2017 Lincoln MKZ

#86
in Midsize sedans
2017 MODEL

$35,170 - $49,720

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Overview

The Lincoln MKZ Sedan combines ride comfort with a distinct styling. Its hybrid variant is capable of delivering an excellent combined fuel economy of 40 mpg. However, the ride isn't as nimble as its competitors and the interior quality isn't up to the mark. The latter, however, is true only for the base trim.

Lincoln MKZ Sedan flaunts a 2.0L turbocharged I4 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. The ride has 188 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft. of torque to spare. Nonetheless, an optional hearty V6 engine is also available.

The Acura TLX, Audi A4 Premium, and Infiniti Q60 are prime competitors to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan. Unlike its competitors, the ride offers a long list of standard features. In fact, many of them are available with MKZ's rivals only as optional features.

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Pros

Free delivery and pickup service

Hybrid models offer excellent mileage

Lengthy standard features list

Optional turbocharged V6 engine

Smooth, comfortable ride

Airy cabin and seats

Cons

Inferior base engine

Subpar interiors

Poor mileage from gas-only models

Sluggish initial acceleration

What's New?

Updated SYNC3 interface

Revised climate and radio controls

V6 engine available

Enhanced Base Engine


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35170

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

150 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

188 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

129 lb.-ft. @ 4000 rpm

transmission

cvt

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.4 in. ventilated front disc/12.4 in. solid disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

194.1 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

58.1 in.

curb weight

3871 lbs.

ground clearance

7.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

12 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

5.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

16.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

41/40/38 mpg

highway range

532 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

6 years/70000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Lincoln MKZ in White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat color  2017 Lincoln MKZ in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat color  2017 Lincoln MKZ in Palladium White Gold Metallic color  2017 Lincoln MKZ in Midnight Sapphire Blue Metallic color  2017 Lincoln MKZ in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2017 Lincoln MKZ in Jade Green Metallic color  2017 Lincoln MKZ in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2017 Lincoln MKZ in Diamond Black Metallic color
White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat

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Ratings

Features

7.9

Engine

7.7

Fuel Economy

6.9

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

6.8

Driving

7.6

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Premiere

Hybrid Premiere

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$35,170

Configurations
Hybrid Premiere 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 5 HP: 141-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 129 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (41/40/38)

 2017 Lincoln MKZ Premiere

Premiere

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$35,170 - $37,060

Configurations
Premiere 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (21/24/31)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Premiere 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/23/28)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Select

Hybrid Select

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$36,920

Configurations
Hybrid Select 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 5 HP: 141-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 129 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (41/40/38)

 2017 Lincoln MKZ Select

Select

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$36,920 - $38,810

Configurations
Select 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (21/24/31)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Select 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/23/28)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Reserve

Hybrid Reserve

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$39,670

Configurations
Hybrid Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 5 HP: 141-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 129 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (41/40/38)

 2017 Lincoln MKZ Reserve

Reserve

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$39,670 - $41,560

Configurations
Reserve 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (21/24/31)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Reserve 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/23/28)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

 2017 Lincoln MKZ Black Label

Black Label

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$47,830 - $49,720

Configurations
Black Label 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (21/24/31)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
Black Label 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: AWD MPG: (20/23/28)
HP: 240 -hp @ 5500-rpm Torque: 270 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Black Label

Hybrid Black Label

Fuel: Premium unleaded (recommended), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$47,830

Configurations
Hybrid Black Label 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid CVT)
Seating: 5 HP: 141-hp @ 6,000 rpm
Torque: 129 lbs.-ft. @ 4,000 rpm MPG(City/Combined/Highway): MPG (41/40/38)

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 24, 2018

7.3

Overall Rating


7.9/10
Features

 

7.7/10
Engine

 

6.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.0/10
Interior

 

7.5/10
Exterior

 

6.8/10
Safety

 
 
 

Lincoln MKZ Sedan flaunts a 2.0L turbocharged I4 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission mode. The ride has 188 horsepower and 129 lb.-ft. of torque to spare. Nonetheless, an optional hearty V6 engine is also available.

Features

7.9/10

2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan is available in 4 distinct trims, namely Premier, Black Label, Reserve, and Select. Though each trim comes with a forward-wheel-drive system, an optional all-wheel-drive is available for an additional expense of $1,890. Premier trim is the base trim, while Black Label is the high-end trim.

