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Based on the engaging Ford Fusion, the upscale Lincoln MKZ is updated for the 2017 model year with new engines, a plusher ride, simplified controls, and a more conveniently located trunk release. Base models get a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder that provides ample power. In our tests the hybrid got 34 mpg overall. For more punch, the available 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 puts out 400 hp when paired with all-wheel drive, and 350 hp on front-drive versions. The MKZ delivers a comfortable ride. Inside is a quiet, luxurious cabin with comfortable seats, but it's a long reach to the push-button gear selector and the rear seat is snug. Available automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection bolster the Lincoln's safety credentials.

Road Test

Lincoln's midsized MKZ luxury sedan is based on the Ford Fusion. That sounds like humble beginnings, but the MKZ leverages this platform's built-in goodness, striking a welcoming balance of ride comfort, cabin quietness and interior luxury. But the s...

Highs

  • Very comfortable ride
  • Hushed cabin keeps out noise

Lows

  • Sleek styling impairs visibility and rear access
  • Rear-seat room isn't as generous as most competing luxury sedans

Best Version to Get

We'd opt for a Select with the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. The Select Plus package brings a blind-spot monitoring system as well as cross-traffic alert. The Technology package adds automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assi...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 6 year/70,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 6 year/unlimited
Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (188 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (245 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (400 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 turbo (350 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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