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8.0

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 7.9
Reliability:
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2011 Lincoln MKZ Review

The 2011 Lincoln MKZ has a smooth ride and an elegant interior with high-quality materials and lots of standard features.

Pros & Cons

  • High-quality, luxurious interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Numerous standard features
  • Performance trails sport sedans
  • Too similar to the Ford Fusion
  • Low safety ratings for the class

2011 Lincoln MKZ Overview

When it was new, critics liked the MKZ’s well-appointed, high-quality interior, which includes Lincoln’s SYNC infotainment system standard. They also found that its softly-sprung suspension is good at soaking up bumps, which is ideal for comfortable cruises on the freeway. However, its soft suspension also means that hard cornering isn’t the MKZ’s strong suit, so it’s not the best choice for driving enthusiasts. The MKZ’s safety scores are lower than many competitors’.

The MKZ is powered by a 263-horsepower V6 and comes with either front- or all-wheel drive. Critics said there is plenty of power for accelerating and passing, but drivers shouldn’t expect breathtaking speed. Front-wheel drive MKZs net 18/27 mpg city/highway. Opting for AWD reduces those estimates to 17/24 mpg, which is on the low side when compared with similarly-equipped 2011 midsize cars. The MKZ can carry up to 16.5 cubic feet of cargo in its trunk, which is very good for the class.

Critics liked the MKZ’s high-quality interior and the comfortable, luxurious seats, which offer plenty of space for front and rear passengers. Standard equipment includes leather upholstery, Lincoln’s SYNC infotainment system, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats and satellite radio. Available equipment includes a touch-screen navigation system, 10-gigabyte hard drive, and a THX stereo. Other packages add features like upgraded leather upholstery and a sport-tuned suspension. Safety equipment includes six airbags and integrated blind spot mirrors.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you want something with handling that’s a bit sportier, consider the 2011 Buick Regal. Critics said the Regal has taut, athletic handling, but that it’s still comfortable over bumpy roads. If you’re looking for good performance, make sure you select a turbocharged model, as most reviewers said the base model is underpowered. The Regal also has better safety scores than the MKZ. 

Many critics agreed that the 2011 Lexus ES is one of the benchmarks for luxury within the class, thanks to its silky engine and comfortable ride. Like the MKZ, reviewers said the ES 350 is no sport sedan, so those looking for driving excitement will be disappointed. 

Compare the MKZ to the Regal and ES »

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