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2013 Lincoln MKZ Interior

The redesigned Lincoln MKZ impresses reviewers with its attractive cabin design, but not all auto writers appreciate the MKZ’s interior materials. While one test driver writes that wood and chrome trim gives the MKZ’s cockpit a premium feel, another says that the interior falls short with plastics and interior panels that don’t belong in an upscale midsize car.

  • "The dash and door panels are highlighted by tasteful wood and chrome accents. The gauges recall the previous generation BMW 7-series, and driver-controlled information screens are incorporated into the instrument binnacle." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "The materials surrounding the electronics are not up to snuff, though. The door panel trim isn't worthy of an entry-level luxury sedan, and the plastic control stalks are scratched up with only 2,000 miles on the odometer." -- Edmunds
  • "The interior is also noteworthy. Lincoln has ditched its characterless past and gone with a sweeping cockpit highlighted by a flowing instrument panel with a standard touchscreen display." -- Autoblog 

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Seating

While one reviewer says that the MKZ’s front seats are exceptionally comfortable, another writes that they’re too narrow. Many test drivers note that the MKZ’s sloping roofline significantly cuts into back-seat headroom, which makes the second row a bit cramped. Additionally, one auto writer says that less expensive cars like the Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat offer significantly more back-seat space. Leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats come standard on the 2013 MKZ, while optional features include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and heated and cooled front seats.

  • "The MKZ seats are among the best we've experienced in an American-branded automobile, at least for a driver of modest stature, and especially given the simple adjustment options." -- AutoWeek  
  • "A high center console provides some extra storage but makes the already narrow front seats feel that much more confining." -- Edmunds 
  • "That stylish swooping rear negatively impacts rear-seat headroom, limiting it to just 36.6 inches. The north end of my 6-foot, 3-inch-self became lodged firmly in the headliner when trying to sit upright." -- Motor Trend 
  • "Rear seat passengers won't be grinning nearly as much, as the midsize MKZ is far from roomy aft of those front seats. Some adults felt it was even cramped - definitely not spacious (the Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat are both nearly three inches shorter in overall length but their back seats are cavernous in comparison)." -- Autoblog 

Interior Features

The 2013 Lincoln MKZ comes standard with wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker stereo and Sync with MyLincoln Touch, which includes satellite radio, two USB ports and an 8-inch touch-screen display. Options and features available on higher trims include an upgraded THX sound system, a panoramic moonroof, parking sensors, a backup camera, voice-activated navigation, a power trunklid and a blind spot monitoring system.

Unlike most cars, the redesigned MKZ doesn’t have a shifter. Instead, a row of buttons to the right of the gauge cluster is used to put the MKZ into gear. Most reviewers like the MKZ’s push-button transmission, but unfortunately, they also think that many of its other innovative features fall flat. The MKZ’s MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which integrates audio, navigation and climate controls, draws criticism from a number of reviewers, who say that it operates slowly and is difficult to use.

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  • "Sadly, MyLincoln Touch reminds us all too much of MyFord Touch. The touchscreen is slow to respond, while many of the accompanying buttons are too small to locate and operate. More important, it takes too many taps to accomplish even the simplest tasks, and this is not the kind of thing you want in a luxury car." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "MyFord Touch-make that MyLincoln Touch-is what it is: A collection of touch points with nothing like conventional knobs or buttons. It can be aggravating to learn, and then to use, but so is every stab at an updated driver/auto interface to date. In this reporter's opinion, it is not even close to the calamitous disaster some reviewers have judged it to be, and it actually has its strengths compared to other solutions presented so far." -- AutoWeek 
  • "MyLincoln Touch works like MyFord Touch, but the volume knob - the last holdout to the old school in the Fusion - has disappeared from the center stack. All audio and climate adjustments now require you to tap or slide your fingers across specific locations, and we find this tough to do while distracted by the task of driving." -- Edmunds 
  • "The MyKey ignition is keyless with its start/stop switch at the top left corner of the center console (it's in the same place on the Buick Verano). The aforementioned transmission buttons (PRNDS) are arranged vertically below it in a very logical configuration. After a quick orientation, operating the transmission through its button panel became very natural, intuitive and easy." -- Autoblog 

Cargo

The redesigned MKZ has 15.4 cubic feet of space in its trunk, which is more than most other upscale midsize cars. While one reviewer says the MKZ has a useful amount of trunk space, another writes that the trunk opening is on the small side. Still, the MKZ earns praise for its large center console, which offers plenty of space to store small items.

  • "… the trunk beneath has an amazing amount of capacity." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "And if you like the look, the tall, open-sided center console allows you to leave lots of stuff-from phones to wallets to snacks to tablets-securely out of the way, yet still at your fingertips." -- AutoWeek 
  • "The trunk is average in capacity, but its load mouth isn't very wide." -- Autoblog 
Review Last Updated: 5/21/14

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