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Overall

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

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ ranks at the bottom of the luxury midsize car class. It suffers from a drab and cramped interior with unintuitive infotainment features, and nearly all other rivals are more fun to drive.

Pros & Cons

  • Good reliability rating
  • Fuel-efficient hybrid option
  • Underwhelming interior quality
  • Tricky infotainment system
  • Short on back-seat headroom

New for 2015

  • Rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and automatic headlights became standard

2015 Lincoln MKZ Overview

Is the 2015 Lincoln MKZ a Good Used Car?

The 2015 MKZ isn't a very good used luxury midsize car. It has an above-average reliability rating and low ownership costs for the class. Aside from that, the MKZ disappoints with dull handling, interior quality that doesn't make the grade for a luxury brand, and a touch-screen infotainment system that has a confusing layout and slow response times.

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We’ve researched 31 Lincoln MKZ reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2015 Lincoln MKZ?

Based on more than 700 listings for the 2015 MKZ, the average price is about $20,800. Prices range from about $16,700 to roughly $25,500 and vary depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Lincoln MKZ Cost to Own?

The 2015 MKZ tends to be far more affordable than most of its classmates when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $23,200 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, these same projected costs for a 2015 Cadillac CTS are about $6,400 higher than the MKZ’s.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKZ?

Both the 2015 MKZ and the 2019 Lincoln MKZ belong to the same generation. Most differences between the two models are the product of a midgeneration refresh for 2017. That's when the much-maligned MyLincoln Touch infotainment system was replaced with the user-friendly SYNC3 interface, and a twin-turbocharged V6 replaced the naturally aspirated V6. This engine puts out 350 or 400 horsepower, depending on if it's paired with front- or all-wheel drive. Updates specific to the 2019 MKZ include newly standard safety technologies like blind spot monitoring and a pre-collision system.

The 2019 MKZ is definitely a better car than a used 2015 version, but it comes at a much higher price tag. The 2019 MKZ ranges in price from about $36,000 to over $50,000, while a 2015 MKZ might cost you anywhere from roughly $17,000 to around $25,000.

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There are no new luxury cars that you can buy for what you might pay for a used 2015 MKZ. That includes new luxury midsize cars and new luxury small cars. If you can live without the panache of the Lincoln badge, consider a top-rated midsize car like the 2019 Honda Accord, which starts at $23,720. The Accord has dynamic overall performance, a handsome interior (especially in higher trims), plenty of seating space, and a long list of standard infotainment and safety features.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKZ Is Best?

The Lincoln MKZ was fully redesigned for the 2013 model year. It was unchanged for the 2014 model year. Automatic headlights, a rearview camera, and rear parking sensors became standard for 2015. You may be better off shopping for an otherwise identical 2013 MKZ or 2014 MKZ, both of which have a lower average price than the 2015 MKZ. The 2016 MKZ is unchanged from the 2015 model, so there's no need to spend more to get an MKZ that's one year newer unless you find a deal that's too good to pass up.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Lincoln MKZ?

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Lincoln MKZ Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are four recalls for the 2015 Lincoln MKZ. One recall addresses the possibility of the steering wheel detaching, resulting in loss of control and an increased risk of a crash. Additionally, salt corrosion on bolts can cause the steering gear motor to detach, possibly resulting in the loss of power steering. In the event of a crash, front seat belt anchor cables may fail and not properly restrain occupants. The fourth recall addresses parking lights that can be too bright when used in conjunction with the headlights, causing distraction and blindness to other drivers. Be sure that a Lincoln dealer has addressed these issues before buying a used 2015 MKZ.

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Which Used Lincoln MKZ Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ is available in three trims: Premiere, Select, and Reserve. A turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive are standard in every trim. All trims are available with a V6 engine and all-wheel drive.

Most shoppers will likely be satisfied with a base Premiere trim and its decent list of standard features, including an infotainment system, heated front seats, and a rearview camera. Some Premiere models will also have leather seats.

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Certified Pre-Owned Lincoln MKZ Warranty

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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.

According to our analysis, Lincoln has one of the worst CPO programs among luxury brands. You get better CPO coverage from just about every other brand.

