of the steering and parks the car for you.

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