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2010 Lincoln MKZ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Lincoln MKZ was new.


Interior: 7.8

The most significant aspect of the Lincoln MKZ’s refreshed design is its passenger cabin. Lincoln intends the MKZ to be a rival to the Lexus ES and similar comfort-oriented midsize luxury cars -- and reviewers say the cabin fits the bill. Soft-touch materials are everywhere, the seats are comfortable, and cabin electronics, highlighted by the SYNC voice-command system, are on par with the most tech-heavy cars in its class.  

  • "It's a really nice cabin -- not quite Lexus ES350 or Mercedes E-Class territory, but very, very close." -- About.com
  • “The upgraded interior is now more of a contender for best-in-class with its abundance of soft-touch materials and excellent leather seats." -- Autoblog
  • “The MKZ's interior is arguably a bit nicer than that of its more expensive [MKS] stablemate, thanks to an abundance of soft-touch surfaces -- a pleasant contrast to last year's relatively low-rent cabin." -- Edmunds
  • “Many interior surfaces are nicely textured and padded. A few plastic trim bits designed to look like metal are unconvincing, but overall, MKZ now falls in line with most rivals for interior ambiance." -- Consumer Guide


Reviewers say the seats of the Lincoln MKZ reflect the car’s relaxed character. They’re comfortable and covered in a soft grade of leather more luxurious than that found on many similarly-priced cars. They are not, however, firm and supportive in sporty driving. The rear seats of the MKZ are particularly impressive -- it offers more leg, hip and headroom than even the Lexus ES, making it one of the best upscale midsize cars for those who routinely travel with four adults.

  • "I was more impressed by the leather seats, which are quite richly detailed. Our test car had steel gray leather with wide, cream-colored piping, and it was very, very nice - a welcome change from the overly plasticized, overly homogenous leather treatments we see everywhere these days." -- Automobile Magazine
  • “MKZ's seats are designed for soft comfort rather than sporty bolstering. In that light, this car succeeds as a comfortable highway cruiser, though some testers find the seats too flat for optimal long-drive support.” -- Consumer Guide
  • "The bucket seats are now wrapped in premium Bridge of Weir leather and have just the right amount of bolstering. We could easily spend hours inside the MKZ and never feel uncomfortable." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 2010 Lincoln MKZ offers only one trim level, but it’s loaded with standard equipment. Reviewers find its climate and entertainment systems easy to use. While many upscale rivals now offer a single user-interface that controls all climate and audio functions (like BMW’s iDrive), Lincoln still offers separate controls for each. That means there is little learning curve in operating the MKZ. Buyers should find themselves able to understand its controls quickly and easily.

The standard Ford SYNC system allows drivers to control almost all of the car’s systems, as well as any Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and music players inside the car, with voice commands. Reviewers have overwhelmingly positive things to say about SYNC and it’s something no competitor can yet match. But it isn’t necessarily a reason to buy the MKZ -- the same system is available on Ford Fusion costing $10,000 less. Reviewers disagree on the value of the optional THX sound system. If you’re interested, plan to stop in the dealership after completing your test drive and spend some time listening to it to be certain it’s worth your money.

  • "The voice-activated Sync system works impressively well, but we aren't particularly impressed with the sound quality of the uplevel THX-certified system.” -- Edmunds
  • “Gone are the old MKZ's tiny 1970s-style gauges; in their place is a proper three-pod instrument cluster that looks like something straight out of a sports car. A Japanese sports car. The rest of the cabin is more-betterer, too.” -- About.com
  • "The main gauges are clearly lit and easy to read. The controls are self-evident, with most audio and climate functions separate from the navigation system. Redundant steering-wheel and touch-screen controls are helpful as well.” -- Consumer Guide
  • “The instrument panel is pretty nicely turned out, with some aluminum or aluminumlike trim and FoMoCo's superb new navigation and audio system interface.  Part of the pricey Ultimate Package, the screen is intuitive, crystal clear, and bright. The THX audio system is also quite impressive." -- Automobile Magazine


The Lincoln MKZ has one of the largest trunks in the Upscale Midsize Car class. While many sportier rivals -- like the BMW 3-Series or Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- offer fewer than 13 cubic feet of storage space, the MKZ’s trunk offers nearly 16 cubic feet. 

  • ""The trunk is usefully large with strut-type lid hinges that don't intrude into the cargo hold. A decently sized glovebox and center console offer good small-item storage." -- Consumer Guide

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