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2016 Lincoln MKZ Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Lincoln MKZ was new.


Interior: 6.2

Most auto writers say the 2016 Lincoln MKZ has an attractive interior. However, they note that its materials aren't up to class standards, with the exception of the top-of-the-line Black Label models, which have custom color combinations and upgraded materials. The MKZ has a large trunk and its front seats are comfortable, according to critics, but its rear seats lack adequate headroom for taller passengers. Test drivers also dislike the Lincoln MKZ's infotainment system, which they say responds slowly to inputs, has small buttons and has a complicated touch screen.

  • … the MKZ's interior materials look more luxurious than they feel, though the Black Label versions do kick it up a notch." -- Edmunds
  • "… 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 (2015)
  • "… materials are disappointing for a car with luxury aspirations, with downmarket plastics and cheap-looking trim marring the classy design." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • And the MKZ's interior, although clean and sophisticated in appearance, doesn't really say luxury." -- Car and Driver (2014)


The 2016 Lincoln MKZ seats five and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and front seats that are heated and 10-way power-adjustable (with memory settings for the driver). Available features include leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, Active Motion massaging front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.

Most critics say the Lincoln MKZ's front seats have plenty of comfort and support, even for long trips. Reviewers agree that rear-seat headroom is tight for taller passengers. Some think legroom in the back seat is cramped as well, though others say it is plentiful.

  • … the coupelike roof line infringes on the headroom of taller rear-seat passengers. Rear-seat legroom, however, is generous." -- Edmunds
  • The front passengers will find the MKZ very comfortable. Even though the power-operated seats (controls located on the outboard sides of the lower cushion) are not heavily bolstered, they held occupants well during driving and seemed every bit as supportive after the hundredth mile as they did on the first. Rear seat passengers won't be grinning nearly as much, as the midsize MKZ is far from roomy aft of those front seats." -- Autoblog (2013)
  • "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)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Lincoln MKZ include dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, push-button start, Lincoln’s voice-activated SYNC system and the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system, which controls many of the MKZ's features and 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 braking, parallel park assist and lane keep assist.

Some reviewers note that the 2016 MKZ's SYNC voice command system is helpful. However, they say that the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system takes too much time to process certain commands and complicates easy climate and audio adjustments. The MKZ's touch screen is surrounded by touch-sensitive buttons that auto writers complain are small and don't always respond when you press them.

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  • The standard MyLincoln Touch (a.k.a. MyFord Touch) system handles Bluetooth, audio, navigation and other vehicle functions via its crisp 8-inch touchscreen. And there's still the useful Sync voice command system that can control many of the car's functions. In practice, however, the touchscreen's processing speeds still seem sluggish during certain tasks, and the center stack's touch-based controls can be fiddly and/or frustrating to use." -- Edmunds
  • "The touch-capacitive buttons are rather difficult to use due to poor response, and the lack of conventional audio and climate controls turns simple inputs into a maddening excursion through a vast sea of on-screen menus." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "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 2016 Lincoln MKZ has a 15.4-cubic-foot trunk, which is above average for the class. The MKZ Hybrid's battery takes up trunk space, so the MKZ Hybrid has just 11.1 cubic feet of trunk space, which is decent for a hybrid but small for the upscale midsize car class as a whole. The gas-only MKZ comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and a power trunk lid is optional. Auto writers say the MKZ’s spacious center console is large enough for a tablet computer.

  • The MKZ offers decent trunk space at 15.4 cubic feet, though 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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