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in Upscale Midsize Cars

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

Some critics think the 2014 Lincoln MKZ’s interior is full of cheap plastic and unappealing textures, while others feel the MKZ has an attractive, sophisticated interior and appreciate the standard wood trim. Some test drivers think the front seats are comfortable, while others think they’re too narrow, but everyone agrees that the rear seat lacks headroom. Automotive journalists think the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system doesn’t respond as quickly as they would like, and is very difficult to use. The MKZ does have good trunk space for an upscale midsize car.

  • "And the MKZ's interior, although clean and sophisticated in appearance, doesn't really say luxury." -- Car and Driver
  • "While the design looks forward, the materials are decidedly economy-class. Bumpy, utility-grade material covers the dash, door panels and console, and the brushed metal accents are nice from afar but exposed as garden-variety plastic on closer inspection." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "If the 2013 Lincoln MKZ has an Achilles' heel, it's the interior styling. The ergonomics are sound, but the materials, textures and drab design put its visual appeal at the bottom of the category." -- Kelley Blue Book (2013)

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Seating

Leather upholstery, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and heated, power-adjustable front seats come standard on the 2014 MKZ, while optional features include a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and heated and cooled front seats. Several automotive journalists think the MKZ has a quiet, well-isolated cabin, and some say that the MKZ’s front seats are very comfortable. However, others write that the front seats are too narrow and confining, and many reviewers mention that the MKZ’s sloping roofline cuts significantly into back-seat headroom.

  • "In typical Lincoln fashion, the MKZ's interior is well isolated from the outside world, making this sedan a comfortable and plush turnpike cruiser." -- AutoTrader
  • "The high center console can make the front seating area feel a little confining, while the coupelike roof line infringes on the headroom of taller rear seat passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "Making matters worse, the MKZ's narrow, hard front seats produce enough discomfort in their own right." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ comes standard with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 11-speaker stereo, satellite radio, the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system (which provides access to audio, navigation and climate functions through an 8-inch touch screen and touch-sensitive buttons) and SYNC (which allows you to connect your smartphone via USB or Bluetooth and control it using voice commands). Options include an upgraded THX II sound system, a panoramic moonroof, parking sensors, a backup camera, voice-activated 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.

Unlike most cars, the MKZ doesn’t have a shifter for the transmission. Instead, gears are selected via buttons on the dash. Most reviewers say the MKZ’s push-button transmission is clever and easy to use, and they like that it frees up space on the center console. Several test drivers also write that the adaptive cruise control system is well-engineered, and that it maintains good following distances and brakes reliably in heavy traffic. On the other hand, the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system is criticized by a number of reviewers, who say that it’s slow to respond to user inputs, and has small, touch-sensitive buttons that don’t always respond when you press them.

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  • "The MyLincoln Touch infotainment system remains problematic. Each new software update improves it slightly, but the touchscreen interface is plagued by small virtual ‘buttons,’ slow response times and not-infrequent crashing. That said, the system offers a clean layout and splits functions into four clear quadrants: navigation, audio, climate and phone." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2013)
  • "Leaving out the shifter allows for better use of space in the center console - its place is taken by an elegant-looking cover for the cupholders - and the idea will likely work better in the age of computer-shifted transmissions than it did the last time someone tried it, back in the 1950s." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "The adaptive cruise control works great. The minimum following distance is sufficiently close, and the electronics can be relied on as a backup to slow the car when traffic suddenly bogs." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Cargo

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is more than what most other upscale midsize cars have, and the MKZ Hybrid has 11.1 cubic feet of space in its trunk, which is smaller than most upscale midsize hybrids’ trunks, including the Lexus ES Hybrid. A power trunk lid is optional on the MKZ and MKZ Hybrid. While one critic writes that the MKZ has a decent amount of trunk space, another says the trunk opening should be wider. Still, the MKZ earns praise for its large center console, which reviewers think offers plenty of space to store small items.

  • "Finally, the C-pillar and rear deck lid combine to reduce aerodynamic drag, while the trunk beneath has an amazing amount of capacity." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "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 (2013)
  • "The trunk is average in capacity, but its load mouth isn't very wide." -- Autoblog (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/14/14

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