Trims

Premier

Black Label

Reserve

Select

MSRP (FWD)

$35,170

$47,830

$39,670

$36,920

MSRP (AWD)

$37,060

$49,720

$41,560

$38,810

Features

Standard Features-

 All features from the Premier trim plus-

All features from the Premier trim plus-

All features from the Premier trim plus-

18-inch wheels Upgraded interior (upgraded and extended leather upholstery and a simulated suede headliner, most notably) and a choice of three unique themes

19-inch wheels

Auto-dimming driver-side mirror

Adaptive suspension The Black Label also offers a Host of special services, including a mobile showroom, remote vehicle delivery, pickup and drop-off of your car for service work, an extended premium maintenance plan and more

Ventilated front seats

Leather upholstery

Rear parking sensors

 

Enhanced connectivity functionality

Front seats with four-way power lumbar adjustment

 
Keyless entry and ignition   14-speaker Revel audio system with HD radio capability is also standard

Power-adjustable steering wheel

Dual-zone automatic climate control    

Enhanced interior ambient lighting

Simulated leather upholstery     110-volt household-style power outlet and two rear-seat USB charging ports
Power-adjustable front seats with heating      
Driver-seat memory settings      
60/40-split folding rear seat with pass-through      
Lincoln's Sync 3 infotainment interface 8-inch touchscreen display      

The Premier trim comes with standard 18-inch wheels, an adaptive suspension, and adaptive xenon headlights. Select trim adds an auto-dimming driver-side mirror and leather upholstery. Reserve trim boasts 19-inch wheels as a standard feature and offers a 14-speaker Revel audio system. Black Label is the high-end trim and comes with an upgraded interior and an extended premium maintenance plan among other perks.

We Recommend 

The Reserve trim of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan offers the most value for money. For premium performance and lavish interiors, Black Label trim is the ideal option to opt for.

Engine

7.7/10

"The 2017 Lincoln MKZ feels surprisingly sporty even if its handling isn't quite best-in-class. And when paired with the standard 18-inch wheels and all-season tires, the suspension delivers the kind of comfortable ride quality you'd expect from a Lincoln"- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Lincoln MKZ Sedan packs a 2.0L turbocharged I4 engine. It delivers 188 hp of power and 129 lb.-ft. of torque. Both are least among the league. Acura TLX offers 206 hp of power and 182 lb.-ft. of torque. Infiniti Q60 further offers 208 horsepower along with 258 lb.-ft. of torque. However, it is the Audi A4 Premium that offers the maximum 252 hp and 273 lb.-ft. of torque.

Model Lincoln MKZ Acura TLX Infiniti Q60 Audi A4 Premium
MSRP $35,170 $33,000 $38,950 $37,300
Engine 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 2.4L DOHC 16-Valve VTEC 4-Cylinder 2.0L turbo I-4 2.0L TFSI I4 DOHC
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Dual Clutch 7-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Power 188 hp 206 hp 208 hp 252 hp
Torque 129 lb-ft 182 lb-ft 258 lb-ft 273b-ft

Lincoln MKZ Sedan relies on a 6-speed automatic transmission mode for gear-shifting. Infiniti Q60 and Audi A4 Premium, both come with a 7-speed automatic transmission mode. Acura TLX, on the other hand, flaunts an 8-speed dual clutch transmission.

Acceleration

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ boasts a sluggish 0-60 MPH acceleration. The ride takes 7.8 seconds for accelerating to 60 MPH. Acura TLX and Infiniti Q60 offer better 0-60 MPH acceleration, requiring 7.2 and 6.9 seconds, respectively. Audi A4 Premium offers the best 0-60 MPH acceleration, requiring merely 5.7 seconds.

Models Lincoln MKZ Acura TLX Infiniti Q60 Audi A4 Premium
0-60 MPH 7.8 sec 7.2 6.9 sec 5.7 sec
Quarter mile 13.7 sec 14.2 sec 17.3 sec 14.0 sec
Engine 2.0L 2.4L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 7.3 6.3 7 6.3

Despite experiencing an initial hitch in acceleration, Lincoln MKZ Sedan offers the best time for covering a quarter-mile. The ride does so in just 13.7 seconds. Even Audi A4 Premium requires 14 seconds for doing the same.

Ride and Handling

Don't get fooled with the 2.0L I4 engine generating mere 188 hp of power. In fact, the power and performance delivered by the engine are suitable for everyday riding. Moreover, now there's an optional 3.0L V6 engine available that produces 400 hp of power. No matter whether you go for the gas-only models or for the hybrid ones, a smooth ride is guaranteed.

Despite flaunting an average handling, driving 2017 Lincoln MKZ feels sporty. Adding that to all-season 18-inch wheels and a capable suspension system makes up for a quality ride on varying road conditions. To further enhance the ride quality, an optional sport suspension and 19-inch wheels are available.

Braking

The Lincoln MKZ Sedan has an excellent braking power. Despite being a heavy ride, weighing at 3871 lbs, Lincoln MKZ is capable to halt at a distance of 108 feet when decelerated from 60 MPH. Both brakes in MKZ measure the same, 12.4 inches.

