2008 Lincoln MKZ

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$2,646 - $2,854
$30,980 - $32,850

Pros & Cons

  • Praiseworthy V-6 engine comes standard
  • Massive trunk provides ample cargo
  • Comfortable seats and a quite cabin underscore an elegant interior
  • Styling too staid for such a sporty class
  • No available electronic stability control
  • Mixed response to braking performance
  • No available manual transmission
  • Unusually large turning radius

Research & Ratings

Currently, the Lincoln MKZ has a score of 7.9 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 52 pieces of research and data.




Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.6
Safety: 8.9
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2008 Lincoln MKZ Overview

Reviewers generally find the 2008 Lincoln MKZ to be a reasonably priced and well-rounded luxury sedan. According to New Car Test Drive and others, "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." But the MKZ's overall ranking is affected by complaints concerning the absence of sporty power as well as the sedan's understated styling.

Largely a carryover from 2007, the 2008 model features several new features, including heated and cooled front seats, a hands-free communication and entertainment system, and four new exterior colors. If you're in the market for an upscale midsize sedan, you should also consider a more fuel-efficient reviewer-favorite, the BMW 3-Series.

  • "This sedan is based on a stretched, widened, and tweaked Mazda 6 platform, a rigid structure attached to a fully independent suspension that makes this the best-handling Lincoln in a long time. It will give front-drive European sports sedans a run for their money." -- Car and Driver
  • "There are a lot of $35,000, $40,000 and even $45,000 cars out there in midsize skin and stuffed full of customer-pleasing amenities. The MKZ stacks up very well in that group. I just wish it had a little more zing under the hood." -- Sacramento Bee
  • "We were pleased to find an efficient-size Lincoln sedan that is fun to drive." -- Road and Track
  • "The MKZ brings a unique powertrain offering, nicer duds, improved performance, and a more compelling value message. … Lincoln is now legitimately in the game." -- Motor Trend
  • "The MKZ falls short of competing with near-luxury vehicles such as the Cadillac CTS, Mercedes C-Class, Lexus ES or the Acura TL. Yes, it's cheaper than them, but in this case you get what you pay for." -- Newsday

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