2007 Lincoln MKZ

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2007 Lincoln MKZ Review

Note: This review was created when the 2007 Lincoln MKZ was new.

The MKZ delivers an elegant, luxurious interior with many standard features, but can't match the overall performance of others in its class.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.2
Safety: 8.3
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Praiseworthy V6 engine comes standard
  • Massive trunk provides ample cargo space
  • Comfortable seats and a quite cabin underscore an elegant interior
  • No available electronic stability control
  • Mixed response to braking performance
  • No available manual transmission
  • Unusually large turning radius

2007 Lincoln MKZ Overview

Reviewers generally find the 2007 Lincoln MKZ to be a reasonably priced and comfortable luxury sedan. The all-new MKZ takes the place of the 2006 Lincoln Zephyr and features a powerful V6 engine, all-wheel drive, and updated front styling. Road & Travel Magazine touts, "As a mid-size sedan, the 2007 MKZ offers excellent ergonomics and comfort for five passengers, with good trunk space and a superb sound system to improve the overall driving experience."

New Car Test Drive sums up the MKZ's well-rounded ride, commenting, "It's suitable for day-to-day commuting even on the Midwest's broken streets, comfy for long-distance cruising on an interstate and playful during a quick trip along a two-lane road through the mountains. It has plenty of power, but it uses regular fuel and delivers decent gas mileage." Reviewers' major complaints involve the MKZ's lack of sporty performance and its understated styling.

A fully-loaded AWD version of the 2007 Lincoln MKZ still comes out well under $40,000, a good value according to many reviewers. MSN reminds buyers that the "MKZ provides lots of equipment for the money," and Edmunds notes, "The 2007 Lincoln MKZ undercuts its Japanese-brand rivals by $4,000." BusinessWeek says, "If a 3-Series BMW is a bit too aggressive, and a Lexus ES a touch too expensive, the MKZ could be a good middle ground."

However, despite the fact that it's priced a tad below its competitors, the MKZ has a projected five-year residual value of just 31 percent, according to Kelley Blue Book. That's "compared to 42 percent for the 2007 Infiniti G35, 46 percent for the 2007 Acura TL and an equally-weak 27 percent for the 2007 Cadillac CTS V6 (all of which are more expensive)." IntelliChoice also gives the MKZ a value rating of "poor" (the lowest possible) for its predicted five-year total cost of ownership, compared with other vehicles in its class.

The 2007 Lincoln MKZ is available in FWD and AWD versions.

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