2019 Lincoln MKZ

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2019 Lincoln MKZ Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

While the Europeans and Asian brands battle it out to be the best, Lincoln swoops in to take the benefit of their fight. Ford is keen to work on the Lincoln MKZ which was revamped in 2017 and is constantly being upgraded now and then. Though the MKZ is loaded with luxury, it still has its backdrops, right from the lackluster interior elements to subpar handling dynamics.

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Pros

A loaded standard feature list

Peppy optional V6 engine

Suave looks

Cons

Subpar interior quality

Underwhelming accelerating and handling

Interior feels confining

What's New?

Turbocharged V6 engine reserved for Reserved trim

More features on the standard feature list


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35995

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122

horsepower

245 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

275 lbs.-ft @ 3000 rpm

transmission

6-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

62.3/62

dimensions

wheelbase

112.2 in.

length

193.9 in.

width

73.4 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

3749 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

37.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

15.4 cu ft.

towing capacity

1000 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/24/31 mpg

highway range

511.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

6 yr. / 70000 mi.

powertrain warranty

72 months. / 70,000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

6 yr. / 70000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Lincoln MKZ in Blue Diamond Metallic color  2019 Lincoln MKZ in Ceramic Pearl Metallic Tri Coat color  2019 Lincoln MKZ in Ice Mocha, premium leather color  2019 Lincoln MKZ in Ingot Silver Metallic color  2019 Lincoln MKZ in Magnetic Gray Metallic color  2019 Lincoln MKZ in Rhapsody Blue color  2019 Lincoln MKZ in Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clear Coat color
Blue Diamond Metallic

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Lincoln MKZ Base

Base

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$35,995 - $37,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $35,995 MSRP (20/24/31) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5
4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $37,995 MSRP (20/23/29) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve I

Reserve I

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$38,995 - $40,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Reserve I 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $40,995 MSRP (20/23/29) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Reserve I 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $38,995 MSRP (20/24/31) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Lincoln MKZ Reserve II

Reserve II

power
245 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$44,995 - $46,995


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Reserve II 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $46,995 MSRP (20/23/28) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
See Full Specs
6-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5
Reserve II 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6A) Starting at $44,995 MSRP (21/24/31) 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

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7.7/10

Engine: 365 hp @ 5700 rpm, 3.5 L V-6

MPG: 17 combined

2019 Lincoln Continental
7.6/10

Engine: 305 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3.7 L V-6

MPG: 20 combined

2019 Lincoln MKZ hybrid Sedan
7.0/10

Engine: 141 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 40 combined

2019 Lincoln Nautilus
8.0/10

Engine: 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 23 combined

2019 Lincoln Navigator
8.3/10

Engine: 450 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3.5 L V-6

MPG: 19 combined

2019 Lincoln MKC
7.4/10

Engine: 245 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 23 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 3, 2019


The MKZ harbors a 2.0L Turbo 4 cylinder that is capable of a 245 horsepower and a torque of 129-pound feet of torque. The ride quality lacks polish but its an efficient machine, only if you consider the base engine. The Reserve trim offers an optional V6 engine which can take in the competition in a better way. Other luxury sedans like the Ford Fusion, Buick Regal GS, and Chrysler 300C will put up a grudging fight.

2019 Lincoln MKZ Features

8.0/10

The Lincoln MKZ comes in two different trims Reserve I and Reserve II. While both trims come with a monochromic Turbocharged inline-4 engine, you also get n option for a Turbocharged V6 on the top Reserve trim. Though the base trim is brimmed with features, the Reserve trim brings in the extras to upgrade the interior and technology. The Reserve 2 adds more touches of luxury and swell the tech-savvy features.

Trim

Standard

Reserve I

Reserve II

MSRP

$35,995

$38,995

$44,995

Key

Features

18-inch wheels

Power-folding mirrors

19-inch wheels

 

Adaptive suspension

Navigation system

Ventilated and massaging front seats

 

8-inch touchscreen display

Adaptive cruise control

14-speaker Revel audio system with HD radio capability

 

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Genuine wood trim

Power sunroof and a power rear window sunshade

 

Lincoln's Sync 3 infotainment interface

Leather upholstery

Active park assist system

 

Satellite radio and two USB ports

110-volt household-style power outlet and two rear-seat USB charging ports

 
 

11-speaker sound system with a CD player

Power trunklid

 
 

Power-adjustable front seats with heating

Power-adjustable steering wheel

 
 

Simulated leather upholstery

Enhanced interior ambient lighting

 
 

Rear parking sensors

   
 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

   
 

Adaptive xenon headlights

   
 

Keyless entry and ignition

   
 

Heated mirrors

   

We Recommend-

We would suggest you to go for the Reserve I trim because of its adaptive cruise control and other luxury additions, plus the low difference in price adds a cherry on the cake.

