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2019 Lincoln MKZ Review

The 2019 Lincoln MKZ doesn't offer much to get excited about. Though it rides comfortably, the MKZ is not particularly athletic, and its uninspiring cabin is relatively small. This luxury midsize car ranks near the bottom of its highly competitive class.

Pros & Cons

  • Comfortable ride
  • Above-average trunk space
  • Lower price than many rivals
  • Some disappointing interior materials
  • Subpar cabin space
  • Not as sporty as rivals

Is the Lincoln MKZ a Good Car?

The 2019 Lincoln MKZ isn't a bad luxury midsize car on its own, but it isn't that good when compared to the class as a whole. It has above average trunk space and a smooth, quiet ride. It’s also expected to be one of the most affordable vehicles in its class. However, many competitors are livelier on the road and have higher quality interiors. If you have a little leeway in your budget, it might be worth shopping around.

Should I Buy the Lincoln MKZ?

The main reason to buy the Lincoln MKZ is if you want a luxury midsize car without spending an arm and a leg. Even a top-of-the-line Lincoln MKZ Reserve II retails for less than the starting price of some competitors. However, if price is the principal concern, shoppers should also consider the 2019 Acura TLX. Its MSRP is even more affordable at $33,000, though this car also performs poorly in our rankings. Although it costs a little more, you might want take a look at the redesigned 2019 Lexus ES ($39,500), which has a spacious cabin filled with premium materials. However, all-wheel drive is not available, as it is with the Lincoln.

There are also some nonluxury midsize cars worth considering. The Ford Fusion is the corporate cousin of the Lincoln MKZ. With an MSRP of $34,340, the Fusion Titanium trim will save you a little money over the MKZ. It has a decidedly richer interior, especially for a nonluxury car, and it has engaging driving dynamics that are lacking in its Lincoln cousin.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Lincoln MKZ?

The current generation of the Lincoln MKZ launched during the 2013 model year. Lincoln refreshed the MKZ for 2017, adding a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged engine option, updated exterior styling, and a SYNC 3 infotainment system that replaced the much-maligned MyLincoln Touch. There were no major changes for 2018.

Lincoln added a few standard safety features to the 2019 MKZ, including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, and a pre-collision system. Lincoln also simplified its trim levels, also shuffling a few features around. However, getting the twin-turbocharged V6 engine now requires stepping all the way up to the Reserve II trim. Before, it was available in some of the lower level models. Most of its newly standard safety features were optional in earlier models. Because of that, you can likely save money and get virtually the same car by shopping for a used model. Notably, while the Black Label editions are still available for other Lincolns, the MKZ no longer has a Black Label trim.

To further research used models in this generation, read our reviews of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Lincoln MKZ. If you decide an older model is right for you, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles. 

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We Did the Research for You: 34 Reviews Analyzed

By researching Lincoln MKZ reviews, our hope is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this sedan in our comprehensive review. It combines concrete data (like fuel economy estimates, safety scores, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 34 Lincoln MKZ reviews. Our Lincoln MKZ review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which spans the 2013 through 2019 model years.

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How Much Does the Lincoln MKZ Cost?

At the time of this writing, Lincoln has not released pricing information for the 2019 MKZ. However, based on 2018 pricing, it is estimated to have an MSRP around $36,000. That’s likely to be among the most affordable cars in the class. The fuel-efficient Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is available for no extra cost, which is rare with hybrid versions of luxury cars.

Shoppers looking for the turbocharged V6 engine will have to move up to the highest-level Reserve II trim. Its price is estimated to be around $48,750 for the front-wheel-drive version. That’s a higher cost than models from previous model years, but that’s largely because the Reserve II a replacement for the Black Label.

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Lincoln MKZ Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Lincoln MKZ or Ford Fusion?

The 2019 Ford Fusion could be called the nonluxury version of the Lincoln MKZ. However, its interior quality rivals that of luxury vehicles, especially in higher trims. You could pick up the Fusion Titanium and still save around $1,750 over the base Lincoln. Not only will you get a similarly upscale interior, but you’ll also get a sedan that’s a bit more fun to drive. The Ford even offers both hybrid and plug-in hybrid body types. The Ford is energetic on the road, playful around corners, and full of comparable features, so there’s little reason to pick the MKZ over the Fusion Titanium unless you really want the luxury badge.