Model Lincoln MKZ Acura TLX Infiniti Q60 Audi A4 Premium
Brake Front(in) 12.4 12.6 12.6 13.3
Brake Rear(in) 12.4 12.2 12.1 13.0
Curb weight(lbs) 3871 3483 3727 3483
60-0 MPH (ft.) 108 121 113 105

Compared to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, Acura TLX and Infiniti Q60 are much slower in decelerating during emergencies. On the other hand, the Audi A4 Premium comes to a halt at a distance of 105 feet. Impressive, but not that much, considering it has the biggest brakes and the least curb weight in the competition.

Fuel Economy

6.9/10

The hybrid variant, available at no extra cost, of 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan gives out 41 mpg in cities and 38 mpg on highways. Overall, MKZ delivers a super impressive combined fuel economy of 40 mpg.

Model Lincoln MKZ Acura TLX Infiniti Q60 Audi A4 Premium
MPG (city) 41 24 22 27
MPG (highway) 38 35 30 37
MPG (combined) 40 28 25 31

The Audi A4 Premium is second in line to offer the best fuel economy in the segment. The ride delivers 31 mpg, followed by Acura TLX with 28 mpg. Furthermore, the Infiniti Q60 offers the least mileage of 25 mpg in the segment.

Interior

7.0/10

"The cabin of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ is all about the seamless integration of luxury and technology. In terms of luxury, the upper trim levels have a posh look and feel, and the available Black Label models raise the bar with premium leather upholstery with unique stitching and genuine wood trim"- KBB

Seating and Comfort

Along with an ample seating for 5, the Lincoln MKZ Sedan offers the most passenger volume in the competition. The ride is billed for a maximum passenger volume of 96.6 cubic feet. Moreover, the ride has spacious seats. On the front, the MKZ offers 37.9 and 44.3 inches of headroom and legroom, respectively. While the legroom is maximum in the segment, headroom is second only to Audi A4 Premium's 38.9 inches.

Model Lincoln MKZ Acura TLX Infiniti Q60 Audi A4 Premium
Passenger capacity 5 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 96.6 93.3 85.4 NA
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 37.9/57.7/44.3 37.2/57.5/42.6 37.9/54.6/43.1 38.9/55.9/41.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 36.6/55.3/37 36.7/57.5/34.5 34.5/52/32.4 37.4/54.5/35.7

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan offers 36.6 and 37 inches of headroom and legroom in the back. Acura TLX and Audi A4 Premium offer better headroom of 36.7 and 37.4 inches, respectively. Nonetheless, the ride offers the maximum legroom in the rear too.

Infotainment System

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan comes with the SYNC3 infotainment system. In addition to an 8-inch touchscreen display, the system comes with an 11-speaker audio system. The infotainment system is intuitive to use. There are USB charging ports available in addition to supporting the satellite radio.

Connectivity via Bluetooth is available along with navigational capabilities. Moreover, there is an embedded modem to be used with the MyLincoln Mobile app. To further enhance the audio experience, an optional 20-speaker Revel Ultima audio system is also available.

Interior Features

The MKZ's cabin is an excellent amalgamation of luxury and technology. Upper trims offer better look as well as feel. Important aspects of the insides of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan includes:

  • Spacious seating
  • Premium leather upholstery and genuine wood trim [Available in Black Label trim]
  • Best-in-segment tech features
  • Sloping rear roofline
  • Ample trunk space

​​​​​​Cargo Capacity

Lincoln MKZ Sedan leads the pack with a trunk volume of 15.4 cubic feet. However, the Acura TLX offers the second best cargo capacity of 13.2 cubic feet in the segment. Audi A4 Premium offers a slightly lesser cargo capacity of 13 cubic feet.

Model Lincoln MKZ Acura TLX Infiniti Q60 Audi A4 Premium
Volume (ft.cube)\t 15.4 13.2 8.7 13.0

Infiniti Q60 offers the least cargo capacity of 8.7 cubic feet in the segment.

Exterior

7.5/10

"For 2017, Lincoln’s MKZ luxury sedan gets a bold new face modeled after the Continental show car. While the new grille bears more than a passing resemblance to Jaguar’s signature grille, it works to make the MKZ look more of a player in this league"- KBB

Dimension and Weight

The 2017 incarnation of the Lincoln MKZ Sedan is a voluminous ride. It flaunts a length, width, and height of 194.1, 73.4, and 58.2 inches, respectively. In fact, each dimension is maximumly available in the competition. Infiniti Q60 has the least length and height of 184.4 and 54.9 inches, respectively in the competition. The least-in-league width is supported by the Audi A4 Premium, 72.5 inches.

