Plush ride; good fuel economy; an abundance of available tech/comfort features; a powerful new 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; Black Label option is too pricey
The 2018 Lincoln MKZ carries over largely unchanged. See the 2018 Lincoln MKZ models for sale near you
Because the MKZ is not on the same performance tier as the Cadillac CTS, BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, we wouldn't recommend it as a luxury-sport-sedan choice. If you don't need all-wheel drive, 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 nonhybrid rivals.
The Lincoln MKZ is offered in four levels: Premier, Select, Reserve and Black Label. All trims offer the option of all-wheel drive or a hybrid powertrain.
The MKZ Premier ($36,530, FWD, Hybrid) ($38,420, AWD) includes 18-inch wheels, automatic and adaptive headlights, rear parking sensors, a rear backup camera, push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, faux-leather seats, 10-way power adjustable heated front seats with 2-way power lumbar, driver's-seat memory and a tilt-telescopic steering wheel. Concerning technology, the MKZ and MKZ Hybrid have the Lincoln SYNC 3 voice-command system, an 8-in touchscreen display and an 11-speaker stereo featuring SiriusXM, two USB ports and an auxiliary audio input jack.
The MZK Select ($39,425, FWD, Hybrid), ($41,315, AWD) adds auto-dimming heated and power-folding side mirrors, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, a 110-volt outlet, two rear-seat USB ports, leather seating, 4-way power lumbar support and real wood trim on the doors and steering wheel.
The MKZ Reserve ($41,095, FWD, Hybrid), ($42,985, AWD) includes the Select trim's features, plus navigation, a blind spot monitoring system, rear cross-traffic alert, a power trunk release with a soft-close feature, premium perforated leather seating, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel and cooled front seats.
The MKZ Black Label Series ($48,915, FWD, Hybrid), ($50,805, AWD) builds on the Reserve package's features by offering consumers their own shopping concierge, three unique interior wood and leather packages and additional paint color choices.
Off to the side is the Climate package, with auto high beams, heated rear seats and steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers and a Select Plus Package that adds navigation, rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot monitoring system. The Reserve trim's Luxury package adds LED headlights and the 20-speaker Revel audio system. The Technology package includes a lane-departure system, adaptive cruise control, an automated parallel-parking system, rain-sensing wipers and automatic high-beam headlights. Lastly, the Driver's package adds painted brake calipers, multicontour front seats, Dynamic Torque Vectoring and a sport-tuned suspension (only available with 3.0-liter V6 and AWD).
Stand-alone options include such premium amenities as a retractable panoramic moonroof, inflatable rear seat belts, a power rear sunshade and upgraded multicontour seats for the driver and front passenger. The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 can be ordered on the Reserve and Black Label trims.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||6 Years/70,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Hybrid/Electric Components||8 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||Unlimited Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2018 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.
2018 Cadillac CTS -- The CTS is a more engaged driver's car and has a better interior layout than the MKZ. That said, the MKZ offers a hybrid model and more rear-seat legroom.
2018 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.
Used Audi A6 -- A 2012-2016 Audi A6 will cost about the same as a new MKZ, but offers more luxury and better performance, as well as more clout.