2013 Lincoln MKZ Review
The redesigned 2013 Lincoln MKZ offers attractive exterior styling and a lot of standard features, but auto reviewers say that the new MKZ also has floaty handling and confusing tech features.
The 2013 Lincoln MKZ is available with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or a more powerful V6 engine. While critics say the turbo-four is sufficient, most prefer the V6’s ample power. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models, and reviewers agree that it shifts smoothly. The MKZ gets up to 22/33 mpg city/highway with the turbo-four, which is quite good for an upscale midsize car. Additionally, the MKZ's strong reliability ratings are among the best in the class. Unfortunately, many test drivers say that the redesigned MKZ’s handling doesn’t live up to their expectations. They note that the MKZ doesn’t corner as well as other upscale midsize cars, and that it rides harshly over bumps and road imperfections.
Critics say that the new MKZ has a clean, flowing interior design that’s built with high-quality materials. Reviewers like that the MKZ’s shifter has been replaced by buttons on the dash, saying that the push-button transmission is easy to use, and that the lack of a shifter increases usable space in the center console. Trunk space is also quite good for the class, but many reviewers say that the MKZ’s interior isn’t spacious enough. One critic says that the front seats are too narrow, while others comment that the second row is cramped and that the MKZ’s sloping roofline cuts into back-seat headroom. The MKZ’s MyLincoln Touch infotainment system also draws complaints, as test drivers say that it responds slowly to inputs and can be difficult to use. The MKZ comes standard with wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control and an 11-speaker stereo with satellite radio, two USB ports and an 8-inch touch-screen display. Options and features available on higher trims include a moonroof, parking sensors, a backup camera, navigation and a blind spot monitoring system.
- "If the Lexus ES is the target, we'd guess drivers will prefer the MKZ by a good margin. If design and flashy tech sell, then Lincoln will get some regular luxury buyers, too, though the brand's baggage is a lot heavier than just product." -- AutoWeek
- "Basically, the MKZ just doesn't feel special. And that's the kiss of death in this hyper-competitive market, which is filled with sedans that do feel special. And make no mistake, every other manufacturer that makes an entry-luxury sedan - from Acura to Volvo - is selling a superior product." -- Edmunds
- "It's overpriced in a ruthlessly competitive segment, and while it's certainly more than just another warmed-over Ford, unless the dealer has a firewall (figuratively speaking, of course) between the Ford and Lincoln sides, the Fusion will always be lurking, ready to jack the sale." -- Motor Trend
- "Our conclusion, after taking the Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS and Lexus ES into consideration, is that the 2013 MKZ falls short. 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." -- Autoblog
Other Cars to Consider
The Acura TL comes loaded with standard features, just like the MKZ, and reviewers say that the TL’s cabin is attractive and upscale. Although the TL uses a bit more fuel than the base MKZ, test drivers love its powerful V6 engine.
The Buick Regal also comes with a competitive list of standard features, and critics say that the Regal offers composed handling and a high-quality interior. While the base Regal eAssist isn’t as powerful as the MKZ, it’s also one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the class.
Details: 2013 Lincoln MKZ
The 2013 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 MKZ is available with Premiere (base), Select, Reserve and Preferred equipment groups. Each equipment group adds interior features and upgrades some interior materials. The Lincoln MKZ has been completely redesigned for 2013.