2019 Lincoln MKZ Engine

“Though it isn't the most entertaining car in the luxury sedan segment, the Lincoln MKZ is certainly very drivable with the standard 2.0-liter engine. This engine does make it slower than most rivals, so those who desire a bit of speed might want to look into the more powerful turbocharged V6”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission-

The Lincoln MKZ comes with different powertrains, the base trim harbors 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The standard powertrain can amass a maximum 245 horsepower and 275-pound feet of torque. As you climb up the trim ladder, the Reserve II trim comes with an optional 3.0L V6 engine mated to the same 6-speed automatic transmission that cranks out 350 horsepower and 400-pound feet of torque. Another hybrid powertrain also bags the MKZ lineup but that’s the thing for another review.

Models

Lincoln MKZ

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Toyota Camry V6

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Chrysler 300 C

MSRP

$38,995

$40,015

$35,520

$39,995

$39,995

$42,490

Engine

2.0L Turbo 4 cylinder

2.7 Liter Twin Turbo V6

3.5 Liter V6

3.6 Liter V6

6.4 Liter V-8

5.7 Liter V8

Transmission

6-speed automatic

6 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

9 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

8 Speed Automatic

Horsepower

245 hp @ 5500 rpm

325 hp@ 5500rpm

301 hp@ 6600rpm

310 hp@ 6800rpm

485-hp @ 6100 rpm

363 hp@ 5200 rpm

Torque

275 dft-lb @3000 rpm

380 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

267 ft-lbs@ 4700rpm

282 ft-lbs@ 5200rpm

475 lbs.-ft. @ 4100 rpm

394 ft-lbs@ 4200rpm

Acceleration:

The MKZ feels peppy under lower speeds, which makes it ideal for city maneuvering, however, it hardly meets the highway’s demands for power. It's only good enough to carefully maintain your speed and let the bog guns pass by. Hence, the MKZ completes the 0 to 60 mph test in an unimpressive 7.6 seconds.

Models

Lincoln MKZ

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Chrysler 300 C

0-60 MPH

7.6

5.3

5.4 sec

N/A

N/A

Quarter mile

 

13.9

13.9 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

2.0L Turbo 4 cylinder

2.7L V6 Twin Turbo

3.6L V6

6.4 Liter V-8

5.7L V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

 

N/A

8.0

9.8

N/A

Ride and Handling-

The MKZ is the most fun to drive a car in the luxury sedan market though it is not the most powerful them all. The steering is fairly light which gains a little heft when you punch the Sport mode. However, the steering is devoid of any feel and deliver no road communication you have minimal knowledge of what the car is doing under you. The MKZ handles well and holds on its own in the corners, courtesy of standard adaptive suspension. It’s not sporty but can pull a treat when you want. The gear shifts are smooth plus the car holds the gear, you are not lost between the gears.

Braking:

This Lincoln is one of the heaviest cars in this segment with a curb weight of 3,871 lbs. The pedal feels engaging with apt response time. Hence, the brakes are easy to modulate and will tackle the city’s constant stops with no sweat. The car has a stopping distance (60-0 mph) of 113 feet which is again notable for its weight and size.

Models

Lincoln MKZ

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Chrysler 300 C

Brake Front (in.)

12.4

11.8

N/A

N/A

13.6

Brake Rear (in.)

12.4

11.9

N/A

N/A

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3739

4085

4270

4400

4380

70-0 MPH (ft.)

113(60-0)

N/A

164

 

N/A

2019 Lincoln MKZ Fuel Economy

This is where the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid impresses the most, fuel efficiency. From the standard powertrain you can expect a 21 mpg and on the highway, it swells to 31 mpg, so you can expect to save a few bucks on the gas station. However, the optional V6 engine goes downhill as far as mileage goes. The city mileage for the V6 engine is 18 mpg and on the highway way 27 mpg, so it's your choice between power and economy.

Models

Lincoln MKZ

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Chrysler 300 C

MPG (city)

21

17

19

15

16

MPG (highway)

31

26

27

24

25

MPG (combined)

24

20

22

18

19

2019 Lincoln MKZ Interior

7.5/10

“The MKZ's interior has several appealing virtues, but it's outclassed by top luxury rivals. Although there is more than enough space up front, the sleek, sloping roof limits rear headroom. Avoid the panoramic sunroof if you plan on transporting tall adults in the back seat regularly”-Edmunds

Seating and Comfort:

Lincoln had great plans MKZ’s exterior but the interior does not share the same enthusiasm. The MKZ’s interior is still inclined to its Ford Fusion roots. It may compete with the top dogs as far as looks go but the cabin is more substance than style.

The car comes in three themes namely, Chalet, Vineyard, and Thoroughbred. The comfort level inside the MKZ is elevated by the cozy leather seats that come with 8-way power adjustments for height, lumbar etc. The seats are also heated to multi-levels. The rear seats come with folding armrest and split folding rear seatbacks and rear ventilation ducts.

