Lincoln and its dealers desperately needed a hot seller, and the MKZ has certainly helped their overall volume. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Lincoln and have been saddened to see the volume decline since the 1980s. I have been eager to review the MKZ because, visually, I truly think it is one of the prettiest cars on the road. With that said, there is still work to be done on the MKZ.
Attributes of the car, besides its spectacular exterior appearance, are also a great interior. It has a wide array of standard features including LED headlamps and taillights that run the entire width of the car. You also get heated seats, keyless entry, adaptive suspension, push button start, remote start, and all the items you would expect on a luxury sedan. The Sync system and Lincoln Touch systems have had a troubled past, but worked perfectly. I believe those issues are behind them.
Although the base price looks very attractive, the total price jumps when you start adding options. My all-wheel drive review car has almost $12,000 in options like rearview camera, reverse sensing, navigation, and rear heated seats. In my opinion, much of that should be standard equipment, not a $5375 equipment group. This car is Smoke Quartz Tri-coat which is $495. Active park assist, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure warning runs you $2250, and the huge panoramic sunroof will set you back $2995. Rear seat inflatable seatbelts, which are pretty cool by the way, are only $195. To sum up the pricing, I think the options are overpriced.
Here’s where things sort of go downhill. My tester has the 2.0-liter Ecoboost 4-cylinder hooked to a 6-speed automatic. Much to my surprise, the acceleration from a dead start is quite good, but then seems to struggle at highway speeds. From takeoff, it feels like more than the 240-horses it is rated at, at higher speeds it feels like it has fewer horses than 240. I think I would find this frustrating over time and would be willing to sacrifice a little gas mileage to get the 3.7-liter V6. I also think in this case, the MKZ would be more responsive without the all-wheel drive, which adds weight.
The 2014 MKZ drives great, I love the electric power steering, I love the interior quietness, and one neat feature is there is no shifter in the center console, which makes the center console sleek and it has easy to reach cup holders. Just to the left of the color screen that operates everything, there are large buttons that you push to put the car in gear. Not a big deal, but still sort of cool. Lincoln MKZ has very useful steering wheel controls that operate just about everything, and that allows you to avoid the somewhat frustrating slide bar controls that operate the radio volume and air conditioning.
For you hybrid lovers, the MKZ comes with a 188-horse system, and the best thing about MKZ hybrid is it is the only car in America that you can get the hybrid system for no charge. This may be the way to go for resale and better fuel economy.
In summary, Lincoln MKZ is a mixed bag for me. Some things I love, other I do not.
What I liked most: Exterior looks and interior quality and richness.
What I would change: I would lower the price of the options, and add horses.
MSRP: Base price $38,080, as equipped $50,285.
Fuel Economy: Stated at 22 in town/31 highway/25 combined.
Weight: 3713 Pounds.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.5 gallons
2014 Lincoln MKZ in a few words: It’s a love/hate relationship with MKZ.
Warranty: 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 6-year/70,000 mile powertrain warranty and 2-years/24,000 miles of complimentary maintenance.
Manufacturers website: http://www.lincoln.com/cars/mkz/
Dealers: We have great dealers for all Lincoln products in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Lubbock, Modesto, and Phoenix.