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2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan

City mpg:
21
Highway mpg:
31

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Lincoln MKZ Premiere include 2.0L I-4 240hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, automatic air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, AdvanceTrac electronic stability.

2017 Lincoln
MKZ Sedan

Starting at: $35,170

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Memory seat
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Garage door transmitter
  • Emergency communication system
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 11
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 8.0"
  • Basic warranty - 48 months/50,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 72 months/70,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - unlimited months/ unlimited distance
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Power driver seat
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power passenger seat
  • Front center armrest
  • Power 2-way passenger lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 240hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Engine torque - 270 lb.-ft. @ 3,000RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 87.5mm x 83.1mm (3.44" x 3.27")
  • Compression ratio - 9.30 to 1
  • Towing capacity - 454kg (1,000lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,930mm (194.1")
  • Exterior body width - 1,864mm (73.4")
  • Exterior height - 1,478mm (58.2")
  • Wheelbase - 2,850mm (112.2")
  • Turning radius - 5.8m (19.0')
  • Front legroom - 1,125mm (44.3")
  • Rear legroom - 940mm (37.0")
  • Front headroom - 963mm (37.9")
  • Rear headroom - 927mm (36.5")
  • Front hiproom - 1,400mm (55.1")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,367mm (53.8")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,466mm (57.7")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,405mm (55.3")
  • Passenger volume - 2,733L (96.5 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 436 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 436 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Tailpipe finisher - chrome
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Compressor - intercooled turbo
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 240hp @ 5,500RPM
  • Torque - 270 lb.-ft. @ 3,000RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Premium Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Manual-shift auto - SelectShift
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 24mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 16.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 21mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 31mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/45VR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • High intensity discharge headlights
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - digital/analog
  • Configurable
  • Tachometer
  • Compass
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Parking sensors - rear
  • Exterior parking camera rear

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Premiere 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Premiere Search New $35,170   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 31  
Select 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Select Search New $36,920   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 31  
Premiere 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Premiere Search New $37,060   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
Select 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Select Search New $38,810   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  
Reserve 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Reserve Search New $39,670   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  21 / 31  
Reserve 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan Reserve Search New $41,560   240-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  20 / 28  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The new V6 works better with 400 horsepower than 350, not because of the power but because of its all-wheel drive with the optional Torque Vectoring. With front-wheel-drive and 350 horsepower, it can spin the inside front wheel when accelerating hard out of slow corners; in the wet, that might be an issue. But the 400-horsepower all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring prevented it, making the cornering, especially under acceleration, more secure.

That same Driver’s Package that brought torque vectoring, also continuously controlled damping, the active suspension system that stabilizes the balance of ride and handling. It also has comfort, normal, and sport modes.

The 2.0-liter turbo four accelerates to 60 mph in a leisurely 7.5 seconds, dragging the Lincoln MKZ’s weight of nearly two tons; its 270 pound-feet of torque and 6-speed automatic transmission are frequently challenged and fully used. During two-lane passing, throttle response is prompt, with nary a hint of turbo lag, so the acceleration is decent. However the engine can sound coarse at full throttle, overpowering the noise cancellation system that otherwise keeps noise down.

The paddle-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission is sharp, but in manual mode it’s necessary to stay in a gear that keeps the revs up, or else the engine lags and acceleration fades. Some cars in this class have 7- or 8-speed transmissions, which help keep the revs up because with tighter gear spacing there’s less of a drop between shifts.

The Hybrid mates its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine to lithium-ion batteries and a continuously variable transmission to get its 40 miles per gallon. You can feel more differences, including lighter steering and slower response with the CVT than the automatic; but it’s smooth and quiet, and encourages satisfying efficient driving with smart and engaging displays. However the acceleration is tepid.

Thanks partly to a rigid chassis, the Lincoln MKZ handles well, competent and sure-footed. It changes direction quickly, especially in Sport mode, with level cornering and good grip for a car this size with all-season tread on the tires. The electric power steering is nicely weighted but a little numb; it’s accurate and quick, from lock to lock just 2.7 turns.

The ride is taut, firm but not harsh in the Sport mode, where we kept it most of the time; we found the other modes too soft. In Sport mode you feel only the big bumps.

Walk Around

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The new mesh grille, although classier in its understatement, is a bit of a loss, as the old twin-wing grille with vertical bars paid homage to the original 1938 Lincoln Zephyr. At its center is the Lincoln four-point star, with the soft-edged trapezoidal grille bordered by thin LED headlamps wrapping inward.

The overall design is daring while being a bit curious in its lack of glitz and glamour. It emanates character. It’s smooth from the nose to the deck lid, almost a fastback like the Audi A7.

Interior Overview

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Compared to some other luxury cars, the interior might be seen as spartan. That is, unless you get the optional panoramic sunroof that opens up a vast 15 square feet to the sky, the most of any car in the world, says Lincoln.

Spartan is European. The standard upholstery is fabric. There’s still a lot of real wood.

The Black Label has supple leather sewn in diamond patterns, and it feels luxurious. As long as you don’t look at the plastic panels and buttons on the dashboard.

Because there’s no shift lever, the console has more space for storage. The Lincoln MKZ copies Volvo’s good idea with storage behind the console, but it’s harder to reach.

The main screen dominates the instrument panel, mounted low and wrapped in metallic trim. It’s not as bad as it sounds; it suits the cohesive arrangement of the gauges, and their glow. But it’s a good thing there are redundant steering-wheel controls, because the Lincoln system is maddening. There’s also voice command, but don’t expect your Lincoln to obey your commands.

We got seat time in a Black Label, and it was interesting “seat” time, as the front seats are

sporty: slightly firm, narrow but not too narrow, and well bolstered. They go pretty far, with cushions that inflate and deflate depending on the G-forces in the corner, and frankly all that accomplished was distraction. Goosed while driving. We wish we could have gotten seat time in the sleeker and less ambitious standard seats.

The Lincoln MKZ doesn’t offer expansive legroom like the Lexus ES, or even as much as less expansive competitors. Meanwhile the rakish roofline steals headroom; there’s less than the Fusion, which isn’t exactly ample itself.

The trunk holds 15.4 cubic feet, a bit above average.

Summary

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When you go to the showroom, take a careful look at the cabin to decide for yourself what Spartan does for you. In the other areas, it’s hard to find fault; the ride and handling are excellent, while the three powertrains are very different, but good in their own ways. The 400-horsepower all-wheel-drive V6 makes the Lincoln MKZ a contender with the best sport sedans; the standard EcoBoost 2.0-liter is quick; and the Hybrid is slow but gets great fuel mileage for the same price.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

Model Lineup

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MKZ models are the Premiere, Select, Reserve, and deluxe Black Label with special interiors and membership extras. Prices range from $35,170 for the front-wheel-drive Premiere to $49,720 for the all-wheel-drive Black Label. These prices are all with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The powerful new V6 will be a big bunch more.

The front-wheel-drive Hybrid comes in the same models, at the same prices. So in the base Premiere, for the same price you could get the same equipment, but 40 miles per gallon instead of 24 miles per gallon.

Available safety equipment includes inflating rear seatbelts, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist and collision warning with braking. There’s also parking assist, which takes control of the steering and parks the car for you.

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