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2017 Lincoln MKZ Review

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ delivers a smooth, quiet ride and lively acceleration. However, it ranks at the bottom of the luxury midsize car class because many rivals have nimbler handling and ritzier interiors. The MKZ earns mixed reviews for rear headroom and infotainment usability.

Pros & Cons

  • Less expensive to buy and own than most rivals
  • Smooth, quiet ride
  • Excellent fuel economy from hybrid models
  • Unimpressive cabin materials
  • Not as nimble as some rivals
  • Poor fuel economy from gas-only models




Critics' Rating: 5.9
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 5.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Lincoln MKZ Overview

Is the 2017 Lincoln MKZ a Good Used Car?

If you’re in the market for an affordable and reliable luxury midsize car, the 2017 Lincoln MKZ is a practical option. Used MKZ sedans are often some of the lowest-priced cars in the class. However, this Lincoln isn’t nearly as agile as many of its sportier rivals, and the nonhybrid model earns poor fuel economy estimates. Also, many competitors offer more upscale interiors.

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We’ve analyzed 36 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 2017 Lincoln MKZ?

The average price of a 2017 MKZ is $30,000. That positions this Lincoln as one of the least expensive vehicles in the luxury midsize car class. You can expect to pay between $23,000 and $39,900 for a used 2017 MKZ. These figures are based on more than 500 listings for the 2017 MKZ. A vehicle’s condition, mileage, and current demand also affect its price.  

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How Much Does the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Cost to Own?

The MKZ’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $24,113 – or $4,822 per year. That’s below average for the luxury midsize car class. In comparison, the 2017 Audi A6’s projected five-year costs are roughly $6,700 higher, and cost estimates for the 2017 Lexus GS are about $7,700 higher.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New MKZ?

The 2018 Lincoln MKZ and its hybrid model start at $35,605, which makes it one of the least expensive cars in its class. You can save a few thousand dollars by choosing a used MKZ sedan over the new 2018 model. Since the MKZ saw no major updates for 2018, you won’t miss out on any features by sticking with a used model.

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Because the MKZ has a comparatively low price, you won’t find many new alternatives from other luxury brands in the class that can compete with the 2017 MKZ’s average price. However, if you’re willing to consider a non-luxury sedan, you may want to take a look at the 2018 Ford Fusion (starting at $22,215), the all-new 2018 Toyota Camry ($23,645), and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata ($22,050). All three midsize sedans earn good scores in our ranking, and their affordable starting prices allow you to upgrade to a well-equipped midlevel trim that compares favorably to the MKZ.

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Which Model Year of the Lincoln MKZ Is Best? 

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ is part of a generation that launched during the 2013 model year and includes the 2018 Lincoln MKZ. The MKZ saw no major updates between the 2014 and 2016 model years. The biggest change was for the 2015 model, which added rear parking sensors and a rearview camera as standard equipment. The MKZ saw a refresh for 2017 that included updated styling, a new base engine with 5 more horsepower than the previous base engine, and a new optional twin-turbo V6 engine. It also added the SYNC 3 infotainment system, and driver drowsiness monitoring became available. If you can live without the newer infotainment system and aren't interested in the twin-turbo V6 engine, consider saving money by shopping for a 2014 or 2015 model.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Lincoln MKZ?

The 2017 Lincoln MKZ has an above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Lincoln MKZ Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2017 Lincoln MKZ. The first recall fixes a hardware problem and prevents the steering wheel from detaching while driving. The second recall addresses a torque converter connection that may fail, which can increase the risk of a crash. Make sure these issues have been taken care of before purchasing a 2017 MKZ.

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Which Used Lincoln MKZ Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 MKZ and MKZ Hybrid come in four trim levels: Premiere, Select, Reserve, and Black Label. For shoppers wanting an attractive list of luxury features without spending too much, we recommend the MKZ Premiere or Select trims. The MKZ Premiere comes standard with leatherette upholstery, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, remote start, power-adjustable heated front seats, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and an 8-inch infotainment system. The MKZ Select trim adds leather-trimmed upholstery.

For even more upgrades, look to the Reserve and Black Label trims. The MKZ Reserve features a power trunk, navigation, blind spot monitoring, and ventilated front seats. The MKZ Black Label adds special-order upholstery, trim, and exterior paint colors.