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How Safe Is the MKZ?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Lincoln MKZ an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal crash test and four stars in the side crash and rollover tests.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2015 MKZ the highest rating of Good in four crash tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. The IIHS also named the MKZ a 2015 IIHS Top Safety Pick. While these are good crash test scores overall, they are slightly below average for the class. Many rivals earn a perfect or near-perfect overall safety score.

The MKZ's standard safety features include rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. Available safety features include front parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, driver awareness monitoring, automatic high beams, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and automatic parking assist.

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2015 Lincoln MKZ Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Lincoln MKZ or 2015 Ford Fusion?

The 2015 Ford Fusion is a midsize car that shares its platform with the luxury midsize MKZ. It may not have a luxury badge, but the Fusion is a better car. It has agile handling, precise steering, a large trunk, and a roomier back seat than the MKZ. Both of these cars have related versions of Ford's much-maligned touch-screen infotainment system. The Fusion has a lower average list price than the MKZ by thousands of dollars, as well as lower associated ownership costs. For what you might pay for an MKZ, we suggest skipping it for a higher trim of the Fusion that's loaded with features.

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

Few cars in the class have driving dynamics as thrilling as the 2015 Cadillac CTS’. It packs plenty of hustle under the hood, from 272 horsepower with the base engine to a monstrous 556 horses with the available supercharged V8. The CTS also serves up razor-sharp steering, strong brakes, and a cushy ride. Its average list price is much higher than the MKZ's, and you'll pay a lot more in five-year operating expenses with the Cadillac. Despite all of that, it's worth springing for the CTS instead of getting the unimpressive MKZ.

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2015 MKZ Performance

How Does the 2015 Lincoln MKZ Drive?

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ has a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 horsepower. Acceleration with this engine is satisfactory for everyday driving. A 300-horsepower V6 engine is available, and it feels noticeably more muscular. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

The MKZ's standard adaptive suspension allows you to choose between Normal, Comfort, and Sport modes for a customized driving experience. While the MKZ has a relaxed and composed ride, its handling is dull compared to many other luxury midsize cars. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid features a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor with a combined 188 horsepower. A continuously variable automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard.

Does the 2015 Lincoln MKZ Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and front-wheel drive, the 2015 MKZ gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. Those numbers are decent for the class. The base engine with all-wheel drive loses 2 mpg on the highway. The V6-powered MKZ gets 18/27 mpg city/highway with FWD, and 18/25 mpg with AWD.

The 2015 MKZ returns an estimated 41/49 mpg, which are great figures for a hybrid of this size.

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2015 MKZ Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 MKZ Seat?

Cabin materials and styling in the five-seat Lincoln MKZ aren’t up to luxury standards. The front seats are well-cushioned but somewhat cramped, and the back seats are short on headroom. Synthetic leather is standard, as are 10-way power-adjustable and heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Available features include genuine leather upholstery, multicontour and massaging front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a power rear-window sunshade, and a heated steering wheel.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Lincoln MKZ?

The MKZ has two complete sets of rear-seat LATCH connections, and a tether anchor for the middle seat. The lower anchors are set deep in the seats and hard to reach, making it difficult to install child safety seats.

2015 Lincoln MKZ Features

Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and a 10.1-inch digital instrument display. The standard MyLincoln Touch infotainment system features an 8-inch touch screen, voice recognition, Bluetooth, two USB ports, an 11-speaker premium stereo, and satellite radio.

The MKZ's main touch screen responds slowly to commands, and its menu structure is overly complicated. Other controls on the dashboard are touch-sensitive, instead of traditional buttons and knobs. They're also small and not labeled very clearly.

Available features include HD Radio, a 14-speaker THX premium stereo, navigation, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, and a single-panel or panoramic moonroof.

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2015 Lincoln MKZ Dimensions

Lincoln MKZ Cargo Space

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ has 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is large for a luxury midsize car. At 11.1 cubic feet, the MKZ Hybrid's trunk is decently sized for a hybrid.

2015 MKZ Length and Weight

The Lincoln MKZ is 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,719 to 3,874 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Lincoln MKZ Built?

The 2015 Lincoln MKZ was built by Ford in Mexico.

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