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2009 Lincoln MKZ Review

The highly-ranked 2009 Lincoln MKZ is an upscale midsize car that has a spacious cabin with a large trunk, and comes with great safety scores. Keep in mind that it’s not a sport sedan, so those looking for driving excitement may be bored with the MKZ.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious, comfortable interior
  • Refined, controlled ride
  • Fantastic safety scores
  • Not as agile as some competitors
  • Lacks interior refinement of more luxury-oriented cars




Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.6
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.6
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2009 Lincoln MKZ Overview

When it was new, critics liked the 2009 Lincoln MKZ’s supple ride and comfortable, spacious interior. Some auto writers, however, questioned whether the MKZ does enough to rise above the more pedestrian 2009 Ford Fusion on which it is based. They also said that while it handles decently and keeps its composure through turns, it is by no means sporty.

Powering the 2009 MKZ is a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 263 horsepower. Most critics said that while it’s not especially fast, they were never left wanting for power during passing or merging maneuvers. The MKZ is configured with either front- or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy for the front-wheel drive version is 18/28 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class. However, opting for AWD drops that to 17/24 mpg, which is fairly low among 2009 midsize cars. 

Critics had mixed opinions on the MKZ’s interior. Most were impressed with the amount of space and the comfortable seats in the front and rear. However, some were disappointed in the quality of the interior materials, and some disliked the MKZ’s semi-retro interior design. The MKZ’s trunk can carry up to 15.8 cubic feet of cargo, which is more space than what most rivals offer. The MKZ comes standard with leather upholstery, 10-way power heated and cooled front seats, Lincoln’s SYNC infotainment system, dual-zone climate control and satellite radio. Major options when it was new include a power sunroof, navigation and a 14-speaker THX stereo.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re looking for a sportier 2009 midsize car, you may like the highly-rated 2009 Acura TL. Critics said the TL, when equipped with all-wheel drive, is one of the more agile cars in the class, while base models with front-wheel drive are tuned more for comfort. In either version, the TL comes with an upscale, modern interior with a host of technology features.

The 2009 Lexus ES 350 was viewed by critics as one of the luxury benchmarks of the segment, thanks to its smooth ride and supple interior, as well as its refined engine. Like the MKZ, the ES is no sport sedan, but it offers a well-equipped cabin that’s geared toward shoppers who prioritize comfort. 

Compare the MKZ to the TL and ES »

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