2018 Lincoln MKZ

Interior


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2018 Lincoln MKZ Interior Review

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Interior: 6.8

The 2018 Lincoln MKZ has a user-friendly infotainment system, a large trunk, and highly adjustable, pleasant front seats. Its narrow cargo space and limited back-seat legroom reduce usability for families, however. The quality of materials and design are so-so compared to other high-end brands.

  • "The MKZ's cabin materials aren't as competitive as they once were. BMW and Mercedes interiors feel much more upscale. Our test MKZ had several build issues, including a flickering LED light, creaky armrest, burned-out ambient lighting strip and door/dash trim that didn't quite line up." -- Edmunds
  • The interior is mostly good, though I'd like to see more robustness to some of the switchgear. The steering wheel column stalks feel particularly flimsy. Overall Ford engineers did a great job with sound deadening and soft-touch materials. The seats were comfy and supportive. I was particularly happy to see Lincoln ditching those stupid touch-sensitive sliders for audio and climate controls, returning to buttons and knobs. They're much easier to use." -- Autoweek (2017)
  • Inside, however, things are still quietly reserved, and while there are some handsome individual touches, the overall design is nothing to write home about. There are few character lines to break up the seemingly endless swath of soft-touch dashboard material, and the center stack design looks dated at best." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Seating

Synthetic leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable heated front seats with lumbar support, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard in the MKZ. Several types of leather upholstery are available, as are cooled and massaging front seats.

For child safety seats, the MKZ has two sets of lower anchors in the back. It takes a little effort to find the hardware in the seat cushions, but once you unearth the anchors, you should have no trouble clipping in a car seat. Three easy-to-use tether anchors are also in the back seat.

The front seats are comfortable. The back seats are roomy enough to hold two adults for short trips, but taller travelers may feel squeezed by the limited head- and legroom. The middle seat is best left for kids.

  • Although exterior dimensions are typical for a large sedan, the MKZ can feel tight inside, possibly because it seems narrow. Front passengers have plenty of head- and legroom, rear legroom is above class average, but rear headroom is below par, especially with the optional panoramic sunroof." -- Edmunds
  • "Despite being a large car on the outside, this Lincoln's interior is surprisingly cramped. Rear-seat legroom and headroom are especially in short supply." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • The MKZ is well-suited for four adults with ample rear legroom and decent headroom, but due to its somewhat narrow profile, a fifth occupant in the middle seat may find themselves a bit compressed. Road noise – or lack thereof – is also a highlight thanks to Lincoln's active noise cancellation system, but riding on the optional Michelin summer tires available with the driver's package, there was often a hollow thwacking noise present at every highway expansion joint." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Interior Features

The 2018 MKZ comes standard with the SYNC 3 infotainment interface, an 8-inch display, 11 speakers, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and two USB ports. It also comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a proximity key with remote start, push-button start, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera.

Available features include a panoramic moonroof, a voice-activated navigation system, a 20-speaker Revel audio system, two rear-seat USB charging ports, a 110-volt household-style power outlet, and ambient lighting. Among the available advanced safety features are forward collision warning with automatic braking and pedestrian detection, front parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular parking assistance, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, lane keep assist, a driver alert monitor, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Most like the user-friendly SYNC 3 system, though some find it a little cumbersome to navigate. Goodies like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and the standard speakers get a thumbs-up from reviewers.

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  • "Technology is one of the MKZ's strong points. The revised Sync 3 is easy to use and much faster than before. Voice controls are easy to learn. … Avoid splurging for the optional 20-speaker stereo, though; it isn't as impressive as we hoped." -- Edmunds
  • "The Sync 3 infotainment system worked flawlessly, which is something that couldn't be said about previous Sync versions we've used." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • While I've got no complaints about the features offered to MKZ buyers, in practice, it doesn't always work as seamlessly as advertised. The new SYNC 3 infotainment system is much improved over the outgoing MyLincolnTouch, but is still too-heavily relied upon for features that could easily be switched between with traditional buttons, and while it's faster than ever, the user interface is still clunky to operate when delving into menus upon menus." -- New York Daily News (2017)

Cargo

The MKZ's 15.4-cubic-foot trunk is one of the largest in its class. You can expand it further by folding the 60/40-split-rear seat (a standard feature), and long items like skis can slide through the pass-through. The car's narrow trunk makes it tricky to load wide cargo, though. A power trunk lid is available in top trim levels. In the hybrid version, cargo volume decreases to 11.1 cubic feet.

  • "The MKZ has a big trunk, fold-down rear seats and a bunch of places for water bottles and other small items." -- Edmunds
  • As far as cargo space is concerned, the MKZ can handle more than many of its competitors, with a respectable 15.4 cubic feet available in the trunk. Unfortunately, due again to its narrow profile, it's tough to fit two large suitcases side-to-side, and structural elements jut in from above the wheels that keep you from being able to push large items all the way to the back of the seats." -- New York Daily News
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