Which Is Better: Lincoln MKZ or Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a luxury small car. As such, it does not offer as much passenger and cargo space as the larger MKZ. Despite that, its MSRP is expected to be north of $41,000, making it around $5,000 more expensive than the MKZ. For some shoppers, the trade-offs might be worth it. Mercedes-Benz heavily refreshed the C-Class for 2019, introducing new standard tech features and a lineup of powerful engine options. The high-performance AMG models have a lot more horsepower than anything you’ll find in the Lincoln. The C-Class is available as a sedan, coupe, wagon, or cabriolet (convertible). Each body type has an elegant cabin adorned with real wood trim. Stick with the MKZ if you need the extra space. Otherwise, the C-Class is a good choice if you have some leeway with your budget.

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MKZ Interior

How Many People Does the MKZ Seat?

The 2019 Lincoln MKZ seats five people on standard leatherette upholstery. Heated and 10-way power-adjustable front seats, driver-seat memory settings, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are all standard. Ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a power-adjustable heated steering wheel, and leather seats are available.

Multiple methods of adjustment and available comfort features make this Lincoln’s front seats extremely comfortable. Two adults can ride in the back seats for short trips, but the MKZ’s limited legroom means the rear is best left for children on longer rides.

MKZ and Car Seats

The Lincoln MKZ has two compete sets of LATCH connections for securing child car seats, as well as an additional tether anchor. The tether anchors are easy to find and use, though the lower anchors are buried too deeply in the seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the MKZ's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

MKZ Interior Quality

The MKZ has a nice cabin, but some trim pieces feel flimsy, so calling it upscale is a stretch. The interior’s not bad in its own right, and the quality of materials improves as you move to higher trims. However, most rivals feature nicer cabins.

MKZ Cargo Space

With 15.4 cubic-feet of trunk space, this luxury sedan has one of the largest trunks in the class, easily eclipsing rivals such as the Cadillac CTS and Acura TLX. The Lexus ES is one of the few sedans to offer more room, with 16.7 cubic feet of trunk space.

While the MKZ’s trunk size is above average, its narrow opening makes it difficult to load bulky or firm items such as suitcases. A split-folding rear seat increases overall space, while an available power trunk lid increases convenience. The MKZ Hybrid has 11.1 cubic-feet of trunk space due to the placement of its lithium-ion battery.

MKZ Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The MKZ’s standard SYNC 3 infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, two USB ports, an 11-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Two rear-seat charge-only USB ports, a voice-activated navigation system, HD Radio, and a 14 or 20-speaker Revel audio system are available.

The SYNC 3 interface is generally responsive and easy to use, though it can be a little too unwieldly to perform some functions that should be simple. However, it’s still a vast improvement over the old MyLincoln Touch system found in previous models.

For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto?

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MKZ Performance

MKZ Engine: Diverse Powertrain Lineup

Three powertrains are available in the 2019 MKZ, starting with the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 245 horsepower. A 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 is available in the top-of-the-line Reserve II trim. It produces 350 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque in front-wheel drive models, or 400 horsepower and the same torque with all-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic transmission comes with all nonhybrid MKZs.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to make a combined 188 horsepower. The hybrid has an electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT), a type of automatic.

The base engine is peppy enough to sail around town, though it draws mixed reviews when it comes to highway performance. The available twin-turbo V6 is much more robust. Its extra punch and bursts of acceleration make it a capable highway passer. Rivals like the Audi A6 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class offer even more potent engines, including V8s.

MKZ Gas Mileage: From Eh to Ooh

With front-wheel drive, the entry-level 2019 Lincoln MKZ earns an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, or 20/29 mpg city/highway with AWD. That’s about average for the class. Unsurprisingly, the V6 engine earns lower estimates: 18/27 mpg with FWD, and 17/26 with AWD. However, the hybrid is much more fuel-efficient, earning estimates of 42/39 mpg. While those are good figures, the Lexus ES Hybrid has even better ratings of 43/45 mpg.

MKZ Ride and Handling: Cozy and Relaxing

The MKZ is a good car to cruise around in, and it favors comfort over agility, which is common for many Lincoln vehicles like the MKC and MKX SUVs. Insulation minimizes disturbance from outside wind and road noise, and the suspension deftly soaks up bumps and manages body lean. Shoppers seeking a greater thrill from their vehicle might want to consider rivals such as the Cadillac CTS. Front-wheel drive is standard in the MKX, while all-wheel drive is available. However, the hybrid comes with FWD only.

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MKZ Reliability

Is the Lincoln MKZ Reliable?

