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2013 Lincoln MKZ Review

Lincoln fully redesigned the MKZ and MKZ Hybrid for 2013, but it still settles toward the bottom of our rankings. Overall, this used luxury sedan tenders a good value and excellent reliability, but it isn't as charming as some rivals.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent crash test and reliability ratings
  • Good value
  • Above-average fuel economy from base and hybrid models
  • Large trunk
  • Frustrating infotainment system
  • Dull handling
  • Tight back seat
  • Low-rent cabin materials for the class




Critics' Rating: 5.8
Performance: 6.3
Interior: 6.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.1
Safety: 9.2
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2013 Lincoln MKZ Overview

Is the 2013 Lincoln MKZ a Good Used Car?

With its low ownership costs and high safety and reliability ratings, the Lincoln MKZ is a respectable luxury car and a good bang for your buck. However, it isn't the most refined sedan in our rankings, and its collection of interior shortcomings paired with unimpressive performance makes the MKZ less appealing than a number of competitors.

Used 2013 Lincoln MKZ Performance and Interior

Each used 2013 MKZ has one of three powertrains: a turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder, a more powerful V6, and a hybrid system that adds an electric motor. All accelerate respectably – though not robustly – and provide a pleasant ride. The MKZ's automatic transmission features push-button shifting to change gears. This system can be slow to respond and is prone to accidental inputs when you reach for the infotainment system.

As expected, the MKZ Hybrid is the most fuel-efficient of the three, earning EPA fuel economy estimates of 38 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. Though the EcoBoost engine isn't as thrifty (an EPA-estimated 22 mpg city/32 mpg highway), this MKZ is still more efficient than most luxury cars of this size. Handling is tuned more for comfort than agility, though the MKZ's ride isn't always the smoothest. Front-wheel drive is standard, and some nonhybrid models offer all-wheel drive as well.

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All MKZ models come with leather upholstery. Heated seats with power adjustments are standard in the front. Overall, the seats are adequately cushy, though some reviewers found the front seats narrow. The sloping roofline cuts into head space for back-seat passengers. There are two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the rear row, plus a third tether anchor.

The MKZ's infotainment system isn't the easiest to use. Its MyLincoln Touch interface is slow to respond, and awkward touch-sensitive controls replace all traditional knobs and buttons. Beyond these drawbacks is a well-equipped system that includes an 8-inch touch screen, an optional navigation system, satellite radio, and 11 speakers. The MKZ's king-size console keeps many small items contained, and its trunk is more spacious than most.

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Used 2013 Lincoln MKZ Prices

The MKZ is one of the lower priced options in the luxury midsize car class. Prices for the 2013 MKZ FWD average around $15,200; expect to pay about $900 more for a used MKZ AWD model. Keep in mind that these prices are estimates only. They will fluctuate depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and demand. 

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We Did the Research for You: 19 Reviews Analyzed

Our Lincoln MKZ review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 19 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Reliable Is the 2013 Lincoln MKZ?

Alongside the Lexus ES and Lexus GS, the 2013 MKZ is one of the few midsize luxury sedans with a perfect reliability score from J.D. Power.

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How Safe Is the MKZ?

The MKZ has a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and it was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Adaptive headlights (which follow curves in the road for better illumination around corners) are standard. Available safety features include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake support, active park assist, front parking sensors, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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Is the 2013 MKZ the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 model year marked the start of a new MKZ generation. There were few changes for 2014 and 2015, though the 2015 model does come standard with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. If these additions are unimportant to you, stick with the 2013 MKZ to save money.

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Which Used Lincoln MKZ Is Right for Me?

The 2013 MKZ comes with three engine choices, including a hybrid option. The base model (Premier) is packed with lots of goodies, including leather seats, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Of the four trim levels (which Lincoln calls equipment groups), we recommend the Reserve Equipment Group, which comes with cooled front seats, a power trunk lid, and advanced safety features like blind spot monitoring. For a swankier ride, look for the range-topping Preferred Equipment Group. A panoramic roof, heated rear seats, and a 14-speaker premium sound system are among its list of treats.

Pay a little extra, and you can receive extra peace of mind with a certified pre-owned MKZ. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 Lincoln MKZ and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 Lincoln MKZ or 2013 Ford Fusion?

The Ford Fusion shares a platform and some features with the Lincoln MKZ, but overall, this Ford isn't as good as the Lincoln. The MKZ’s better engine choices, upscale cabin, and superior reliability score make it the better buy of the two.

Which Is Better: 2013 Lincoln MKZ or 2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

One of the best midsize luxury sedans you can buy is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. It's quite a bit more expensive than the MKZ, but if you can afford it, you'll enjoy one of the poshest interiors in the class. Thanks to its excellent safety and reliability ratings, the E-Class is not only indulgent, but also a reassuring buy.   

Which Is Better: 2013 Lincoln MKZ or 2013 Lexus ES?

The Lexus ES is one of the closest competitors to the Lincoln MKZ. A few slight differences separate these luxury sedans, but either is a good pick. Of the two, the MKZ has lower ownership costs and can save you money. On the other hand, the ES has a nicer cabin and comes with Lexus' reputation of high resale values.

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