Model Lincoln MKZ Acura TLX Infiniti Q60 Audi A4 Premium
curb weight(lbs) 3871 3483 3727 3450
Length(in) 194.1 190.3 184.4 186.1
Width(in) 73.4 73.0 72.8 72.5
Height(in) 58.2 57.0 54.9 56.2
Ground clearance(in) 5.0 5.8 4.9 5.0
Wheelbase(in) 112.2 109.3 112.2 111.0
Track width(in) F/R 62.3/62.0 62.8/63.1 61.2/61.2 61.9/61.2

2017 MKZ Sedan features a ground clearance of 5 inches. It has a wheelbase of 112.2 inches. Acura TLX has the most ground clearance of 5.8 inches in the competition, while Infiniti Q60 along with MKZ has the most wheelbase.

Exterior Features
The basic shape of the Lincoln MKZ remains same as that of its 2013 iteration. Nonetheless, there are a few brush-offs in its styling, including:

  • New elegant front-end
  • Rounded-trapezoidal-shaped mesh grille
  • Slightly inward slim LED headlamps
  • Daring side profile
  • Standard 18-inch wheels
  • Panoramic glass roof [Optional]

Safety

6.8/10

NHTSA ratings aren't available for the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan. However, the ride boasts a good IIHS scorecard. Moreover, the ride flaunts a solid offering of security and reliability features. The ride has a superior front crash prevention along with side and roof strength.

In addition to a rearview camera, 2017 Lincoln comes with a MyKey Perimeter alarm and SecuriCode invisible keypad. Front and knee airbags are available for the driver as well as the passengers. A restraint control module and front-passenger sensing system is also available.

Safety Features

  • Personal Safety System for driver and front passenger with dual-stage front airbags,3 safety belt pretensioners
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags
  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Side-curtain airbags with roll-fold technology AdvanceTrac electronic stability control
  • Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare, when equipped)
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children)
  • MyKey Perimeter alarm
  • Rear view camera
  • SecuriCode invisible keypad
  • SecuriLockPassive Anti-Theft System SOS Post-Crash Alert System

NHSTA Rating- N/AIIHS Rating

Crashworthiness

Small overlap front driver side Good
Small overlap front passenger side Good
Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Roof strength Good
Head restraints & seats Good

 

Crash Avoidance & Mitigation
Front Crash Prevention Superior
Headlights Marginal
LATCH Acceptable

Competition

Acura TLX vs Lincoln MKZ Sedan 

With a starting price of $33,000, Acura TLX is the most inexpensive ride in the luxury midsize fraternity. The ride is backed with a 2.4L DOHC 16-valve VTEC engine, capable of producing 206 hp of power and 182 lb.-ft. of torque. The TLX features an 8-speed dual clutch transmission for gear-shifting.

Acura TLX accelerates to 60 MPH in 7.2 seconds and covers a quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds. It has one of the lowest CO2 emission value of 6.3. The ride flaunts to be a less heavy ride in the competition with a total curb weight of 3483 lbs. It offers the most ground clearance of 5.8 inches in the competition.

Audi A4 Premium vs Lincoln MKZ Sedan

One of the prominent midsize luxury cars is the Audi A4 Premium. The ride offers an excellent combination of performance and luxury. Like the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, A4 Premium comes with a 2.0L I4 engine. However, in this case, the engine generates 252 hp of power and 273 lb.-ft. of torque.

Audi A4 Premium relies on a 7-speed automatic transmission mode for switching gears. The ride offers the best 0-60 acceleration in the league, requiring only 5.7 seconds. The ride has biggest brakes in the league and its gas-only model offers an impressive 31 mpg of fuel economy. Pricing options for the ride start from $37,300.

Infiniti Q60 vs Lincoln MKZ Sedan

Yet another important competitor to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Sedan is the Infiniti Q60. With a 2.0L turbo I4 engine at its disposal, Infiniti Q60 delivers 208 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. For gear-shifting, the ride features a 7-speed automatic transmission mode. The opening bid for the Infiniti Q60 is set at $38,950.

Infiniti Q60 offers the least combined fuel economy of 25 mpg in the segment. It's 3727 lbs. of curb weight is more than the Acura TLX and Audi A4 Premium but less than the Lincoln MKZ Sedan. Ground clearance and wheelbase for the Infiniti Q60 is 4.9 and 112.2 inches, respectively.

Final Verdict

With plenty of options to choose from, the Lincoln MKZ Sedan is one of the leading midsize luxury car options. For performance-oriented folks, the optional V6 engine will do the trick. For those looking for an impressive mileage, the hybrid variant is ideal to go for.

Though there isn't everything great about the interiors of the base trim, the upper trims enhance lavishness on the inside. The Black Label trim is the ideal for those buyers looking to invest in an everyday car with sporty performance, rich interiors, and a distinguished styling.

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