Models

Lincoln MKZ

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Chrysler 300 C

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.9/57.7/44.3

39.2/57.8/44.3

38.8/56.9/42.1

38.6/59.5/41.8

38.6/59.5/41.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.5/55.3/37

37.8/56.9/38.3

37.4/55.4/36.9

36.6/57.9/40.1

37.9/57.7/40.1

Interior Features:

  • 8 way power adjustable front seats with heating feature
  • Front seats with lumbar support
  • Leatherette
  • 4 one touch power windows
  • Cruise Control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear view Camera
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Interior air filtration
  • Climate Control
  • 11 total speakers
  • Updated Infotainment system

Infotainment-

The MKZ features an 8-inch infotainment screen featuring an 8-inch touch screen. The system is responsive and easy to use however, sometimes it can feel a little confusing to use features which could have been simple to use. Though, it’s better than the earlier jargon-phobic MYLincoln Touch system. You have smartphone connectivity like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Cargo Capacity:

While cargo space might not be on the priority list of an MKZ buyer, it's still something you wish to know. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has a cargo space of 15.1 cubic feet, which is competitive but not the best. Other luxury centric cars like Buick Regal and Chrysler 300 C deliver a tad more cargo space than the Lexus.

Models

Lincoln MKZ

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Chrysler 300 C

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

15.1

16.0

31.5

16.1

16.3

2019 Lincoln MKZ Exterior

“The 2018 Lincoln MKZ says luxury outside, not inside”- The Car Connection

Design and Styling

The MKZ’s exterior aesthetics speaks a story and a luxurious one, something which is absent in their interiors. It might be based on the Ford Fusion the MKZ has its own persona with a Jaguar like front grill which also exudes an uncanny resemblance to the brand's continental flagship. Lincoln has done a great job of styling the pale metal sheet on the MKZ and beat it into a delicious looking car, the one thing which the Fusion lacks.

Models

Lincoln MKZ

Ford Fusion V6 Sport

Buick Regal GS

Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

Chrysler 300 C

Curb weight (lbs.)

3739

4085

4270

4400

4380

Length(in)

194.1

191.8

192.9

200.8

198.6

Width(in)

73.4

72.9

73.3

75.0

75

Height(in)

58.1

58.2

57.3

58.2

58.7

Ground clearance (in)

5.0

N/A

N/A

4.6

4.7

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

112.2

111.4

120.2

120.2

Track width (in) F/R

62.3/62

62.7/62.4

62.8/63

63.4/63.1

63.4/63.8

Dimensions and Weight:

The Lincoln MKZ is one of the largest and heaviest cars in this segment. Its dimensions are rated at 194.1 in length, 73.4 in width and 58.1 in height, making it second in terms of a length behind the Toyota Avalon and first in terms of width and height, giving it the presence of a luxury executive. The MKZ also has a curb weight of 3,841 lbs. making it the second heaviest car among the four behind the Infinity Q50 Hybrid.

Exterior Features:

  • Autolamp automatic on/off headlamps
  • Remote Start System
  • Power-adjustable/manual-folding, heated side view mirrors with memory, integrated blind spot mirrors
  • LED turn signal indicators
  • Hands-free entry
  • Rear defogger
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • 18” alloy wheels

2019 Lincoln MKZ Safety

Lincoln bags the MKZ with a series of advanced safety features but the total vehicle cost skyrockets to a hefty number. NHTSA is yet to crash test the MKZ but the yesteryear’s numbers are pleasing. Since the car has not undergone any major changes the same could be said for 2019’s MKZ.

  • Front-seat side airbags
  • Driver and front-passenger knee airbags
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tether Anchors for Children)
  • Individual Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare, when equipped)
  • Intelligent Access with push-button start
  • SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System
  • Side-curtain airbags3 with roll-fold technology
  • MyKey® technology to help parents encourage responsible driving

2019 Lincoln MKZ Competition

Ford Fusion V6 vs Lincoln MKZ

Though Lincoln modeled the MLZ on the Fusion, so both cars have their fair share of similarities and differences. The Fusion is more humble and less luxurious than the MKZ in every way, though it’s also a tad roomier and features a bigger trunk. In terms of features, the Fusion can hardly beat Lincoln. From the inside, the Fusion is a lot different, it features a rotary knob to control the infotainment while the MKZ has independent switches to control the features.

However, Fusion parleys the luxury with a convenient price. Ford gives a V6 engine for a similar price where Lincoln offers the Inline-4.

Chrysler 300C vs Lincoln MKZ

Chrysler 300 C is the American rival is all up to take the luxury segment back to Chrysler’s lap. The Chrysler 300 C is more expensive and adds a V8 engine to spice up the powertrain and multiply the fun. The infotainment is intuitive and easy to use in the 300C plus there is a sweet sound backing your experience in this Chrysler. As far as the economy goes, the curse of power precedes the 300C as its fuel economy is much lower than that of the MKZ. As for the looks and luxury, Lincoln did a better job than Chrysler.

2019 Lincoln MKZ Final Verdict

The 2019 Lincoln MKZ looks like a gentleman’s ride by all means. It's stunning from the outside as well from the inside, to sum it with the impressive mileage it serves the complete purpose of a luxury sedan. However, the performance of the car in terms of power falls short compared to the other sedans in the stable. You can upgrade your MKZ with a bigger engine but that will cost you more money. Hence, you get a better bang for your buck with the rival cars.