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MSRP: $35,190 - $47,445
Invoice: $33,431 - $44,598
MPG: 22 City / 33 Hwy
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Lincoln MKZ Review

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ ranks 13 out of 13 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Lincoln MKZ, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ disappoints reviewers with low-rent interior materials and a confusing infotainment system.

Reviewers write that the 2015 Lincoln MKZ’s standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine has plenty of power, but some recommend getting the optional V6 because it offers quicker acceleration. An automatic transmission is standard in all models. The EPA reports that the 2015 MKZ gets up to 22/33 mpg city/highway, which is a bit low for the class. However, the 2015 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gets 41/39 mpg, which is very good for a luxury hybrid, and reviewers say that the MKZ Hybrid delivers adequate acceleration. Reviewers report that while the MKZ lacks the dynamic handling of competitors like the BMW 3-Series, it still offers decent cornering ability, responsive steering and a comfortable ride.

Test drivers are disappointed with the substandard materials in the 2015 Lincoln MKZ’s cabin, and many complain that the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system is difficult to use. Some reviewers say the rear seats lack headroom and that the front seats are confining. However, others think the MKZ’s front seats are comfortable and praise the MKZ for its quiet cabin and enormous trunk. Standard features in the 2015 Lincoln MKZ include heated front seats, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, Lincoln’s SYNC voice command system and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which comes with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hot spot, satellite radio and an 11-speaker audio system. Available features include leather upholstery, massaging front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker THX II audio system, navigation, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic pre-collision braking, parallel parking assist and active lane keeping assist.

  • "… Lincoln MKZ offers modern features and distinctive style, but it's a hard sell compared with more refined entry-level luxury sedan competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "While the 2015 Lincoln MKZ may have lots of stuff, its relative lack of refinement belies its common ancestry with the Ford Fusion." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Lincoln MKZ stands out from other entry-luxury sedans with sleek, distinctive styling and an optional 38-mpg hybrid powertrain. It also delivers a cushy ride without floaty, Town Car-like handling, but disappointing interior materials and a questionable value proposition let down an otherwise attractive package." -- Left Lane News
  • "Its most compelling asset is a sophisticated suit of clothes. But in autodom's lower luxury league, good looks and mere dynamic competence aren't enough." -- Car and Driver (2014)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Acura TLX has a lower starting price, and like the MKZ, it comes with a lot of standard features. In addition, auto writers praise the TLX for its remarkably quiet cabin and nimble handling.

The base Audi A4 gets great fuel economy for the class, and reviewers write that it has lively acceleration. They also like its balanced handling, and they say its handsome, well-built interior is one of the nicest in the class.

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Details: 2015 Lincoln MKZ

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ seats five and is available in MKZ and MKZ Hybrid models, which are available with Premiere, Select and Reserve equipment groups. The base MKZ has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. A 3.7-liter V6 engine and all-wheel drive are optional. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Lincoln MKZ hasn’t changed much since its last full redesign in 2013, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013, 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/21/14

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