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2015 Lincoln MKZ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2015 Lincoln MKZ was new.


Interior: 6.2

According to critics, the 2015 Lincoln MKZ’s interior materials and design aren’t up to the luxurious standards of the class, and its infotainment system is very difficult to use. Some auto writers also complain that the front seats feel cramped and the rear seat lacks headroom, though others find the front seats comfortable. The MKZ earns praise for its quiet cabin, large trunk and long list of high-tech features.

  • "… the 2015 Lincoln MKZ's interior needs improvement. It's laid out well enough, but the materials, textures and design aren't luxurious enough to compete in this class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside, the 2015 MKZ's flowing center stack and console, without buttons or knobs, feels mildly futuristic. But while the aesthetic looks forward, the materials don't go much beyond what you get in the related Fusion." -- Edmunds
  • "The MKZ clearly has plenty of tech inside, and there's also ample space for passengers in both the front and rear seats. However, materials are disappointing for a car with luxury aspirations, with downmarket plastics and cheap-looking trim marring the classy design." -- Left Lane News
  • "And the MKZ's interior, although clean and sophisticated in appearance, doesn't really say luxury." -- Car and Driver (2014)


The 2015 Lincoln MKZ seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and heated 10-way power-adjustable front seats (with three-position memory for the driver’s seat). Available features include leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, Active Motion massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. Test drivers say the MKZ’s cabin is very quiet on the highway, and some write that the front seats are quite comfortable. However, others report the front seats feel cramped and narrow, and that the MKZ’s sloping roof cuts into rear-seat headroom.

  • "The high center console can make the front seating area feel a little confining, while the coupelike roof line infringes on the headroom of taller rear seat passengers." -- Edmunds
  • "In typical Lincoln fashion, the MKZ's interior is well isolated from the outside world, making this sedan a comfortable and plush turnpike cruiser." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "The MKZ seats are among the best we've experienced in an American-branded automobile, at least for a driver of modest stature, and especially given the simple adjustment options." -- AutoWeek (2013)
  • "Making matters worse, the MKZ's narrow, hard front seats produce enough discomfort in their own right." -- Car and Driver (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2015 Lincoln MKZ include rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, Lincoln’s voice-activated SYNC system and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which comes with an 8-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, satellite radio and an 11-speaker audio system. Available features include a panoramic sunroof, a 14-speaker THX II audio system, navigation, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic pre-collision braking, parallel parking assist and active lane keeping assist.

The standard MyLincoln Touch infotainment system controls many of the MKZ’s interior features, and reviewers agree that it is difficult to use. They say its touch-sensitive buttons are small and hard to find, and that its touch screen is slow to respond and features complicated on-screen menus.

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  • "The MyLincoln Touch controls are a hassle to use, and we dislike having to navigate touch-screen menus just to perform simple tasks." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "We do like the idea of the MyLincoln Touch interface -- it offers some very useful customization and voice-control functionality -- but the reality is that it's still slow to respond at times and isn't as intuitive to use as those found on rival sedans." -- Edmunds
  • "The touchscreen is slow to respond, while many of the accompanying buttons are too small to locate and operate. More important, it takes too many taps to accomplish even the simplest tasks, and this is not the kind of thing you want in a luxury car." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)


The 2015 Lincoln MKZ has a 15.4-cubic-foot trunk, which is large for the class. Due in part to its battery, the MKZ Hybrid has a smaller 11.1-cubic-foot trunk, which is decent for a hybrid. The MKZ comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and a power trunk lid is optional. Reviewers appreciate the MKZ’s spacious center console, which is large enough for electronic devices like a tablet.

  • "The MKZ offers decent trunk space at 15.4 cubic feet, although the hybrid's capacity shrinks to 11.1 cubic feet due to the battery pack." -- Edmunds
  • "Finally, the C-pillar and rear deck lid combine to reduce aerodynamic drag, while the trunk beneath has an amazing amount of capacity." -- Automobile Magazine (2013)
  • "And if you like the look, the tall, open-sided center console allows you to leave lots of stuff-from phones to wallets to snacks to tablets-securely out of the way, yet still at your fingertips." -- AutoWeek (2013)

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