Plush ride; good fuel economy; an abundance of available tech/comfort features; a powerful V6 engine option; no extra charge for hybrid powertrain; excellent Revel audio option
Not an enthusiast-oriented performer; shares similar size and features with the Ford Fusion; some interior pieces look and feel rather common
The 2019 Lincoln MKZ gains more standard equipment including Co-Pilot 360 (auto high beams, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking and a rearview camera), adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, windshield wiper de-icer and, on Reserve II models, satin finish 19-in 7-spoke wheels. Trims are reduced to base, Reserve I and Reserve II, with the latter being the only MKZ to offer the more powerful turbocharged V6 engine. The Black Label series is dropped from the lineup.
Because the MKZ is not on the same performance tier as the Cadillac CTS, the BMW 3 Series or the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, we wouldn't recommend it as a luxury-sport-sedan choice. If you don't need AWD, the hybrid model offers the best value. It brings all the opulence, amenities and soft ride of the standard MKZ, but also returns excellent fuel economy that's far superior to its non-hybrid rivals.
The Lincoln MKZ is offered in three levels: MKZ, Reserve I and Reserve II. All trims offer the option of AWD or a hybrid powertrain.
The MKZ ($36,990, FWD, Hybrid) ($38,990, AWD) includes 18-in wheels, Co-Pilot 360, adaptive cruise control (standard on Hybrid), Lincoln Drive Control with 3-mode adaptive suspension, Active Noise Control, rain-sensing wipers, windshield wiper de-icer, automatic and adaptive HID headlights, heated side mirrors, rear parking sensors, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-in configurable LCD gauge cluster, faux-leather seats, 10-way power adjustable heated front seats with 2-way power lumbar, driver's-seat memory and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel. Concerning technology, the MKZ and the MKZ Hybrid have the Lincoln Sync 3 voice-command system, Lincoln Connect Wi-Fi hot spot, an 8-in touchscreen display, an 11-speaker stereo featuring SiriusXM, two USB ports and an auxiliary audio input jack.
The MKZ Reserve I ($39,990, FWD, Hybrid), ($41,990, AWD) includes a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, power-folding side mirrors with a driver's side auto-dimming feature, an 110-volt outlet, 2 rear-seat USB ports, 4-way power lumbar support and real wood trim on the doors and steering wheel. Also standard is navigation, a power trunk release with a soft-close feature and Bridge of Weir leather seating. Options include the Reserve Plus package that adds heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a single panel glass moonroof, a 14-speaker Revel audio and 19-in wheels.
The MKZ Reserve II ($45,990, FWD, Hybrid), ($47,990, AWD) adds Active Park Assist, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, a heated power adjustable steering wheel, a 14-speaker Revel audio system, navigation, multi-contour front seats with Active Motion, a single pane power moonroof and perforated leather seating. Optional on the Reserve II is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, AWD and the Luxury Package that adds adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic glass moonroof, a 20-speaker Revel Ultima sound system with a CD player, HD radio and Quantum Logic surround sound technology.
Standalone options include inflatable rear seat belts, AWD and an engine block heater
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles|
2019 Lexus ES -- The ES may cost more than the MKZ, but it has a more luxurious interior and better resale value. Like the MKZ, the ES offers a hybrid version, but nothing compared to the MKZ's 400-hp V6.
2019 Genesis G80 -- Hyundai's new luxury division offers a rather well-equipped sedan to rival the MKZ for price and features, with a new Sport trim for improved performance but no hybrid model as of yet.