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2014 Lincoln MKZ Review

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ finds itself at the bottom of its class because of its bland overall performance, a drab interior, and poor critical reception. Still, it offers good safety and reliability scores as well as low ownership costs for a luxury vehicle. 

Pros & Cons

  • Decent reliability rating
  • Mediocre cabin design
  • Finicky infotainment system
  • Rivals are more athletic




Critics' Rating: 5.9
Performance: 6.4
Interior: 6.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.2
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2014 Lincoln MKZ Overview

Is the 2014 Lincoln MKZ a Good Used Car?

The MKZ is not a good used car. Mediocre engine offerings and ho-hum handling give the car the worst performance in the class. Also, a frustrating infotainment system and so-so passenger room limit the MKZ's appeal as a daily driver. You'd be smart to shop around for a better luxury midsize car.

Used 2014 Lincoln MKZ Performance and Interior

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is available with one of two engines: a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder or a 300-horsepower V6. Both come with a six-speed automatic transmission, and either powertrain can come with front- or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy estimates range from 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway for a standard four-cylinder FWD model to 18/25 mpg city highway for a V6-powered AWD MKZ. A hybrid version of the MKZ earns 38/37 mpg city/highway.

Equipped with either engine, the MKZ delivers adequate power and acceleration for in-town driving or long highway cruises. However, the larger V6 does little to outshine the standard turbo-four. The MKZ prioritizes ride comfort over an engaging drive. It glides smoothly over bumpy roads, but if you want athletic handling or corner-carving agility, consider a sportier luxury midsize car.

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The Lincoln MKZ sedan seats five on standard leather upholstery, with 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats. Some models may have multi-contour front seats, ventilated front seats, or heated rear outboard seats. There are two rear sets of lower LATCH anchors and three upper tether anchors for installing child seats. The MKZ's sloping roofline limits headroom for tall back-seat passengers, and though the front seats are comfy, the cramped cabin intrudes on space.

Compared to many other luxury offerings, the MKZ's interior quality and materials are underwhelming. However, it comes with a decent list of standard features, including dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, proximity key entry, remote start, two USB ports, an 11-speaker premium stereo system, satellite radio, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Available features include HD Radio, voice-activated navigation, a moonroof, a heated steering wheel, a 14-speaker stereo, a power rear sunshade, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a rearview camera, and parking sensors. The MyLincoln touch system responds slowly to inputs, and it can be hard to navigate the confusing menu structure.

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Used 2014 Lincoln MKZ Prices

You can expect to pay around $19,000 or $20,000 for a used 2014 Lincoln MKZ. Prices depend on the car's mileage, features, and condition. Listings can vary between different areas of the country.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Lincoln MKZ?

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ has a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power. That's a good rating for the luxury midsize car class, and it’s above the industry-wide average score of three. All other cars in the MKZ's class earn a rating of three or above.

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How Safe Is the MKZ?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety names the MKZ a 2014 Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest score of Good in four crash tests. The MKZ also earned a rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the MKZ a five-star overall rating, with five stars in the frontal crash test as well. However, it only managed four out of five stars in the side crash and rollover tests.

There are no standard driver assistance or advanced safety features in the MKZ, but several are available: a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, parallel park assist, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beams. 

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Should I Consider Another Used MKZ?

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is a part of the sedan's second generation, which began with the 2013 model year. There were no major changes between the first two years of this new generation, so you can likely save money by going with a 2013 MKZ instead of a 2014 model. However, a 2015 MKZ’s standard rearview camera and rear parking sensors might make it worth the extra spend.

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Which Used Lincoln MKZ Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Lincoln MKZ is available in gas-only and hybrid versions, with the gas-only version offering two engine choices and either front- or all-wheel drive. Technically, there is only one main trim, though there are several equipment levels: Premier (base), Select, Reserve, and Preferred. Most buyers should be satisfied with an MKZ Reserve, which builds on the car's numerous standard features by adding a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, navigation, satellite radio, and a blind spot information system. For more driver assistance features, find an MKZ with the Technology package.

You may also want to consider a certified pre-owned Lincoln. 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.

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2014 Lincoln MKZ and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Lincoln MKZ or 2014 Lexus ES?

Like all cars atop the 2014 luxury midsize class, the Lexus ES earns a perfect reliability rating. Great safety scores also make it a much better choice than the MKZ. The ES won't wow you with its performance, but a strong, standard V6 engine and supple ride make it well-equipped for daily duty. When it comes to interior accommodations, the ES also trounces the MKZ. There are ample high-quality materials and a handsome design, and all passengers should have plenty of room. One major downside to the ES is its frustrating infotainment controller, which is a physical joystick mounted on the center console.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lincoln MKZ or 2014 Cadillac CTS?

The 2014 Cadillac CTS boasts best-in-class performance, thanks to its superior handling and several high-powered engine options (including a supercharged V8). That's not its only appeal, though. The CTS’ elegant interior features many premium materials and an attractive list of standard features. Rear-seat space is a little tight, but you can manage it for short trips. When the CTS was new, we named it our 2014 Best Luxury Large Car for Families, because of its top-notch safety scores and family-friendly features. The main thing holding the CTS back from the top of the class is its merely average reliability score. Still, it's a better pick than the MKZ.

Which Is Better: 2014 Lincoln MKZ or 2014 Lincoln MKS?

The 2014 Lincoln MKS is a luxury large car, and it'll likely cost you more to buy and have higher ownership costs. However, that's offset by the car's long list of standard features, including many that are merely optional in the MKZ, such as ventilated front seats, satellite radio, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors. Though the MKS has a better reliability rating than its smaller sibling, its safety scores are a bit lower. Two available V6 engines, including a robust twin-turbocharged option, give the overall performance edge to the MKS, but not by much. Inside, the MKS offers excellent rear passenger space and a larger trunk than many rivals. Neither of these Lincolns is a great car, but the MKS is the better of the two.

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