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7.6

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 6.3
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 6.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.2
Reliability:
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2015 Lincoln MKZ Review

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ ranks low in the upscale midsize car class because of subpar interior materials, cramped seats, a complicated infotainment system, and dull handling. 

Pros & Cons

  • Fuel-efficient MKZ Hybrid option
  • Lots of trunk space
  • Underwhelming interior materials
  • Difficult infotainment system
  • Limited back-seat headroom

New for 2015

  • Standard rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and automatic headlights
  • New top-of-the-line Black Label trim

2015 Lincoln MKZ Overview

Is the 2015 Lincoln MKZ a Good Used Car?

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ will not satisfy many luxury midsize car shoppers. Its cabin is light on both luxury and space, and while the MKZ has good engine power and a comfortable ride, most competing cars offer a more thrilling performance. Still, the MKZ has good safety and predicted reliability scores, a large trunk, and plenty of features. It isn't a terrible car, but its rivals are better in most every way.

Used 2015 Lincoln MKZ Performance and Interior

The 2015 front-wheel-drive Lincoln MKZ has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces satisfactory power for city and highway driving. A 300-horsepower V6 engine is available. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. With the base engine, the MKZ earns average fuel economy estimates for the class: 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid gets outstanding fuel economy estimates of 41 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. The MKZ's standard adaptive suspension allows you to choose between Normal, Comfort, and Sport modes for a customized driving experience. The MKZ has a relaxed ride and drab handling. If you want a car with engaging handling, consider sportier rivals like the Audi A6 and Cadillac CTS.

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Cabin materials and styling in the five-seat Lincoln MKZ aren’t up to luxury sedan standards. The front seats are cushioned but somewhat cramped, while the back seats lack headroom. Still, there are a few positives: The MKZ is quiet inside and comes loaded with features. Additionally, at 15.4 cubic feet, its trunk is one of the largest in the class.

Standard features include push-button start, Lincoln’s voice-activated SYNC system and MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, navigation, and a number of driver assistance safety features. The MyLincoln Touch infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen that is slow to respond and has confusing menus.

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Used 2015 Lincoln MKZ Prices

Prices for a used 2015 Lincoln MKZ range from about $23,300 for the front-wheel-drive base model to around $31,000 for the all-wheel-drive MKZ Black Label. Your price may vary depending on the car's location, equipment, mileage, and condition.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lincoln MKZ?

With a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, the 2015 MKZ is close to average for the class but above average compared with other cars on the market.

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How Safe Is the MKZ?

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ earns a rating of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, and an Acceptable rating in the small overlap evaluation. The agency also named the MKZ a 2015 Top Safety Pick. In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration evaluations, the 2015 MKZ received a perfect five-star rating for overall safety, as well as five stars in the frontal crash test. It earned four stars in the side and rollover tests. While these are good crash test scores overall, they are slightly below average for the class, as many rivals earn a perfect safety score.

The MKZ's standard safety features include rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Parallel park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and active lane keep assist are available.

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Should I Consider Another Used MKZ?

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ is a part of the car’s second generation, which began with the 2013 model year and includes the 2017 model year. A rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and automatic headlights were added to the standard features list for 2015, and the top-level Black Label trim was introduced. The MKZ was otherwise unchanged, so you'll likely find similarly equipped 2013 or 2014 models for less money.

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Which Used Lincoln MKZ Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ has four trim levels: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. A hybrid model is also available.

The base MKZ Premiere comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while a more powerful V6 engine is available. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio, an 11-speaker stereo, and Lincoln’s voice-activated SYNC system with the 8-inch touch-screen MyLincoln Touch infotainment system.

The MKZ Select adds power-folding side mirrors, HD Radio, and ambient lighting. It's available with a 14-speaker THX II stereo, a panoramic moonroof, and a number of safety features including adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, active park assist with front parking sensors, and lane keep assist.

The MKZ Reserve comes with a 110-volt power outlet, a heated steering wheel, perforated leather upholstery, voice-activated navigation, heated and cooled multicontour front seats, heated rear seats, and blind spot monitoring. The MKZ Black Label trim adds to the MKZ Reserve's features with a power open and close trunk lid, an automatic park assist system, and all-wheel drive. Some models may include any of the MKZ Select's available features.

The MKZ Hybrid has all the MKZ Black Label's features, plus a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor that together make 188 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission is also standard.

Lincoln also offers certified pre-owned MKZs. 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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2015 Lincoln MKZ and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKZ or 2015 Cadillac CTS?

Few cars in the class offer as thrilling driving dynamics as the Cadillac CTS. The CTS packs plenty of power, from its base 272-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine to its monstrous available 556-horsepower, supercharged V8. It's also one of the best-handling cars in the class, with razor-sharp steering, strong brakes, and bump-absorbing suspension. The Cadillac CTS was also named our 2015 Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families.

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKZ or 2015 Audi A6?

The Audi A6 surpasses the Lincoln MKZ in most categories. It has a perfect safety rating, one of the most luxurious and well-designed cabins in the class, and plenty of standard features. Additionally, the A6 offers a number of powertrains, each producing plenty of power. Its outstanding poise around corners also makes it one of the strongest performers in the class.

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