The 2019 MKZ receives a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is an average rating.

Lincoln MKZ Warranty

Lincoln covers the MKZ with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty and a six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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MKZ Safety

MKZ Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 MKZ a perfect five-star overall crash test rating. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKZ sedan the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests performed.

MKZ Safety Features

The 2019 MKZ comes standard with a handful of driver assistance technologies, including a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, automatic high beams, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and adaptive cruise control. An automated parallel parking system is available.

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Which Lincoln MKZ Model Is Right for Me?

Lincoln offers the 2019 MKZ in three trim levels: MKZ (base), Reserve I, and Reserve II. All gas-powered models come with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine. A hybrid with a four-cylinder engine and electric motor is also available. Lincoln no longer offers the Black Label trims for the MKZ.

The base trim is a decent choice for most shoppers. It has a healthy helping of safety features, and its engine provides enough power to cruise around town with ease. Those seeking a peppier engine will need to jump up to the high-end Reserve II trim. This is the only one available with the twin-turbo V6. However, the MKZ is one of the most affordable luxury sedans in this class. You can likely find a top-of-the-line Reserve II for less than the base price of some competitors. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available on all but the hybrid for around $2,000.

Lincoln MKZ

As of this writing, Lincoln has not formally released pricing for the 2019 MKZ. However, the entry-level model is estimated to have an MSRP that’s around $36,000. For that money, you’ll get leatherette upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and alloy wheels. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system comes with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, an 11-speaker stereo, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Several safety features are also standard, including automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring.

Lincoln MKZ Reserve I

With an MSRP estimated to be around $39,000, the Lincoln Reserve I trim gains leather seats, a power trunk lid, a 110-volt outlet, two rear-seat charging USB ports, and a voice-activated navigation system.

A Reserve Plus package that adds larger alloy wheels, a Revel Ultima 14-speaker sound system, HD Radio, a sunroof, a heated steering wheel, and heated rear seats.

Lincoln MKZ Reserve II

The high-end Reserve II trim is expected to have an MSRP around $45,000. While that may seem like a steep jump compared to the 2018 MKZ Reserve, the Reserve II replaces the Black Label in the MKZ lineup. In addition to all of the features listed above, the Reserve II adds massaging and ventilated front seats, a power rear window sunshade, and parallel park assist. This is also the only trim available with the 3.0-liter V6 engine. It makes 350 horsepower in models equipped with FWD, or 400 with AWD. An MKZ Luxury package is also available, and it includes a 20-speaker Revel premium sound system and a panoramic sunroof.

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The Final Call

Priced more affordably than many of its rivals, the 2019 Lincoln MKZ is a comfortable driver and a decent value for its price point. Occupants will enjoy a cushioned ride, and all its powertrains – particularly the available V6 – are potent enough for highway driving. However, there are many alternatives priced near or even well-below the MKZ that offer many of its advantages and fewer of its drawbacks, such as the Lexus ES or Ford Fusion. Before buying this luxury midsize car, it might be worth considering other options.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • The 2019 MKZ packs plenty of standard features, so there's a certain amount of value to be had here considering rival cars are typically more expensive. The MKZ's fuel-sipping hybrid and strong turbocharged V6 engines are also appealing, as is its easy-to-use infotainment system. There are some downsides, though. The interior is a little too cozy for a vehicle of its exterior size, and some of the materials used are lackluster in quality. The base four-cylinder engine's performance is also underwhelming. Overall, though, we think the MKZ is worth taking a look at if want value for your dollar from a car that's not the typical European or Japanese luxury sedan." -- Edmunds
  • Because the MKZ is not on the same performance tier as the Cadillac CTS, BMW 3 Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class, we wouldn't recommend it as a luxury-sport-sedan choice. If you don't need all-wheel drive, the hybrid model offers the best value. It brings all the opulence, amenities and soft ride of the standard MKZ but also returns excellent fuel economy that's far superior to its nonhybrid rivals." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • Although no slouch in the curves, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ luxury sedan isn't designed for the BMW set, but rather for those who appreciate a luxury sedan that delivers a smooth ride, a silent cabin and powerful engine. The MKZ feels more exclusive than a Lexus ES 350, more distinctive than a Cadillac ATS and more affordable than a loaded Mercedes-Benz C-Class. However, an Audi A4 or a Volvo S60 is certainly a more appealing competitor with a more substantial pedigree." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
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