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MSRP: $35,190 - $37,080
Invoice: $33,431 - $35,226
MPG: 22 City / 31 Hwy
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Lincoln MKZ Review

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ ranks 22 out of 22 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.

Most reviewers think the 2014 Lincoln MKZ pales in comparison to its competition due to its lackluster handling, cheap interior materials and confusing infotainment system.

The MKZ comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that test drivers say has decent acceleration. That engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which test drivers think shifts smoothly. The EPA reports that the 2014 MKZ gets up to 22/33 mpg city/highway, which is better than the fuel economy of most upscale midsize cars. A V6 engine is optional, and automotive journalists think that it provides quick acceleration, although several prefer the mix of power and fuel economy that the base MKZ offers. The 2014 MKZ Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 45/45 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for an upscale midsize car and fairly good for a hybrid, and reviewers say that it delivers adequate acceleration. Most test drivers agree that lackluster handling keeps the 2014 Lincoln MKZ from being any fun behind the wheel, but they think it has a fairly comfortable ride.

Many reviewers say the interior of the MKZ is full of substandard materials, though some still find it attractive. Some automotive writers think the front seats are comfortable, while others think they’re too narrow, but almost all test drivers feel that the rear seat lack sufficient headroom. The gas-only Lincoln MKZ has good trunk space for an upscale midsize car. Reviewers say the standard MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which controls audio, navigation and climate functions, is slow and unresponsive, which make it difficult to use. The 2014 Lincoln MKZ also comes standard with leather upholstery and SYNC, which allows you to control your smartphone using voice commands. Options include a panoramic moonroof, navigation, a blind spot monitoring system, adaptive cruise control, a lane-keeping system and a system that automatically steers you into a parallel parking space.

  • "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
  • "The 2014 Lincoln MKZ offers modern features and distinctive style, but it's a hard sell compared with more refined entry-level luxury sedan competitors." -- Edmunds
  • "Though not as desirable as some others in its category -- for instance, the BMW 3 Series or Cadillac CTS -- the 2014 Lincoln MKZ offers a uniquely opulent design, a choice of three capable and efficient powertrains and a nice roster of upscale amenities, such as a fully retractable panoramic roof." -- AutoTrader
  • "While we found many things to like (its styling and cabin isolation are at the top of our favorites), there are significant compromises (second row comfort, small trunk, ergonomic gripes and a thirsty V6 to name a few) keeping it off our most-wanted list. Even though it may be the most stylish Lincoln we've ever driven, it is far from extraordinary." -- Autoblog (2013)

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Other Cars to Consider

Test drivers think the Buick Regal features a luxurious interior, balanced handling and a long list of standard features. The Regal is available with a mild-hybrid powertrain, and it costs significantly less than the MKZ.

Like the MKZ, the Audi A4 comes standard with a fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Critics think the A4’s engine is powerful and refined, and they say that its handling strikes an excellent balance of sport and comfort.

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Details: 2014 Lincoln MKZ

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ seats five and has standard front-wheel drive. A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are standard, while 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 MKZ and MKZ Hybrid have the same starting price, and are available with Premiere, Select, Reserve and Preferred equipment groups. The Lincoln MKZ was a brand-new model for the 2013 model year and didn’t change much for 2014. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2013 and 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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