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What Does Lincoln's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Lincoln offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Lincoln extends its original new-car warranty to six years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. Lincoln puts its CPO vehicles through a 200-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Lincoln warranty page carefully.

Lincoln has one of the least robust CPO programs among luxury carmakers, according to our analysis. Better programs are available through competitors like Cadillac, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz.

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How Safe Is the MKZ?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 Lincoln MKZ a Top Safety Pick. The IIHS also gave it the highest rating of Good in every crash test performed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the MKZ a perfect five-star overall rating. The MKZ also received five stars in the side impact test, as well as four stars in the frontal crash and rollover tests. 

All 2017 MKZ models are equipped with a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Available safety features includes blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, front parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular parking assistance, lane keep assist, and a driver alert monitor.

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2017 Lincoln MKZ Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln MKZ or 2017 Ford Fusion?

The 2017 Ford Fusion and MKZ are both products of the Ford Motor Company, so they share many of the same components and features. Both sedans are available with the same hybrid powertrain, infotainment system, and safety features. However, the Fusion has sportier handling. Price is another big difference between the two. Because of the luxury brand designation, used MKZ models are often more expensive to buy than used Fusions. At the end of the day, the Fusion is a better buy than the MKZ because it offers similar quality for less money.

Which Is Better: 2017 Lincoln MKZ or 2017 Acura TLX?

Both the MKZ and the 2017 Acura TLX have low rankings in the class. The TLX boasts a richer interior than the MKZ, but they have similar standard features. Both luxury sedans offer capable V6 engines, though neither is particularly athletic. Instead, they focus on delivering comfortable and quiet rides. The Acura gets better fuel economy estimates than gas-only MKZ models. However, the TLX earns a lower predicted reliability rating and offers even less cargo space and rear-seat legroom than the MKZ. Go with the TLX if you want a more upscale interior, but if you prioritize a little more space, pick the MKZ.

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2017 MKZ Performance

How Does the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Drive?

A 245-horsepower four-cylinder engine powers the nonhybrid MKZ. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are also standard. An available twin-turbocharged V6 engine produces 350 horsepower in front-wheel-drive models, or 400 horsepower in all-wheel-drive models. With either engine, you’ll have plenty of power for most driving situations. The MKZ handles corners well enough, but there is some body roll around turns.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor that make a combined 188 horsepower. It doesn’t get up to speed as briskly as the gas-only model, but it offers sufficient passing power on the highway.

Does the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Get Good Gas Mileage?

Gas-only MKZ models have poor fuel economy estimates. With the base engine and front-wheel drive, the MKZ returns 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. With the available V6 engine, those numbers drop to 18/27 mpg city/highway. The MKZ Hybrid has superb fuel economy estimates of 41/38 mpg city/highway.

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2017 MKZ Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 MKZ Seat?

The five-seat Lincoln MKZ comes standard with leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats. Available features include leather upholstery, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with memory settings, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, and perforated leather upholstery. The MKZ's rear seats have a good amount of space for passengers, though some critics note that second-row headroom is a little tight.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Lincoln MKZ?

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child seats, along with an additional tether anchor for the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the MKZ’s LATCH system the second-highest score of Acceptable for ease of use, reporting that some lower tether anchors are too deep in the seats.

2017 Lincoln MKZ Features

Standard features in the 2017 MKZ include an 11-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, USB ports, satellite radio, an 8-inch display, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button and remote start, a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, and a built-in garage door opener.

Available features include navigation, rear-seat USB charging ports, an embedded modem for use with the MyLincoln Mobile App, a glass panoramic roof, and a 20-speaker Revel Ultima audio system.

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2017 Lincoln MKZ Dimensions

Lincoln MKZ Cargo Space

The MKZ offers an adequate 15.4 cubic feet of trunk space. The MKZ Hybrid has 11.1 cubic feet of cargo room, due to the placement of its battery pack.

Lincoln MKZ Length and Weight

The 2017 MKZ is 16.2 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,739 to 4,191 pounds, depending on the configuration.

Where Was the 2017 Lincoln MKZ Built?

Lincoln built the 2017 MKZ and MKZ Hybrid in Mexico.


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